From the monthly archives: "July 2012"

Subject: Chinese white spotted black bug
Location: China – about 2 hours from Beijing
July 4, 2012 12:22 am
Can you assist?
It sort of looks like a weevil?
With thanks,
Signature: David

White Cicada Nymph from China

Hi David,
Though it is a Fulgorid Planthopper and not a true Cicada, this nymph is known as a White Cicada.

Subject: Beetle ID
Location: Costa Rica – Monteverde region
July 5, 2012 10:17 am
For hours I’ve now been trying to get an ID on this nice beetle but I still am standing nowhere. My best guess is that it’s a member of the Chrysomelidae, but even of that I’m not sure. I saw it in Costa Rica (Monteverde Region) in November. It was around 2cm large, although I’m very bad at guessing sizes. Maybe you can help me? I would already be very happy with an ID on family level. Thanks!
Signature: Sincerely, Stefanie

Shield Bug

Hi Stefanie,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a Shield Bug in the family Scutelleridae.  We are not having much luck finding an exact match, but it closely resembles the Spotted Shield Bug,
Pachycoris torridus, which is pictured on Project Noah.  We cannot say for certain if it is the same species since there is often much variation in the number and size of markings within a species.

Thank you so much for your fast reply. I found some more pictures of the species it resembles that look even more similar
( ).
I’m very happy with the info!

Subject: A link in the food chain
Location: Maryland
July 5, 2012 5:46 am
I have these assassin bugs all over the yard. Since I’m a gardener, I’m thrilled with this. I was out there the other day and came across what I think is a juvenile wheel bug eating some sort of beetle.
I’m hoping that you can identify the beetle, but the main reason for sending this is that I think it’s a cool picture showing part of the food chain.
Signature: Greg

Wheel Bug eats Leaf Beetle

Hi Greg,
It appears that the prey in your food chain image is a Leaf Beetle, but we cannot be certain of the species.  It might be in the genus
Disonycha which is well represented on BugGuide.

Subject: Sphinx moth ID please
Location: Door county, WI
July 3, 2012 6:05 pm
I found this sphinx moth on 6/16/12 in Door county, WI. Is it a Clemens and if so, any insight on them?
Signature: under my picture

Canadian Sphinx

Wow, this sighting has us excited.  You are correct, it is the Clemens or Canadian Sphinx, Sphinx luscitiosa, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas website, it is rare.  From that site, we have gleaned that males take nectar during the day and only females are attracted to lights at night.  It is also interesting that they are reported to feed on the fluids of rotting fish.  The food plants for the caterpillars are listed as “willow (Salix), poplar (Populus), birch (Betula), apple (Malus), ash (Fraxinus), waxmyrtle (Morella), and northern bayberry.”  We will copy Bill Oehlke on this reply in the event he can add any information and he also may request permission to reproduce your photo on his excellent website.  BugGuide also provides this information:  “Global Rank: G3 – Very rare or local throughout its range, or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). Threatened throughout its range.”

Subject: Digger wasp variant?
Location: Philadelphia, PA suburbs
July 3, 2012 1:20 pm
Hello, I noticed this wasp the other day and was struck by its appearance, as I do not usually see wasps this large except for the occasional cicada killer. I researched it online and as close as I could tell it was a digger wasp, specifically sphex nudus. However, in all the photos I have seen none have the orange antennae like the one in my picture. The wasp was also over an inch long.
Signature: Aaron Trzeciak

Mydas Fly

Hi Aaron,
This is a fly, not a wasp, and it is very easy to mistake a large Mydas Fly for a wasp.  We just posted a photo of another species of Mydas Fly, and your individual is
Mydas tibialis which we identified on BugGuide.

Subject: bug ID
Location: Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia
July 3, 2012 9:41 am
I saw this moth-like bug on the trellis of my mandevilla vine. I thought it had very unusual markings. Can you ID. In the meantime, I’ve named it ”Crusader Moth”.
Signature: shutter bug

Clymene Moth

Dear shutter bug,
As much as we love the name you have coined, Crusader Moth, the true common name for
Haploa clymene is the Clymene Moth.  Your name is a nice reference to the graphic markings on the wings and their similarity to the heraldic symbols used by crusaders.