From the monthly archives: "May 2015"

Subject: Creepy centipede-like insect
Location: Cavite, Philippines
May 24, 2015 1:13 am
Hi! My brother found this odd looking centipede in our house. Definitely, this is not a centipede because it only got 6 legs. I tried doing some research but can’t find any match. We’ll really appreciate it if you can help us identify this creature.
Thanks, WTB!
Signature: Jop

Beetle Larva

Beetle Larva

Dear Jop,
Without doing any research, we suspect this is a Beetle Larva, most likely the larva of a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  Carabidae of the World has some very similar looking images of a species identified as
Carabus (Morphocarabus) karpinskii.  This most resembles larvae of the Caterpillar Hunters, a group of large predatory Ground Beetles.  We have not had any luck matching your images to online images from the Philippines.

Probably Ground Beetle Larva

Probably Ground Beetle Larva

Hi Daniel,
Wow! It’s a larva. It must be a very big beetle then when it matures because this larvae measures around 2 and a half inches.
Thanks Daniel for your response!
We appreciate it.

Subject: Bug identification
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio USA
May 24, 2015 2:47 pm
I found this bug crawling on my shoulder and have never seen one that looks like this. I live in Bowling Green, Ohio and was curious what it is. I heard about a kind of caterpillar that will bite and leave welts. I have children and want to make sure this bug is not harmful. Thank you so much in advance.
Signature: Stephanie P

Filament Bearer

Filament Bearer

Dear Stephanie,
This Inchworm in the family Geometridae is a Filament Bearer or Horned Spanworm in the genus
Nematocampa which you can verify on BugGuide.  In our opinion, this is not a harmful species.

Thank you so much for the speedy answer! I feel a lot better now that I know what it is and that it is harmless! Stephanie

Subject: Strange Bug
Location: Dunnellon, Florida
May 23, 2015 8:18 pm
Noticed this guy on the porch this evening and we have never seen anything like it. What is this?!
Signature: Brittney

LIned June Beetle

LIned June Beetle

Dear Brittney,
This is a Lined June Beetle in the genus
Polyphylla, and because of your location, we believe it might be Polyphylla occidentalis, which according to BugGuide is found in Florida.

Subject: Flying bug looks like a leaf
Location: Petersburg, Virginia
May 23, 2015 10:20 pm
Hi I saw a large flying bug that looked kind of like a bat but it has green wings like a leaf and a long tail. I thought it was a bat when I saw it flying around my patio, but when it came close to the window I saw that it looked like a big leaf. I’m sorry the picture is so dark, it ws at night around 10pm. I’m in Petersburg Virginia.
Signature: Miss Vee

Maybe a Luna Moth

Maybe a Luna Moth

Dear Miss Vee,
As you have indicated, your image is dark, but it is also quite blurry and really not much help when it comes to identification, however your description indicates that you most likely saw a Luna Moth.

Subject: What is this bug?
Location: London
May 23, 2015 12:22 pm
Hi – my little boy is studying bugs and discovered the attached and asked me what it was???!
Can you help?
Signature: J

Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

Dear J,
This is a Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and according to Eakring Birds:  “There are about 40 UK species of Soldier Beetles which belong to the Cantharidae family of beetles. Many species are common in Nottinghamshire and are a frequent sight on thistles and umbelliferous flowers during the Summer months. Some of the red Cantharidae beetles, were often commonly referred to by schoolboys as Bloodsuckers. They are however, completely harmless.”
  The image at the top of the page looks the most like your individual, but alas, it is not identified.  The Micropics site has images of Cantharis nigricans that look like a good match to your individual.

Thank you so much!! My son is thrilled

Subject: Caterpillar ID help please
Location: Manzano Mtns, New Mexico
May 24, 2015 8:06 am
A friend sent me these pics of a caterpillar, asking for ID help and I have no idea what it is. Can you help? Thank you.
Signature: A. Wakefield

Pandora Moth Caterpillar

Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar

Dear A. Wakefield,
We originally identified your caterpillar as a Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar,
Coloradia pandora, on the World’s Largest Saturniidae site, and then found a matching image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on the leaves (“needles”) of various species of pine (Pinus). Particular host records include: Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Jeffrey pine (P. jeffreyi), lodgepole pine (P. contorta), sugar pine (P. lambertiana), pinyon pine (P. edulis), and Coulter pine (P. coulteri).   Adults do not feed.”

Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar

Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar