From the monthly archives: "January 2016"
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Subject: I’m not sure what type of bug this is
Location: Albuquerque NM
January 30, 2016 8:10 pm
Acouple of days ago I lift the door open while letting in some cool air, and I didn’t really pay attention and make sure no bugs came in. Then just recently I noticed this bug and I think it looks like a cockroach, it has antennas and has 3 legs on each side with patterns on the back.
Signature: Thanks for the help in advance

Mesquite Borer

Mesquite Borer

This is not a Cockroach.  It is a Mesquite Borer, Placosternus difficilis, a beetle in the Longhorned Borer Beetle family Cerambycidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Larval hosts: Prosopis, Acacia, Pithecellobium, Platanus, Citrus, Leucaena” and “Adults are active day and night, running rapidly along freshly cut branches of their host plants and feeding on the blossoms of Koeberlinia, Acacia, Baccharis, Bumelia, Clematis, and Solidago.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Adults come to lights and bait.”  So, we surmise that either you had firewood from one of the host plants in your house and this beetle emerged from the wood after metamorphosis, or you have at least one host plant growing in your yard or nearby and that the beetle was attracted to the light emanating from the open window.

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Subject: Big Bug out of place?
Location: Charlottetown PEI Canada
January 30, 2016 8:24 pm
Have never seen a large bug like this before (saw it outside on sidewalk of my work building during the summer). I wonder if it might be far from home and wonder how it got to Charlottetown PEI.
Just curious.
Signature: Jenny K

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jenny,
This Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter is an aquatic predatory True Bug that is able to fly from pond to pond in the event that food runs out or the pond dries out.  Giant Water Bugs are also attracted to lights leading to the common name Electric Light Bug, and that might be the reason you found it near your work.  Though they are not aggressive toward people, Giant Water Bugs are reported to deliver a painful bite if accidentally stepped on by waders and swimmers.  The Toe-Biter is one of our most frequent identification requests.

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Subject: Is this spider dangerous?
Location: Zambia
January 28, 2016 4:23 am
Hi, we’ve been living in central Zambia in the bushy outskirts of a town for 8 months now and today was the first time I’ve seen one of these kind of spiders. It’s tarantula looking and about 2 to 3 inches at full span. We have children here too which causes me even more concern and worry if they would be tempted to approach one. Can you please tell me if they bite or are poisonous please?
Signature: Many thanks for your help

Tarantula: Ceratogyrus meridionalis

Tarantula: Ceratogyrus meridionalis

Your gorgeous Tarantula is Ceratogyrus meridionalis. which we identified on BirdSpiders.  Tarantulas are not aggressive, but they can give a painful, though not generally serious, bite if carelessly handled.  Teach your children while they are young to have respect for lower beasts.

Tarantula

Tarantula

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Central coast of Australia
January 30, 2016 3:23 pm
I found what i think being a caterpillar this morning but don’t know what kind. Could you help me
Signature: Amy

Hornworm:  Theretra latreillii

Hornworm: Theretra latreillii

Dear Amy,
Thanks for writing back that you are in Australia.  This is a Hornworm in the family Sphingidae.  We turned to Butterfly House where we identified your Hornworm as
Theretra latreillii, a species with no common name.  Unlike the individuals pictured there, your Hornworm has secondary white spots behind the primary oculi.  Nature Love You pictures individuals with the additional white spots and provides the common name Pale Brown Hawk Moth. 

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Subject: Bug in South Africa
Location: Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa
January 30, 2016 2:21 pm
Hi – can anyone help us identify these ‘bugs’ found in Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa. Image showing them ‘hatched’ from eggs, and then a crop in closer. Many thanks Robyn
Signature: Robyn

Owlfly Hatchlings

Owlfly Hatchlings

Dear Robyn,
We are quite sure these are Neuropteran Hatchlings, but not until we found this matching image in iSpot of Owlfly Hatchlings, could we determine that they are in the family Ascalaphidae.

Owlfly Hatchlings

Owlfly Hatchlings

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Subject: Mantid
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
January 28, 2016 10:12 pm
A mantid found in Fortaleza, Brazil. Found in the daytime on a wall.
Signature: Wesley Neely

Mantis

Mantis

Dear Wesley,
We tried to identify your Mantis to the species level, which we did not think would be too difficult because of the distinctive lobes at the tips of the wings, but alas, we could not find any matching images on Insetologia or on the web in our cursory search.  Perhaps Cesar Crash will have better luck with this one.

Thanks for your help! I have the same issues!

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