From the daily archives: "Monday, April 18, 2016"

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Houston TX
April 18, 2016 8:11 am
Found in my bathtub jumping around after a large rain storm. There were quite a few in there, it’s the only place in the house I have seen them.
Signature: Harris

Fleas

Fleas

Dear Harris,
You have Fleas.

Update:  It is quite possible there are many more Fleas present than you have seen, and only when they jumped into the bathtub and couldn’t jump out that you noticed them.

Subject: Mole eating bug
Location: Massachusetts
April 18, 2016 3:02 pm
I found this dead mole on a trail and all of these unknown bugs were all over it. I would like to you what type of bugs these are.
Signature: Sarina B

Ridged Carrion Beetles and Margined Carrion Beetles eat Dead Mole

Ridged Carrion Beetles and Margined Carrion Beetles on Dead Mole

Dear Sarina,
At least two species of Carrion Beetles, the all black Ridged Carrion Beetle,
Oiceoptoma inequale, and the red and black Margined Carrion Beetle, Oiceoptoma noveboracense, are gathering around this dead mole.  Of the Ridged Carrion Beetle, BugGuide states:  “Adults consume fly larvae at carrion.”   Of the Margined Carrion Beetle, BugGuide states:  “Adults sometimes consume fly larvae (maggots) on carrion.”

Subject: Please help!
Location: Savannah Ga
April 17, 2016 3:42 pm
Please help me identify this bug I have seen them by the door. I’m afraid they are wasps!
Signature: Jenny

Stilt Legged Fly

Stilt Legged Fly

Dear Jenny,
Fear Not.  This is a harmless Stilt Legged Fly,
Grallipeza nebulosa, not a Wasp.  The species is pictured on BugGuide, and members of the family Micropezidae, according to BugGuide, are:  “Known for their walking around and lifting their prominently marked front legs imitating ichneumon wasps.”

My fear has subsided.  Glad I found this site. Thank you so much!
Jennifer

Subject: St Pete Florida outside
Location: St Pete, Fl
April 17, 2016 2:02 pm
Hiya! What the heck kind of hopper crawls instead of hopping?
Signature: ~ Neil

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Dear Neil,
This is the dark form of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper,
Romalea microptera, a flightless species.  There is also a light color variation to the species.

Subject: Identify this bug
Location: Kalamazoo Michigan united States of America
April 17, 2016 10:43 pm
Found this bug on top of a parking garage. Figure its a beetle but i have never seen one so big before. If i could get a reply asap on the specific type it is and where it originates and maybe its diet i would be much appreciated. And if its dangerous.
Thank you for your time.
Signature: Troy Root

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Troy,
This is a Toe-Biter, a predatory, aquatic True Bug.  It is not a beetle.  It will prey on aquatic insects, and it is also capable of capturing small fish and tadpoles.  Though they might bite if carelessly handled or if encountered while wading in fresh water ponds, the bite is not considered dangerous.

Subject: Wasp or beetle?
Location: Eastern Nebraska
April 17, 2016 9:42 am
Can you identify this? They are on the south side of my house and I just noticed them yesterday when my niece stepped on one. Location eastern Nebraska.
Signature: Thanks, Stacy

Hickory Borer

Hickory Borer

Dear Stacy,
This is a beetle commonly called a Hickory Borer,
Megacyllene caryae.  Do you have any nearby hickory or other nut trees, or perhaps a wood pile near where they are appearing?  The larvae are wood borers and the adults emerge in the spring.  They are thought to mimic stinging wasps for protection and the Hickory Borers are harmless, though they do have strong mandibles and they might pinch someone who carelessly handles one of them.  See BugGuide for additional information.