Bee Assassin

Subject: Milkweed Assassin Bug on Milkweed? Location: Coryell County, central Texas April 27, 2013 3:37 pm I went in search of wildflower photo ops today, and also found some interesting insects. Is this a milkweed assassin bug on the milkweed? I took its red coloration, bright patterns, and Sumo-wrestler stance as warnings, and kept my … Read more

Owl Butterfly Caterpillar with Tachinid Fly Eggs from Costa Rica

Subject: I named him Ryno Location: Costa rica Jungle April 27, 2013 5:07 pm This is a little friend I found deep in the Jungle in Costa Rica. Anyone who what he is? Signature: Ryno Dear Ryno, We do not recognize this unusual looking caterpillar.  Generally Butterfly Caterpillars are not hairy, but we suspect this … Read more

Grasshopper from Costa Rica

Subject: Costa Rica unusual antennae grasshopper Location: Cahuita, Costa Rica April 26, 2013 11:46 am Greetings. I haven’t been able to identify this critter beyond probably immature, probably Acrididae. When I first saw it, I couldn’t even figure out which part was the head. Some photos are out of focus, but I included them for … Read more

Giant Stonefly with Eggs from Canada

Subject: Stonefly? Location: Maple Ridge, BC, Canada April 26, 2013 3:02 pm hi bugman! This colourful flying insect had a collision with my brother’s mower. I think it’s a Stonefly. The closest match I’ve been able to find is Utaperla gaspesiana. The eggbundle was attached to the insects abdomen. Signature: Storm Dear Storm, While we … Read more