From the monthly archives: "March 2018"

Subject:  Red Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  North Georgia Mountains
Date: 03/18/2018
Time: 03:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We’d appreciate your assisting in identifying this beautiful bug.
How you want your letter signed:  Monroe DeVos

Velvet Mite

Dear Monroe,
This looks to us like a Velvet Mite in the family
Trombidiidae and though data on BugGuide indicates this is a very wide ranging family in North America, most of our reports come from the arid Southwest and most appearances happen after rains.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae parasitize insects and arachnids of all major orders. Adults eat insect eggs.”  Your individual resembles this posting on BugGuide, also from Georgia, that is identified as being in the genus Eutrombidium, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae are parasites of grasshoppers, adults are predacious.”

You are the best….!
Thank you,

Subject:  what’s this bug?????
Geographic location of the bug:  Baja Mexico, East Cape
Date: 03/21/2018
Time: 03:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw 2 of these strange bugs.  They were in dark corners, on concrete surfaces, long antenna (2) and front crap/scorpion like legs as well as spider legs. The picture is after I sprayed the spider and moved it.  It’s a little curled up here.  Sorry for the shadows.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathleen

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Kathleen,
This was a harmless Tailless Whipscorpion, a shy nocturnal predator that will help keep your residence free of unwanted pests like Cockroaches.  We try to educate the web browsing public about the marvelous creatures that crawl about, so we created an Unnecessary Carnage tag long ago to draw attention to creatures that have been needless dispatched because they looked scary.

Thank you for your response.  I felt so bad ending this bug’s life, but until I was sure of what it was, I was rather scared.  I needed that a day before in the dark corner I found it as there was a huge cockroach that came from that spot.
Hmmmm… we learn as we go.  I will share the information with my neighbors so they know to just move the intimidating whipscorpion and not harm it.
Thank you!!!

Thanks for the update Kathleen,
We should probably clarify that though they are not venomous, Tailless Whipscorpions are predators and they do have rather powerful mandibles, meaning they might bite if carelessly handled, but they are shy and not aggressive around people, so provided you don’t try to pick one up, they pose no threat to you.

Subject:  Unknown Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Mountain  Home, TX  (Hill Country)
Date: 03/22/2018
Time: 01:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey Bugman,
While on vacation to Mountain Home Texas I took several photos of insects.
I’ve tried to identify this grasshopper.
When it flew out in front of me it had beautiful yellow wings. Only the tibia parts of the legs are blue-green.
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa

Aztec Grasshopper

Dear Melissa,
We are posting your images of a Band Winged Grasshopper in the subfamily Oedipodinae, but we have not yet had a chance to browse through the species pictured on BugGuide to determine its identity.

Band Winged Grasshopper

I got some overcast shots of it too.
The color is much colder in this, but some details pop out more.
It’s like parts many other banded grasshoppers came together. Too mottled to be an autumn yellow wing. Too dark for many other yellow wings I’ve seen.
Any help is appreciated

Band Winged Grasshopper

Thanks for the additional image Melissa.  We will continue to research this matter.

Update:  nevermind found it, thanks for posting my pics on your website.
I found out my grasshopper is an lactista azteca. Aztec Grasshopper.
banded yellow wing / blue green tibia that is smallish with a very dark  single crossbar across back and hind-femur.
Its’s the only species just like this in the hill-country / desert / mexico area.
This is an awesome name for an insect.
thanks so much again -Melissa

Subject:  Perhaps Black Swallowtail Butterflies?
Geographic location of the bug:  Coryell County, TX
Date: 03/22/2018
Time: 03:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello again!
Just wanted to share these beautiful butterflies visiting the phlox yesterday; warm weather here. I think these are Black Swallowtails. You have kindly identified them for me before. Two flew off together, dancing around each other in the air.
Thank you and very best wishes!
How you want your letter signed:  Ellen

Female Black Swallowtail

Hi Ellen,
You are correct that these are Black Swallowtails.  Both individuals are female Black Swallowtails which have a generous dusting of blue scales on the hind wings while male Black Swallowtails have more yellow spots.  Has your Whitelined Sphinx returned???

Female Black Swallowtails

Good morning, and thank you! Yes, the White-lined Sphinx has returned, with another individual,  and actual hummingbirds also, Black-chinned and Ruby-throated. The Sphinx are beautiful moths, and I had never noticed them in our yard before this year, although my neighbor has had them visit for several years. One has been visiting the always-popular Salvia greggii.
I hope you’ll both have a wonderful day.

Female Black Swallowtails

Subject:  Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 03/22/2018
Time: 08:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Would appreciate help with the ID of this  interesting Grasshopper. Have tried several websites but no luck.
How you want your letter signed:  Grasshopper

Rain Locust

Dear Grasshopper,
We believe this image on iSpot and this image on iSpot are good indications that your Grasshopper is a Rain Locust in the genus

Subject:  Crickets or Grasshoppers
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Arizona
Date: 03/13/2018
Time: 10:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were in southern AZ in October birding, and there were a lot of bugs about. Birding is my thing and those I can ID, but not so much bugs! These guys were all intriguing for their color, their armor, or behavior (some were eating each other). Thanks for taking a look!
How you want your letter signed:  Tina

Female Straight Lanced Meadow Katydid

Hi again Tina,
We are finally getting to the third image of an Orthopteran you submitted previously.  Though two were Grasshoppers, this third individual is a female Straight Lanced Meadow Katydid,
Conocephalus strictus, a conclusion we reached upon locating this image on BugGuide.  Most of the individuals pictured on BugGuide are green or brown, but Katydids often appear with unusual colors including pink and yellow.  The most obvious difference between Grasshoppers and Katydids is that Grasshoppers have short antennae and Katydids, which belong to the suborder Ensifera, have long antennae.

Thank you for IDing these! The curious side of me wants to know what they are, especially the unusual ones, but the OCD side of me is already IDing birds, and cataloging them by date, ID and location, LOL so I probably shouldn’t wander too far into something else or I’ll go mad! I do appreciate the occasional foray though!