From the monthly archives: "October 2012"

Subject: Fuzzy blue bug
Location: West Texas
October 27, 2012 9:29 pm
My kids are cleaning out an old horse/goat/cow pen in West Texas. They came across this bug.
He (and his many family members) were living amongst the animal droppings. It was just found in late October. Temp was about 75, no rain.
He was about the size of a quarter.
Signature: Jenny Engstrom

Darkling Beetle

Hi Jenny,
This is a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, but that is a very large family and we are having trouble identifying the species.  It looks most like the members of the tribe Centriopterini which we browsed on BugGuide.  The closest photos on BugGuide are of this unidentified species from Yucca Valley and this photo of
Asbolus laevis from the Imperial Valley.  We have written to Eric Eaton for assistance. 

On Oct 27, 2012, at 9:46 PM, Eric Eaton wrote:
I would agree with Asbolus laevis.

Thanks Eric,
I remember you writing long ago that if I can’t figure out what a beetle is, check the Darklings.

Subject: trilobyte bug?
Location: Huntersville NC
October 25, 2012 11:22 am
found this outside Charlotte NC
six legs
scaly body like a lobster
pushes itself along with its tail while it walks
tiny head extends out of the front but retracts when spooked like a snail’s eye
Signature: Leather Mystics

Firefly Larva

Hi Leather Mystics,
This is a beetle larva, and we have narrowed it to two possibilities, the likelier being a Firefly Larva and the other option being a Netwing Beetle Larva.  
Firefly Larvae feed on snails while Netwing Beetle Larvae feed on fungus, and ofter the only reliable way of distinguishing between the two is the diet.

Yup, looks like the firefly larva – which is weird because we haven’t seen any fireflies around this area….


Subject: tiny pinching bug
Location: Milledgeville GA (lightly wooded) Found in home
October 25, 2012 4:11 pm
Hi bugman!
My mom found this little guy (unfortunately)chewing on her arm, leaving about 20 tiny bumps. She said the bumps were itchy at first but the sensation diminished in a half hour or so. Knowing I wouldn’t be pleased if she squished it, she instead put the little bug(approx 2mm long) on a piece of paper and brought him to me. (I was very proud of her.)
I feel like I’ve seen one of these before but I can’t place him. When he moves his head goes from side to side (this is why his head is blurry in nearly every picture I got of him) It is late in October here (temps are mid – upper 70’s during the day & in the 50’s at night)
Thank you in advance for your time and as always, thank you for hosting such a wonderful place for people to learn more about the wonderful world of bugs!
P.S. the little guy was released on the edge of our property, well away from the house. 🙂
Signature: Courtney (always curious)

Lacewing Larva

Hi Courtney,
This is the larva of a Lacewing, commonly called an Aphid Wolf, and we have gotten numerous reports from our readers indicating that the bite is irritating.  Our own editorial staff can attest firsthand that the effects of the bite of a Lacewing larva may last several hours, however, it is not dangerous.  Even adult Lacewings are reported to bite.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award for both your mother who transported the Aphid Wolf on a piece of paper, and to you for relocating the Aphid Wolf to a safe haven.

Subject: Possible Katydid Juvenile
Location: Fullerton, California
October 25, 2012 5:30 pm
I found this little specimen sitting on top of my avocado sapling this morning. It’s only about 1/4 long from head to rear, not including the antennae. The body shape is grasshopper-like but more lanky, and it moved very slowly. Luckily I had my camera all set up for macro and got a nice close up. Creepy! Any idea what I’ve got here? Thanks.
Signature: Colin F

Bush Katydid Nymph

Hi Colin,
You are correct.  This is a very young nymph of a Bush Katydid, and your photo is beautiful.

Subject: The bug in your drawing
Location: Bank of Clearwater River Kamiah ID
October 27, 2012 12:48 am
I took photos of several of these exoskeletons (at least I am assuming that is what they are) on rocks by the Clearwater River near Kamiah Idaho last week (mid-Oct.). When I opened up your website I was so excited, because there was a drawing of this creature. But it doesn’t tell me what it is. I’ve searched your lists (not all, but many) and can’t find it either. Can you help me scratch the buggy itch in my brain? Thanks!
Signature: Salli

Stonefly Exuvia

Hi Salli,
The bug in the drawing is an Earwig, but this is the exuvia of a Stonefly naiad.

Subject: Are leaf-footed bugs invasive?
Location: Dover, NH
October 26, 2012 12:03 pm
Hi, It is autumn in New England, so that means the office at my work is buzzing with leaf-footed bugs. Are they native or are they invasive?
Love your site!
Signature: Linda

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Linda,
Many Leaf Footed Bugs are native to your part of the country, however this species, the Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, is not one of them.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, and sometime in the 1960s, it began to expand its range across the continent.  It is unclear if this was a natural range expansion or if the Western Conifer Seed Bug was transported by people, though we suspect the latter to be the case.