From the monthly archives: "April 2016"

Subject: scary, shiny black insect with yellow antennae
Location: Fayette County, Illinois
April 25, 2016 11:47 am
I came across this scary looking, very shiny dark blue/black insect with yellow legs and antennae while mushroom hunting in April. I had my camera ready and he was very cooperative, although afterwards I realized I probably shouldn’t have been so close. I have tried to google his description but I can’t find anything that looks exactly like him. I’m very curious. Any help would be appreciated!
Signature: Jilla Young

Sawfly

Sawfly

Dear Jilla,
This is an Elm Sawfly, and it appears to be on an elm twig.  The Elm Sawfly,
Cimbex americana, is the largest North American Sawfly.  Though it is related to stinging bees and wasps, it is incapable of stinging, so though it appears formidable, it is actually quite harmless.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Philadelphia
April 24, 2016 11:59 am
I have been getting small bites on my hands sporadically since January. I had bed bugs in September of 2015 and got treatment for them and everything seemed to be fine until January. In January, I found another bite on my hand so I had the treatment again, although this time the exterminator said he did not see any signs of bed bugs. In March 2016 I found another bite on my hand so I called a new exterminator and although he said he didn’t see any sign of bed bugs, he treated my apartment anyway. I found a new bite on my thumb last week (April 2016) and a second bite on the same hand this morning (4 days later). I found this bug dead on the floor at the foot of my bed and immediately called my exterminator, who said it is not a bed bug. Do you know what this insect is?
Signature: Totally Losing It!

Earwig

Earwig

Dear Totally Losing It!,
This looks like an Earwig.  They are considered more of a nuisance than a pest.

Subject: What is this
Location: Hillsdale, Michigan
April 25, 2016 5:42 am
This bug was crawling in my sons college house in southern central Michigan – approximately 15 miles from the Ohio line. Can you identify it?
Signature: Mama Chase

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Mama Chase,
This Western Conifer Seed Bug probably sought shelter indoors when the weather cooled to hibernate, which is why they are frequently found in homes and other buildings.  This is a harmless species.

Subject: Big Black Flying Bug
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
April 25, 2016 6:36 am
Hi,
Found this guy yesterday eyeing me from the roof.
It’s springtime in Rolla, Missouri and all the bugs are happy.
He’s about an inch and a half long, looks all black, and must have good eyesight because he was looking at me. I thought he was a stink bug at first, but his body is round. He has a hump on his back, so maybe a relative of the whirligig beetle?
Signature: Bob in Rolla

Big Legged Bug

Big Legged Bug

Dear Bob,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.  They are Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae, and they are in the same suborder as Stink Bugs, hence the resemblance.

Subject: Please ID spider
Location: Plattsburgh, NY
April 24, 2016 11:31 am
Trying to ID this critter.
Signature: Luke T. Bush

Sac Spider

Sac Spider

Dear Luke
Based on this and other BugGuide images, we believe this is a Sac Spider in the genus
Cheiracanthium.  According to BugGuide:  “Some species are thought to be slightly dangerous. However, this may not be true.”

Subject: Assassin nymph eating fly
Location: Amarillo, TX
April 24, 2016 7:05 am
Hey bugman!
I spotted a tiny assassin bug carrying a house fly around in our yard yesterday and wanted to share. Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!
Signature: Brittani Hinders

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Assassin Bug eats Fly

Dear Brittani,
We believe that based on this BugGuide image, your Assassin Bug nymph is
Zelus luridus.