From the monthly archives: "November 2017"

Subject:  red larva
Geographic location of the bug:  Big Bend Nat. Park, TX
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 10:35 PM EDT
Seen on November 20, 2014 at about 6000 ft. on the Laguna Meadows trail.  About 2 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter.  It looked like a gummy worm.
How you want your letter signed:  Dusty

Red Caterpillar

Dear Dusty,
We are pretty confident that this is a Moth Caterpillar, possibly in the superfamily Noctuoidea, because it looks so similar to the caterpillars in the genus
Heterocampa.  Here is a similar looking individual posted to BugGuide.  We will continue to attempt a more specific identification.  Perhaps one of our readers will have a suggestion.

Thanks very much, I have been wondering about what it might be for a couple of years.
You guys have the coolest site!

Subject:  Kissing Bug or Stink Bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Marrero, Louisiana
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 07:32 AM EDT
On November 23, 2017 the children at the daycare I work at found this insect on the play yard. They think it’s a stink bug, but I’m almost sure it’s a kissing bug. I said the back legs look like he takes steroids and hits the gym regularly for leg day. I’ve never seen a stink bug that looks like this.
How you want your letter signed:  Not A Bug Fan

Big Legged Bug

Dear Not A Bug Fan,
None of the above.  This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus

Subject:  What is this egg sack from?
Geographic location of the bug:  Decatur, IN
Date: 11/27/2017
Time: 06:32 AM EDT
My grandson and I found this at the bus stop this morning and would like to know what it is and what we should do with it.
How you want your letter signed:  Adventurous G-ma

Oak Leaf Gall

Dear Adventurous G-ma,
This is not an egg sack.  It is an Oak Apple Gall, and it was formed when a Gall Wasp lays an egg on an oak leaf, causing a growth that serves as food for the developing Gall Wasp larva.  Galls do not harm the tree.  Similar images can be found on Buckeye Yard & Garden Online and Missouri Botanical Garden.   Interestingly, Alfred Kinsey, the famous entomologist, studied Gall Wasps before he turned his scientific methods to humans which resulted in the famous (and infamous) Kinsey Reports.  Kinsey founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University and his reports resulted in the publication of the groundbreaking “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” in 1948 and “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” in 1953.  They were best selling books that changed the way America and the world think about human sexual behavior.

So…are there wasp  larvae in it or is it empty?

We suspect it is empty.

Subject:  Fukushima deep sea mutated creature in Orangevale California
Geographic location of the bug:  Orangevale California
Date: 11/27/2017
Time: 06:15 AM EDT
I just need to know if this is a mutated sea creature or something from another dimension coming to steal my soul it looks like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens
How you want your letter signed:  Don’t want to die buy some weird bug I don’t know what it is

House Centipede Carnage

While the humor in your request is amusing, you lived to write about your encounter with this harmless House Centipede and it did not.  Images of House Centipedes that have fallen victim to Unnecessary Carnage are quite common on our site because they seem so frightening to many folks.  House Centipedes are impressive creatures that are very agile on their 15 pairs of legs.  They are nocturnal hunters that will help keep the home free of Cockroaches and other unwanted critters.

Subject:  What am I?  I scared the people around me!
Geographic location of the bug:  San Francisco, CA USA
Date: 11/27/2017
Time: 04:22 AM EDT
Hello, I found this bug crawling across my bathroom floor.  I poured 70% alcohol over it and that stopped it. I took this picture after it dried.  It is about a 1/2 cm.  Should I be scared?  Do you think he was alone…
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you very much, Rick

Ground Beetle

Dear Rick,
This is a harmless (to humans), predatory Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  As Ground Beetles go, it is a small individual, with Caterpillar Hunters reaching about an inch and a half in length.  In our opinion, pouring alcohol on a harmless creature is Unnecessary Carnage.

Thank you for your quick response.  Point taken.  When I saw, what I now know to be a beetle, I called in my roommate.  He thought it was a bed bug– and we did kill it.   When we looked up close, we figured out it probably wasn’t a bed bug, but still didn’t know if it might be dangerous.  Now we know.
Thanks, Rick

Subject:  Cork Lid Trapdoor Spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Penang, Malaysia
Date: 11/27/2017
Time: 12:09 AM EDT
My friend found a spider that looked like a trap door but could not identified it. Can bugman help?
How you want your letter signed:  mysticz

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Mysticz,
This is a gorgeous Spider.  It has such a distinctive appearance, including the red tips on the legs.  We could not locate any exact matches on the internet, but we did find this image on FlickR of a Tube Trapdoor Spider from Singapore that looks somewhat similar.  We are quite confident your individual is a Trapdoor Spider, but we are not certain to which family it belongs.  The closest visual match we could locate is a posting to Encyclopedia of Life of
Idiops constructor, a member of the family Idiopidae, which Wikipedia calls the Armored Trapdoor Spiders.

Trapdoor Spider

Thanks for the effort Daniel.