From the monthly archives: "February 2013"
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Subject: 7578533571
Location: Madison Heights, VA
February 22, 2013 3:38 pm
what the heck is this frightening thing?
Signature: Janice Lawson

Wheel Bug nymph

Wheel Bug nymph

Hi Janice,
This is an immature Wheel Bug and it appears to have recently molted.  Adult Wheel Bugs are winged and have a distinctive coglike crest on the thorax.

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Subject: Beautiful 4 inch bug
Location: Tampa Florida
February 21, 2013 6:50 pm
Another strange visitor in our yard here in Tampa Florida. V shaped body.
Signature: LSolie

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear LSolie,
This is a Wheel Bug and four inches seems rather huge.  We would suspect two inches to be the maximum size they attain.

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Subject: Beautiful Green Moth
Location: Puerto Rico
February 22, 2013 11:26 am
Hi! Could this be a Pluto Sphinx Moth? Picture taken February 11, 2013.
Signature: ~AM

Xylophanes pluto

Xylophanes pluto

Dear AM,
The Pluto Sphinx,
Xylophanes pluto, that is pictured on the Sphingidae of the Americas website looks somewhat similar to your moth because it is in the same genus.  Your moth is Xylophanes chiron, and it is also pictured on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

Thank you for your time and quick reply!

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Subject: Trichoptera?
Location: sand Forest South Africa
February 20, 2013 5:58 pm
Hello Bugman! I’m finding such a hard time to ID this insect by myself and need a hand. I don’t think this is a neuropteran neither a megalopteran, the very long antennaes confused me and also the size off the bug, too big to be a caddisfly, but could it be a different kind off Trichoptera? apprecite your help!
thanks a lot,the pics are from South Africa
Signature: Barbara Garcia

Orthopteran

HI Barbara,
In our opinion, this is a member of the order Orthoptera and the Suborder Ensifera, the Longhorned Orthopterans, which includes Katydids.  Your photo lacks clarity and we haven’t the time to search for a more specific identification at this time.

Ensiferan

Hi Daniel and Barbara:
Right you are Daniel. It looks like a Bark Katydid in the genus Cymatomera. It looks very similar to C. denticollis, but according to the ‘Field Guide To Insects of South Africa’  (page 84 and photo 4 on page 85) there are six similar species in the genus. Piotr Naskrecki provides some interesting comments in his photo blog ‘The Smaller Majority’. Regards.  Karl

Thanks Karl,
We depend upon Piotr Naskrecki for many Katydid identifications and we didn’t realize he has a blog.

 

 

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Subject: Mosquito like bug?
Location: Pasadena California
February 21, 2013 1:47 am
Hello bugman! I found this strange looking insect today while on my patio. At first I thought Mosquito, but it has a strange shape, i.e. its wings. I figure I send this your way & see if you can help out.
Season: winter (February)
Found on patio wall
Thanks!
Signature: Jeeb

Plume Moth

Hi Jeeb,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.  According to BugGuide, it is “A distinctive family of moths, but difficult to identify to genus or species.”

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Subject: Engorged Tick
Location: Southern Connecticut
February 19, 2013 11:27 pm
Any way for a non-expert to tell the difference between an engorged dog vs. deer tick? Most internet images I’ve seen are very similar.
We found this on our bedroom carpet– we’re not convinced it was actually on our dog.
Signature: Fran Maurais

Tick

Hi Fran,
We don’t feel confident enough to distinguish between species of Ticks, but we are posting your images and perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply an answer.  Out gut feeling is that this is a Dog Tick.  You can also search BugGuide for images of Dog Ticks,
Dermacentor variabilis, and Deer Ticks, Ixodes scapularis, are also represented on BugGuide.

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