From the yearly archives: "2013"
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Subject: Pilbara Beetle
Location: South Hedland, Western Australia
December 31, 2013 3:10 am
Hi, we recently had a cyclone in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and on cleaning up the debris, I found this little guy. I have found a couple of photos on the net, but the name of the beetle continues to elude me. I hope you might be able to help identify this beetle. Thanks in advance.
Signature: Thanks, Anthony

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Flower Beetle:  Eupoecila inscripta

Hi Anthony,
We thought a beautiful and distinctive beetle such as this would be much easier to identify, but alas, a species or genus is eluding us.  We believe it may be a member of the Scarab Beetle subfamily Cetoniinae, known as the Flower Beetles in Australia.  This group includes the equally dramatic and beautiful Fiddler Beetle.  Perhaps we will have more luck later or perhaps one of our readers will come to our rescue with this identification.

Update:  Eupoecila inscripta
Thanks to a comment from Jacob, we were directed to Bowerbird where there is a nice set of images of the Flower Beetle, Eupoecila inscripta, and it looks like a perfect match to this lovely Scarab.  We also found a photo on FlickR.  The Atlas of Living Australia has sightings along the northern portion of West Australia.  We have already noted the similarity to the Fiddler Beetle, and our observation has some merit since the Fiddler Beetle, Eupoecila australasiae, is in the same genus that this Flower Beetle.

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Subject: aussietrev
Location: Queensland, Australia
December 30, 2013 11:13 pm
Hi guys,
All the best for the festive season and a fantastic new year. Hope you like this shot of the Blue Tiger Butterfly, seems a bit under represented on the site. They pass through my property on their migratory journey each year but it is rare to get one sitting still long enough for a shot.
Keep up the good work, till next year then,
best wishes
Trevor
Signature: aussietrev

Blue Tiger Butterfly

Blue Tiger Butterfly

Hi Trevor,
Thanks for sending in your beautiful image.  We have to admit that for the past few days, we have been mostly fielding requests to identify Household Intruders and many of those images have been blurry and lacking in critical detail.  While cellular telephones allow folks to document things they encounter, the bottom line is that the quality of the images produced on the best portable communication devices pales when compared to the fine digital images that are produced with professional cameras when they are in trained artistic hands.  As the relevance of teaching photography comes under scrutiny due to budget cuts at the college level in America, we can’t help but to ponder the ubiquity of the photographic image and the importance good photographs play on successful websites.  Excellent quality images like your Blue Tiger Butterfly,
Tirumala hamata, help to make our humble website a more exciting place to visit.

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Ed. Note:  Happy New Year
What’s That Bug? has been appearing as an online column since 1998 (originally on the now defunct American Homebody website) and then as a unique website since 2002.  If we consider the development of the website to be our true date of birth, we are beginning our thirteenth year online.  Our first Bug of the Month was the Dobsonfly in June 2006, and each month since then, we featured some bug that is representative of the season or relevant for some other reason.  Since the beginning of the new year is always a kind of rebirth, we thought you might enjoy this positively gorgeous set of images of the Metamorphosis of the Ladybird Beetle that were shot on Barbados.

Ladybird Beetle Eggs

Ladybird Beetle Eggs

Subject: different stages in a ladybird’s development
Location: Barbados
December 30, 2013 8:39 pm
Hi Daniel,
That is good to know. i will send in some pics occasionally but for now i think this set will make a great addition to your site. It is a set of the different stages in a ladybird’s development. eggs > larvae > pupa > adult and one of an adult with a buffet of aphids.
Regards,
Signature: Niaz

Ladybird Larva

Ladybird Larva

Dear Niaz,
Thank you so much for sending us your beautiful images documenting the metamorphosis of a Lady Beetle on Barbados.  We haven’t had much luck determining the species, however we are thrilled to find it is not the invasive, exotic Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, a species that has gotten a strong hold in North America, and which we fear might be resulting in a drop in the populations of native Lady Beetle species because of the fierce competition as well as aggressive predation.

Lady Beetle Pupa

Lady Beetle Pupa

It is the time of the month for us to select a Bug of the Month for January 2014, and we have selected your submission to run on our scrolling banner for the next month.  We thought metamorphosis would be a lovely subtext for the beginning of the new year.  So Happy New Year to all of our faithful readers as well as to our new visitors.

Lady Beetle from Barbados

Lady Beetle from Barbados

As an aside, the photo of the Lady Beetle feeding on the Aphids allows us to tag this as a Food Chain posting.

