From the monthly archives: "August 2018"

Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Cincinnati, OH
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 09:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this insect in my kitchen.  I have never seen this type before. It was easy to catch in a jar. I nicknamed it “the boxer” because it looks like it’s wearing boxing gloves and acted like it was sparring. Please tell me what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Mary

Handsome Trig

Dear Mary,
This is a Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig, and the curved ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen indicates it is female.  According to BugGuide:  “Found in vegetation near streams and marshes, about a meter above the ground” and “there are no similar species in the U.S.”

Daniel, thanks so much for your timely and helpful response. Is it an uncommon insect? I’ve never seen one before.

Hi Again Mary,
The BugGuide range based on submissions is relatively extensive, and we have not read anywhere that Handsome Trigs are rare.  Many insects go unnoticed if folks are not looking for them.  You encountered this individual because she entered your kitchen, perhaps on your clothing if you were in the yard.  Insects have learned to hide, because avoiding detection means they stand a better chance of not becoming a meal to a predator.

Thanks again, Daniel. My visiting Red Headed Bush Cricket has been safely released into my back yard. I am fascinated by her coloring, especially the legs.


Subject:  ???
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina USA
Date: 07/31/2018
Time: 03:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What the heck is it been in NC my whole life never seen it before
How you want your letter signed:  Hey Joe your bug.


Hey Joe,
We can’t believe it is the beginning of August and this is just the second Toe-Biter or Giant Water Bug image we are posting this year.  The Toe-Biter is an aquatic predator that also flies quite well and is attracted to electric lights.

Subject:  Caterpillar and nest identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Cumberland, Maine
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 01:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have had a caterpillar and now little “egg nest” on my dill plant and am looking for identification.  You have a listing of Purple Carrot-Seed Caterpillar.  Might these be the same?
How you want your letter signed:  lfriedman

Purple Carrot Seed Moth Caterpillars

Dear lfriedman,
You are correct.  These are indeed Purple Carrot Seed Moth Caterpillars, but what you have mistaken for an “egg nest” is actually a group pupation.  Adult moths will emerge.  According to BugGuide:  “Introduced (2009) to northeastern North America. Occurs in most of Europe, Asia and northern Africa.”  BugGuide also notes:  “The larvae feed on plants in the parsley family, mainly the flowers and unripe seeds. Hosts include coriander, dill, carrot (
Daucus carota), anise (Pimpinella), fennel, caraway, cumin (Cuminum cyminum), celery, parsley, parsnip (Pastinaca), and cow-parsnip [per Agro Atlas, cited below]; also Seseli and Peucedanum according to BAMONA.”

Purple Carrot Seed Moth Pupae