From the monthly archives: "May 2017"
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Subject: Is this a moth or bee
Location: New Jersey
May 2, 2017 2:09 am
This insect was on my screen door. He never left the whole day. We actually thought it was dead but it left later in the day. On the underside his body was long and thin. Can you identify?
Signature: Me Ma

Spring Fishfly

Dear Me Ma,
This is neither a moth nor a bee.  It is a female Spring Fishfly.

Thanks for your response. It’s the first one we’ve seen in our area.  It’s actually still on our screen door.


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Subject: Great owl moth( Erebus macrops)???
Location: Rung Sawang village, Rarm Intra 8, Bang Khen, Bangkok, Thailand
May 1, 2017 7:36 am
So this is the second time I spot this moth first time my grandfather spot it when I saw it I think it was female because she is very big so now my grandmother spot it at the same spot as my grand father, that spot is outdoor kitchen, This time I think it was male because it was small. What it host plant I know that it host plant was acacia because of wiki but is it really acacia in Bangkok? I think it might be Leucaena leucocephala because at the end of the road in the village it has little forest that has many plant (include banana lemongrass and many tall grass). And what they really call Great owl moth, Owl eye moth, Owl moth. THANKS
forgot he about 3-4 inches
Signature: Focus Tharatorn Neamphan

Great Owl Moth

Dear Focus,
Thank you for submitting images of a Great Owl Moth from Thailand.

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Subject: Strange bug northern Gold coast
Location: Pimpama, Gold Coast
April 30, 2017 6:08 pm
We found these ant like creatures
Signature: Rebecca

Possibly Assassin Bug Hatchlings

Dear Rebecca,
These are recently hatched Heteropterans, or True Bugs, and we strongly believe they are Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae, but we would not rule out Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae.  Many plant feeding Heteropterans remain in groups while feeding, while predatory species eventually become solitary hunters. 

Hatchling Heteropterans


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Subject: Fearsome bug in Cambodia
Location: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
April 30, 2017 9:06 pm
I have seen this bug in my bathroom (both times it was I the bathroom)) acouple of times in my home in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The time of year is March and April. As it looks fearsome, I would like to know anything I can about it.
Signature: Al


Dear Al,
Despite its fearsome appearance, this Whipscorpion is harmless since it has no venom, however its mandibles might have been capable of biting prior to its untimely demise, which is why we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.  Whipscorpions are shy, nocturnal hunters that will help keep your bathroom and other rooms free of Cockroaches, Spider and Scorpions, and other unwanted visitors, which is why they are frequently tolerated in tropical countries.

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Charleston, SC
April 30, 2017 9:50 pm
We recently encountered these bugs inside our new build house. There have been several recently seen inside our house 5 months after moving in and we want to make sure they aren’t termites. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.
Signature: N/A


This is a Termite.  Just because the house was built recently, does not mean that it would be Termite free.  You have no idea how long wood was stored or in what condition the house existed during construction.

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Subject: Wasp or Bee
Location: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
April 30, 2017 6:57 pm
I found this insect resting with 4 others in the early morning on Salvia coccinea. I have tried to id it from books and internet, the closest seems to be Scarab Hunter, however I do not believe this is large enough at about 1-1.25 inches.
I photograph insects and id them to post on my Instagram @thedailybug with common and scientific names.
Thank you for your help. Your page is a great assistance.
Signature: Laurel Robertson

Scarab Hunter: Scolia nobilitata

Dear Laurel,
This is indeed a Scarab Hunter Wasp, and we believe we have correctly identified it as
Scolia nobilitata based on this and other BugGuide images.  According to BugGuide, it is a “Small scoliid with dark wings, abdomen dark with 4-6 light yellow/orange spots” and that is consistent with your observations.  The University of Florida has a nice paper on Scoliid Wasps of Florida and they provide this description:  “Variation: Body length is 10 to 15 mm. Segment 1 rarely with faint yellow spots, and those on segments 2 and 3 are sometimes very faint. Segments 4 through 7 may be dark mahogany to black.”  According to BugGuide data, sightings in Florida begin in May, so your individual was a bit early this year.

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