From the monthly archives: "August 2017"
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Subject:  Insect clinging to the side of my house
Geographic location of the bug:  Lakewood, WA
August 28, 2017 4:40 PM
Never saw one like this before. It’s been clinging to the side of my house for 3 hrs now. It is 2.5″ long.
How you want your letter signed:  Beate Otto

Male European Mantis

Dear Beate Otto,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident this is a male European Mantis.  According to BugGuide:  “Widespread in the United States and in southeastern and southwestern Canada, but often not as common in hot humid or very dry climates as elsewhere. Generally not found in desert regions except in agricultural, urban, or otherwise artificially watered environments. Perhaps(?) not able to overwinter in north-central US and south-central Canada. It can be expected almost anywhere, because it is often sold as egg cases for pest control in gardens, even in places where it cannot survive long term.”

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Subject:  Bug ID
Geographic location of the bug:  in the hills around Fuzhou, Fujian, [SE] China,
August 28, 2017 6:44 AM
found at about 800m alt. in the hills around Fuzhou, Fujian, [SE] China, 28/08/2017.
I guess that the orange one is an immature form of a solitary wasp but the other one is beyond my guessability.
How you want your letter signed:  Eric Smithson

Thick Headed Fly, we are guessing

Dear Eric,
The insect beyond your “guessability” is a Weevil, but your orange insect is the one that really interests us.  It is not an immature solitary wasp.  We wish the mouthparts were more evident in your image.  The antennae resemble those of a Fly in the order Diptera, and that is our best guess.  We haven’t time to research this right now, so we are posting it as unidentified and we are putting it out as a challenge to our readership to help us determine its identity.

Hi Daniel, thanks for your unexpectedly prompt reply. These things may be commonplace to you and your team but we find something new to us every time we go for a hike. The diversity of life on this planet is mind blowing and beautiful. Unfortunately I don`t have a better picture to show you but it looks to me like this might be an ? exuvia with the next stage emerging from underneath… but I really know nothing; just happy to keep discovering.
Thanks again.

Hi Again Eric,
Cesar Crash of Insetologia suspects this is a Thick Headed Fly in the family Conopidae.  We will do more research.


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Subject:  Bug found in hair
Geographic location of the bug:  My head
August 28, 2017 4:02 AM
Hi, I found this single bug in my hair. It is about 2mm in size, and was a honey brown color. My husband checked my head pretty thoroughly and doesn’t see anything else. It doesn’t look exactly like a louse but I can’t tell what else it might be. Help!
How you want your letter signed:  Scared

Louse Fly

Dear Scared,
Knowing the geographic location of your head at the time this sighting was made would be very helpful.  We don’t know if you found this Louse Fly in Lithuania, in Oman or in New York.  Louse Flies are blood-suckers that generally feed on livestock like sheep, or on large mammals like deer, but they are opportunistic and they will bite and feed off humans if other prey is not available.  The good news is that they will most likely not reproduce and infest your head, wherever it is located. 

Hi Daniel – sorry about that. I am in Connecticut. So are you saying it’s a louse fly and not headlice?

That is exactly correct.  Louse Flies often lose their wings when they find prey.

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Location:  22nd/Craycroft, Tuscon, Arizona
August 28, 2017 12:40 AM
Do you know what type of caterpillar this is? Found it round the 22nd/Craycroft area, is it poisonous? The stripes on his body was silver looking but not in the pic.  Thx. Did ya get my other pics on your site?
Signature:  Diane Minten

