From the monthly archives: "November 2012"
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Subject: Chris in Toronto/Boxelder?
Location: Toronto, Canada
November 29, 2012 10:31 pm
Is this guy a boxelder?
I’ve been wondering for a while…the marking are a little different from other examples that I’ve seen.
Signature: Chris in Toronto

Small Milkweed Bug

Hi Chris,
This is a Small Milkweed Bug,
Lygaeus kalmii, from the Seed Bug family, not a Boxelder Bug, which is in the Scentless Plant Bug family.  While Boxelder Bugs are sometimes a harmless nuisance, the Small Milkweed Bugs get no complaints.

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Subject: beatiful dark blue
Location: Turkey
November 29, 2012 7:20 pm
i found this beatiful big bug at garden, it looks like trying to find a new home for winter. its leng is nearly 7 cm with 6 legs,if any one know this bugs name please let me know .Thanks.
Signature: Mete

Caterpillar Hunter Larva, we believe

Dear Mete,
This is a beetle larva, and we believe it is a Ground Beetle Larva in the family Carabidae, and most specifically, we suspect it is a Caterpillar Hunter.

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Subject: Poisonous?
Location: Dhahran, KSA
November 24, 2012 2:04 pm
Are these caterpillars poisonous? When i tried to remove one ’with a stick’ it tried to sting me with its ’horn/stinger!’ and squirted a green liquid!
My cat tried to eat one and it did this to him! Right between his eyes!! I would really like to know its name? If its poisonous or not? And if they are butterflies or moths?!
In the last picture: the yellow one is the one that tried to sting me and you can see traces of the green stuff that it squirted! It wasnt that yellow before i think it chaged colors!!
Signature: Dee


Dear Dee,
These are Sphinx Moth Caterpillars in the family Sphingidae, and they are frequently called Hornworms.  We know of no poisonous Hornworms, so our speculation is that they are harmless.  Many Sphinx Moth Caterpillars are edible, including a North American species that looks quite similar, the Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar. 
Hyles lineata. One Hornworm that just might be poisonous is the Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar which feeds on the leaves of the deadly oleander plant, and it might be able to sythesize the poison and make use of the toxin for protection.


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Subject: Yellow and Black Beetle
Location: Island of Philae, Lake Nasser, Egypt
November 22, 2012 7:20 pm
Kia Ora Bugman, On a recent visit to Egypt I saw this beetle, but I can’t find a picture online (so far) that will identify it for me, can you help please
Signature: thank you muchly

Sun Beetle

Dear thank you muchly,
We cannot, at this time, identify this lovely Scarab Beetle to the species level, but we believe it is on an Acacia tree, which might help with the identification. 

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for having a look for me. it really was amazing to see it, and I only had about 5 seconds to take the photo, because it took flight and buzzed off louder than a bumble bee.
Once again,  thank you for looking

Hi again Steve,
We tried searching again and your beetle looks similar to this
 Pachnoda fissipuncta aemula that we found on the website, and we believe they might be related, possibly even in the same genus.  Continued searching led us to this Pachnoda marginata on the Afripics website.  The photo on BioLib also looks like a close match to your beetle.  The Keeping Insects website provides the common name Sun Beetle, and states of the subspecies:  “Pachnoda marginata peregrina, is the most common pet beetle there is. This is mainly because their developmental time is short, rearing is easy and the adults have a nice bright yellow color”.

Correction Courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel:
It definitely looks like a species of Pachnoda but the posterior dark patches on the elytra of P. marginata don’t look large or bold enough. How about P. savignyi? Here is another good set of photos. Several species and subspecies are very similar and I believe they may be referred to collectively as Sun Beetles. Regards.  Karl

Thanks for the correction Karl.  We chocked the inconsistancy in the patches on the elytra up to individual variation or perhaps subspecies differences.

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Subject: Whats this new ant?
Location: Southwestern, Ontario, Canada
November 27, 2012 8:45 pm
Hello bugman,
Me and my boyfriend moved into an apartment in September. When we were signing the lease I noticed an ant on the counter and didn’t think much of it. I grew up in the country and ants were always around. (I live in southwestern Ontario) Be diligent, set traps, keep your food locked up tight and they will go away. Within a few weeks the place was swarming with ants, they were coming out of the outlets, the grout between the tiles, holes in the shower grout, they were all over my cloths in the closet, in the bed and in the laundry hamper in the hall. I did my research and discovered they were pharaoh ants.. the apartment must be infested from top to bottom judging by my place. I guess the only upside is that they are the enemy of the bedbug, a bug that I distaste with a burning passion. Anyway we set traps and they went away for about two weeks, and then out of nowhere the ants in the bathroom and kitchen exploded again, new eggs hatched? Different colony taking over? The y did not follow the pharamone scents of the last colony and I had to set new traps in their path of choice. Anywhoodle, in the bathroom I found three curious looking ants stuck to the soap bar when I went to take a shower. They are around the same size as the rest of the ants, maybe a little bigger but they are a bit lighter, and their bums are stripped. Was wondering if they are the same kind of ant? Did we force the protectors to search for food instead of the regular foragers?
Signature: Defeated Apartment Dweller

Pharoah Ants

Dear Defeated Apartment Dweller,
We agree that these are most likely Pharoah Ants,
Monomorium pharaonis, but your second photo is quite blurry and we cannot say for certain that those ants are a different species.  The Pharoah Ants pictured on BugGuide are darker than the individuals in your photo.  BugGuide does indicate:  “The species Monomorium pharaonis is introduced, present in the whole world, probably originally from Africa. It is major indoor pest in the US. In colder climates it lives in heated buildings.”

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Subject: Ladybug or carpet beetle?
Location: Eastern Europe, Romania
November 29, 2012 8:33 am
I found this little thing today next to my window, at first I thought it was a ladybug but it’s brown and the black dots are so large that they connect. I found a 2nd one which was already squashed to the window. Based on my google research it may be a carpet beetle but the pattern doesn’t quite match.
Signature: Alexandru Costin

Fourteen Spotted Lady Beetle

Dear Alexandru,
This is actually one of the Lady Beetles, and it is known as the Fourteen Spotted Lady Beetle,
Propylea quatuordecimpunctata You may read more about the Fourteen Spotted Lady Beetle on the Urban Wildlife Guide.

Hello Daniel,
Thank you so much for the reply, I was afraid I had a carpet beetle infestation brewing somewhere.
I’m glad I helped the first one I found and let it fly away and I feel bad for the one I found squished.

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