From the monthly archives: "July 2015"

Subject: Green and yellow beetle
Location: West virginia
July 29, 2015 7:23 am
Curious to what this crazy colorful bug is?
Signature: Thanks jeff

Green June Beetle

Green June Beetle

Hi Jeff,
This is a Green June Beetle,
Cotinus nitida.

Subject: Beetle
Location: Arabela, New Mexico
July 29, 2015 9:54 am
Can you identify this beetle?
Signature: bug man

Female Ox Beetle

Female Ox Beetle

This is a female Ox Beetle in the genus Strategus, and though there are several species pictured on BugGuide, we believe this is most likely Strategus aloeus based on both the listed range and this image of a female pictured on BugGuide.  We must say we were terribly amused by your image titled “Beetle Butt” because most folks would be inclined to include an image of the head of a beetle they wanted identified.  Perhaps because of the proximity to the letters G and T on the keyboard, we seem to regularly receive requests from folks who want “buts” identified, but in your case, you really did want a butt identified.

Female Ox Beetle

Female Ox Beetle:  Beetle Butt

Thanks for your prompt reply, Daniel!  So happy to know what she is.  Your email made me giggle; thanks.

We strive to amuse while providing the most accurate information we can.

Subject: Help identify this beetle?! please
Location: Vellore, India ; Bangalore, India
July 29, 2015 6:44 am
Greetings Mr Bugman
I have come across this particular insect (which I assume is a Beetle) since my childhood . Unfortunately for me, it has been very hard to identify this bug because to my knowledge it is not known by any specific name in any of the Indian languages I speak. Add to this the fact that environment conservation and species identification takes a backseat in developing countries has made it hard for me to crosscheck with any National Database. I would like to know if this insect could be endemic to my country for I did not find any references to it any of the Google searches. Also, they mate during July – I have always found it intriguing to find a pair of them attached at their hinds ,walking busily with one walking backwards. I haven’t specifically noticed if the females and males are physiologically different. I found this site by chance and felt this would be a good place to have my curiosity quenched. I am attaching two recent photos of the insect. I must apologise as the pictures may not be of good quality. Thanks in advance.
PS: I have found this insect in South India, not the North
Signature: Varun Bharadwaj

Predatory Red Bug

Predatory Red Bug

Dear Varun,
These look like Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, and in one of your images, it appears that one individual is eating another.  Several years ago we posted an image of a predatory Red Bug from India that was eventually identified as
Antilochus conqueberti.  Members of this family are frequently found in multigenerational aggregations like the one you have included, and close inspection of that image reveals that there are several mating pairs among the crowd.  To the best of our knowledge, this is an endemic species in India.  Here is a FlickR image for comparison, but it is identified as Antilochus cocqueberti.  The Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies site identifies this Pyrrhocorid predator as Antilochus conqueberti.

Aggregation of Red Bugs

Aggregation of Red Bugs

Hi
First things first – thank you so much for such a prompt response and I am sorry to have sent so many requests to an already overworked staff.
Now that I have the Family and Order of the insect ( Antilochus conqueberti), I am able to get more relevant results from Google Searches . From what I have found, it appears that this insect is spread across Yunnan of China and Thailand as well. The possibility that it is “cannibalistic” is simply shocking. I have come across references to it as being a pest in Cotton Crops and with studies being conducted to identify a potent insecticide for it.
I have also heard someone mention that it is poisonous. Any way to validate that claim? Also, are they capable of  feeding on Humans?
Lastly, I have another picture of them aggregated in a mound. Would you guys be interested in it?
Varun Bharadwaj

Mating Red Bugs

Mating Red Bugs

Hi again Varun,
At this time, we cannot verify if they are poisonous, but we doubt it.  They do not suck human blood.  The previous images you sent are sufficient.

Subject: Red Striped Spider
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
July 28, 2015 9:31 pm
This spider jumped the sliding glass door ledge, and bolted into the house toward my kitchen. I had never seen anything like it here in the Dallas city before. It’s flashy red coloring made me wonder if it were poisonous, and well…I squeeshed it. The pic was taken today. However, he was squeeshed on Saturday, July 25th.
Signature: not sure what you question is here.

Unknown spider

Ant Mimic Spider

We have tried unsuccessfully to identify your Spider, and what we find most troubling is that we believe we have a photo of this species posted somewhere in the over 20,000 postings on our site.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in this identification.

Update:  July 30, 2015
Several folks provided comments indicating that this looks like an Ant Mimic Spider,
Castianeira amoena, and we are in agreement, though when the image first arrived, it looked like a hairier spider than an Ant Mimic.

Subject: Brazil Wasp Moth (Dinia?)
Location: Fenix, Parana State, Brazil
July 29, 2015 4:10 am
I found a moth similar to the one in my picture, though clearly a different species, here:
2013/04/07/wasp-moth-from-brazil/
The photo I am submitting was taken on the 1st August 2008 in Parana State near the town of Fenix, close to the Ivai river. This one has a slimmer body and a yellow bar across the thorax, but is superficially otherwise similar.
Signature: Patrick

Wasp Mimic Moth

Wasp Mimic Moth

Dear Patrick,
We agree that your moth looks very similar to the
Dinea species you found in our archives, and we also found a similar looking Ctechunid on Project Noah, but it is only identified to the subtribe Ctenuchina.  Perhaps Cesar Crash who runs a sister site in Brazil, Insetologia, will recognize this lovely Wasp Mimic.

Subject: Found this bug on my daughter’s forehead
Location: Okc ok
July 28, 2015 10:23 pm
Dear bug man please help me figure out what kind of bug this is I found on my daughters forehead on her hairline
Signature: Suzy worried mom

Human Louse

Human Louse

Dear Suzy worried mom,
You have legitimate cause for concern.  This is a Human Louse and we strongly recommend that you initiate treatment immediately.  You can get over the counter remedies from your local pharmacy.  You should also check family members as Lice can spread.