From the monthly archives: "October 2017"

Subject:  Grasshopper on a mantis
Geographic location of the bug:  Korean field of Tanchon river
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 06:27 AM EDT
Me and my Indian friend, Priyam were strolling for an walk when we saw a grasshopper on a mantis. No kidding, the mantis did’nt even bother to take the grasshopper of. We gently held it. Nor the grasshopper or the mantis tried to escape. What were these bugs doing??
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Mantis and Grasshopper

We believe this is most likely a chance encounter.  Mantids are well camouflaged among twigs and Grasshoppers rest on twigs.  This is a fascinating image.

Subject:  What is this beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  League City, Texas
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 12:24 AM EDT
These beetles have infested my towel closet in the bathroom (20-50 bugs).  I’ve fogged the room and it killed some, but they showed up again in 48 hours, primarily in the towels, but some are crawling along the floor.  They are tiny, about 1/5 the size of rice grain. What are these things?
How you want your letter signed:  CR and bugs

Bark Beetles or Cigarette Beetles???

Dear CR,
Based on the University of Minnesota Extension site, these look like Bark Beetles in the family Scolytidae, that are described as “small (1/8-¼ inch long), robust reddish brown to black insects. They are very common in the landscape, and can emerge from many types of wood brought into homes.”  Is your towel closet made of cedar?  Though there are many species of similar looking Bark Beetles, your individuals resemble the Cedar Bark Beetle pictured on BugGuide.

Update:  Cesar Crash of Insetologia has suggested these might be Cigarette Beetles, but BugGuide indicates they eat:  “Dry plant matter of any sort, including spices and tobacco.”  We wonder what might be their food in the towel closet.

Subject:  Would love to is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern panhandle of WV
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 11:06 AM EDT
This bug is in a large grouping in my raised bed which not has leaf litter and many dying zinnias. There is also parsley in the area.
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Milkweed Bug Nymphs

Dear Sandra,
These are immature Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae, and immature individuals can be difficult to identify conclusively.  Was there any milkweed near where they were found?  These look like Milkweed Bug nymphs to us, but we cannot state for certain if they are Small Milkweed Bug nymphs,
Lygaeus kalmii, which are pictured on BugGuide, or Large Milkweed Bug nymphs, Oncopeltus fasciatus, which are also pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Bug, egg sac, what?!
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Elsinore, CA
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 12:44 PM EDT
I found this on my husbands pillow. I don’t know if it’s dead, alive, a bug, an egg sac? It doesn’t seem to have legs from what I could tell. Please help!
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Thing on Pillow

Dear Bugging out,
There is not enough detail in either your image or in the Thing you want us to identify for us to make an accurate identification.  We do not believe this is an Egg Sac.  It looks to us like it might be an immature stage of an insect, or it might be the remains of a creature that lost its legs, antennae, wings and other diagnostic features, perhaps because the family cat got it.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide more information for you.

Subject:  Is this a black widow?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Michigan
Date: 10/21/2017
Time: 02:29 PM EDT
Found this creature inside my home 10/21/2017.  Is this an immature female black widow? It had the red spots on the back and some on the abdomen. We also found this one the the porch in early October. Is it an orb weaver?
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Immature, female Northern Black Widow

Dear J.W.,
This is most certainly an immature, female Widow Spider, and considering your location, it is most likely an immature, female Northern Black Widow,
Latrodectus variolus, which is pictured on BugGuide.  Your other spider is indeed an Orbweaver.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 09:19 AM EDT
Saw this yesterday in our garden just chilling in the sun. Never seen anything like this before. After some research almost looks like an Elepant Weevil however it isn’t natuve to South Africa. Can you confirm or help identify please?
How you want your letter signed:  Michelle


Dear Michelle,
This is definitely a Weevil or Snout Beetle in the family Curculionidae, and though we could not locate a similar looking individual on iSpot, we do have an unidentified Weevil from South Africa that looks very similar in our archives.


Many thanks Daniel for the prompt response.
I will continue to search and will update you if we find anything new