From the monthly archives: "October 2015"

Subject: Bug identification
Location: Central Virginia, United States
October 3, 2015 4:19 pm
This bug was found in Central Virginia at Michie Tavern. It was found late September. Unfortunately it was found dead.
Signature: Walker Catlett

Antlion

Spotted Winged Antlion

Dear Walker,
This elegant creature is an Antlion, a member of the family Myrmeleontidae.  Based on images posted to BugGuide, we believe it is a Spotted Winged Antlion,
 Dendroleon obsoletus.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults often come to lights; larvae live in dry tree holes and are seldom found.”

Subject: Very confused!!
Location: Kennesaw, GA
October 3, 2015 2:57 pm
Hi Bugman!
We found this bug in one of retail stores. It was about 2-3 inches long. It has very weird front feet.
Signature: Jessica

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Jessica,
The reason this Mole Cricket has “very weird front feet” is that they are used to tunnel underground and they are perfectly adapted for subterranean burrowing.  Some species of Mole Crickets can fly and they are attracted to lights, which probably explains why this individual was found in your retail store.

Subject: Unknown bug
Location: central Tucson
October 2, 2015 8:30 am
I found this bug in my home and I’ve never seen a bug like this before. What bug is this? Thank you.
Signature: Julie V

Corsair Assassin Bug

Corsair Assassin Bug

Dear Julie,
This is a Corsair Assassin Bug in the genus
Rasahus, and you should handle it with caution as it is one of the genera of Assassin Bugs that seems most inclined to bite humans if handled carelessly.

Subject: Identify this bug
Location: Malaysia
October 2, 2015 12:12 pm
Hello there,
Can someone help me to identify what bug is this?
Looking forward your answer. Thank you.
Signature: reply the answer to my email please

Spiny Walkingstick

Spiny Walkingstick

This looks like a Walkingstick or Phasmid, and we believe it might be a male Hoploclonia cuspidata like the one pictured on Wild Borneo and on FlickR.

Subject: Mystery fly
Location: Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center, Everglades, FL
October 2, 2015 11:59 am
Hello there! I am an insect person who loves insects and is hoping to maybe become an entomologist one day. I have many insect pictures which I am trying to identify. I also have a collection of insects I find every now and then dead on the ground. (I don’t kill bugs for my collection, I only take them if they are dead). I do however have many I cannot identify. I have tried my 5 insect guides, google search, many bug identification guides online, and google image search but have came up empty handed. One of which I have failed to identify is this blue fly I found in the everglades. It was taken with a Sony-cyber shot camera. So I was wondering if you could help identify this insect. Thank you!
Signature: Cicada lover

Cuckoo Wasp

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear Cicada Lover,
This gorgeous creature is not a fly.  It is a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae and probably in the Subfamily Chrysidinae which is pictured on BugGuide.  We are very fascinated with your “dead insect” collection philosophy.

Subject: Unidentifiable worm/ caterpillar
Location: High Falls NC.
October 2, 2015 5:44 pm
Help Bugman,
I live in the Piedmont region of North Carolina in the small community of High Falls. I live in a wooded area, no close neighbors, near Deep River. I found this worm/ caterpillar or whatever it may be crawling in my driveway. I can’t find anyone who has ever seen anything like it can you please try to identify?
Signature: Anna Moore

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear Anna,
This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar, and its size and color indicate it has left the tree upon which it was feeding and it is searching for a suitable place to pupate.  Adult Imperial Moths are quite beautiful.