From the monthly archives: "July 2015"

Subject: Strange Rainbow Colored Beetle
Location: Northern Indiana
June 26, 2015 8:18 am
Hello! My mother found this weird beetle trying to get in our back door this morning. I’ve never seen a bug like this, and I’m wondering what it is. Please help!
Signature: -Cecilia

Fiery Searcher

Fiery Searcher

Dear Cecilia,
This beautiful Caterpillar Hunter is known as a Fiery Searcher,
Calosoma scrutator.

Subject: Huge beetle with pinchers
Location: Hockessin, DE
June 21, 2015 7:03 pm
Hi WTB!
We found these two lovely specimens on our screen door at about 10pm on a very humid summer night in the woods of northern Delaware. Aren’t they incredible?! We’ve seen a lot, and I mean a lot, of cool bugs since we moved here. But we never expected anything like these guys. The big one is a good 2 inches from head to butt. When they were agitated they spread out their pinchers (mandibles?) like they were ready for a fight. We didn’t bother them long though, and released them back into our yard. So, what are they?
Signature: Polly

Two Male Stag Beetles:  Reddish Brown Stag (left) and Dorcus parallelus (right)

Two Male Stag Beetles: Reddish Brown Stag (left) and Dorcus parallelus (right)

Dear Polly,
We have been away from the office for a few weeks and we are currently sifting through all the mail that arrived, choosing the best submissions to post.  We are very excited to post your images of two different species of Stag Beetles, both males.  The smaller Stag Beetle which we identified on BugGuide is
Dorcus parallelus, and it has no common name.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed in decaying stumps and roots of oak, linden, and maple” and “readily comes to lights.”  This species was not until now represented on our site. 

Dorcus parallelus Stag Beetle

Dorcus parallelus Stag Beetle

The larger individual is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle, Lucanus capreolus, and according to BugGuide:  “Eggs laid in rotting wood. Larvae take two years to develop, pupate in nearby soil.”

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Subject: Found in Indiana backyard
Location: Indianapolis indiana
June 20, 2015 4:58 pm
Hi, I found this pair in my backyard today after two days of rain. I love in indianapolis Indiana and it’s around 80 degrees in summer.
Signature: Lacey

Mating Cecropia Moths

Mating Cecropia Moths

Dear Lacey,
Your image of mating Cecropia Moths is really beautiful.  The male on the left has more feathery antennae to help him find a mate, and a slimmer body because the female is filled with eggs.

That’s fantastic! Thank you. Feel free to use the picture however you like. It was a beautiful sight.

Subject: Moth in my greenhouse
Location: Powell river bc
June 20, 2015 10:30 am
Found this beautiful fellow in my greenhouse . Let him out . So beautiful. But what is he ?
Powell river bc Canada
Signature: Noni

Wild Cherry Sphinx

Wild Cherry Sphinx

Dear Noni,
We turned to BugGuide to identify your Wild Cherry Sphinx,
Sphinx drupiferarum, where we learned it ranges:  “All across Canada, south in East to Georgia and north Texas.”

Subject: Solifugid and Cicada
Location: Mayhill, NM, USA
June 20, 2015 10:52 pm
It’s been a little while since I’ve visited your site, mostly being busy with other things; however, revisited it about a week ago because I remember greatly enjoying the different pictures and descriptions. Looking through your site reminded me of this picture I nabbed a little over a year ago; I’d just gotten home from a nighttime trip to town for provisions (it’s about an hour drive away, and at the time they were seeing daytime temperatures upwards of 110F) and was checking on my plants I’ve got scattered around outside the house when I heard a strange noise; it was like a clicking and flapping that I couldn’t quite place. Seeking it out, I found these two, a Solifugid and a cicada, the one struggling to eat the other as the other tried desperately to fly away. By the time I managed to get my camera, the cicada had died and the Solifugid was happily munching away, but knowing how rare it is to see even the end result of a hunt like that, I took a picture anyway. Around here, our cicadas are tiny, rarely ever getting over an inch in length; you can somewhat make out a Ponderosa pine needle in the foreground bottom center, extending to the left of the pair, for reference.
I’m gonna go ahead and send this other picture I took about the same time; it’s another tiny Solifugid, resting on a bed of moss. That’s pretty typical moss, and all the “twigs” are actually more Ponderosa pine needles, so you can tell this guy was tiny. I love finding these guys around here; they’re really neat to watch scurry around.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Signature: Grady

Solifugud eats Cicada

Solifugud eats Cicada

Dear Grady,
We were out of the office for several weeks and we are just now combing through to find interesting submissions to post.  We know we will miss many because we have so many unanswered submissions, but we are selecting submissions based on subject lines and your subject line caught our attention.  Thanks for submitting this wonderful Food Chain image of a Solifugid eating a Cicada, but especially because of the detailed verbal account of your observations.

Solifugid

Solifugid

Subject: What is this?!
Location: Shenandoah Valley – Virginia
July 1, 2015 6:50 am
Bug found in river tank (keeping/growing fish) — no idea what it is!? Some type of stink bug maybe??
Signature: officially creeped out!

Dragonfly Naiad

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear officially creeped out!,
There is nothing to be creeped out about.  This is the Naiad or larva of a Dragonfly.  The Naiads are aquatic, and they eventually mature and metamorphose into winged Dragonflies.