From the daily archives: "Thursday, July 7, 2016"

Subject: Green Cricket
Location: San Marcos, CA
July 7, 2016 11:00 am
Hi Bugman! This is the second time I’ve seen one of these green cricket-looking bugs with the leaf-like “tail” in my garden and I was wondering what it was. I found this guy hanging out on my fennel flowers last night (7/6/16) and he was still there this morning just…blending in. What’s that bug?
Signature: Megan

Female Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid Nymph

Female Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear Megan,
This is a female (as evidenced by her ovipositor), immature (as evidenced by the partially developed wings) Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid.  We believe she is a member of the species Scudderia mexicana based on this BugGuide image, though species can be difficult to distinguish from one another without carefully inspecting the genitalia.  According to BugGuide:  “To identify species within this genus, it is important to see the ‘terminalia’ (parts at the end of the abdomen). The shapes of the parts of both the males and females can be very useful for identification, and often are the only means to reliably tell species apart. In males it is useful (often necessary) to see these parts from both the side and from above, with the shapes of the supra-anal plate and the subgenital plate being important for diagnosis. The shape of the wings is also useful for some species. Also, the color pattern of living specimens can be of use, but is rarely diagnostic.”

Subject: Giant Beetle in CT
Location: northeastern CT
July 7, 2016 3:19 pm
My son found this beetle or roach on an oak tree while we were walking through the UCONN campus in Storrs, CT. It has large jaws clamped onto the bark, a striped under belly and black top along with a light amber colored “tail”. From jaws to tip of tail is close to 3 inches. Could you help us identify it?
Signature: Homeschool Mom of 3

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer Ovipositing

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer Ovipositing

Dear Homeschool Mom of 3,
This is a female Broad-Necked Root Borer in the process of laying eggs.  The “tail” is her ovipositor, an organ used to lay eggs.

Subject: Is this a kissing bug??
Location: Detroit Michigan
July 6, 2016 3:54 pm
Hey, I saw a bug in my room last night on the window. It was at 11:00 pm. I have never seen it before. I believe that I have been bitten before. The bites are on my arm and upper back. Three in total. They look like small, round scabs. I’m not sure if these bites and this bug are related.
Signature: Meghan

Black Corsair

Black Corsair

Dear Meghan,
In our opinion, this is a Black Corsair and not a Kissing Bug.  You can compare your image to this BugGuide image of a Black Corsair.  According to BugGuide:  “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood and does not transmit diseases.”

Subject: What is this?
Location: Ohio
July 7, 2016 12:32 pm
I found this on a golf course green while working and I never have seen one before, it was pretty big and was looking up at me when I got close to it.
Signature: Stin

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Stin,
This is a male Dobsonfly, and despite his fearsome appearance, he is perfectly harmless.

Subject: Bug in korea
Location: South korea seoul namsan park
July 6, 2016 11:02 pm
I am currently visiting in korea and have seen a quite bug black and yellow or white bug , i took a picture which iam attatching and hope you can identify it
Signature: nina nunn

Starry Night Sky Beetle

Starry Night Sky Beetle

Dear Nina,
This Starry Night Sky Beetle or Asian Longhorned Borer Beetle,
Anoplophora glabripennis, does not present much of a problem in its native Asia, however, it has been in the news lately because its accidental introduction to North America is resulting in the compromised health of many trees.

Subject: Just Curious
Location: Summerville South Carolina
July 6, 2016 2:22 pm
I found this snacking on a wicker rocking chair in my front yard. It measures roughly 4 inches in length. It is summer and 100+ degrees outside. Just wondering what it is because I have never seen a caterpillar that big in real life.
Signature: K. W. Hibbs

Pine Devil

Pine Devil

Dear K.W. Hibbs,
This marvelous caterpillar is a Pine Devil,
Citheronia sepulcralis.