From the daily archives: "Tuesday, December 3, 2013"

Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Yakima, WA
December 3, 2013 9:45 am
Hey bugman! What a great resource your website is. Thanks for doing this!
Yesterday I woke up to hundreds of these little bugs all over my kitchen. I killed them with RAID and they haven’t come back (yet), but I’d like to know what they are.
I only found them in the kitchen and they don’t seem to be attracted to food. I found them near baseboards, on the counter, under small appliances, even behind pictures on my wall!
I guess they look like tiny ants, but I’m not sure.
Thanks for the help!
Signature: Sam from Yakima

Argentine Ant

Possibly Argentine Ant

Dear Sam,
This is an ant, and its photo and your description remind us of the vile, invasive exotic species, the Argentine Ant, however, to the best of our knowledge, the Argentine Ant has not been introduced to Washington State.

ha. Okay, an ant it is. Thanks!
Do you have a favorite method to eradicate them?  It seems Google loves the 1/2 borax and 1/2 powered sugar method. Would you agree?
Thanks,
Sam

Hi Sam,
Normally we don’t offer extermination advice, but in the case of Argentine Ants, the gloves are off.  We had not heard of mixing borax with powdered sugar, but the sugar would attract the ants and the borax would desicate them.  It might work.  We may give it a try.  The secret to controlling the Argentine Ants is to get to the queen.  Mother Nature Network recommends borax and sugar.

Daniel,
Thanks for forwarding me that link on the Mother Nature Network. Good stuff.
You’ve got me a bit scared about these Argentine Ants. They’re that bad, eh?
By the way, I came across this link http://www.epestsupply.com/argentine-ants.php#.Up9XGMR2NcY that shows Argentine Ants have been found in Central Washington. Guess where in Washington State I live? J
Thanks again!
Sam

Nice link.  Thanks Sam.

Subject: This looks like a mosquito
Location: Enterprise, AL
December 3, 2013 2:00 pm
This looks like a mosquito with horns. Found in my kitchen in Enterprise Alabama. Just curious of what it is.
Signature: Timothy Murray

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Hi Timothy,
The best we can do is to provide a family identification.  This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and it is often very difficult to identify individuals to the genus or species level.  See BugGuide for additional information on the Plume Moths.

Subject: Help
Location: New York
December 3, 2013 11:17 am
Hey, I found this strange looking bug that I cant seem to find online. I found it in my linen closet and where I put cooking utensils. I saw it at work also, in a container of cotton balls. I never found them alive, always dead. Please help! Thank You
Signature: Ashley J

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Hi Ashley,
This is a Spider Beetle, a common household pest that infests stored foods.

Subject: black six legged bug with antenna
Location: Chicago, IL
December 3, 2013 5:51 pm
Found this bug in my house… have never seen anything like it before
Signature: Thanks

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

This is an immature Masked Hunter, a species of Assassin Bug with a sticky exoskeleton that causes dust, lint, debris and other materials to stick to the surface of the insect, helping to camouflage it against its surroundings.  This is a beneficial, predatory species that will hunt undesirable insects in your home, including Bed Bugs.  Handle with caution as a Masked Hunter will bite if provoked.

Subject: Could this be a triatomine (”kissing”) bug?
Location: Austin, TX
December 3, 2013 3:30 pm
Hi!
I’m concerned this bug might be the potentially deadly kissing bug, especially since my area is particularly at risk. I appreciate anything you can tell me about it!
Signature: Larissa

Rough Stink Bug

Rough Stink Bug

Hi Larissa,
You were observant enough to notice resemblance to the Kissing Bug, and though your insect is in the same order, the two are in different families.  This is a Rough Stink Bug in the genus
Brochymena, and it is perfectly harmless.

Subject: Butterfly
Location: Costa Rica
December 3, 2013 3:03 pm
Could you help me identify this butterfly?
Thanks,
Signature: RNisly

Brushfooted Butterfly

Brushfooted Butterfly

Dear RNisly,
Our initial attempts to identify which species of butterfly you have photographed so beautifully came up blank, but we can tell you that it is a member of the Brushfooted Butterfly family Nymphalidae.  We will post the photo and continue to try to identify it, and we hope our readership will be able to lend us a helping hand with this lovely butterfly’s identity.

Orion Butterfly
Thanks to a comment from Richard Stickney, we now know this is an Orion Butterfly or Stinky Leafwing.  We found nice photos showing partially opened and closed wings on OdoLep Ecuador after locating this unnamed image on the Nymphalidae Systematics Group.