From the yearly archives: "2012"

Subject: insect in my compound
Location: vadodara,gujarat,india
December 28, 2012 10:13 am
I found this insect in my compound …plz identify it…i m eager to know the name…i m sending the pik….e mail me the name …its a kind request..thank you…:)
Signature: tanmay

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear tanmay,
This is the caterpillar of the Oleander Hawkmoth and since it feeds on oleander, it is found in many parts of the world where that ornamental plant is grown.  This individual is ready for pupation.  When they are ready to go into the dormant state of metamorphosis, they turn from green to orange/brown.

Subject: Found this bug on tomato plants
Location: Southern California in the Long Beach area
December 26, 2012 11:24 pm
Found this bug on tomato plants we were removing. Found in southern California in the Long Beach area. Pictures were taken 11/22/2012. Do you know what this bug is?
Signature: From Thymej

Keeled Treehopper Nymph

Dear Thymej,
You have submitted photos of a Keeled Treehopper Nymph,
Antianthe expansa, and we suspect you did not find an individual on your tomato plants.  Nymphs of the Keeled Treehopper generally live in colonies and they are very wary of humans trying to remove them.  Often the entire colony moves together to the other side of the stem.  The nymphs look very different from adults which are green.  Both adults and nymphs have spiny projections which make them difficult to crush, and also makes them quite unpalatable to birds.  Keeled Treehoppers feed by sucking juices and fluids from tomato plants and others in the family, including peppers and eggplant.  There is an excellent account on Garden Web

Subject: ant
Location: St Lucia, South Africa
December 28, 2012 12:33 pm
What k7nd of ant is this.
Signature: any

Velvet Ant

Dear any,
This is a Velvet Ant in the family Mutillidae, a flightless female wasp (males have wings) that is reported to have an incredibly painful sting, if they are anything like their North American relatives.

Subject: Leaf Footed insect
Location: Malaysia
December 28, 2012 9:06 pm
Hi. I don’t need an ID just in the spirit of sharing wanted to send this through. It’s from the rainforests of peninsular Malaysia. Believe it’s a leaf footed bug from the family Coridae. Nice orange color.
Signature: David

Big Legged Bug

Hi David,
Though you didn’t request and ID, we still tried unsuccessfully to determine a species identification.  Bugs in the family Coreidae are sometimes called Leaf Footed Bugs and sometimes Big Legged Bugs.  Those known as Leaf Footed Bugs generally have flattened femoral structures.  We would be more inclined to call this a Big Legged Bug.  Hopefully we will eventually get a species identification.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Palm Desert, CA
December 28, 2012 1:02 pm
Sighted in yard in Palm Desert, CA today(Dec 28, 2012)?
Signature: PK

Mediterranean Mantis

Dear PK,
This appears to be a native Preying Mantis, the California Mantis,
Stagmomantis californica.  You can read about this native species on BugGuide and compare your female to this photo showing both a green and brown color variation.

Mediterranean Mantis

Correction:  Thanks to a comment from one of our readers, we have made an adjustment to the posting to indicate that this is a female Mediterranean Mantis which can be viewed on BugGuide.

Subject: wat is this
Location: St Lucia, South Africa
December 28, 2012 3:30 pm
I dont know what this is, please help
Signature: any

Robber Fly

Dear any,
This is really a spectacular looking Robber Fly in the family Asilidae.  We attempted to find a species identification and we found a matching photo of a mounted specimen on Beetles in the Bush that is identified as
Proagonistes praeceps, but alas, we have not been able to verify that identification elsewhere.  That specimen is from Natal, South Africa.  Beetles in the Bush provides contradictory information, calling it first a Hymenopteran and then a Robber Fly. also has a photo of a mounted specimen and provides this information:  “Proagonistes sp., a large Laphriine asilid from East Africa or Madagascar (Andrenosomatini – related to Andrenosoma, Pogonosoma, etc.).”  This might be the only photograph online of a living specimen.  Can you provide any additional information on where it was sighted?

Update:  December 31, 2013
Upon researching a new image of an African Robber Fly that we just received, we discovered a recent posting on this genus on Ecology Picture of the Week.