From the monthly archives: "January 2017"
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Subject: Huge abdomen
Location: Springfield MO
January 24, 2017 9:30 pm
I just moved to springfield mo. It is winter here (January) I came across what resembled an ant or beetle. Unfortunately I could not obtain a clear photo for it was night time and my dog got to the bug before I could get it indoors to examine it. I am an avid hiker and i have done farm work, never have seen this before. There are several types of trees around the house but I could not identify the bug as a specfic beetle to the area.
Signature: Christopher

Oil Beetle

Dear Christopher,
Even with the poor quality of your image, the identity of this Oil Beetle is unmistakable.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Bridger Mountains, Montana
January 24, 2017 4:00 pm
This bug was found outside of Bozeman, Montana, in the Gallatin National Forest. A nordic skier was skiing down an unplowed road and saw the bug walking on top of the snow. Nearby tree species include Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, and subalpine fir.
Signature: Johanna Nosal

Snow Sedge

Dear Johanna,
This is a Caddisfly, an insect in the order Trichoptera that is generally found near a source of fresh, clean water because their larvae are aquatic nymphs sometimes called Caseworms because they build protective covers from sticks, stones or shells.  It is our understanding that Caddisflies found in the snow are known as Snow Sedges.  We found this reference to a Snow Sedge on BugGuide, however the information page for the genus on BugGuide does not indicate Snow Sedge is a common name.  TroutNet does identify Snow Sedges and has this to report:  “These caddisflies may be important to the winter angler because they are one of the only insects around.”  Your posting has inspired us to create a “Snow Bugs” tag because we have numerous postings in our archive of insects in the snow, though it was not until now that we decided to organize them together into a dedicated data base.

Caddisfly in the Snow

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Subject: Identify insect
Location: Southern Thailand
January 23, 2017 3:01 am
My wife and I saw this insect angling on a wall. Southern Thailand. We and several Thai people would like to know what it is and any information you may supply.
Thanking you in advance,
Dan & Mari Brown
Marysville, Washington USA
Signature: Dan R Brown

Longicorn: Xylorhiza adusta

Dear Dan,
This is a positively gorgeous Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Xylorhiza adusta thanks to images on Singapore Fauna where it states:  “It has a wide distribution in Asia, from India to China and down to Sumatra. Known host plants include Beautyberry trees (
Callicarpa arborea and C. macrophylla); plant from the mint family (Premna pyramidata); Viburnum odoratissimum and Wrightia tinctoria: both a kind of small shrubby tree.”  We also found images on FlickR and The Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery.

Thank you for identifying the insect. Many did not know its type. Now many have a new respect for this living being.
Dan R Brown

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Subject: Bug Indentity
Location: Wichita, Ks
January 24, 2017 4:05 am
I found this in washer. My roommate has been issues with bugs. I just wondered what this was because I’ve never seen one before. Thanks!
Signature: Cherie

Bombardier Beetle

Hi Cherie,
This fascinating beetle is a Bombardier Beetle in the genus Brachinus. and according to BugGuide:  “Adults have chemical defenses, ejecting toxic, foul-smelling gases from their abdomen with a loud popping sound. The explosive brew is composed of hydrogen peroxide, hydroquinone, and catalytic enzymes.”

Bombardier Beetle

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Subject: Beetle ??
Location: London UK
January 24, 2017 4:28 am
Found this gem ( not ) in my fruit from the supermarket. Never seen anything like it. Because it was in with imported fruit I’m guessing it’s not from here ( United Kingdom ). I thought it was a Cockroach, but no antennae . It’s almost 2 inches long.
Signature: Kd

Giant Water Bug

Dear Kd,
This is not a Beetle nor is it a Cockroach.  It is a True Bug and we feel quite certain it is a predatory Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae.  You may be correct that it was imported with fruit as the family is not listed on the British Bugs site.

Thank you Daniel,
Was a bit of a shock finding it.  After receiving your email, I googled it and now know that the one I found is only half size  (( shudders )).
Thanks again

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Subject: Id the bug
Location: Kwa Zulu Natal
January 22, 2017 11:11 pm
Can you Please help and explain what this might be
Signature: Eugene


Dear Eugene,
This is a Weevil or Snout Beetle in the family Curculionidae, but we are not certain of the species.  Based on images posted to iSpot, it might be in the genus

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