Sphingicampa Caterpillar

Dear Diane,
In the future, please use our standard submission form for new submissions (Ask What’s That Bug? link on our site) because tacking on a new series of images to a previous response we have given on an unrelated species creates problems for us when creating new postings.  We had no idea where 22nd/Craycroft is located, which forced us to use Google Maps to determine it is in Tuscon, Arizona.  This caterpillar is in the genus Sphingicampa, and the Saturniidae of Arizona page indicates four species found in the state:  “
Sphingicampa albolineata: July-August, Sphingicampa hubbardi: July-August; southwestern half, except extreme west, Sphingicampa montana: July-August; extreme south, Santa Cruz, Sphingicampa raspa: July-August; extreme south, Santa Cruz.”  Your early instar caterpillar does not look exactly like any images posted to the site and we may try to contact Bill Oehlke to get a species identification.  We believe your individual most closely resembles this image of Sphingicampa albolineata that is pictured on BugGuide.  It is not poisonous.  We have nearly 25,000 unique postings to our site.  We don’t know to which other “pics” you are referring.

Sphingicampa Caterpillar

Bill Oehlke provides a different identification.
I am more inclined to think raspa, but I am not sure. There is probably some variability among larvae of each individual species.

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Subject:  What’s that bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Dominican republic
August 27, 2017 2:53 PM
Hi, while hiking on Quinicua Dominican Republic, found this cicada and a butterfly? i though at first it was a dragonfly but then saw the antenna, do you have any idea what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Suzette


Dear Suzette,
This is not a Butterfly, but rather an Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae.  The first time we received an image of an Owlfly from Italy many years ago, we didn’t know what we were looking at since Owlflies seem to have characteristics from so many insect orders.  Owlflies are in the order Neuroptera, and they are classified with Lacewings and Antlions.  Here is an image from BugGuide and the BugGuide description is “Bizarre creatures that look like a cross between a dragonfly and a butterfly. The body resembles that of other neuropterans, more-or-less, but the prominent antennae are clubbed like those of butterflies. Key characters:  Medium to large size, Clubbed antennae, Eyes large and bulge out from head, may rest in cryptic posture with abdomen projecting from perch, resembling a twig.”  We are unable to locate any information on species from Dominican Republic, but we did find images of Owlflies from Costa Rica on Quaoar Power Zoo.


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Subject:  Caribbean Longhorn Beatle?
Geographic location of the bug:  San Juan, Puerto Rico
August 27, 2017 9:33 AM
I’m just curious.
I found this bug walking on my porch at night.
At first, I thought someone threw a small rock at my window because of the noise it made when it hit (twice).
When I first saw it walking on the floor, I thought it was a huge roach, so I sadly hit it twice with my shoe but it didn’t die. (Sorry for that).
I just started making a loud noise. Some kind of low pitched ratling sound.
I also have a video with sound, if you are interested in listening.
Thanks in advance for your information.
Best Regards,
How you want your letter signed:  Joaquín Nina

Mango Stem Borer

Dear Joaquín,
Dorsal views are often the easiest views to use for identification.  That white stripe from the abdomen through the eye is quite distinctive, and we believe this is an invasive Mango Stem Borer,
Batocera rufomaculata, an Asian species, and you can compare your individual to this image on WaiWiki.  According to the Worldwide Cerambycoidea Photo Gallery, the species was first recognized in Thailand and the distribution is:  “Pakistan, India, Ceylon, Andaman, China (Tibet, Hainan), Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia. Introduced in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, e Africa, Madagascar, Comores, Mauritius, Virgin Is., Puerto Rico.”  According to Farangs Gone Wild, common names include “Mango stem Borer, Fig Borer, Tropical Fig Borer” and “Attack often leads to the death of the host tree.”  The species is not listed on Cerambycoidea de Puerto Rico, perhaps because it is an invasive species, and perhaps because it is a recent arrival.

Hello Daniel:
Thanks a lot for your prompt response!
Your explanation is very interesting and seems to be very accurate.
Looking to the pictures in the Waiwiki website, it is very similar (almost the same). The only difference is the color.
Also the stripe isn’t white, is actually light yellow. Maybe a mutation?
Does this species make sounds?
I’ll try to send you the video in the attachment.
Joaquín Nina.

We should have written light stripe instead of white stripe.  Many Longhorn Beetles in the family Cerambycidae make squeaking noises.


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