From the monthly archives: "July 2015"

Subject: Insects in the balcony
Location: Berlin
July 28, 2015 11:27 am
Hi,
we have started having these insects since middle of May.
We live in the city, in a 5 story building, on the 3rd floor.
They are around 1 mm long and don’t bite.
We could see them in the balcony, crawling on the tiles specially in the evening, when the sun starts setting down and in the early night.
We have started seeing them too in the bedroom, only close to the window.
Any idea what they are?
Signature: Javier

Cave Barklouse

Cave Barklouse

Dear Javier,
We believe we have correctly identified your Cave Barklouse in the family Psyllipsocidae as
Dorypteryx domestica thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states they are found in “household habitats, food storage facilities.”

Subject: What is this ugly bug
Location: Dallas texas
July 28, 2015 2:33 pm
Trying to identify this bug. It flys and sometimes they dive bomb us out of the trees. They make a loud sound that makes me feel like I am in the TV series LOST. They are horrible. This one was lying on the sidewalk, I did not injure it.
Signature: Kimberly romano

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Kimberly,
This is an Annual Cicada, sometimes called a Dog Day Harvestfly.  The loud buzzing sound made by certain species of Cicadas make them the loudest insects on the planet.

Thank you so much. Yes, I agree with them being the loudest bugs ever!  Thanks again
K Romano

Subject: A beautiful type of wasp?
Location: Phoenix arizona
July 28, 2015 6:02 pm
I found this awesome little dude in my laundry room and I’m dying to know what they are.
Signature: Brooke c

Western Cicada Killer

Western Cicada Killer

Dear Brooke,
This positively gorgeous wasp is a Western Cicada Killer,
Specius grandis.  Though Cicada Killers are not aggressive and we have not gotten any legitimate documentation of a person being stung by a Cicada Killer, the possibility does exist and we imagine a person might be stung if carelessly handling a Cicada Killer.  We get many more identification requests for the Eastern Cicada Killer, and images of Western Cicada Killers are not too common in our archives.

Subject: Mysterious Blackberry-Shaped Bug
Location: Murphys, CA (central-eastern California)
July 28, 2015 3:43 pm
Hi,
A friend of mine recently found a strange bug inside a cabin she’s staying at for the weekend, and we’ve been trying to find what kind of insect it is but with no luck. It moves slowly, is slightly smaller than a dime, and is covered in shiny black bumps, so that it almost looks like a miniature blackberry. We can identify small pincers but she wasn’t able to see how many legs there were. Someone mentioned that it could be a transport unit for ticks, but I wasn’t aware that there was such a thing. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Signature: Winslow

Camouflaged Lacewing Larva

Camouflaged Lacewing Larva

Dear Winslow,
This is a predatory Lacewing Larva, and larval Lacewings frequently camouflage themselves with the carcasses of prey.  It appears as though your individual has been eating Black Ants, which explains its resemblance to a blackberry.

Subject: Creepy Porch Friend
Location: Eastern Shore/Ocean City, Maryland
July 28, 2015 7:18 am
Hi, in the previous 24-hour period, I have found 3 of these creepy crawlers. One in the garage and two on the front porch. It is about 1.5″ – 2″ long. It’s gray in color. If another photo is needed, I can take another photo. It seems like a cross between a stink bug and a spider (6 legs though).
Signature: Rena

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Rena,
Your image of a Wheel Bug is shot from an atypical perspective.  Most people take images from the side in order to feature the coglike projection or “wheel” on the thorax and many people describe the Wheel Bug as prehistoric and some have even coined the name Stegosaurus Bug.  The Wheel Bug is a beneficial predator, but they should be handled with caution as a painful bite might result.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for the timely response and identification. I have pest control service coming out. If there was only one around, I wouldn’t have called but after finding three, I was afraid they could cause damage (of course not knowing what it was when I called). As a beneficial predator, what do they prey on?
Thank you,
Rena

Hi Rena,
They will prey on many species of insects.  We already provided a link to a Wheel Bug feeding on an invasive, exotic Japanese Beetle.