From the monthly archives: "March 2018"

Subject:  identify caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Raanana, Israel
Date: 03/26/2018
Time: 11:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found a lot of these caterpillars in our garden eating our nasturtium leaves. We have become fond of them, and have put some in a box, hoping to get butterflies (which we will release of course). They remind us of the silkworms we used to have as kids. Please can you give us some information about them. Is there anything else we can feed them besides nasturtium leaves?
How you want your letter signed:  Bug lovers

Large White Caterpillar

Dear Bug lovers,
Thank you for providing the information that nasturtium is the food plant.  We believe this is the caterpillar of a Large White,
Pieris brassicae, a butterfly that is found in Israel according to Israel’s Nature Site.  According to Learn About Butterflies:  “The Large White, often inaccurately referred to as the Cabbage White, is found across the whole of Europe including the Mediterranean islands and the sub-arctic areas of Scandinavia. It also occurs in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and across temperate Asia to the Himalaya mountains. It does not occur naturally beyond these regions, but was accidentally introduced to Chile.”  Hortographical has many images of Large White caterpillars feeding on nasturtium.

Thank you Daniel for all that good information,
We look forward to many white butterflies.
This is a great service you offer.
Best wishes,
Bug lovers Anthony and Jenny

Subject:  What bug is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast pennsylvania
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 07:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I think this is an ash borer. We only see it when we bring ash firewood into the house. Can you tell exactly what borer it is. Pics are of the back and the belly sides. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Dalton

Banded Ash Borer

Dear Dalton,
Thank you for resending the images.  This is a Banded Ash Borer,
Neoclytus caprea, and according to BugGuide:  “often emerges indoors from firewood; sawlogs may become infested within 20 days of felling during summer.” 

Banded Ash Borer

Thank you for the clarification. The room they are in has 1” pine on walls and 5/16 pine on ceiling and solid larch beams.  all has urathane on the front and is kiln dried except for beams. But after 12 years of the wood burner in this room I would think they are pretty dry also.
Any chance of these critters infesting wood in the room. ????
Oops. Sorry. Just looked at the various info you sent and have answer my own questions. Thanks very much for getting back. I searched every bug guide I could find online and never found a pic of them.
We highly doubt that would happen.

Subject:  Is this a type of ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast us
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 08:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi we have seen a number of these of late, dont know what they are.
How you want your letter signed:  Michael J. Winkler

Varied Carpet Beetle

Hi Michael,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest.  The larvae do the damage indoors, feeding on organic materials including wool carpets, pet hair and many other things found in the home.  Adults feed on pollen and they are most often noticed indoors near windows as they try to get outside.

Subject:  Possible ant with very short antenna
Geographic location of the bug:  North Texas (DFW)
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 09:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found this bug on my patio. At first I thought it was an ant, but its antenna seem too short. It doesn’t really look like pictures of termites that I’ve seen. It seems too small to be a wasp.  I would really appreciate it if you could give me some guidance as to what it might be! Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Alyssa

March Fly

Dear Alyssa,
This is a March Fly in the family Bibionidae, not an Ant.  March Flies often appear suddenly in large swarms, they remain a few days and then they are gone.  Your individual appears to be a big eyed male.  There is a species of March Fly that appears in such large numbers of mating pairs in Florida that they are called Love Bugs.  Because of the red legs, we believe this might be Bibio femoratus which is described on BugGuide as “Shining black, dense yellow hair, red femora” and it is found in “Most of North America, except Canadian arctic and Western USA.”  BugGuide data includes reported sightings Oklahoma, but not Texas, but that just means there have been no reports to BugGuide from Texas.

Subject:  What are these bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Chiriqui province Panama
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 12:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This group of insects were high up in a Cecropia tree. Some appear to be winged and others have what looks like long rear legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Linda Scott


Dear Linda,
These are Barklice or Tree Cattle in the insect order Psocoptera, and though we were not able to locate any similar looking species from Panama or surrounding countries, we did locate this somewhat similar looking individual from Bolivia on FlickR.

Thank you for your help. The photo was poor quality due to the bugs being so high in the tree so I am amazed that you could id it so quickly. I will study what you sent. I am curious about the winged bugs that were with the ones with large hind legs, the winged ones seemed to be herding or at least following the others.
Thank you for your website.
Linda Scott

Hi again Linda,
The winged individuals are adults, and the immature individuals have not yet developed wings.

Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Missouri
Date: 03/24/2018
Time: 06:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looking for what type of bug this might be.  Dealing with a big mold problem and found this bug in the bathroom.  Wondering if they are related.
How you want your letter signed:  Brad

Bed Bug

Dear Brad,
This looks like a blood-sucking Bed Bug to us.  On a positive note, it is not related to your mold problem.