From the yearly archives: "2016"

Subject: WTB?!
Location: Denver area (larva)
December 12, 2016 10:37 pm
Hello,
I’m trying to positively identify three insects so their Genus species can be part of the file name which will have the Genus species of the flowering plant, too. (You’ll see.)
…The (I think sawfly) larva is on a pincushion cactus blossom and might be two inches long? This is mid-May along the southern edge of the Denver area (Highland Ranch).
I appreciate your even taking the time to consider these.
Best,
Signature: Mark Bennett

Probably Sawfly Larva

Probably Sawfly Larva

Ed Note:  We requested higher resolution images from Mark, and he complied, supplying this additional information.

Hello Daniel,
Here are the three images in their uncropped state. Note, these uncropped images are artwork to me, not science. As such, they are entered in competition at a gallery and could, with luck and the favor of the judges, be selected for display. And, with more luck and perseverance, become salable prints. THUS, please observe my copyright restrictions — you may use the images on your web site and archive, for educational purposes, but they can not be reproduced or shared or in any method used for commercial purposes by you, What’s That Bug?, or any other entity without my express permission. If these terms are acceptable, and accepted, then we’re good. If not, then please delete the attached file(s).
Thanks. I do hope these help the organization.
Mark Bennett Photography
markbennettphoto.com

Escobaria vivipara blossom Symphyta Dolerus sp. sawfly larva Littleton nature walk 20120521 25cv

Escobaria vivipara blossom
Symphyta Dolerus sp. sawfly larva
Littleton nature walk 20120521 25cv

December 18, 2016
Hi again Mark,
We are finally getting around to posting what we agree appears to be a sawfly larva.  We will attempt to contact Eric Eaton to see if he agrees.  We will be postdating this submission to go live to our site while we are away from the office on Christmas Day because of the beautiful colors represented in your artful image.

Sounds like fun! It is a beautiful image, if I say so myself, and is my favorite for inclusion in the upcoming gallery show in Fort Collins, Colorado. The theme is “animalia” and I’m hoping that my “animal,” being present but not the apparent, initial, focus of the photo will catch the jurors’ eyes.
Have a happy holiday,
Mark

Eric Eaton Confirms Sawfly Larva identification.
Yes, the other is a sawfly larva.  Great job!
Eric Eaton
author Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

Subject: What is this blue egg-like thing?
Location: Montréal (canada)
December 12, 2016 8:34 pm
Hi
We found these near the heater in the bathroom..saw 5or 6 of them and cleaned them up then a few days later saw 2 more
Looks like they have a tail and are very blue
Is something hatching eggs and should i call an exterminator? I have 2 young kids who are a bit freaked out and so am I ! What are they???
Thank you
Signature: Rita

Decorative Blue Things

Decorative Blue Things

Dear Rita,
We are relatively confident that these blue things are decorative and man-made, and NOT insect eggs.  Did you recently pull out some holiday decorations?  Perhaps these things fell off.  Since we will be away from the office during the holidays, we are postdating your submission to go live at the end of the month.

Subject: Huge black spider in our bed
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
December 1, 2016 9:44 pm
My wife found this huge black spider crawling on our bed. Would you happen to know what it is?
Signature: Michael K

Tarantula

Tarantula

Dear Michael,
This is most definitely a Tarantula, and it is most likely a male wandering in search of a mate.  Tarantulas might bite if carelessly handled, but the bite is not dangerous, causing little more than local swelling and tenderness.  Urticating hairs can cause irritation and a severe skin reaction in sensitive people.  We are postdating your submission to go live on Christmas Day when we will be out of the office for the holidays.

Tarantula

Tarantula

Wow.  That is amazing.  We had thought it was a female crevice weaver.  So cool to find out it was actually a tarantula.  Thank you so much.  I really appreciate you taking the time to look at those pictures.
Michael

Subject: Locust
Location: South Africa, Limpopo
December 13, 2016 5:43 am
Good day, please assist with identification? Not sure if this is a Milkweed Locust
Signature: Locust in SA

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

This is a gorgeous image of a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  Based on images posted to iSpot, we believe it is Phymateus baccatus.  We will be postdating your submission to go live at the end of the month when we are away from the office for the holidays.

Subject: Massive spider maybe 7 inches in Trinidad
Location: Trinidad, Caribbean
December 2, 2016 3:24 pm
My son and myself came across this massive spider on a bamboo patch in a small park area near our house. My son said it was a “Huntsman spider” but I am unsure he is correct (smart kid though). see pics below
Signature: Dion Santana

Tarantula

Tarantula

Dear Dion,
What a gorgeous Tarantula you encountered.  But for the lack on markings on the abdomen of your individual, we believe it resembles this Trinidad Chevron Tarantula,
Psalmopoeus cambridgei, which is pictured on YouTube.   Normally we refrain from citing Wikipedia, but it was there we learned the Trinidad Chevron Tarantula is “endemic to Trinidad” and “The female has chevron-shaped dark markings on the abdomen and her colour varies through shades of green and brown with characteristic red or orange flashes on the legs. The male is a more uniform grey or brown colour. It is a large, hairy, fast growing species that reaches six inches in leg span.”  The lack of markings and the longer legs indicates your individual is a male, and it sure looks like these male Trinidad Chevron Tarantulas pictured on Project Noah and Angelfire.  According to Tarantulas of the World:  “these animals spend most of their time up in trees blending in with their environment.”  Because we are preparing for a trip away from the office for the holidays, we are postdating your submission to go live at the end of the month.

Tarantula

Tarantula

Thank you very much 🙂

Subject: WTB
Location: Johannesburg
December 8, 2016 9:06 am
Hi
ref photo, Taken by me, Johannesburg, Dec 8th near the airport. The closest thing I could find was the Helmeted Squash bug. But I dont think its that. African derivative ? It does stink, when disturbed,
and does have offspring as per pic, plenty of. Please could you let me know what this is ?
Thx
Rgds
Signature: Gary

Hi, I found it
Carlisis Wahlbergi, or giant twig wilter, apparently you guys had already ID’d this in 2010. Thx G

Tip Wilters: Adults and First Instar

Tip Wilters: Adults and First Instar

Dear Gary,
We are happy you located the Giant Tip Wilter on our site.  Your image is awesome.  It pictures two winged imagos, the adult form, and what we believe is a first instar nymph recently hatched.  Since we will be away from the office during the holidays, we are postdating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the month.

Update:  January 6, 2017
Hi Daniel
Thank you for putting the pic on the web site.
I have two more , as attached, for your perusal.
Thx
G

Tip Wilter Nymphs

Happy New Year Gary,
Your new images are quite nice.  We especially like the image of the newly metamorphosed red nymph whose color should soon darken.

Tip Wilter Metamorphosis