From the monthly archives: "September 2017"

Subject:  Never saw this one before
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma City
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 07:45 AM EDT
There were several of these in a Porta pot for about 5 days.  They can fly too.
How you want your letter signed:  Jeff

Acorn Weevil

Dear Jeff,
This is an Acorn Weevil or Nut Weevil in the genus
Curculio.  According to BugGuide:  “Long slender beak; body robust. In some species, female snout may be longer than the body (never in males).”

Subject —
Wolf or Trapdoor
Geographic location of the bug —
Montgomery, Al
Date: 09/28/2017
Time: 06:18 PM EDT
Hi: I am sending two pics of what I believe are the same spieces of spider. One of the spiders is, what I think to be, quite a unique color. I stupidly forgot to put a coin by that one, however, it was just slightly bigger than the second spider. Both spiders were discovered dead. One was being drug by a spider wasp. We have had a bumper crop of spiders this year. They seem to have exploded along with the record breaking rain in our area. Thank you for checking my photos and I am very curious about the one with the blue abdomen.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathy

Wolf Spider

Dear Kathy,
These are not Trapdoor Spiders, and we concur that they are probably Wolf Spiders and the same species or at least genus. 

Wolf Spider

Update Courtesy of a comment from Michael
Michael identified these as members of the Wolf Spider genus
Tigrosa, and based on this BugGuide image and this BugGuide image, we would grade his as Correct.

Subject:  Please identify me 🙂
Geographic location of the bug:  London, UK
Date: 09/26/2017
Time: 01:53 AM EDT
Dear Bugman,
I have a lovely bug which I discovered in my study. He was sat at my desk as I was working one evening. He is very sweet with interesting markings. I have looked everywhere for the type of bug he is and the best I can come up with is kissing bug, which seems highly unlikely as I live in London! He is very sweet but have since put him in a breathable container just in case ! I will set him free of course I just didn’t know where to set him free, ie what he eats and so where in my garden perhaps he would be happiest.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you in advance of your help. Alex

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Alex,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest and it is an Invasive Exotic species in London.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for replying! That is fascinating.
I will release him to a conifer tree as soon as I am home from work. Thank you for a super fab service !
Poor chap has a damaged leg as one of my cats found him before I did, but he moves almost without disability.
Thank you again,

Subject:  Bee ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Manhattan, kandas
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 06:50 PM EDT
Is this a bee on my marigolds? Strange and large !!
How you want your letter signed:  Coleen

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Dear Coleen,
This is an Eastern Carpenter Bee, and despite its name, it is reported as far west as Colorado based on BugGuide data.

Subject:  Can’t find any bugs like this
Geographic location of the bug:  Sierra National Forest
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 11:53 PM EDT
I was camping at Dinkey Creek and went down to the reflecting pool to fish. As I left I found several of these bugs on my bag.  I’m very curious what they are! Can you give me any help?
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Oak Treehopper Nymph

Dear Chris,
In the past week, we have posted several images of groups of Oak Treehopper nymphs on twigs.  Your image of an isolated Oak Treehopper nymph on a plain background is an excellent addition to our archives.

Subject:  I’ve been looking for a while, can figure this out
Geographic location of the bug:  Chelsea Michigan
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 11:51 PM EDT
Found in sandy soil about 30 yards from a medium sized lake. A white pine forest surrounds this lake with the occasional clearing. I figure this is a queen of some sort, I’ve been looking around myself for a while. I can’t find a match.
How you want your letter signed:  Tyler

Oil Beetle

Dear Tyler,
We have received several requests in the past few days to identify Oil Beetles in the genus
Meloe, but your image is by far the best, hence it is the only one we are posting to our site.