From the monthly archives: "June 2012"

Subject: Jordanian tiger beetle
Location: Jordan
May 30, 2012 9:59 am
Hi Bug people,
I managed to catch this fast-moving tiger beetle in my viewfinder. I managed to ID it as a Lophyridia aulica.
Signature: Ben from Israel

Tiger Beetle

Hi Ben,
Thanks for taking the time to send us your photo of a Jordanian Tiger Beetle after identifying it.  TrekNature has a very detailed photograph of
Lophyridia aulica.  We will be away from the office while on holiday for a short time, so we are postdating this letter to go live later in the week.

Subject: Unfamiliar Bug
Location: Long Island, New York
June 2, 2012 1:36 pm
Hey I came across this bug while replacing the boards on my deck, it was just hanging out on a piece of the new lumber. Today (June 2)about a week later I saw it again but this time on one of our plants. I was hoping that you might be able to help identify it. I did a general internet search trying to use as many descriptors as a could but I was unable to find it. Thanks for your help !!!
Signature: Crystal

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larva

Hi Crystal,
This is the larva of a Lady Beetle or Ladybug, and very few people would be able to recognize the larva though the adult is quite familiar to even the youngest child.  We are relatively confident this is the larva of the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, a species that has been in the news quite a bit in recent years.  This introduced species is believed to be responsible for the drop in populations of our native Lady Beetle species, since it has so readily adapted to living in North America and its numbers are greatly increasing.  This is detrimental to species diversity.  Though it is beneficial in the sense that like most other Lady Beetles, both adults and larvae consume great quantities of Aphids and other plant pests, it is highly problematic that it is crowding out and competing for food with our native species.  Additionally, the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle has gained notoriety in that they often enter homes in great numbers to hibernate, creating quite a nuisance for persnickety homemakers.  Much more information on the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle can be found on BugGuide.

Subject: I think it’s a roach…
Location: Georgia, USA
June 3, 2012 8:50 am
I’m in Georgia, USA. I’m pretty familiar with most of the roaches that live around here. A couple nights ago when a storm hit I had three of the critters pictured scampering around. Unlike a normal cockroach, these guys were actively buzzing about and flying.
Also, unlike most pictures of cockroaches I could find in Google, these guys have beetle-like antenna; much larger and more pronounced than the ordinary cockroach.
However, the body structure and color doesn’t exactly match most of the common beetles Georgia is supposed to have. The body and color of these bugs is much closer to the American Cockroach.
So, I’m pretty sure these are roaches, but I think I’d rather know for sure.
Pictures are 3264×2448 resolution, 50% jpeg quality as saved through GIMP 2.6. If you need the source pictures, I can throw them up on Gdrive.
Signature: Liaison

Tile Horned Prionus: presumably dead at human hands

Dear Liaison,
This magnificent beetle is a Tile Horned Prionus,
Prionus imbricornis, and he is a male as evidenced by his incredible antennae.  We hope that our response will serve to educate you on the importance of tolerance of the lower beasts since it appears that this Tile Horned Prionus is dead, presumably due to the intervention of humans which we determine to be Unnecessary Carnage.  We understand that you mistook the Tile Horned Prionus for a Cockroach, but we hope that in the future, you will not react so quickly.  Adult Tile Horned Prionus Beetles have very strong jaws and they could easily draw blood if carelessly handled, but they will not bite unless provoked.  According to BugGuide:  “Female lays 100-200 eggs around the base of various trees, vines, herbs. (These include oak, grape, pear, and maize.) Larvae feed on bark and roots. Larval stage lasts three years or more. Strongly attracted to lights.”  The wet weather probably triggered an emergence and your lights most likely attracted the beetles to your home.

Subject: With butterflies come biological controls…
Location: Winnipeg MB
June 3, 2012 10:02 am
As much as we humans love butterflies, so do other insects – as food. This ichneumon was found in my small plastic greenhouse, which works as a spectacular bug trap. I identified it in Bugguide as Trogus pennator, a swallowtail caterpillar parasite.
Signature: Bugophile in Winnipeg


Dear Bugophile in Winnipeg,
We commend you on your identification.  Ichneumons are a diverse and varied group of parasitic wasps and they are not easy to identify and we are linking to the BugGuide page for the species.  We also have photos in our archive of a
Trogus pennator that emerged from a Black Swallowtail Chrysalis.  Thanks for sending us your photograph.

Subject: What the…
Location: South-central Arkansas
June 2, 2012 1:11 am
As an archaeologist in the Southeastern Unites States I have the pleasure (and occasional terror) of encountering an wide and fascinating array of wildlife including some pretty fascinating insects.
(my personal favorite was stepping barefoot into a flooded excavation unit to bail water after a heavy rain only to find my unit had toe-biters in it who had somehow made it across a field to my water filled unit).
Generally speaking, because we work ”side by side” with so many types of insects and we end up digging up a lot of them, we tend to flick them away as safely as we can and go on working. This one however stopped three archaeologists with years of fieldwork experience dead in our tracks. None of us have ever seen anything like this.
It was accidentally shoveled up in some loose soil that we were back-filling a test unit with and it shot immediately head first into the dirt and started trying to dig back in. We gently lifted it back out so I could get a photo (it wasn’t easy – it was frantic to burrow back into the dirt). It looks like someone crossed a crayfish with a dobsonfly. I would love to know what this was; I think it takes my personal prize of weirdest looking bug I have seen so far.
Photo was taken in early summer in a low bayou region with a lot of wetland and agriculture fields (western edge of the Arkansas Delta).
Signature: Dr. Horton

Mole Cricket

Dear Dr. Horton,
We love your letter.  This is a Mole Cricket, and like archeologists, Mole Crickets spend a great deal of time digging and their front legs are perfectly adapted for moving through soil.  Many species can also fly quite well and they are attracted to lights.  We get identification requests from all over the world for Mole Crickets and requests from armed forces in the Middle East are especially common.  Now, on to that Toe-Biter anecdote, we just have to ask:  Were you bitten?  If so, you would be the first person to come forward and substantiate that there is credibility in the common name for Giant Water Bugs.

Subject: White Admiral Cats on Saskatoon Bush
Location: Winnipeg MB
June 2, 2012 6:10 pm
I noticed that you hadn’t had any recent White Admiral caterpillar images posted, so I thought I’d send along these two that I found yesterday on my Saskatoon bush in the front yard. The green instar was about twice as big as the orange-brown one. What a wonderful butterfly season we are having!
Signature: Bugophile in Winnipeg

White Admiral Caterpillar

Dear Bugophile,
Thanks so much for sending in your photo of a White Admiral Caterpillar.  It is a great addition to our archive.