From the monthly archives: "May 2015"

Subject: Large green yellowish insect
Location: Athens Greece
May 24, 2015 8:09 am
I am in Athens, Greece, on the south coast at Voula suburb and I encluntered three of these insects on a small bush flower. I have never seen them before and no one around here can identify them. Would greatly appreciate your input. Region of Athens Greece, near the coast of Voula, month of May.
Signature: Olympia zacharakis

Ehrenbergi's Jewel Beetle

Ehrenbergi’s Jewel Beetle

Dear Olympia,
Because we recognized your beautiful beetles as Jewel Beetles or Metallic Borer Beetles in the family Buprestidae, it did not take long to identify them as Ehrenberg’s Jewel Beetles,
Julodis ehrenbergii.  We were excited to find a matching image on the Natural History of Thasos site, but alas, there was only general information on the family and the species in the image was not identified.  We continued to search and then discovered Dr. Bayram’s website and the species identification for your Jewel Beetle.  Allan Morley’s FlickRiver posting has this amusing observation:  “The Daddy of all bugs. Approx 4 inches long (10cm). I was walking in a likely area when with a thud this fella landed in front of me. He was on the ground, on his back and was clutching a flower head which had obviously upset him as he was giving it waldi. Having ripped off every petal and showed the flower who was boss he righted himself and I got this shot. I would have loved to have got down at eye level with him but I got the distinct impression that if I tried he would have taken my camera off me and hit me over the head with it. He was NOT in a good mood. After this he fired up like a 747 and flew off never to be seen again. What a beast!”

Ehrenbergi's Jewel Beetles

Ehrenbergi’s Jewel Beetles

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so so much! You just made my day and put a big smile on my face! It was a beautiful encounter and I stumbled upon them during my meditation walk. Very spiritual too. Jewel beetle… What a treat…
Bless you and the work your team does. I will pass it along and wish for people to donate as well.
All the best,
Olympia

Subject: Kukulcania Hibernalis question
Location: South central Virginia
May 24, 2015 9:49 am
I saw this on the side of the house. I believe it’s a Kukulcania Hibernalis, the southern house spider. Do you know if the female carries its young on its back? Or is this a wolf spider? Thanks!
Signature: Nina Eagle

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Nina,
This maternal behavior is characteristic of Wolf Spiders in the family Lycosidae.  Alas, we cannot tell you to which species she belongs.

wolf Spider with Spiderlings

wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Subject: What’s this bug??
Location: West Central Ohio
May 24, 2015 9:51 am
I find these every year in our pool filter basket (there were 5 in it this AM) West Central Ohio, May through summer.
They are about 1″ long, dark brown, almost black. Is this anything that would be coming from the lawn or be hurtful to the turf? It seems that I see more of them within a week of the Fertilizer man spraying the lawn, but they seem to be attracted to water. I don’t see them in the house, or in the lawn, just in the pool filter basket. ??? Can you tell me what this is? The photos were taken on a white paper towel for maximum contrast. I have looked on the internet, but can’t find anything exactly like this.
Signature: Judy W.

Big Headed Ground Beetle

Big Headed Ground Beetle

Dear Judy,
This is a Big Headed Ground Beetle in the genus Scarites, and it is a beneficial predatory species that according to BugGuide are:  “nocturnal predators on other insects.”  Perhaps they are falling in the pool filter while hunting, though we suspect you have a healthy population to be finding so many casualties.

Subject: periodical cicada update – laying eggs
Location: Jackson TN USA
May 24, 2015 12:27 pm
Now that our week of rain has slowed down the cicadas are calling and mating. Here is a female I spotted out by my clothes line laying eggs in a bush. The calling is so loud around our house you actually have to speak louder than normal outside to be heard.
Signature: Jess

Periodical Cicada Laying Eggs

Periodical Cicada Laying Eggs

Dear Jess,
Thanks so much for providing an update on your Periodical Cicada submission from last week.  We suspect that Brood XXIII may have a very limited distribution as we have not received any other submissions for this significant event.

Subject: Insect identification
Location: Scotland
May 24, 2015 12:38 pm
hi there was wondering if you could identify this for me please
Signature: ???

Two Banded Longhorn

Two Banded Longhorn

Dear ???,
Despite being on the internet for over 13 years with over 20,000 unique postings on our site, we posted our first ever image of a Two Banded Longhorn,
Rhagium bifasciatum, from Ireland just yesterday.  Your submission is now the second representative of the species on our site, leading us to believe that this year may have a greater than usual annual population of the species.

Subject: unknown flying insect
Location: central Arkansas NW of Little Rock
May 24, 2015 11:09 am
This insect was in a small group of about 5 or 6 in squash plants. The one I observed was about 15-20mm long and laid one egg on the leaf before moving to another part of the plant. The egg was brown about the size of a small sesame seed. Time frame is Mid-May
Signature: Arkansas Gardener

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Arkansas Gardener,
Though it mimics a stinging wasp, this Squash Vine Borer,
Melittia cucurbitae, is actually a moth and its larvae are considered pest of squash and other members of the cucurbit familyAdditional information is available on BugGuide.