From the daily archives: "Tuesday, April 5, 2016"

Subject: Awsome find ? Or not?
Location: Carmen de viboral, Colombia
April 5, 2016 6:09 pm
Bugman help !!
What is this beautiful creatures name. Been in Medellin Colombia for 14 years and never saw one. My farm is where I found it . About 8500 ft above sea level. Thanks bugman!!
Signature: Anyhow

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

These are wonderful images of a female Dobsonfly.  Male Dobsonflies have much more impressive mandibles.

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

Subject: Needham’s Skimmer or Golden-Winged Skimmer?
Location: Jupiter, Florida
April 5, 2016 11:09 am
Greetings from Palm Beach County, Florida. This female dragonfly stopped to watch my volunteers remove trash from Pine Glades Natural Area in Jupiter, Florida. Since she didn’t seem to mind the group of people picking up beer bottles and plastic bags from around her perch, I snapped a few photos. Once I downloaded the pictures I was amazed by the beauty of this insect! In trying to nail down a name for this bug, I found two possible choices: Needham’s Skimmer or Golden-Winged Skimmer. I’m hoping you can tell me which one she is. As always, your web site is outstanding – I use it just about every day.
Signature: Ann Mathews – Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management

Female Skimmer

Female Skimmer

Hi Ann,
Thanks so much for the compliment.  Your image is positively gorgeous, but we often have difficulty with Dragonfly identifications, especially female Dragonflies.  The Needham’s Skimmer,
Libellula needhami, pictured on BugGuide looks like a good match, and the Golden Winged Skimmer, Libellula auripennis, pictured on BugGuide also looks close.  Perhaps one of our readers with more experience identifying Dragonflies will be able to provide a conclusive ID with justification.  According to BugGuide, the Golden Winged Skimmer is “Very similar, if not indistinguishable in the field, from Needham’s Skimmer. The latter is restricted to the coastal southeastern United States. ”  Of Needhams’s Skimmer, BugGuide remarks:  “Males are best separated from male Golden-Wings by redder face and body, along with brown lower hindlegs and less orange wings. Female and juvenile male Needham’s best separated from Golden-Wings by lateral thoracic pattern, augmented by the two-toned costa.”

Thanks for posting my picture of the Needham’s or Golden Winged skimmer. I hope someone can nail down her identity. Then again, she might like to remain mysterious and keep some secrets to herself! As always, kudos to the team at What’s That Bug for bringing the fascinating world of bugs to people all over the world.
Ann Mathews

Subject: ID please?
Location: Bay Area Califirnia USA
April 5, 2016 5:41 pm
Hello
I wonder if you can positively ID this borer for me?
There are small holes in an oak tread and a piece of pine (I believe) trim base moulding connected to it: the first indication was a pile of (what looked like) wood particles on the tread below.
I removed the trim and sprayed the holes on the inside face of it and put it in my garage – when I inspected an few hours later, the larvae in the image were on the floor, close to the trim piece – I have to assume they crawled out of the piece.
Please find attached image – by my guess, I think they might be California Wood Boring Beetle Larvae? They are only a few mm long (by estimate)
Your advice is greatly appreciated!
Signature: DEcosse

Termites

Termites

Dear DEcosse,
These are definitely Termites and the wood particles you described are known as Termite Pellets.

Thank you for your extremely prompt response – it is most appreciated!
That is not such good news of course!
I had continued to do some research and although I wasn’t sure those were termites, the Frass definitely looked like a picture I saw
I should have of course taken an image of the frass before it was cleaned up.
Regards
Ken Scott

Subject: Please identify this “bug”
Location: Cavendish PEI
April 3, 2016 4:49 am
I found this bug on the beach in Cavendish PEI April02, 2016. I was set to photograph a small barnacle nearby when I saw a small black(ish) insect.
The temperature was about 8-10c and it was just starting to rain
Signature: David

Midge, we believe

Midge, we believe

Dear David,
We believe this is a Midge in the family Chironomidae, a group of non-biting relatives of Mosquitoes.  The feathered antennae indicates this is a male.

Midge, we believe

Midge, we believe

Daniel
Thank you very much for this information.  Please accept this email as my permission to use the image for your site.
With kind regards
David

Subject: Body eating spiders
Website:
April 3, 2016 11:21 pm
Good Day,  I have a question that has been bothering me for some time now.  I have been hijacked by a spider.  I have a colostomy bag and I have these things come out in it all the time.   Dr.s just think I am crazy.  but every time I put a new bag on out comes a very thin clear looking thread one after another.  Then out comes spiders.  At first a few years ago they were very tiny.    Could hardly make them out.  But the webbing was there all over my ileostomy.  It gets covered up really fast after I take my bag off.             It’s getting to the point they are in my eyes, my hair, under my nails, in my ears,  you get the picture.  I can’t say anything to any one any more because they already think I am crazy.  They are a light brown\tan color all over.  Fast.  I can put a plastic bag up to my ileostomy and it will fill up with all kinds of webbs it’s weird.   I hate the way it feels.  I am loosing energy and weight.  But my belly is getting big.  Full of webbs  I guess.  This is so nastty,  I need to figure out what on earth these critters are and get rid of them once and for all.  I am hoping you could shed some light on this I am at the end of my rope.  I am tired of this.   I know if something does not happen soon I will die from these critters.  All because someone did not look under a microscope like they should have done in the  first place.  This would have taken care of .
Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Signature: Jasmin

Dear Jasmin,
We are not able to help you with your problem which should be handled by health care specialists.

Subject: Three red and black bugs found!
Location: Missouri, U.S.A.
April 1, 2016 5:44 pm
I would like your help on identifying three orange and black stripped bugs. I was in my yard searching for bugs, so I lifted up a rotting log and to my excitement I found three cool looking bugs all near each other! Pretty please with cherries on top help me identify them! 🙂
Signature: Gracie S.

Flatbacked Millipedes

Flatbacked Millipedes

Dear Gracie,
These are Flatbacked Millipedes in the order Polydesmida, a group well represented on BugGuide.