From the yearly archives: "2016"

Subject: What in the world is this bug?
Location: Bella vista, ca
June 6, 2016 9:08 am
This bug was just sitting on the wall for about a week not moving, then suddenly flew away.
Signature: Laura Merrill

California Dobsonfly

California Dobsonfly

Dear Laura,
Though it is commonly called a California Dobsonfly,
Neohermes californicus is actually a related Fishfly in a distinct subfamily.  According to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “This is a stream-loving species … it is common in higher elevations.”  Here is a matching image from BugGuide.

Subject: Moth
Location: Madison, Wisconsin area
June 6, 2016 6:56 pm
Hello! I’m from the Madison, Wisconsin area, and I found this moth (butterfly??) while I was gardening. He has 3 legs and cant walk or fly. What kind of moth/butterfly is he?
Signature: Hannah

Large Yellow Underwing

Large Yellow Underwing

Dear Hannah,
Though it is a very pretty moth, the Large Yellow Underwing, , is an Invasive Exotic species that according to BugGuide, was:  “Introduced from Europe to Nova Scotia in 1979, this species has since spread north to the Arctic Ocean, west to the Pacific, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.”

Subject: 3 inch brown beetle Sonoma County
Location: Geyserville, Sonoma County CA
June 5, 2016 10:43 pm
This big beetle banged against our window 6/5/2016 and then sat quietly at the bottom of the sill. I caught it in a small vase without a fight, checked it out and let it go. What is it? It was really cool! Its claws clicked against the glass I caught it in and it turned itself into its back. It had a had time turning itself back over- I don’t think it was defense.
Signature: Jeff

California Root Borer

California Root Borer

Hi Jeff,
This is a California Root Borer, and we just posted our first sighting of the year two days ago.

California Root Borer

California Root Borer

Thanks! Makes perfect sense surrounded by grapes and deciduous trees.

Subject: Isodontia mexicana?
Location: South Central Texas
June 6, 2016 6:26 am
Howdy Bugman – I think we have the Frank Lloyd Wright of Grass-carrying wasps. Can’t think of anyone else that will appreciate this as much as me – happy Monday. 😀
Signature: Debbie Littrell Ventura

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Dear Debbie,
That is one impressive Grass Carrying Wasp Nest.  Will you be suspending use of your hose until after the emergence?

Sure going to try. My garden hose using spouse is not nearly as impressed, but I’m working on his sensibilities. Have a fab week, Daniel. 😀

Subject: Dragonfly mimic butterfly in Texas
Location: Katy (Fort Bend County) Texas
June 5, 2016 8:27 am
I came across this insect this morning. At first, I thought it was a dragonfly, but when I looked closer and saw the antennae, I knew immediately that it’s a butterfly. I have had no luck tracking it down online. Can you identify it for me?
Thanks!
Signature: DougM

Owlfly

Owlfly

Dear DougM,
The first time we saw an image of a European Owlfly, we were equally confused.  Owlflies are classified with Lacewings and Antlions, and all members of the family Neuroptera, both larvae and adults, are predators.  Neuropteran larvae including Aphid Wolves and Doodlebugs are about the most frightening looking creatures imaginable if scale with humans were equalized.

Owlfly

Owlfly

Subject: Never before seen backyard bug
Location: Allentown Pennsylvania
June 5, 2016 8:32 am
I have been living in the same house for 3 years and this year, a new bug appeared in my backyard I never seen in my life! Theres alot and I’m worried they might be poisonous or bite, because of their color and appearance. I have kids so I’m eager to find out what it is and if they are dangerous. Please help!!
Signature: Grace

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larvae

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larvae

Dear Grace,
The good news is that this is a Lady Beetle larva, and they are predators that eat other insects and they will not harm your children.  The bad news is that it is a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle larva, an invasive, exotic species that is crowding out native species of Lady Beetles and threatening their existence.  Furthermore, adult Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles can get very numerous and they enter homes to hibernate, creating a nuisance for homemakers.