From the yearly archives: "2016"

Subject: 10 lined beetle
Location: Ventura Ranch, CA
June 7, 2016 6:05 am
Hi! This big guy (or gal) was on the screen of our tent last year when we vacationed at a campground in Ventura Ranch, CA. When I pried it off with a stick, it hissed at me quite loudly but I was so fascinated by its size and (what i took as its) willingness to battle me. My two, young boys were amazed too. We tried asking the campground office staff what it was but they didn’t know. We relocated him to a bush by the office.
Signature: Susan C

Ten Lined June Beetle

Ten Lined June Beetle

Dear Susan,
We don’t know if you actually counted the lines or if you actually researched the identity of this Ten Lined June Beetle, because you never asked for an identification.  The squeaking you heard is produced by rubbing body parts together, and it is known as stridulation.  Male Ten Lined June Beetles have the exaggerated antennae, and your individual is a male.

Subject: Pls identify
Location: Southern Ontario, Frankford
June 6, 2016 5:14 pm
We have recently planted 32 various tree and shrubs on our property including maples spruce pines dogwood aspen etc and now have them ALL covered with these beetles. Can you pls idenitfy and advise on how to get rid of them.
Thank you
Signature: D DRAKE

Mating Rose Chafers

Mating Rose Chafers

Dear D DRAKE,
These are mating Rose Chafers,
Macrodactylus subspinosus, and you may verify our identification on BugGuide which states:  “Adults emerge in early summer and feed on flowers, some leaves. They live for up to 6 weeks. Mating occurs on food sources. Eggs are laid deep (13-15 cm!) in soil and hatch in one to three weeks. Larvae feed on roots and overwinter deep in soil. Pupation in early spring in the soil, just under the surface.  Adults contain cantharadin, can poison chickens, other birds.”  We do not provide extermination advice, but now that you know what you are dealing with, you can do additional research.

Subject: Red bugs!
Location: Michigan
June 6, 2016 5:51 pm
Hi Bugman. Found these in my garden. June 6.. They are devouring my butterfly bush and asters. What are they?
Signature: MiGardener

Four Lined Plant Bugs

Four Lined Plant Bugs

Dear MiGardener,
You have both winged adults, and flightless, red nymphs of the Four Lined Plant Bug,
Poecilocapsus lineatus.  According to BugGuide:  “nymphs and adults feed preferentially on members of the mint family (wild mint, catnip, peppermint, spearmint, hyssop, oregano) but will attack a variety of wild plants (thistle, dandelion, burdock, tansy, loosestrife, sumac) as well as cultivated flowers (carnation, geranium, chrysanthemum, snapdragon, phlox) and crops (alfalfa, ginger, currant, raspberry, cucumber, lettuce, pea, potato, radish, squash).” 

Four Lined Plant Bugs

Four Lined Plant Bugs

Subject: Nc spider
Location: Chapel hill nc
June 6, 2016 8:48 pm
Hello! My daughter was about to climb this tree and then spotted this beautifully camouflaged spider. We would love to know what it is. It was mid afternoon on a sunny day here in central North Carolina.
Thanks!
Signature: Adrienne

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Adrienne,
This well camouflaged spider is a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and they are generally found not far from a body of water.  It appears the Fishing Spider may have captured prey, because the orange object in its mouth or chelicerae is not part of the spider.  Female Fishing Spiders carry the egg sac in their chelicerae, but that does not appear to be an egg sac.

What's In the Fishing Spider's Mouth???

What’s In the Fishing Spider’s Mouth???

Subject: Believe to be blue wasp
Location: chandler AZ
June 6, 2016 10:15 am
Thinking it’s a blue wasp or mud wasp; didn’t mind the photo shoot wasn’t aggressive at all/
Signature: Doc

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Dear Doc,
This is one of the most beautiful images we have ever received of a Steel Blue Cricket Hunter,
Chlorion aerarium, and the second image you provided where the Wasp is exiting the frame nicely illustrates the Thread Waist distinctive in the family Sphecidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Although generally not closely associated with humans, they are found wherever their hosts (Gryllus crickets) are found, which could include close proximity to homes … . Chlorion is usually found in open areas such as meadows, overgrown fields, dunes, beach edges, etc., although they may not necessarily hunt in the same habitat as they nest. ”

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Daniel;
Thank you for the feedback I deeply appreciate it , I have to admit it is one of my favorite shots of the many I take around my yard. Please feel free to use the picture if you like.
peace

Subject: moth
Location: Northern Virginia
June 6, 2016 6:08 pm
can you identify this moth? seen in June, 2016
Signature: Sandra

Laudable Arches Moth

Laudable Arches Moth

Dear Sandra,
We were excited when we thought we identified your moth as a Collared Arches Moth,
Lacinipolia strigicollis, thanks to this BugGuide image, but alas, it is a species limited to western North America according to BugGuide.  We knew we were close so we investigated the genus, but according to BugGuide:  “Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 64 species of the genus Lacinipolia in America north of Mexico.”  Of the eastern species, only the Laudable Arches Moth, Lacinipolia laudabilis, is green and resembles your individual, so we are relatively sure that identification is correct, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are general feeder on herbaceous plants.”  Here are more images from Moth Photographers Group.