From the monthly archives: "August 2018"

Subject:  What is the Scientific name of this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Hemet California
Date: 08/28/2018
Time: 10:17 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you help me identify the bug in the accompanying picture
How you want your letter signed:  doesn’ matter

Mating Small Milkweed Bugs

These are mating Small Milkweed Bugs, Lygaeus kalmii.  They are a benign species that does not harm plants in the garden.

Subject:  Cannibal fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hudson River Valley, New York
Date: 08/26/2018
Time: 07:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello. I took this picture just hoping to get an up close pic of what I thought was some sort of horsefly. I zoomed in to find he was eating a smaller fly. He flew away with the fly right after I took the picture . Just wondering what it is . Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you, Sanders Trippe

Robber Fly with Prey

Dear Sanders,
This is a Robber Fly with its Dipteran prey, but the dark color leads us to believe it is not a Red Footed Cannibalfly.

Subject:  Spider Wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Omaha, Nebraska
Date: 08/29/2018
Time: 03:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought this was one bug when I saw it out the corner of my eye. Nope! It was a wasp carrying a big spider.
How you want your letter signed: Alissa Apel

Spider Wasp with Prey

Dear Alissa,
Your images of a female Spider Wasp with her prey are awesome.  The Spider wasp is
 Entypus unifasciatus and the prey is likely a large Wolf Spider.

Spider Wasp with Prey

Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cincinnati,  ohio
Date: 08/28/2018
Time: 09:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! We found this guy munching on some caterpillars on our kale plant.  Any idea what kind of big this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Ginja ninja

Predatory Stink Bug Nymph eats Caterpillar

Dear Ginja ninja,
The predator is a Stink Bug nymph and we have identified it as an immature Spined Soldier Bug, a member of the genus
Podisus, thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “preys on a wide variety of other arthropods, especially larval forms of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. known to eat Mexican bean beetles, European corn borers, diamondback moths, corn earworms, beet armyworms, fall armyworms, cabbage loopers, imported cabbageworms, Colorado potato beetles, and velvetbean caterpillars.”  We will attempt to identify your Moth Caterpillar as well, but we are surmising that since it was found on kale, it is most likely an undesirable species.

Subject:  Found giant fly at neighbors house
Geographic location of the bug:  Tennessee
Date: 08/29/2018
Time: 08:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this giant fly at my neighbors house. Well I found 3 of them so far and took a pic of one. He is an elderly man and I sometimes clean his house for him. He had to put his dog down because it got sick. Three holes were discovered on its back. Could this fly be the cause? What type is it and how can he get rid of them? Thanks for your help.
How you want your letter signed:  Nessa

Flesh Fly

Dear Nessa,
This is a Flesh Fly in the family Sarcophagidae, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae: many species are necrophagous, but some feed in mammalian tissues or parasitize other arthropods (bees, cicadas, termites, grasshoppers/locusts, millipedes), earthworms, or snails. Adults feed on various sugar-containing materials such as nectar, sap, fruit juices and honeydew.”  If the dog’s flesh had necrotized, it is possible that the Flesh Flies laid eggs in the wounds.  We do not provide extermination advice.

Subject:  Beautiful art deco moth!
Geographic location of the bug:  South Florida
Date: 08/28/2018
Time: 11:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I spotted this beautiful fella in Sarasota, Florida. He was so striking I had to stop and take a picture! I’m wondering what species he is. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Alys

Banded Sphinx

Dear Alys,
The beautiful Banded Sphinx is described on Sphingidae of the Americas: “The upperside of the moth is dark pinkish brown. Each forewing has a lighter brown band along the costa, and sharp pinkish white bands and streaks. “