From the monthly archives: "July 2015"

Subject: Brown spider photo at butt lake northern california
Location: Northern California Butt Lake
July 1, 2015 7:01 pm
Dear bug an a friend took the picture while we were camping just wondering what it is. Thank you.
Signature: Wondering about the bug

Folding Door Spider

Folding Door Spider

We believe this is a Folding Door Spider in the genus Antrodiaetus, and it really looks to us to resemble the female Antrodiaetus gertschi that is pictured on BugGuide by a single sighting in Northern California.  You can try browsing through the genus page on BugGuide to see if some other species more closely resembles your individual.

 

Subject: unidentified beetle?
Location: Belgrade, Serbia.(Great War Island)
July 1, 2015 5:29 pm
Hi there Bugman, I was sitting on the bank of the Danube in july, just across from great war island in belgrade serbia, when a large Beatle with a long body about 2 inches in length, with a purplish irredessant shine, and very long antenna landed on a sun shade next to me. Im hopeing you can help me identify it. Looking forward to your reply.
Regards,
Signature: Adam Biginelli

Longicorn

Musk Beetle

Dear Adam,
We did a quick search and could not come up with a species, but we can tell you that this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We will continue to research its identity, and perhaps one of our readers (Mardikavana are you out there?) can assist in the identification.

Update:  August 22, 2015
We received a submission of a Longicorn from the UK today that we identified as a Musk Beetle,
Aromia moschata, and we believe this is the same species.  Some variations in coloration are posted on Eakring Birds.

Subject: Black Wasp?
Location: Southern Ontario
July 1, 2015 1:03 pm
Hello! We live in Southern Ontario and my dad found this black and pale yellowish wasp in a bush while he was setting up a fence. To me it looks like a Urocerus gigas, but there are some different markings on it that a Urocerus gigas would not normally have, I know its a wood wasp of some sort but im not too sure. That would be helpful if you could identify this bug. Thanks. 🙂
Signature: Thanks!

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

You are close.  You have the genus correct but not the species.  Your Wood Wasp is Urocerus albicornis.

Subject: Blue Bug?
Location: Philadelphia, PA
July 1, 2015 11:10 am
Location: just outside of Philadelphia, PA
Date: 6/29/15 Summer
Time: 9:15 am
I have a gift for finding strange bugs. Two different Sphynx Moths, odd grasshoppers, albino spiders and such. This is my first blue bug. 🙂
Signature: Andrea

Blue Mud Wasp

Blue Mud Wasp

Dear Andrea,
This is a Blue Mud Dauber or Blue Mud Wasp,
Chalybion californicum.  According to BugGuide:  “A large, active, blue-black wasp with irridescent blue wings. Frequents flowers for nectar and buildings for nest sites.”

Subject:  California Mantis Nymph
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 30, 2015 10:00 PM
We were thrilled to see this immature California Mantis,
Stagmomantis californicus, crawling up the screen door, moving toward the porch light where the moths were circling.  We love our first Mantis sighting each year, and the porch light is often a lure because of the bounty of food.  This morning, the little guy was perched on the picture window.

Immature California Mantis

Immature California Mantis

Immature California Mantis

Immature California Mantis

Subject: Mantis-like thing?
Location: East Tennessee
June 28, 2015 1:48 am
Found this crawling on my computer screen today. I had a window open, but still, not sure how It got in the house. I thought he might be a Praying Mantis, but the eyes have me baffled. Anyone know what this is?
Whatever it is, it’s in my garden now. He looked like a predator, so I wanted to give him a chance to do what he was made for. 🙂
Signature: Kyrus

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Kyrus,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, and though they are not related to Mantids, they share the physical feature of raptoreal front legs.  We believe your nymph is a Spiny Assassin Bug in the genus
Sinea, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.