From the daily archives: "Monday, December 23, 2013"

Subject: Type of Ladybug?
Location: Hardwick, VT
December 23, 2013 10:41 am
I was doing some work in a cemetery and saw this unusual bug on a gravestone.
I’ve always been intrigued by bugs since I was a child so I decided to take a photo of it.
The cemetery is located in Hardwick, VT and the photo was taken this fall.
Signature: Erick

Leaf Beetle:  Calligrapha species

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha species

Hi Erick,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha.  According to BugGuide, there are at least 38 species in North America, and many are difficult to tell apart.

Subject: 2.5 – 3 ” beetle
Location: Navi Mumbai, India
December 23, 2013 3:52 am
I found this huge beetle outside my window the other day & am curious to know what it is. The size excluding the antennae was about 2.5 – 3″. It is winter here in Mumbai with day time temperatures ranging between 15-25 degrees celcius.
Signature: SJ


Mango Stem Borer

Dear SJ,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus
Batocera, most likely the Mango Stem Borer, Batocera rufomaculata.

Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I had looked it up online earlier. But the sites did not mention that it is found in India!
Thank you very much for the information.

Hi Again SJ,
According to Discover Life:  “Mango and figs are the main hosts throughout India and South-East Asia, the main range of the species; however, many other hosts are known including rubber and
Dyera costulata . Duffy (1968) listed about 50 known hosts. The species has also been recorded as a pest of cashew timber ( Anacardium spp. ) in Kerala, India (Gnanaharan et al., 1985) and mulberry ( Morus spp. ) in India (Butani, 1978; Sharma and Tara, 1985).”  There is much publicity because of the introduction of the Mango Stem Borer to Israel, but India is part of the natural range.

Subject: Insect
Location: Lancashire
December 23, 2013 3:40 am
This insect was found on garage forecourt (tarmac)
in Nelson-Lancashire
I cannot find an identification anywhere: can you please help
Signature: Curious

Unknown Moth

Pied Smudge

Dear Curious,
This is a Moth, but we are having trouble determining its identity.  You sent the email request today, but when did you observe the moth?  Many times people take photos in the summer, but neglect to send the photos until the boredom of winter sets in.  With additional free time to clean up unfinished business, many summer photos are sent to us in December.  If this moth actually appeared in December, that would be very helpful information.  The first lead we got was an interesting blog entitled 1000 for 1KSQ with the tag “a blog about the nuts and bolts of biodiversity – finding LOTS of species.  But how many can you find in just a single 1km square?”  Number 940 is 
Ethmia bipunctella (moth), a black and white moth that looks similar to your moth.  Armed with a name, we learned on UK Moths that the family Ethmiidae has several black and white moths found in the UK, however, none looks exactly like your individual.  BugGuide considers that to be a subfamily of the Grass Miner Moth family Elachistidae.  We are not satisfied that we have an accurate identification, and you might try browsing through the images on UK Moths to correctly determine your distinctive moth’s identity.
Well, our diligence paid off and we finally stumbled upon the Pied Smudge,
Ypsolopha sequella, on Norfolk Moths when we included the term “pied” in our UK search.  It is listed as “Local.  Highly distinctive species.  Rests by day on trunk of trees. comes to light.”  UK Moths states:  “This highly distinctive species, with its pied appearance, is locally widespread in wooded areas over England and Wales.  It flies at night in July and August, and comes to light.  The larvae feed mostly on species of Acer, particularly field maple (A. campestre).”

Thank you Daniel;
I am delighted that you have identified  my moth, without a doubt.
You are right too about the winter gloom being catch up time; this moth was photographed on the 22nd July 2013 at 10.30 in the morning.
We live close to a small wooded area of mostly Sycamore and Ash; there are no Acer.

Subject: Tiny Black Bugs
Location: North Carolina
December 22, 2013 7:59 pm
We found quite of large number of these tiny black bugs in our home tonight. They are smaller than fleas but do jump.
Signature: Matt

Globular Springtail we believe

Globular Springtail we believe

Hi Matt,
The photo is very tiny as well and we cannot really make out any structural details on your bug.  We believe this is a Globular Springtail which is a benign creature (that term just got us in trouble with the Arrow-Headed Flatworm) that can become a nuisance if they are plentiful, and Globular Springtails in the order Symphypleona are generally found in large numbers when conditions are damp.

Subject: Any clue what this is?
Location: Southeast USA
December 22, 2013 4:19 pm
I came across this while clearing dead leaves from a flowerbed near my house. It was just sitting on top of the mulch and at first I thought it was some sort of animal feces, but upon closer inspection, I noticed a smaller, nearly identical version laying next to it. I have no idea what this is or if its even a “bug.” I’ve searched online extensively, but to no avail. Any help with identifying this “thing” will be greatly appreciated.
Signature: Anonymous

Evicera perhaps

viscus perhaps

Dear Anonymous,
We do not believe these objects have any relation to insects or other bugs.  They remind us of viscera.  Perhaps a hawk or other predator eviscerated its prey near your flowerbed.  Years ago when we would feed the birds and large flocks of Mourning Doves would come to the yard to feed, we realized that we had created a smorgasbord for the Cooper’s Hawks that feed on birds.  Hawks would catch the doves and eviscerate them from the branches of a large carob tree and we frequently found viscera laying on top of the soil.  What’s in John’s Freezer has a photo of an eviscerated chicken to illustrate our opinion.

Viscera we believe

Viscera we believe