From the monthly archives: "October 2017"

Subject:  I’ve never seen this bug before
Geographic location of the bug:  North America in Knoxville, Iowa
Date: 10/23/2017
Time: 12:13 AM EDT
This bug was just chilling on my door frame last summer and I haven’t been able to find what it was since then! Hoping you could help! Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kelsey Colwell

Two Spotted Tree Cricket

Dear Kelsey,
This is a female Two Spotted Tree Cricket.  According to BugGuide:  “Two-spotted Tree Cricket, can be found on a wide variety of vegetation including (but not restricted to): Grapevine, Sunflower, Maple Tree, White Pine Tree, Apple Tree, Post Oak Tree. They are generally high on tall plants or in trees.”

Subject:  What is this cool bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Melbourne Australia
Date: 10/23/2017
Time: 06:10 AM EDT
G’Day and thanks in advance! I was in the garden today looking for interesting bugs to photograph and found this little fellow on the fence, he did a wobble back and forward on each step, around 1cm long it is spring at the moment!
How you want your letter signed:  Ray

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Ray,
This looks to us like a Spiny Assassin Bug nymph in the genus
Sinea, which is pictured on BugGuide.  We will research if you have any related species in Australia.  It might be an immature Brown Spiny Assassin Bug, Neoveledella aculeata, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site, but there are only adults pictured.

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Subject:  Huge wasp out at night! What is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeastern Pennsylvania
Date: 10/23/2017
Time: 10:50 PM EDT
Hello, For the last two months or so we have been seeing one or two of these massive wasps out at night, hanging around our porch light. Once or twice one has come at me when I am in the back yard with the flashlight. They are at least 1.5 inches long.
I can’t figure out what it is because all of my searches yield people insisting they are giant Asian hornets, which they obviously are not. Can you ID this? Do you know why it is active at night? (My guess is they are hunting the bugs around our porch light, but is that normal?) Are they aggressive?
How you want your letter signed:  Laura Recene

European Hornet

Dear Laura,
This is an introduced European Hornet, and your report is not the first we have received of them being attracted to lights at night.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults come to lights.”

Subject:  Found on play equipment
Geographic location of the bug:  Del City, Oklahoma
Date: 10/20/2017
Time: 04:02 PM EDT
Please help me identify this bug. It was on my kids play toys. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen. I’ve been through an insect identification. I’m lost on what it could be
How you want your letter signed:  Very Thankful, Angie

Immature Broad Headed Bug

Dear Angie,
This is an immature Broad Headed Bug in the family Alydidae, and there are many similar looking, unidentified nymphs pictured on BugGuide.

Broad Headed Bug Nymph

Subject:  Type of cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  Goshen, NY
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 01:59 PM EDT
This  looks similar to a cricket but it was very fast and only ~3/8 of an inch long.     Its antenna were in constant motion. Its a rather mild day for October about 72 degrees.   my first impression was that it was a predator.
How you want your letter signed:  Rick Hansen

Red Headed Bush Cricket

Dear Rick,
This is a Red Headed Bush Cricket.  According to BugGuide:  “Distinctive appearance. Red head/throrax, pale legs, dark bluish-black forewings. Last segment of palp is black and oval flattened shape. Female forewings are convex similar to beetles.”

Subject:  Please help 🙂
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast Pennsylvania
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 01:23 AM EDT
My three year old is very well known for his ability to spot the most camouflaged objects, insects, anything. He is the best shed  hunter I know. He found an assassin Bug today that I couldn’t even see while he was pointing at it. But he also found this other… Thing. We were deep in the woods, near a swamp as well as a creek. Pine needles for ground cover mostly, but tons of birch, maple, katalpa, just a huge variety of trees. Also, a huge cliff/rock wall. We like to go here because you can find basically anything in this habitat. But we have such trouble identifying them for that same reason. I imagine it’s a simple ID, but I just can’t find this one. Any help would be appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Devon Markarian

Flower Fly larva we believe

Dear Devon,
This is an immature insect and immature phases can be difficult to identify.  We believe this is a Flower Fly larva in the family Syrphidae.  You did not provide a size, and most Flower Fly larvae are under a half an inch in length.  If this was much larger than that, please let us know.  There are Flower Fly larvae pictured on Diptera Info and on the Oregon State University site.