From the monthly archives: "July 2015"
Underwing on the Welcome Mat

Underwing on the Welcome Mat

Subject:  Walnut Underwing visits WTB?
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 26, 2015 9:29 PM
We never tire of visits from Walnut Underwings, and we have had more sightings this year than we can ever remember in a season.  We finally got a peep at those brightly colored underwings that give this Noctuoid its common name.

Under side of an Underwing

Under side of an Underwing

Subject: No idea what it is.
Location: Central, New Jersey
July 26, 2015 11:38 am
My son and I like to look for bugs and we came across this big old thing. He was missing a leg but was wingless and just sitting on a leaf.
Signature: Mike g

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

Dear Mike,
We believe we have correctly identified your Katydid as a Greater Angle Winged Katydid nymph,
Microcentrum rhombifolium, based on this image posted to BugGuide.

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

Subject: unknown pink colored bug
Location: Moorestown, NJ
July 25, 2015 7:13 pm
This bug was found in my flower garden on 7/25/15. I am not sure what it is, but it “pops” similar to a click beetle and is about 1/4-1/2″ long. I have been unable to find any information in any of the books that I have and was wondering if you have any suggestions?
I really enjoy your website and have learned a lot from looking through the information found here. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
Signature: Curious in NJ

Leafhopper Nymph

Leafhopper Nymph

Dear Curious in NJ,
Thanks for sending in the higher resolution images we requested.  This is a Leafhopper nymph, and immature individuals can be very difficult to identify with certainty.  We suspect based on its resemblance to this BugGuide image, that your individual may be an immature
Gyponana species.  This BugGuide image of Gyponana tenella is a strong candidate for your species.

Leafhopper Nymph

Leafhopper Nymph

Thank you very much for your time.  I really appreciate the information. My grandfather was an entomologist for many years and instilled a love of bugs in me as well.  I think the work you do on this website is really amazing!  Please keep the information available for all to find!
Thank you again,
Brenda Emmert

Subject: What is this??
Location: Golfe juan, South of france
July 25, 2015 2:00 pm
Hi, I’m currently in the south of France and saw this in my sink??? Any ideas? Thanks
Signature: Mr johnson

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Mr johnson,
This House Centipede is a common, cosmopolitan predator that has adapted to cohabitation with humans.  They are not considered dangerous, though large individuals might bite if carelessly handled.  According to BugGuide, the House Centipede is:  “Native to the Mediterranean region, this species has spread throughout much of Europe, Asia, and North America.”

Subject: Pelidnota punctata mating
Location: Minneapolis Minnesota
July 25, 2015 7:12 pm
I saw these grapevine beetles mating in Minneapolis Minnesota on July 19 2015. They were beside an urban sidewalk in a residential area not far from a lake. The pictures turned out nicely, so I thought you might like to have them.
Signature: Mary

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Hi Mary,
Technically, your images are documenting the courtship of Grapevine Beetles rather than the actual act of mating, but that is really splitting hairs with us.  It is also awesome that this courtship is taking place on a grapevine.  Your images are an excellent addition to our archives.

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Mating Grapevine Beetles

Subject: ID Stinging Slug Caterpillar, MD, USA
Location: Northern Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
July 25, 2015 5:09 pm
Can someone ID this caterpillar found this week in northern Baltimore County, MD, USA? It was found on a winterberry holly bush (Ilex species). I suspect that it’s a stinging slug caterpillar of some kind, but I can’t find a species that that matches the coloration.
Signature: K Smith

Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar

Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar

Dear K Smith,
The coloration of the Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar,
Euclea delphinii, appears to have considerable variation.  This image from BugGuide is quite close to your individual.