Lady Beetle feeds on Aphids

Lady Beetle feeds on Aphids

 

 

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Subject: Bug
Location: Columbus, OH
December 29, 2013 7:15 pm
What kind of bug is this? I’m in Columbus, OH and it’s winter. This is the third one I’ve seen in two days in my house. 2 in my upstairs bedroom & one in my downstairs living room.
Signature: Jess

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Hi Jess,
This is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, and Stink Bugs often enter homes to hibernate when the weather cools.
  Your photo lacks critical clarity, but we believe this is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, an invasive, exotic species from Asia that is spreading in North America.  More information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug can be found on Field Crop News.

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Subject: Bugs in my Bathroom
Location: West Michigan
December 29, 2013 8:05 pm
Recently I have been finding these bugs all around on the floor of my bathroom. They are usually lying on their backs and look like they are dead, but when I pick them up they try to crawl away. They are approximately 5/8inch long. Are Blackish brown, with a tannish colored band around them. They don’t seem harmful, but I do not care much for creepy crawlies in my home. I have looked at hundreds of pictures online, but could not find them. I would really appreciate it if you could identify them for me. Thank You!
Signature: Buggy Bathroom

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Buggy Bathroom,
Despite the extreme blurriness of your image, the pattern on this Larder Beetle,
Dermestes lardarius, is very evident.  Larder Beetles infest stored foods, including dried meats and pet food.  Perhaps you have a large bag of pet food that they are feeding upon.  According to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Entomology site:  “The larder beetle is a commercial pest as well as a household pest. This is a cosmopolitan species which was historically a pest of cured meats in Europe, the United States, and Canada. The use of refrigeration, the purchase of meats in small quantities, and the lack of home curing of meats, have decreased the economic importance of this insect. However, these beetles are still common in homes, museums, mills, livestock facilities, and any place that contains a suitable food source. Typically, these would include any animal by-product such as dried dog food, furs, hides, and feathers. Also, many pantry items can become infested. Another potential food source are dead insects in attic and wall voids that become trapped when they seek an overwintering site. In the fall insects such as flies, bugs, beetles and wasps, accumulate in attics and similar spaces in the home. Many of the hibernating insects die, attracting larder beetles which lay eggs on dead insects. The larvae of the larder beetle then feed on the dead insects.”  We would encourage you to search out the site of the infestation, and it might not necessarily be in the bathroom.

Thank You so much, I don’t know how I missed that picture. This is definately what they are. I started seeing the Larve first then the beetles shortly after I bombed my house for fleas, so they may be feeding on other dead bugs in the walls.   Thank you again.

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Subject: bug unidentified
Location: Victoria, Australia
December 30, 2013 1:11 am
Hi,
My name is Ivan, i live in Victoria, Australia , recently they stared to build a house behind my home, since then these unidentified bugs have migrated to my backyeard.
There all over my windows and trying to get into my house, i have googled this unidentified bug and can not find anything on it, there are similar ones but not the same. I got pest control to come over ande see the bugs but they told me they were Springtail bugs because they have two antenas when he left i googled this Springtail bug and it doe not look like it at all.
I have taken photos and measured two of them a small one and a large one, the sizes are the smallest one 3mm and the larger one is 6mm.
Please help with identifing this bug. I dont want this bug to hurt my family especially my 5 month old daughter.
regards
Signature: Ivan

Unknown Nymph

Unknown Heteropteran Nymph

Dear Ivan,
All three images you submitted are True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera, and they are definitely NOT Springtails.  Two of your photos appear to be the same species and they are immature.  Due to their small size, we are speculating that they are either Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae, or Chinch Bugs in the family Blissidae.  It may be difficult to determine the exact species as they are immature specimens.

Unknown Heteropteran Nymph

Unknown Heteropteran Nymph

The third photograph appears to be a different species, and it most closely resembles the Stink Bugs and Shield Bugs in the superfamily Pentatomoidea, but due to its small size, we cannot be certain.  It is a winged adult.  Compare your but to this North American Shield Bug Sphyrocoris obliquus that is pictured on BugGuide.  We are posting your photos and tagging them as unidentified.  We will attempt further research if time permits and perhaps one of our readers will be able to contribute some helpful information.  In our opinion, both species may present a nuisance due to their large numbers, but we don’t believe either species poses a direct threat to your family.

Unknown True Bug

Unknown True Bug

 

 

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