From the monthly archives: "June 2013"
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Subject: Assassin Bug?
Location: Torrance, southern California, U.S.A.
May 25, 2013 10:17 pm
Found this in my front yard in the jasmine, it is very small (less than an inch) and I snapped a picture of it, then asked my friends what they thought it was. It has sparked an argument and we have decided that it is probably some sort of assassin bug, but I have perused pages and pages of photos and have not seen anything that looks like this. Do you know?
Signature: Erica

Katydid Nymph

Katydid Nymph

Hi Erica,
We are so happy to hear that the identification of this insect has sparked a dialog as to its identity.  It is not an Assassin Bug, but rather an immature Katydid.  Adult Katydids often resemble large green grasshoppers with long antennae.  We are postdating your submission to go live in early June since we will be away from the office and we want daily updates to our site.

Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear that it’s not an Assassin Bug and I really like Katydids. By the way, I love the site and use it frequently, keep up the good work. Thanks again!

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Subject: a type of bumble, or something else?
Location: West Seattle
May 31, 2013 5:22 pm
I have bees browsing a swath of pink geraniums in West Seattle.
Can you tell me what kind they are, or if they are juveniles of a common bee?
Signature: Terre Shattuck

Yellow Fronted Bumble Bees

Yellow Fronted Bumble Bees

Hi Terre,
Thanks to BugGuide, we were able to identify your Yellow Fronted Bumble Bees, Bombus flavifrons.  According to BugGuide:  “Widely distributed in US and Canada.”   These really are beautiful Bumble Bees.  We are postdating your submission to go live in early June while we are away from the office.

Yellow Fronted Bumble Bee

Yellow Fronted Bumble Bee

 

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Subject: Scary…ish bug?
Location: Smithton, Pennsylvania
May 28, 2013 9:47 pm
Hi!
Today, I was walking on a trail today (a chilly 29th May) and found two of these. After numerous searches, I’m at a loss as to what these are, because I was pretty fascinated by them. The trail is in Western Pennsylvania, nearby a river. There’s lots of woods around, and lots of streams and springs, and such – if that’s helpful.
Thanks for your help!
Signature: Z

Hellgrammite

Hellgrammite

Dear Z,
This is a Hellgrammite, the larva of a Dobsonfly.  We just postdated an image of a male Dobsonfly to go live on June 5 since we will be away from the office.  We are going to postdate your Hellgrammite image to go live on June 6.

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Subject: ???Dragonfly bodied mutant never seen b4 bug??
Location: Crestview, Florida
May 26, 2013 9:21 pm
I’ve been around 40 years and I have never seen an insect like this before. It was on my garage door late one night. It has 2 sets of wings that look like they are from a cicada, beyond that its just weird.
Signature: Don Wilson

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Don,
This impressive creature is a male Dobsonfly, and Dobsonflies are among our most common identification requests during the summer months.  Despite the impressive mandibles, Dobsonflies are harmless.  Your submission will go live next week since we are leaving the office for a short holiday and we are postdating submissions to go live during our absence.

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Subject: Is this a Railroad Worm?
Location: Birmingham, AL
May 31, 2013 9:44 pm
My kids and I found this large and leggy bug this morning (May 31) in Birmingham, Alabama. It was about the same length as a granola bar (see photo). A friend suggested that it might be a Railroad Bug. Can you identify it for me? I have never seen anything like it!
Signature: Elizabeth Mitchell

Millipede

Millipede

Hi Elizabeth,
This is not a Railroad Worm which is the larva of a Glowworm.  This is a Millipede and we believe we have correctly identified it as Pachydesmus crassicutis thanks to images posted on BugGuide where it is reported from nearby Tennessee and Mississippi.  We are postdating your submission to go live in early June during our holiday from the office.

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Subject: Beetle on Coreopsis grandiflora in late May, Ontario
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
May 26, 2013 12:28 pm
Hi Bugman,
I returned from a week away to find my garden in full bloom, and these bugs, beetles I think , covering the flower buds and in the leaf axils of 2 Coreopsis grandiflora that I planted in my garden about a month ago , obtained from a local nursery, that gets them from elsewhere I am sure.
I would like to know what they are, I think they seem intent on eating the foliage.
I have also notesd that where they were planted is too moist, the plants have powdery mildew which may be predisposing them to attack by bugs.
My garden is in Ottawa, Ontario, season late spring.
Here are some photos. Shall I pick and destroy. Or leave them be?
Signature: merrivet

Ragweed Leaf Beetles

Ragweed Leaf Beetles

Dear merrivet,
These are Leaf Beetles in the family Chrysomelidae.  We believe them to be in the genus
Zygogramma, and we believe they might be Ragweed Leaf Beetles, Zygogramma suturalis. According to bugGuide:  “Food host: ragweed (Ambrosia, Asteraceae).”  Coreopsis is in the family Asteraceae.  We will be leaving town in early June and we are postdating your submission to go live next week.  

Ragweed Leaf Beetles

Ragweed Leaf Beetles

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