From the monthly archives: "October 2013"

Subject: Help Please to Identify this lovely (wasp?) but
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
October 24, 2013 8:54 pm
Hi, yesterday I saw this little guy walking on my driveway and was intrigued with his colors. The shape generally reminds me of a wasp, but I could be miles wrong. His wings were black with a blue-ish/purple-ish sheen, and bright yellow antennae.
I hope the pic provides enough clues.
Signature: Brenda

Ichneumon:  Therion morio

Ichneumon: Therion morio

Dear Brenda,
This is a Parasitic Wasp known as an Ichneumon.  We are nearly certain it is
Therion morio, but that species generally has yellow legs.  See BugGuide for additional photos.

Thank you, Daniel. I’m shocked but very excited to get a response so quickly! I’ll check it out now.
Thanks,
Brenda

Hi again Brenda,
Our very small staff is only able to post a few of the numerous requests we receive daily.  We try to choose from interesting subject lines when we begin reading submissions, and then we post those that we believe would most interest our readership.  Underrepresented species on our site, unusual sightings, timely sightings, interesting letters and beautiful photographs are just some of the criteria we use to select letters to post.  Sadly, we do not have the time to read every letter and submission.  Perhaps when we retire from the work force we will have more time to devote to What’s That Bug? which started so small many years ago in the previous millenium, and which has grown to a difficult to manage size over the years.

Subject: haven’t got a clue on what this is
Location: Northern California
October 24, 2013 2:24 pm
Just trying to figure out what this insect is.
Signature: Jason Dalen

Ovate Shieldback

Ovate Shieldback

Dear Jason,
We believe we have identified your Katydid as an Ovate Shieldback,
Aglaothorax ovata, and this is a new species for our site.  We identified it on BugGuide.  The long ovipositor indicates that this is a female.

Subject: Costa Rica bug
Location: Northern Costa Rica
October 24, 2013 9:27 am
Howdy,
Attached are two photos of this bug, who wants to move in with us. We’re near Lake Arenal in northern Costa Rica. The bug is about generally 30-40mm in length, with long antennae. We first saw one in mid September. Now they’re all over the place. They are very adept at getting in our house, and very determined to do so. We escort one outside, and in no time there’s another. We saw the first one on our patio floor, but they usually are on the wall or ceiling. Thanks!
Signature: Ray Granade

Taeniotes scalatus

Taeniotes scalatus

Hi Ray,
My what impressive antennae this Bycid or Longicorn has.  Earlier this year, we posted another photo of
Taeniotes scalatus, also from Costa Rica. 

Taeniotes scalatus

Taeniotes scalatus

Subject: Land shrimp??!!
Location: Perth, Western Australia
October 24, 2013 9:21 pm
Hi, I heard this little critter crawling across my laminate floor this morning. It was very noisy!! I thought it was a giant cockroach, until closer inspection reveals it looks like a shrimp/earwig/cricket type of bug. Needless to say, I caught it and put it outside. Never ever seen one before. Any ideas??
Location: Perth, Western Australia (less than 1 mile from beach)
Month: October (spring-summer), 25C today
Colour: sandy brown with dark brown head
Length: 5cm approx.
Signature: A. Price

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear A. Price,
Mole Crickets like the one you photographed are found in may parts of the world.  They are subterranean dwellers that use their front legs to burrow beneath the surface.

Dear Daniel,
Thanks for solving the mystery for me!
Cheers,
Anys

Subject: Caterpillar identification
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
October 23, 2013 12:40 am
Hi,
I am hoping that you are able to please assist me in identifying a caterpillar that we have found in the garden. It is on our grape vine and about the width and size of your index finger. We are currently halfway through spring.
We live in South Australia, and are puzzled as to what sort it is and have spent endless hours trawling the internet.
Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Signature: Joanne

Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Hi Joanne,
We believe we have correctly identified your Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Hippotion celerio, thanks to this identification on the Natural History Museum website and this photo from Project Noah.  One of the best places to learn more about the Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar is the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic website.

Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Subject: Family Meloidae
Location: Kuching, Malaysia
October 23, 2013 7:22 pm
Hello Bugman,
I found this beetle a few years ago (2009?) before I was very interested in entomology. At the time I just thought it looked cool and took a picture. I was on a mission trip in Kuching, Malaysia. Now that I am studying entomology in college I have been more motivated to identify this beetle. I’m thinking that it is in the family Meloidae and the genus Horia. What do you think?
(I am resending this email because I am afraid the last one I sent did not have the picture attached. Sorry.)
Signature: Shiloh

Blister Beetle:  Horia species

Blister Beetle: Horia species

Hi Shiloh,
Our first impression was that this must be a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but we looked up your suggestion.  The legs on your beetle are quite distinctive, but unfortunately, the photo is not ideal for revealing that feature.  We found a photo of a preserved specimen of
Horia roepkei on Meloidae.com, but we cannot say for certain it is the same species.  There are some wonderful photos on Wikipedia (not our first choice for citing) and they look remarkably like your image.  If we are trusting Wikipedia, then we believe you are correct.  We still wish you had a photo that showed the interesting features of this beetle a little better.  The World of Insects also has a photo that looks similar.