From the monthly archives: "October 2012"

Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Hamilton, NY
September 30, 2012 2:21 pm
My co-worker and I found this bug this morning at work. We have never seem anything like it and really want to know what it is.
Signature: Thanks, redneckduckling

Jerusalem Cricket????

Dear redneckduckling,
Unless we are incredibly mistaken, this sure looks to us like a Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bug in the family Stenopelmatidae, which according to BugGuide has a range limited to the western states.  We cannot help but to wonder what your place of work might be, and if it is possible that this insect which looks so much like a Jerusalem Cricket somehow managed to get shipped to your job location.  We are going to write to Eric Eaton to get a second opinion on our identification.  We will also tag this posting as a mystery, because this would appear to be a significant sighting.  See BugGuide for additional information.

I work at an inn/hotel. We found the bug in one of the rooms after a guest had checked out. My co-worker actually screamed because she did not know what it was. I had never seen anything like it so I started looking around online. And found

We are still waiting to hear back from Eric Eaton.  It is possible that the last guest in the room transported this Orthopteran from a location in a western state by having it stow away in luggage.

Eric Eaton Responds
October 6, 2012
Forgot to tell you I was going to be out of town last week…..
Yes, it is certainly something in the family Stenopelmatidae.  Definitely had to be from somewhere else.  I understand they sometimes get shipped in nursery stock and what not, burrowing in the root balls and/or potting soil.

Subject: five eyed bug
Location: Northern Vermont
September 30, 2012 8:15 pm
I shot this photo on the siding at night by the light. It seems to have five eyes and an ant-like body. By the shadow, it looks like it has an ant-like mandible as well.
Signature: Kathryn W.


Hi Kathryn,
This is an Ichneumon, a type of parasitoid wasp that belongs to a large family that is often difficult to identify to the species level.
  According to BugGuide, there are:  “About 5,000 described species in North America, possibly 3,000 more undescribed(2); arguably, the largest animal family, with the estimated 60,000 species worldwide (up to 100,000, according to some estimates(3)).”

Subject: What’s that bug (Croatia)
Location: Croatia
September 30, 2012 4:26 pm
Dear Bugman,
please could you help with identification of this awesome guy (pic attached)? I spotted it a few days ago during my vacation in Croatia/Europe, in the bushes at the seaside. Hope your broad knowledge reaches this nice area. Thanks, Aga
PS. This website is a really great project, I’m adding to to my Favourites
Signature: Aga

Hi Bugman,
please ignore my request, I’ve just identified the bug on my own, as Giant Green Slantface.
I’ll keep checking your website anyway – it’s very interesting,
thanks, best wishes, Aga

Slantface Grasshopper

Dear Aga,
When we searched for Giant Green Slantface, we found a similar looking Grasshopper on the Brisbane Insect website identified as
Acrida conica.  We cannot say for certain this is the same species since Croatia is so far from Australia, but the two definitely look related.  BugGuide, a website devoted to North American species, indicates that Slant-Faced Grasshoppers are in the subfamily Gomphocerinae.  The Mediterranean Slant-Faced Grasshopper, Acrida ungarica, as pictured on RedBubble, is a more likely candidate for your part of the world.