From the daily archives: "Friday, July 1, 2016"

Subject: Large bug
Location: Yonkers, ny
June 30, 2016 3:13 pm
Please identify this bug outside my house. We are overwhelmed with them right now and I’ve lived here 25 years. We’ve never seen them before. They’re approximately 3/4-1 inch long
Signature: Julie

Green June Beetle

Green June Beetle

Dear Julie,
This highly variable species,
Cotinis nitida, can range from a yellow-brown color to bright green, but it is commonly called a Green June Beetle.  See BugGuide for additional information.

Subject: Unknown Caterpillar
Location: Around Puyo, Ecuador
June 30, 2016 3:54 pm
Found at Fundacion Los Monos y Selva Vida near Puyo, Ecuador on June 26.
After searching many times using various keywords to describe the caterpillar I came up short. I found a stock photo with a similar one that I have in my picture, however, they do not supply a species and only say “A caterpillar perched on a branch in the Tandayapa Valley of Ecuador.”
What kind of butterfly or moth do you think it will turn into?
Signature: Ryan

Possibly a Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Possibly a Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Ryan,
This reminds us of a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae, but we have not had any luck matching your image to any identified species.  Interestingly, while searching, we also found the “caterpillar perched on a branch in the Tandayapa Valley of Ecuador” you mentioned.  Once again, we would refer you to Cesar Crash at Insetologia as he can search the internet in Portuguese and possibly Spanish.

Subject: This bug bit my son…
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
June 30, 2016 6:36 pm
This bug was in a flower bed in New Hope, Pennsylvania. My four year-old son didn’t see it before it bit his hand. It definitely caused him quite a bit of pain and the mark was noticeable, though it didn’t seem to have any signs of venom or poison in it. It happened today, June 30, on a very warm summer evening. The bug is about an inch long, silver and orange in color, and the tail was curved upwards, resembling a stinger (almost scorpion-like). Any help identifying it would be very helpful!!
Thanks so much!
Signature: Lauren, Concerned Mom in PA

Immature Wheel Bug

Immature Wheel Bug

Dear Lauren,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, one of the Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae.  With the exception of Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs or Kissing Bugs in the genus
Triatoma that are known vectors for Chagas Disease, Assassin Bugs are not considered dangerous to humans, however many species will bite readily.  Though we often caution folks to handle Wheel Bugs with care to avoid getting bitten, we very rarely get reports of bites from Wheel Bugs.  Other species of Assassin Bugs bite more readily.

Thank you so much for your quick and thorough response! It is great to know what this is and where it came from.
Have a great holiday weekend!!
Lauren Anton 🙂

Subject: What kind of beetle?
Location: Mt. Vernon, Iowa
July 1, 2016 6:24 am
What do these beetles eat?
Signature: Cindy

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Cindy,
This is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus, and according to BugGuide, adults feed on:  “tree sap (in captivity will drink diluted maple syrup or sugar water); larvae feed in rotting logs.”

Subject: Odd looking flying insect
Location: Ontario, Canada
June 30, 2016 7:10 pm
A friend of mine photographed this thing outside of her house today. What exactly is it?
Signature: Mike

Rose Plume Moth

Rose Plume Moth

Dear Mike,
We quickly identified your Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae as a Rose Plume Moth,
Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla, thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on buds, flowers, and leaves of rose.”