Scarab from Kenya: Pachnoda species

Subject: scarab? Location: nairobi, kenya October 27, 2013 10:22 am Dear Bugman What do you reckon a scarab? Very bright orange, lovely marking in black white and brown on the legs and undercarriage About an inch and a half long Signature: jasmin Hi jasmin, You are correct that this is a Scarab, and we believe … Read more

Mating Red Shouldered Bugs

Subject: Identification of beetle Location: Glendale, CA October 29, 2013 8:34 pm Hello, I am a Biology professor at Glendale College in California, and one of my students sent me this nice photo of beetles mating. I’ve tried to identify them but can’t find anything that looks right. Thanks for your help. I believe the … Read more

We’re Skipping Town …

October 31, 2013 We will be away from the office for the first week in November and we will not have internet connectivity, so we will not be responding to any identification requests. In our absence, kindly search our extensive archive using our effective search engine. Update:  November 7, 2013 We are back but overwhelmed … Read more

Flower Longhorn: Typocerus deceptus

Subject: what is this? Location: Braxton County, WV October 30, 2013 11:54 am here is an insect on a Queen Anne’s Lace. Any idea what it is? Signature: Nora Dotson Dear Nora, We identified your Flower Longhorn as Typocerus deceptus on BugGuide, however the season is listed as June-July.  We checked the metadata on your … Read more

Western Spotted Orbweaver

Subject: Black Orb Weaver Location: San Diego, CA October 30, 2013 9:57 am Need scientific name for this unusual black orb weaver with gold specs on its abdomen. Signature: Donna Walker – Writer/Trail Guide Hearts Pest Management Writer/Blogger Hi Donna, We believe we have correctly identified your spider as a highly variable Western Spotted Orbweaver, … Read more