From the monthly archives: "July 2015"

Subject: What’s this firefly doing?
Location: SW Virginia
July 2, 2015 11:25 am
Hi! I caught this firefly stretching its abdomen and folding the edges of its wings last night (July 1, 2015), in SW Virginia, about an hour & a half before dark.
There’s a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GAPXxUQ2nI
What’s it doing?
Also, have you ever noticed, if you have a firefly on your hand, it always wants to climb to the highest point to take off? You can turn your hand over and it will turn around and head for the new high point. Sometimes you can do this many times before it flies away.
thanks!
Signature: Firefly paparazzi

Firefly

Firefly

Dear Firefly paparazzi,
Our guess is that this Firefly is preparing for its maiden flight, that it just emerged from the pupa and it is trying out all its parts before taking off in search of a mate.

Firefly

Firefly

Firefly

Firefly

Subject: Beetle?
Location: Southeast Pennsylvania
July 2, 2015 3:35 pm
We found a few of these In our yard. They seemed to come right out of a hole in the ground. It looks like a beetle but we’ve never seen one this big. It’s about 1.5-2 inche’s long. Thank you!
Signature: Beetle Bug Central

Broadnecked Root Borer

Broadnecked Root Borer

This is a Broadnecked Root Borer, Prionus laticollis.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults eat foliage, sometimes damage fruit trees, grape vines.”

Broadnecked Root Borer

Broadnecked Root Borer

Subject: School insect collection
Location: UK
June 22, 2015 5:45 am
I’m a biology technician at a 6th form school and have inherited a collection of animals/ plants/ insects that I’m slowly trying to identify. So far I have 1 in the insect section left to identify. Unfortunately I can’t give any details about where it came from or what it’s habits are like as they are all dead! All I know is they are currently in England and I believe are likely to have been caught here. I’m not even 100% certain they’re real, beetles are not my forte
Signature: Hannah

Leaf Beetle:  Desmonota variolosa

Leaf Beetle: Desmonota variolosa

Dear Hannah,
This Leaf Beetle, Desmonota variolosa, is native to Brazil, not England.  We first encountered this Leaf Beetle when we tried to identify the insects used in the making of an antique brooch, a common practice in Victorian times.  New jewelry is also available using these real beetles.   There are plenty of links on that posting to follow our original research.  You can also find a mounted specimen pictured on the Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery Collections site.

Leaf Beetle:  Desmonota variolosa

Leaf Beetle: Desmonota variolosa

Thank you so much, the girls will be so happy to finally know what it is and that it’s used in jewellery!
Hannah

Subject: Large Yellow Beetle?
Location: Oxford, MS
June 22, 2015 11:24 am
Found this bug in Oxford, MS (north central) during the middle of the summer. It was outside on my porch. I am very curious because this is one of the biggest bugs I have ever seen. I was also wondering why I would not have seen more of them. I spotted when I was getting out of my car and about 15 yards away. Seems like I would’ve come across more like this unique bug.
Signature: Hotty Toddy

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Hotty Toddy,
The male Eastern Hercules Beetle is considered the heaviest North American beetle.

Subject: What is this?
Location: New York, ny
June 22, 2015 12:11 pm
Hey Bugman,
I saw this bug sitting in my strawberry patch.
What is it?
Signature: Dov

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Dov,
Do you have squash or melon plants near the strawberries?  This wasp mimic is actually a moth called the Squash Vine Borer.  The female lays her eggs on the vines of squash and other members of the family and the larvae bore in the stems, often causing the plants to wither and die.  The Squash Vine Borer will not harm your strawberries.

Subject: Creaks like a cicada – but what is it?
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
June 26, 2015 11:08 am
I hear thousands of these at night and have finally seen one in the day. The wings have amazing leaf-like camouflage. It’s head seems smaller than most pictures I’ve found of cicadas.
Signature: Geoffrey Edge

True Katydid

True Katydid

Dear Geoffrey,
Though it is not related to the Cicadas, this Common True Katydid,
Pterophylla camellifolia, belongs to another insect order, Orthoptera, that includes many vocal members, like Crickets as well as a myriad of Katydids.  The camouflage is very effective.  According to BugGuide:  “Forewings form cup over abdomen, many conspicuous veins. Pronotum has two shallow grooves. Both sexes stridulate “katy-did, katy-didn’t” at dusk into night. Song varies geographically.”