From the monthly archives: "August 2015"
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Subject: Awesome bug
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
July 31, 2015 3:27 pm
Hi, I live in Skopje, Macedonia – this photos were also mine: 2009/02/09/unknown-mantis-from-macedonia/ so I think you already know my location… 🙂 I found this bug in front of my door and what got me curious was the sound it was making when we tried to move it away from our dogs so they can’t hurt it. It sounded like it was complaining (really loudly for something so small). So, can you tell me what type of bug it is? Thanks and have a nice day…
Signature: Monika

Pine Chafer

Pine Chafer

Dear Monika,
This impressive Scarab Beetle is a Pine Chafer,
Polyphylla fullo, and according to Nature Spot:  “Stridulates loudly. Adults feed on pine needles; larvae feed on roots of sedges and grasses. The females deposit their eggs in the soil.”  Stridulation is a noise made by rubbing together body parts, and your description of the sound is quite accurate, at least compared to the stridulation we have heard from North American Ten Lined June Beetles.  The small antennae on your individual indicates it is a female, and this nice illustration on L’Arca di Noé illustrates the difference between the sexes.

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Subject: 3 inch Black Beetle
Location: Phoenix Az ( Baseline Rd. and 48th St in Southeast Phoenix)
July 31, 2015 6:03 pm
Hi Mr Bugman or Ms. Bugman: I took a couple pics of this beetle. she was crawling around, either looking for food or to burrow and lay eggs. Could you identify this beetle for me,
Thank You
Paul Carew

Palo Verde Root Borer

Palo Verde Root Borer

Dear Paul,
This is a Palo Verde Root Borer,
Derobrachus hovorei.  Based on images on the Small Sunny Garden blog, the pods on the ground in one of your images appear to be palo verde pods, which would explain the beetles presence in the immediate vicinity of the host tree.  We would caution you in handling Palo Verde Root Borers as the mandibles are quite strong and they could deliver a painful bite.

Palo Verde Root Borer

Palo Verde Root Borer

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: New york
July 31, 2015 8:17 am
Hi my name is jennifer g and my sister and i found a beetle on our screen door in new york it is white with brown stripes and makes a squeaking noise when touched. Maybe you can help identify it.
Signature: Jennifer G

Round Headed Apple Borer

Round Headed Apple Borer

Dear Jennifer,
Your beetle is a Round Headed Apple Borer,
Saperda candida, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on the wood of apples (Malus) and related trees in the rose family, such as pear (Pyrus), hawthorn (Crataegus), mountain ash (Sorbus) and Saskatoon (Amelanchier). Also: Aronia, Cotoneaster, Cydonia, Prunus. Adults feed on leaves.”

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Subject: Identification Needed!
Location: Hetauda, Central Region, Nepal
July 30, 2015 5:58 pm
Hello Bugman,
I have this little creature that looks amazing, i have always found it living and feeding on Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd leaves.
Now please give me name. Thank you very much.
Signature: Suman Acharya

Probably Tortoise Beetle Larva

Probably Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Suman,
Our initial web search did not produce any matching images while searching with the key word Nepal, but we believe, based on the similarity in appearance to other species from other locales that we have identified, that this is the larva of a Tortoise Beetle in the tribe Cassidini.  Here is an image of a North American individual from BugGuide.  The larvae of Tortoise Beetles are often quite spiny, they feed on leaves and they are often very host specific.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide some more specific information.

Probably Tortoise Beetle Larva

Probably Tortoise Beetle Larva

Probably Tortoise Beetle Larva

Probably Tortoise Beetle Larva

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Subject: Bee bug???
Location: Hampshire, UK
July 30, 2015 11:35 am
Hi Mr Bugman. Any idea what this is? We found it in our garden in July, we’ve shown lots of people and no one knows. Please help.
Signature: mia

Hover Fly

Hover Fly

Dear Mia,
Your fly looks like the Hover Fly,
Volucella inanis, that is pictured on the Diptera Info site.  Many harmless Hover Flies in the family Syrphidae mimic the markings on stinging Bees and Wasps for protection.

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Subject: what kind of bug is this
Location: ann arbor michigan
July 30, 2015 3:07 pm
hi we found two of these bugs walking up the sides of our trash cans today, never seen something like them. took 3 diff photos of the same bug trying to get as clear as possible. let us know what they are 🙂
Signature: bug guys

Cicada Exuvia

Cicada Exuvia

Dear bug guys,
This is a Cicada Exuvia, the cast off exoskeleton that remains after metamorphosis.  The Cicada Nymph has been living underground, feeding on the roots of trees, shrubs and plants.  When it approaches maturity, it digs to the surface, climbs an available vertical structure and molts for the last time, emerging as a winged adult Cicada.

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