From the monthly archives: "April 2014"
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Subject: Unusual Metallic Wasp?
Location: San Juan Islands, WA USA
April 26, 2014 9:49 am
This guy was hanging out on my front steps in March. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The wings were silver, metallic, and shiny, the head was yellow and feathery or dusty looking. It looked wasp-like. It seemed unresponsive, might have been dead. It was about 1-2 inches long.
Signature: Scarlett

Hymenopteran

Hymenopteran

Hi Scarlett,
We are posting your image and letter while we continue to researching the identity of this Hymenopteran, a member of the order that includes wasps, bees and sawflies.

Request to Eric Eaton
Hi Eric,
This looks like a Sawfly to me, but I cannot find its identity.  Any
thoughts?
Thanks
Daniel

Eric Eaton Responds
Daniel:
Good call.  It is indeed a sawfly, likely a species of Dolerus, almost completely covered in flower pollen.
Eric

Ed. Note:  See BugGuide for information on Dolerus Sawflies.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Central Kansas
April 27, 2014 8:40 pm
This black Beetle looking bug bit me. The bite really burned, and my finger swelled up very badly. I attached two pics of the bug and one of my finger where it bit me
Signature: Shannon

Probably Masked Hunter

Probably Masked Hunter

Hi Shannon,
This is an Assassin Bug, not a Beetle.  Though your image lacks clarity, we believe this is an adult Masked Hunter, a predatory species that will bite humans if provoked or if accidentally encountered.  Though the bite is painful, there is no lasting ill effect.

Bite of a Masked Hunter

Bite of a Masked Hunter

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Subject: caterpillars taking over vine
Location: Louisiana
April 27, 2014 7:27 pm
I have recently begun renovation on an old industrial lot and have been trying to identify many of the plant species that have taken over. I am a novice, so I’m not even sure what the vine is, my guess is morning glory. upon my visit to the lot today I have observed an abundance of an orange headed caterpillar eating away at it. There are very many of these, but they are isolated to one vine. I would greatly appreciate assistance in identifying them as I have great curiosity about the ecosystem in new Orleans, Louisiana. I have taken this photo today, April 27.
Signature: the curious prancing unicorn

Sawfly Larvae

Sawfly Larvae3

Hi curious prancing unicorn,
These are not caterpillars.  They are the larvae of Sawflies, and your mistake is a common error.  Without knowing the species of plant they were feeding upon, it might be difficult to correctly identify these Sawfly Larvae to the species level, but they do resemble this image of Birch Sawflies from BugGuide, so we believe they are in the family Argidae.  You can browse through the images on BugGuide to see if you can find a good match.

Sawfly Larvae

Sawfly Larvae

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Subject: Phillipino butterfly
Location: Manilla, Philippines
April 28, 2014 3:50 am
Hello Bugman,
My brother is working in the Philippines, and he found this gorgeous butterfly in the entrance to his office building today. The quality isn’t great, it was taken with his cell phone but you can still see details.
I was wondering if you could help me give it a name.
Thanks, and continue your wonderful work! This is really a wonderful website!
Signature: Ben, from Israel

Hi again Bugman,
I found it! Turns out it’s a tropical swallowtail moth, Lyssa zampa, and not a butterfly.
Feel free to post it on your website,
Ben

Swallowtail Moth

Swallowtail Moth

Hi Ben,
Thanks for forwarding your brother’s image of a Tropical Swallowtail Moth, and thanks for the compliment as well.

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Subject: Anax junius (?) and some bug art
Location: Niagara
April 27, 2014 6:36 pm
Hello,
Enjoying your site as always. I rescued this dragonfly from the roadway when I was out for a run today– surprisingly, he was alive and in good shape! He rode along on my finger for a while until I found a nice sunny–and safe– fence post for him to rest on. I suspect he was trying to soak up some heat from the asphalt. I think he’s a green darner (ajax junius), although I’m not sure he perfectly matches the pictures on your site. I didn’t think to measure him before I left him, but hopefully my hand gives enough sense of scale. He’s my first dragonfly of the season, so I’m very excited that he let me give him a lift!
I’ve also attached a dragonfly doodle I recently finished–thought you might enjoy.
Thanks!
Signature: Alison

Green Darner

Green Darner

Dear Alison,
Your Green Darner image is beautiful, but we really love your Dragonfly doodle, which would make gorgeous fabric print.

Update:  April 28, 2014
Oops.  We forgot to post the image of your art.

Dragonfly Doodle

Dragonfly Doodle

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Subject: Bug Take Over on Tree
Location: Northwestern Ontario Canada
April 27, 2014 2:59 pm
Hello,
Last year I noticed these bugs appearing on a tree in my yard. This year there are MANY MANY MANY of them taking over the tree, and the snow JUST melted.
Cannot figure out what the bug is, or how to help stop it from killing this tree.
Thanks for your help,
Jared R
Signature: Jared

Green Tree Beetles

Green Tree Beetles

Hi Jared,
We don’t know exactly where to begin looking to identify these green Beetles.  We have written to Eric Eaton for assistance.

Green Tree Beetles

Green Tree Beetles

Eric Eaton Responds
Hi, Daniel:
Those *aren’t* woodborers.  They are “flea beetles,” probably in the genus Altica, family Chrysomelidae.  Perhaps they overwintered as adults.
Eric

Green Tree Beetle

Green Tree Beetle

thanks Eric,
We have linked to the BugGuide page on the genus
Altica.

 

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