From the monthly archives: "September 2016"

Subject: Flying bug
Location: Camrose, Alberta , Canada
September 6, 2016 7:14 pm
Hope you can identify this bug. You can see how big it is compared to the thumb next to it. It flew into the building at night., maybe attracted to the lights.
Signature: Patricia Wilcox

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Patricia,
This Giant Water Bug has several other common names, including Toe-Biter, because of the number of waders who have been surprised while in the water, and Electric Light Bug because of their propensity for being attracted to artificial lights.

Subject: Mystery prionid on Cape Cod
Location: Eastham, Massachusetts
September 6, 2016 3:37 pm
Hello there,
We found several of these beetles at our rental house this summer in Eastham, MA. The ones we saw were in the 2″ range and came out at night – they appeared to be attracted to our porch light. The days we were seeing them were the first week of August but I don’t know how long before or after they were around. They look to be some form of prionid beetle but I am unsure as to species.
Signature: Laura

Male Broad Necked Root Borer

Male Broad Necked Root Borer

Dear Laura,
This looks to us like a male Broad-Necked Root Borer,
Prionus laticollis, and according to BugGuide:  “Pronotum as broad, or almost as broad, as base of elytra. Very dark. Elytra have irregular punctures, and each elytron has three indistinct longitudinal ridges. Pronotum has three blunt lateral teeth on each side. Antennae have 12-13 segments. Female much larger than male. The former is reported to be flightless, or nearly so. Males are attracted to lights.”

 

Subject: Lovely bug on my door
Location: Pacific Northwest USA
September 5, 2016 10:24 pm
Hello Bugman!
I’ve enjoyed your site for many years, but I think this is the first time I have sent a “new to me” bug. I found this beautiful bug on my front door today. Its wings and body shape were very unique and interesting, so I jusf have to ask–what is this bug? Thank you!
Details:
Found 9/5/17
Federal Way, WA USA
Hanging out on the door
Maybe one inch long end to end and 1-1.5 inches wingtip to wingtip.
Signature: Jessica W

Artichoke Plume Moth

Artichoke Plume Moth

Dear Jessica,
We verified the identity of this Artichoke Plume Moth,
Platyptilia carduidactylus, on BugGuide where it states:  “larvae feed on thistles and all parts of artichokes.”  Thanks for the compliment.

Thank you ao much! I would have never guessed a variety of moth!
Best regards,
Jessica

Subject: What’s this beetle?
Location: Mica, WA
September 5, 2016 8:45 am
We had a hatch of these beetles back in late July and I’ve never seen them before or since. The cat was swatting this guy and he hissed at her and she jumped straight up in the air! I came over and rescued him and he hissed at me too. Shot some pics and the released him back into a pine tree unharmed. Saw a couple of them in the next few days.
We live in Mica, WA 99023
Signature: Keep on buggin,

Male California Root Borer

Male California Root Borer

This is a California Root Borer, Prionus californicus, and despite its common name, it is found in many western states according to BugGuide.

Subject: Mosquito
Location: Dayton Ohio
September 5, 2016 5:41 pm
Hello
On my way back from my daily run at the local hiking trail and this scary looking thing stuck to my windshield and didn’t move for quarter of a mile. I had to take a picture of it while driving but I was careful. But look at the stinger! I’ve never seen a mosquito quite like that.
This is sept. 6th in southwestern ohio
Signature: Nathan B.

Stump Stabber

Stump Stabber

Dear Nathan,
This is NOT a Mosquito.  It is a parasitic Giant Ichneumon wasp in the genus
Megarhyssa, and it is commonly called a Stump Stabber because the female uses her lengthy ovipositor to lay eggs beneath the bark of trees that are infested with wood boring larvae of Horntails, including the Pigeon Horntail.

Subject: It’s something new for you guys – a bug!!
Location: Yarmouth, ME
September 5, 2016 10:43 am
Hello!
Found this bug hanging out in our lawn, not on any plants, kinda maybe even trying to burrow? Not sure because my dog bothered it until it stopped trying to move 🙁
At that point, I moved it to the garden, tried and failed to research it, and then went back and took the attached photos.
Anyway, any help identifying this guy would be super appreciated!
Signature: Mikala

Waved Sphinx Hornworm

Waved Sphinx Hornworm

Dear Mikala,
Using the Sphingidae of the Americas site, we quickly identified your Hornworm as that of a Waved Sphinx,
Ceratomia undulosa.  According to the site:  “In the fifth instar, the spiracular ovals are decidedly red and the anal horn is off-white to pinkish laterally”  and “Just prior to pupation, larvae frequently take on a rosy hue.”  Your individual was getting ready to dig underground to pupate.  We hope it was able to realize its mission.

So neat! I’ve lived here most of my life and I’ve never seen anything like it before. Thanks for your help!
Mikala