From the monthly archives: "November 2017"
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Subject:  Bugs on bugs.
Geographic location of the bug:  Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Date: 10/30/2017
Time: 12:39 PM EDT
Upon taking some photographs of a Granulated Carabid, I noticed that there was a smaller individual on the subject. Locating several other Carabids in the area, it was found that several individuals had these unknown hitchhikers, with numbers ranging between 0 and 4.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Mite on Ground Beetle

Dear Scott,
The creature you found on this Granulated Carabid is a Mite, and there are phoretic or hitchhiking mites that use beetles as a means of transportation.  Phoretic Mites are commonly found on Sexton Beetles in great numbers and the Mites take advantage of the flying Sexton Beetles to transport them to new locations to find food.  We know of no instances of phoretic Mites using Ground Beetles for transportation, so it is entirely possible that this particular Mite might have a more ominous reason for being on the Granulated Carabid you found.  Ground Beetle Macro Photography has an example of a Mite found on a Ground Beetle but there is no explanation.  This might be a phoretic Mite, but we haven’t the expertise with Mites to be certain.

Granulated Carabid

Mite

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Subject:  Bug with distinct markings
Geographic location of the bug:  Singapore
Date: 10/31/2017
Time: 09:46 PM EDT
This bug flew into my room in the late evening. It is a pretty bug with distinct markings. Any idea what is it? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  YT

Shield Bug

Dear YT,
We quickly identified your Shield Bug as
Cantao ocellatus thanks to the Bugs and Insects of Singapore site where it states:  “They are often found on the native plant, balek angin, Mallotus paniculatus.  I had seen this colourful shield bug twice, at the forest edge of Rifle Range Road and a canal in Jurong Woods.”  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist and on Macau Biodiversity where it states:  “Shield bug, reddish or ochre in color with variable number of black or yellow spots and a dark with metallic sheen stripe along the central line of the head. The legs and antennae are also blueish-green with metallic sheen. It can be found on the top of trees, such as Malottus paniculatus.”

Dear Bugman,
Thank you so much for the prompt reply!
Best wishes,
Yueat Tin

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Subject:  Is this a hornet?
Geographic location of the bug:  Richmond, va
Date: 10/30/2017
Time: 04:18 PM EDT
On my doorknob. Won’t move. I don’t wanna mess with it. Please identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Frantzis

European Hornet

Dear Frantzis,
This is a non-native European Hornet.  We suspect, because of the season, that this might be a new queen that is searching for a good place to hibernate.  According to the Penn State Department of Entomology:  “The overwintering queens are somewhat larger – up to 35 mm” and “Each fall, the colony produces males and females that mate, and the females become next year’s queens. Only the overwintering queens survive in protected sites such as under loose bark, in tree cavities, and in wall voids of buildings. All other colony members produced in the current year will perish.” 

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