From the monthly archives: "August 2018"

Subject:  egg or pupa on milkweed
Geographic location of the bug:  Azle, Tx
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 12:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found several of these on my milkweed which was also infested with aphids.  Please help me identify this creature.
How you want your letter signed:  Joanne

Hover Fly Pupa and Oleander Aphid (at far right)

Dear Joanne,
This is the pupa of a beneficial Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and while in the larval stage, they feed voraciously on Aphids.  Adult Hover Flies are also excellent pollinators that mimic stinging wasps and bees, though they are perfectly harmless to humans.  We located a matching image on BugGuide, and there is also a small image at the bottom of the Bugs and Critters in my Florida Back Yard blog.

Thank you!  Do you know if Hover Flies are harmful to Monarch caterpillars?
Joanne

Hi aganin Joanne.  They are not harmful to Monarch caterpillars.

Subject:  Green ceiling crawler
Geographic location of the bug:  Dublin, Georgia
Date: 07/31/2018
Time: 12:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy has been crawling on my ceiling the past few days. He hasn’t done any harm, and appears to only move during the night because each day I’ve looked at him before going to bed, and he’s in a new spot the next morning. He doesn’t change position too much after that, if at all. As much as his weirdness has added to my day (because how can he not when he’s hanging above your head?), I would like to know what he is so that when I manage to finally get him down, I can put him in a good spot outside to continue on with his life. Unless him missing his 6th leg is a problem. If it isn’t, hopefully he’ll stay away from houses in the future.
How you want your letter signed:  Sara

Female Katydid

Dear Sara,
Your guy is actually a female Katydid.  Her ovipositor, an organ used to lay eggs, is visible in one of your images.

Subject:  Moth??
Geographic location of the bug:  Douglasville, GA
Date: 07/31/2018
Time: 09:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this??
How you want your letter signed:  Natalie

Male Polyphemus Moth

Dear Natalie,
This is a male Polyphemus Moth, a species reported on BugGuide from most of the continental United States and Canada.

Subject:  What is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Indianapolis Indiana
Date: 07/31/2018
Time: 04:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have never seen a bug that looks like this please tell me what it is i live in  Indianapolis Indiana and i just took that picture in my grandfather’s breazway
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you in advance Taneil Holt

Ivory Marked Beetle

Dear Taneil,
This is an Ivory Marked Beetle.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts include a wide variety of hardwoods (oak, ash, hickory, locust, chestnut, maple, elm, beech, cherry); larvae bore in heartwood.”

Subject:  White insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Marietta, GA
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 07:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in backyard. It has 6 legs, white and fuzzy with green sections on its tail. It resembles a catapilar, but it’s legs are more roach-like and thick.  It has small wings that look almost useless.
How you want your letter signed:  Brian

Freshly Eclosed Luna Moth

Dear Brian,
This is a newly eclosed Luna Moth, meaning it has just emerged from its cocoon, and because its wings have not yet fully expanded and hardened, allowing it to fly, it still maintains the appearance of a caterpillar, somewhat.  A mature Luna Moth is arguably the loveliest North American moth.

Subject:  Help identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Paso Robles
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 09:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
My friend has these at her house. Is this a termite?
How you want your letter signed:  Prisha

Webspinner

Dear Prisha,
Though it resembles a winged Termite alate, this is actually a benign Webspinner in the order Embiidina.  We had one reader submit a Webspinner Dynasty inquiry after she allowed them to cohabitate in her bathroom.