From the monthly archives: "March 2015"

Subject: This bug is destroying my life, please identify
Location: Eastern pennsylvania
March 28, 2015 9:18 am
This bug’s larval stage (I presume)is all over my home…inside and out. It is bothering my pets and bites me as well. I live in Eastern Pennsylvania and know for a fact that temperature doesn’t make it go away. We have a wood pile in our yard for our wood stove and I suspect the problem began there. This is what it looks like as a grown up. Please help me
Signature: Kate



Dear Kate,
Two of the images you attached are of seeds, not bugs, but we are not certain what plant they will produce.  The third image is too blurry to identify.

Subject: Huge Moth
Location: South Central Texas
March 27, 2015 6:08 pm
Could you identify this moth for me? I live at the easternmost edge of the Texas Hill Country where cedar and oak trees are prolific. The moth’s wings are about 3 inches in length. It clung to this brick in this position for 3 days. The antennae are very interesting. I believe it is a male. Many thanks!
Signature: Rita K, Schertz, TX

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Rita,
This beauty is a Polyphemus Moth,
Antheraea polyphemus, and you can tell by the feathery antennae that it is a male.  We hope you were able to see him with his wings opened, because the incredible eyespots on his wings are quite showy.

Subject: help identifying beetle?
Location: Oregon
March 26, 2015 2:18 pm
Hello! While backpacking at Cottonwood Canyon State Park in N/Central Oregon (E of the Cascades) this past weekend I found this beetle. Saw at least three of them. It is a sandy/dry location, lots of sagebrush.
Perhaps in the Carabidae (ground beetle) family? The gold accents really stand out. No one seems to know what it is and Google is failing me! Hoping you can assist. Thanks!
Signature: Audrey Addison

Possibly Darkling Beetle

Dune Beetle

Dear Audrey,
We are certain that this is not a Ground Beetle, but we are not certain of its exact identity.  We believe it is most likely a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae or a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but alas, we are in a rush this morning and we don’t have time to research its exact identity.  We are posting your image and perhaps one of our readers will write in with an identity.  If not, we will continue the research tomorrow.

Eric Eaton confirms Darkling Beetle
Hi, Daniel:
It is a darkling beetle called a “dune beetle,” in the genus Coelus.  Never saw one of these when I lived out there.  Neat find!

Thanks Eric,
We are linking to the BugGuide page on the genus.  Checking out the comments, we do believe it appears more like a member of the genus
Eusattus, and in our opinion, based on images posted to BugGuide, it looks closest to Eusattus muricatus, a species with a much greater range than other members of the genus.

Eric Eaton responds
Well, shoot, I don’t know.  I never saw Eusattus out there, either, though in Arizona and here in Colorado, Eusattus is most definitely most abundant in the *fall*, not the spring.

Awesome!! I struggled trying to find any information on this beetle! Thank you for your help!!

Subject: Wings on front & back porches
Location: Florida panhandle
March 26, 2015 6:02 pm
We live in a brick home in the panhandle of Florida. We found a lot of wings on our front and back porches this morning. No bugs were present, only wings. Can you tell me what type of bugs these come from? Thank you!
Signature: Mystery Wings in FL

Maple "Helicopters"

Maple “Helicopters”

These are not insect wings.  They are seeds, and we believe they are the seeds of a maple tree.  We fondly remember playing with these seeds as children.  The twirl in the air and we called them “helicopters”.

Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Georgetown KY
March 25, 2015 8:05 pm
My husband was stung by this bug. We have never seen one before. It is red and flies. What is it?
Signature: Diana


Short Tailed Ichneumon

Dear Diana,
This is an Ichneumon, a member of a family of parasitic wasps.  Most Ichneumons are perfectly harmless, though there is one genus, Ophion, that is reported to sting.  Your individual appears to be a member of the genus Ophion, the Short Tailed Ichneumons, which you can read more about on BugGuide.  We believe this is the insect that is mistaken for a stinging Crane Fly as Crane Flies do not sting.

Subject: iridescent blue bug
Location: Asheboro, NC
March 25, 2015 1:26 pm
I took this picture outside my house. Was wondering if you could tell me what kind of bug this is. I’ve never seen one like it before. It has an iridescent blue body and wings similar to a butterfly. The wings can fold up on its back like a butterfly.
Signature: Amanda

Freshly Eclosed Great Purple Hairstreak

Freshly Eclosed Great Purple Hairstreak

Dear Amanda,
These are marvelous images of a newly eclosed Great Purple Hairstreak, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.
  Unless there was some injury involoved, or a genetic aberration, the wings on your individual should have continued to expand and harden enabling this lovely butterfly to fly.