From the monthly archives: "June 2016"
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Subject: Male and Female Fish Fly?
Location: Troy, VA
June 30, 2016 2:25 pm
I believe these are male and female fish flies. The female was very active while the male just sat there. I don’t think she ever closed her wings. I will draw no conclusions from this.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Male Fishfly (Pectinate Antennae)

Male Fishfly (Pectinate Antennae)

Dear Grace,
We really love your newest images.  Perhaps you captured these Fishflies post-coital and he has completed his mission and now can contribute to the food chain, while she must have the energy to lay eggs in a nearby aquatic environment.  It is late in the season for Spring Fishflies, according to BugGuide, but your female appears to have serrate or saw-like antennae, a characteristic of the female Spring Fishfly as opposed to the female Summer Fishfly, though this is the season for the Summer Fishfly according to BugGuide, as both female and male Summer Fishflies have pectinate or comb-like antennae, along with only the male Spring Fishfly.  Read more about the Spring Fishfly,
Chauliodes rastricornis, on BugGuide and also read more about the Summer Fishfly, Chauliodes pectinicornis, on BugGuide.  It took us years finally to get images of mating, related Dobsonflies. We prefer your image of the male Fishfly on the white background as it better sets off his antennae.

Female Fishfly (Filiform Antennae)

Female Fishfly (Serrate Antennae)

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Subject:  Walnut Underwing
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 30, 2016
This Walnut Underwing was fluttering around the light last night and it was resting on the wall this morning.  We wonder if this is the same individual we posted last month.  The wings are a bit tattered, indicating this is not a freshly eclosed moth.  Underwings are long lived moths, in the scheme of things.

Walnut Underwing

Walnut Underwing

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: 15 miles west of Chicago, IL
June 29, 2016 8:54 pm
I live about 15miles outside of Chicago, IL. & just took this picture on June 29th.
The bug was less than an inch long, there are 4 legs in the back, obviously 2 on each side, then looks like a long neck and two “arm-like” legs in the front near the head. The arms look like pinchers but I don’t think they are because they seemed to kind of assist him climb up the brick. Plus I think bugs need at least 6 legs… I didn’t kill him… I was hoping I discovered a new species lol… Jk 🙂
Thank you!!
Signature: Julie

Mantispid Pupa, we presume

Mantidfly Pupa, we presume

Dear Julie,
This is a predatory Mantispid or Mantidfly in the family Mantispidae, and we thought that perhaps we were looking at an individual that somehow lost its wings.  We turned to BugGuide and we found this very similar looking image identified as
Dicromantispa sayi, and it appears as though it is part of a metamorphosis series of images.  That makes us wonder if it is a pupa.  Did it move about or was it stationary?  We are going to contact Eric Eaton to try to get some clarification on this.  We continued to research and we found this image on pBase where it states:  “This mobile pupa of a mantisfly, having recently left its cocoon, is wandering in the rain on a mossy log.”  That would imply that your individual is preparing to molt one final time before emerging as a winged adult Mantidfly.  Mantidflies are related to Lacewings and Antlions.

Thanks for replying!! What an interesting looking creature.
As for moving, he was up at eye level on the brick wall of my house and it seemed the “arms” were assisting him in moving but he wasn’t quick and maybe moved a few centimeters when I saw him. But how did he get up so high? Interesting…

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Subject:  California Mantids
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 24, 2016
We continue to see small California Mantids in the garden, but this growing youngster is about an inch and a half long and we moved it from the front door to the hoja santa plant.  Low light in the early evening, and shallow depth of field make for a less than acceptable image.

Immature California Mantid

Immature California Mantid

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Subject: Help
Location: Shower Floor
June 30, 2016 7:23 am
Found these in the shower after showering . What can they be!
Signature: Thanks

Louse

Louse

You have Lice.

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Subject: Small bug in Thailand
Location: Pattaya, Thailand
June 30, 2016 7:36 am
I’ve found a few of these bugs in my house in Thailand. Striped body is around 1-2cm long. Mostly seen in rainy season. Mostly seen on the floor, but also saw one halfway up a wall. Can you tell me what these are???
Signature: Jacinta

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Jacinta,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest.  Your individual has interesting stripes.

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