From the monthly archives: "May 2015"

Subject: need help identifying
Location: in gound
May 1, 2015 5:43 am
found this bug digging around our sheds. at first i thought it might be a termite but they are translucent and rather long relative to their size. this bug is neither.
Signature: Penny

Cicada Nymph

Cicada Nymph

Dear Penny,
We would love to know if you found this Cicada Nymph in the ground in South Africa, South Carolina, South America or some other location.

Cicada Nymph

Cicada Nymph

Subject: Small, slow bugs
Location: lancaster, pa
May 1, 2015 6:37 am
We recently found these bugs on some old railroad ties that border a large tree in in our backyard. Both the tree and the wood they are on have been there for MANY years and this is the first we have seen them. They are small and VERY slow moving. We live in Lancaster, PA and it’s early spring so the temperatures are mild/moderate. Any idea?
Signature: Danielle DeGroft

Springtails

Springtails

Hi Danielle,
You have benign Springtails, common creatures that generally escape notice unless they are aggregating in large numbers.  Springtails will proliferate when damp conditions are favorable, and though they are no cause for alarm, they can be a nuisance when they are numerous.

Subject: Bugs in Window
Location: Southwest Virginia
April 30, 2015 1:03 pm
I have these bugs around my kitchen window mostly, but they venture out sometimes. I clean them up 3 – 4 times a day. Every time I clean them, I get between 25 and 50 on my wet paper towel. They seem to have a relatively short life span. I would like to know what they are and if there is some type of natural deterrent .
Signature: Louis Goodbrod

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Louis,
You are being troubled by a common household pest, the Varied Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus verbasci .  You may have encountered the larvae of the Varied Carpet Beetle as well.  The larvae will feed on a wide variety of organic materials in the home, and adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen.  You are finding them in your windows because they are trying to get outside.

Subject: Fly?…
Location: Houston
April 30, 2015 10:58 am
Hello bugman,
I noticed a large cluster of flying bugs of some sort on my tree today. 2 groups. From a distance they appear black, like large gnats? Up close they’ve got 6 legs it appears, long antennae, and wings. The wings are a very detailed combination of black and gray colors, outlined in white with a white solitary spot. Very beautiful looking up close. Just not sure if these are invasive /destructive to my tree/garden and wanted to check what they were. The closest thing I’ve been able to find is a picture winged fly but there are so many I wasn’t sure. I have a video as well if you’d like it. You’re help is truly appreciated!
Signature: Alma

Barklice

Barklice

Dear Alma,
These benign Barklice,
Cerastipsocus venosus, might appear alarming when they are seen clustering on a prized tree in the yard, but gardeners have no cause for alarm.  Barklice feed on lichens, and they will not harm your tree.  Barklice are sometimes called Tree Cattle.  Your image is of winged adults.  Wingless Barklice nymphs are boldly striped.  We just realized it is the first of May and we need to select a new Bug of the Month, so we have selected your excellent image of Tree Cattle as the featured posting of the month.

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You have a great weekend!
Alma Soto

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Alma

Subject: Unknown insect
Location: Southern Ohio
April 30, 2015 7:13 pm
Greetings!
I was roving through the pasture with my Nikon and I caught this little guy. He was small and I had never seen one before. No idea what it was but it eventually unveiled its wings and flew off. I’d like to know what it was just to appease my curiosity.
Thanks!
Signature: Tyler

Large Milkweed Bug

Large Milkweed Bug

Hi Tyler,
Generally identification requests we receive are recent sightings, but occasionally we receive images taken in previous years.  We are curious if this is a recent sighting.  Your insect is a Large Milkweed Bug
Oncopeltus fasciatus, and according to BugGuide, they are found:  “y[ea]r round in CA, TX, FL, otherwise mostly in late summer and fall” and “Adults overwinter.”  BugGuide further elaborates:  “They can’t survive cold winters, so they migrate south in the fall and overwinter in southern states.”  Ohio, even southern Ohio, is not considered a southern state, and though there is much talk of global warming, it is understanding that Ohio had a particularly severe winter.  We can’t help but to wonder if this individual overwintered and was observed this spring, or if it was seen in a previous year.

This was taken last year in the summer
Tyler Hickey

Thanks for the clarification.

No thank you! This is my first time using this service and I think what you guys do is wonderful and I plan to use it again. Here’s a little sketch I did of our friend.
Best,
Tyler Hickey

Sketch of Large Milkweed Bug

Sketch of Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Tyler,
We have added your beautiful sketch to the posting of your Large Milkweed Bug.