From the monthly archives: "March 2017"

Subject: Tree bug
Location: Austin
March 29, 2017 7:51 pm
Found these today in austin, tx. It is spring time.
Signature: Alytown

Ebony Bugs

Dear Alytown,
We believe these are black, adult Ebony Bugs from the family Thyreocoridae as well as immature, wingless, red nymphs.  See BugGuide for additional information, where it states:  “Shiny black, broad oval, convex shape. Tibiae have no spines or slender ones. Large scutellum covers most of abdomen and wings. Look like beetles but have 5-segmented antennae and 4-segmented beak” and “feed on flowers and developing seeds.”

Ebony Bugs

Subject: California bug
Location: California
March 30, 2017 1:12 pm
What is it?
Signature: Ken

Aphid Wolf

Dear Ken,
This is a predatory Lacewing Larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf.  Though they are not dangerous to humans, we have received many reports from people who have been bitten, and the effects of the itchy bite can last as long as a week.

Subject: Praying Mantis???
Location: Carlsbad, CA
March 30, 2017 10:45 am
Found this on our window today. What is this?
Signature: Interested bug watcher

Possibly Bird Grasshopper

Dear Interested bug watcher,
This is a plant eating Grasshopper, not a predatory Preying Mantis.  We believe it is a Bird Grasshopper in the genus

Subject: Beetle Id?
Location: Osa de Costa Rica
March 30, 2017 8:00 am
Collected this beetle in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica. I do believe that it’s a wood borer ( Cerambycidae )
Can you tell me more?
Signature: charles limmer

Longicorn: Callipogon lemoinei

Dear Charles,
This is indeed a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We attempted to search the name written on the piece of paper,
Callipogon lemoinei, and we agree with your identification based on images posted to The New World Cerambycidae Catalog.

Subject: What’s this bug
Location: England
March 28, 2017 2:33 pm
My brother has just found 3 of these I’m his house, and is worried they are cockroaches!!!!
Can you help with what they are?
We are in England and the midlands area.
Thank you
Signature: Regards Jacquie

Unknown Rove Beetle

Dear Jacquie,
This is not a Cockroach.  It is a beneficial, predatory Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, but alas, we have not had much luck determining a species name.  There are many species of Rove Beetles illustrated on NatureSpot, but none that looks quite like yours.  According to Mark Telfer’s Website:  “There are about 1,134 species in this family, as delimited in the Duff (2012) checklist. This one family thus contains over a quarter of the 4,072 species of beetle.”   We believe those statistics refer to the British Islands.

Subject: Indoor Springtime Beetles
Location: Stockton, California
March 29, 2017 2:38 pm
These pinhead-sized (or smaller) winged beetles appear in the spring inside my house. They are attracted to the windows and to light-colored fabric. They are slow-moving and nonevasive, and so they are easy to kill. They are appearing now, when temperatures are in the 70’s. My guess is they are in a foodstuff of some kind in the house. They do not appear in overwhelming numbers, but they come every year consistently. I do not see them at other times of the year.
Signature: David Wallace

Carpet Beetle

Dear David,
Carpet Beetles like the one in your image feed on pollen, but the larvae are common household pests that will feed on a wide variety of organic items in the home.

Thanks! Now on to the tracking of the food source, which may or may not be in our pantry.

While they are considered an annoyance, sometimes their food source in not injurious.  They will feed on accumulated shed pet hair found on rugs and furniture.

Five cats in the house. Thanks for this excellent detective work.