From the monthly archives: "April 2017"
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Subject: Love bug?
Location: Brevard County Florida
April 26, 2017 12:45 pm
I live in Florida and we usually get a ton of love bugs around this time of the year but instead of your typical black bodied bug with a red head they’re all black? Is this a love bug? I have yet to see a red headed love bug anywhere.
Signature: Stephanie

March Fly

Dear Stephanie,
This is an excellent question.  The image you submitted is of a March Fly in the family Bibionidae and the small eyes indicate it is a female.  Lovebugs are members of the genus Plecia within the family Bibionidae.  So all Lovebugs are March Flies, but not all March Flies are Lovebugs.  As you stated, Lovebugs have red heads.  You may read more about March Flies on BugGuide where it states:  “Adults emerge synchronously in huge numbers and often form dense mating aggregations. Males form loose ‘swarms’ and copulate immediately with females as they emerge from the soil. After mating, female bibionines dig a small chamber in the soil with their fossorial fore tibiae, lay eggs, and die within the chamber (
Plecia lay eggs on the soil surface). Adults are short-lived (3-7 days).”

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
April 27, 2017 5:43 am
I would really appreciate your help, I was sitting in my vehicle with the doors open and kept feeling little bites i then noticed multiple bugs like this one on my arm. The have wings and can jump/fly. I also noticed them on my white vehicle. Can u help identify them?
Signature: Sarah


Dear Sarah,
This looks like a Thrips, which is used for both singular and plural.  According to BugGuide:  “Some are wingless; where present, the wings are narrow with few or no veins and fringed with long hairs. Mouthparts asymmetrical (no right mandible), suitable for piercing and sucking. Antennae relatively short, 4- to 9-segmented; tarsi 1-2-segmented, with 1-2 claws and are bladder-like at the end.” 

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Subject: Bite in botanical garden Vietnam
Location: VIETNAM
April 26, 2017 9:18 am
Hi !
I was recently in Phong Nha park in Vietnam and was stung by something through my leggings as I hiked through a botanical garden there (south East Asian forest/ jungle setting)
It looks like a caterpillar bite but I’m not sure!
Any knowledge would be appreciated:)
Many thanks
Signature: Zuzanna

Caterpillar Irritation

Dear Zuzanna,
Caterpillars do not bite, but some species do have urticating hairs that might cause a reaction like you received.  What you have is certainly not a bite.

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Subject: Glow worm?
Location: Rimrock, AZ
April 25, 2017 8:27 pm
Found this on the floor of my apartment tonight. What is it?
Signature: Laura

Bioluminescent Larva

Dear Laura,
This does not look like a typical Glowworm to us.  Glowworms or Railroad Worms are the larvae of beetles in the family Phengodidae.  This doesn’t look like a Firefly Larva from the family Lampyridae either.  It does look like a Wireworm, the larva of a Click Beetle.  There are bioluminescent Glowing Click Beetles in the genus Deilelater, but we have not been able to locate an image of the larva.  BugGuide only lists North American sightings in Texas and Florida, however, BugGuide does indicate “
D. physoderus GA-FL-AZ, Mexico.”  Though that is circumstantial, our best guess right now is that this might be the larva of a Glowing Click Beetle.

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Subject: It is not what we tought! 😮
Location: Guatemala. San Martín Jilotepeque
April 26, 2017 1:55 am
Dear Mr. Bugman:
Some weeks ago, I wrote a letter to you because my brother, linving in Guatemala (San Martín Jilotepeque) decided to adopt a caterpillar he found in his garden, and we didn’t know what kind of was. Kindly, you told us you thought it was a Woolly bear caterpillar, but now we can see its chrysalis and it seems that is something different. Could it be a Leopard Moth caterpillar? What do you think it is?
We also would like to know how much time could this process last (I mean pupation) because it depends on the caterpillar kind. My brother is even worry because he thinks the pupation is not good, that it could have had a problem because it seems to be unconcluded. ¿What do you think?
Thank you so much! 🙂
The Caterpillar lovers
Signature: Belén

Unknown Pupa

Dear Belen,
We agree that this pupa (chrysalis is the pupal state of a butterfly) is probably not from the subfamily Arctiinae as Woolly Bears generally incorporate larval hairs into a cocoon.  We would love an image of the adult when it emerges.  Without knowing the species, it is difficult to predict when eclosion will occur.  The pupa does not look abnormal to us.  Please keep us updated.  What did the caterpillar eat between the time you sent the first image and now?  Food plant might help identify the species.

Unknown Caterpillar

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Subject: What’s this gorgeous spider?
Location: Central Ohio
April 25, 2017 12:59 pm
Hello! Recently converted arachnophobe here – made friends with an argiope aurantia last year…now I’m fascinated with our spider buddies, and have educated myself on the various species in my area (Central Ohio). I walk my property every day looking for new friends, and I came across this absolutely beautiful spider. She was hanging out in a very fuzzy, messy web (not an orbweaver-like web), and did me the courtesy of posing for photos taken with my phone. Very docile, green legs, white and yellow underbelly…but no idea what she is. Any idea? Thank you!
Signature: Jaime

Unknown Spider

Dear Jaime,
At first glance we thought this resembled an Orchard Spider, but closer inspection caused us to change our minds, plus it is early in the year for an Orchard Spider in Ohio, and the web you described does not fit.  We searched through the genera of the Comb Footed Spiders in the family Theridiidae on BugGuide and we could not find a match.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize this spider.

Unknown Spider

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