From the monthly archives: "February 2014"
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Subject: Unidentified Costa Rican moth no. 2
Location: Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica
February 26, 2014 7:50 pm
This is the second most impressive moth that I was unable to identify. Also at about 600 meters, Caribbean slope. Fairly large, wingspan was probably 2-3 inches, maybe a bit more. Thanks.
Signature: Ben Jesup

Unknown Moth

Unknown Moth

Hi Ben,
We are posting your unidentified Moth and we hope that you might eventually get an identification.  We frequently get comments many years later, and when that much time has elapsed, it is rare for us to be able to email back to the original querant with an ID, so we would urge you to provide a comment on the posting with any additional information that will be helpful so that the marvels of the internet will compensate for the shortcomings of the WTB? editorial staff.

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Subject: Wow what’s this bug?
Location: Nr Mount Everest
February 26, 2014 1:31 am
My friend found this bug in his bed in nepal.
It’s like a bed bug with scorpian arms!
I have done a little looking online but can’t find anything quite like it!
Think it was discovered near mount everest or when they were going to base camp.
Otherwise it was somewhere else in nepal.
Sorry the photo sin’t great.
Signature: Happy Bunny

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Happy Bunny,
This is a harmless predatory Pseudoscorpion, and its location near Mount Everest has piqued our interest.  We normally get photos of Pseudoscorpions because they are found in homes and dwellings, and we wonder if they have adapted through the years to benefit from a close association with humans by preying upon pests that trouble us, like Bed Bugs.

Thank you so much for looking at that for me 🙂
I have told my friend what it is, he will be pleased as it freaked him out a bit!
Thanks again
Kind regards
Miss Arnold

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Subject: Is it, could it be… a “Fairy Fly” wasp?
Location: Porto, Portugal
February 27, 2014 5:52 am
Olá WTB?,
I was on the laptop the other night, even looking at WTB when I saw a tiny, tiny bug on the screen, grabbed the camera and took some photos. The bug was very accommodating, apparently quite interested in the light from the computer screen. Finally though I encourage a transfer onto a paper receipt so I could hopefully get some better pics not in a backlit. But, still the tiny bug stretched the limits of my little camera.
It would seem the bug is at least a tiny wasp, but… is it possibly a fairy fly wasp? S/he seems to have long enough antennae and be small enough (that’s my middle finger in one of the photos and I have small hands). The receipt shows numbers on the other side that only measured about 1mm so that’s the size of the little flyer too.
Still February in Porto but the bugs are not waiting.
Thanks again for all you do. 🙂
Signature: Curious Girl

Parasitic Wasp

Parasitic Wasp

Dear Curious Girl,
We are posting your photos, and we hope some eminent expert on Parasitic Hymenopterans can provide you with a conclusive identification, but that is beyond the scope of our ability.  We believe this is some type of Parasitic Wasp, and you can view a wealth of species from North America on BugGuide.   At last, we are getting some rain in Los Angeles, but the experts warn that this is not a sign that the drought has ended as the snow pack is still well below average.  This rain will doubtless result in a fabulous display of desert wildflowers in the coming weeks.

Parasitic Wasp

Parasitic Wasp

Parasitic Wasp

Parasitic Wasp

Cool Daniel.
Do you think it could be Aphidiinae Braconidae (Braconid Wasp)?
Apparently they are part of Integrated Pest Management against aphids (and they get really convoluted when they attack). Funny as I did get a picture of an aphid just outside too that day though I wasn’t trying to get that one.
Here’s a couple bonus pics (though the “bug” doesn’t look much different in them). Hope you find them cool.
Plus, even though I know it messes with your system I’m sending a couple of a different tiny wasp from London’s Hyde Park last September because it came up in my search and they are so similar plus I just realized the victim for this wasp might be on the flower too! You think? I don’t believe I knew either were there when I took the picture. I think I was just trying to get the flower and the bonus was bugs.
Very cool on finally getting some rain, and hopefully some great flowers (take pictures!). I was in Death Valley once when it rained and it seemed almost immediately a bajillion tiny, tiny flowers carpeted the desert. As you no doubt know, lack of rain has not been a problem in this part of the world (especially the UK). When I was there in March ’12 they were thinking there might be a drought, so implemented water conservation only to have the 3rd wettest summer ever (which of course I also was able to experience… ::sigh::).

