From the daily archives: "Saturday, April 23, 2016"

Subject: Water Bugs
Location: Michigan 49601
April 23, 2016 1:46 pm
We found this while fishing, it was below the water in a shallow Sandy area
Signature: Matthew Wooten

Dragonfly Naiad

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Matthew,
This is a Dragonfly Naiad.  A Naiad is an aquatic nymph.

Haha, Awesome, thank you for getting back, was creeped out by the looks, it said it was supposed to be in Virginia, any idea why it’s in Michigan?

Insects just do not respect state or national borders.

Subject: Crazy Colors!
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
April 23, 2016 1:43 pm
This fella showed up today and I was astounded by it’s nearly day-glow green and blazing red striping. Beautiful to the point of almost appearing fake. Then I started wondering if dragonflies, like so many other animals, go through color changes or become more colorful in mating season…if there is a mating season for dragonflies, that is.
Signature: Thanks!

Swamp Darner, we believe

Swamp Darner, we believe

We believe we have correctly identified your Dragonfly as a Darner, more specifically, a Swamp Darner, Epiaeschna heros, based on this BugGuide image.  The red face is evident in this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, they are found near  “Shaded ponds, streams, swamps, temporary pond” and they are active “February to November in Florida, June to September in northernmost part of range” and that “Females oviposit in a variety of sites, in mud, in stems, or in mud of dried-up ponds.”  Some Dragonflies change color as adults, often with the males getting brighter with age.

How cool! Thank for the knowledge !

Subject: id this guy, please
Location: lago atitlan, solola, guatemala
April 21, 2016 8:28 am
hello – i saw this bug on my porch at lago atitlan, solola, guatemala please help me with the name. thanks!
Signature: dale

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Dear Dale,
This colorful critter is a  Giant Mesquite Bug nymph
,Thasus neocalifornicus.  Here is an image on BugGuide for verification.  Immature Giant Mesquite Bugs often form large aggregations on the food plant.