Parasitic Wasp

Parasitic Wasp checking out WTB?

Hi again Curious Girl,
We couldn’t resist posting your new photo in a shameless bit of self promotion.  We are also including your London image with the same posting, discarding all efforts at “neat” categorizations.  It has been pouring all night in Los Angeles, and we are expecting the rain to stay with us for over 24 hours.  It is a perfect day to stay home by the fire, but alas, we must soon drive to “the valley” for work.  We are not looking forward to the hectic morning commute.

Tiny Wasp

Tiny Wasp from London

 

 

 

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Subject: Do I have bedbugs?
Location: Elko, NV
February 26, 2014 12:31 am
Bugman
For the past week I have found these little bugs in my daughters room on her wall surrounding her night light. I get rid of them daily and each morning there are 5-10 more bugs around her night light. I have searched everywhere in her room for more of them, or to see if I can find a nest or more signs of them but nothing. I haven’t found them anywhere else in the house. She has no bite marks or rashes. I’m not sure how to get rid of them or find out where they are coming from. I have no pets but just moved into my home 5 months ago it is a older home and was vacant for 3 years prior to us moving in.
Please help me??
Signature: Freaked out by bugs.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Dear Freaked out by bugs,
You have a serious problem with either Bed Bugs, or another closely related, blood sucking relative in the family Cimicidae.  According to BugGuide, they are:  “ectoparasites of birds and mammals; most are associated with birds & bats, only 2 spp. (
Cimex lectularius and C. hemipterus) are permanently associated with humans.”  We urge you to take immediate action as you have an infestation, judging by the numbers you cite and the size of the individuals in the images you provided.  They are definitely reproducing nearby.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Even species not normally associated with humans will bite sleeping people if no other prey is available.  Most of the identification requests we receive of potential Bed Bugs are Carpet Beetle larvae or something too blurry to identify, but you have the real deal.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Thank you much for quick response.  Now I’m totally freaked out.  What is the best course of action to take to insure that I get rid of all of them? That they don’t come back?  Is this something I can do on my own or do I need to find professional help?
Thanks

We just approved a comment to your site from a pest control agency that states:  “These are definitely bed bugs. Freaked out by bugs should definitely check the crevices of the daughter’s mattress, along with the sheets, pillows and night stand. There is definitely an infestation and it should be treated immediately.”  It would require incredible diligence on your part to eradicate the infestation.  This would be a situation where we believe the best course of action would be to have a professional assess the situation.  Eradication is compounded by the fact that Bed Bugs can survive a long time without feeding.

 

 

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Subject: Strange fly – Accra Ghana
Location: Accra Ghana
February 25, 2014 9:53 am
Hi,
Live in Ghana, west Africa, these bugs keep appearing in my bedroom, never seen them before anywhere else. I’ve lived in the US before and never saw them there either. My biggest concern is if it is harmful, like carry some disease. Please help! Thanks
Signature: ND

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

Dear ND,
This is a Wasp, not a Fly, and it does not carry disease.  We are surmising that once we tell you that this is a beneficial Ensign Wasp that parasitizes the ootheca or egg cases of Cockroaches, helping to reduce their populations, that no additional individuals will fall victim to Unnecessary Carnage.

Dear Daniel,
I really appreciate the information and advice, especially knowing how much you have to work on each day.
I also want to assure you that these wasps will no longer suffer at my hands.
Best Regards
Nukunu

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Subject: Need to identifyH
Location: Hyderbad, Andhra pradesh, India.
February 25, 2014 1:51 am
Hello bugman,
I just discovered this blog, I would like to know this bugs name. I found it near a lake covered with hyacinth in Hyderbad, Andhra pradesh, India.
I have my gallery on http://www.flickr.com/photos/morbidillusion
Please let me know. Thanks a bunch. I’m your fan already
Signature: Saloni

Lychee Shield Bug

Lychee Shield Bug

Hi Saloni,
There are several very similar looking Jewel Bugs in the family Scutellaridae from India, but we believe your individual is a Lychee Shield Bug,
Chrysocoris stolli, which is well documented on the internet, including on Dave’s Garden

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