From the yearly archives: "2018"

Subject:  antlike insect
Geographic location of the bug:  costa rica Monteverde
Date: 12/30/2017
Time: 08:25 PM EDT
I took this shot outside the family Van Trapp hotel in Monteverde Costa Rica
I was taking a walk at night and saw this weird insect. I tried to find information but could not find any so I hope you will be able to tell me.  Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Terri

Deformed Soldier Beetle

Dear Terri,
This is a Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and something has gone wrong during the molting process which led to deformed wings.  Several years ago, we posted a nearly identical image of a Soldier Beetle from Costa Rica that had undergone a bad molt Alamy has an image of what the Soldier Beetle should look like, but alas, the species is not identified.

Subject:  Psuedoscorpion?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern ontario
Date: 01/01/2018
Time: 03:57 PM EDT
I found this little guy in my bathroom, -20 °c lately I haven’t seen many bugs in a long time.
How you want your letter signed:  Mish


Dear Mish,
This is indeed a Pseudoscorpion, but it looks different from most of the individuals posted to our site.  According to BugGuide:  “They are not pests and are considered harmless.”

Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Plantation, FL
Date: 01/01/2018
Time: 09:48 PM EDT
My husband found this bug a couple of days ago, never seen it before.
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Lanny A

Mole Cricket

Dear Lanny,
Because they are subterranean dwellers, Mole Crickets are generally not observed until they dig to the surface.

Subject:  Unknown
Geographic location of the bug:  Marloth Park, South Africa
Date: 01/02/2018
Time: 11:49 AM EDT
Good day.
Found this gorgeous worm outside. It seems to be trying to find its way with the “paddles” on the back, might be hugely mistaken though. Was wondering if you could assist me as I cannot find help on the internet? Would like to know how the butterfly looks.
Kind regards
How you want your letter signed:  Yolande

Dice Moth Caterpillar

Dear Yolande,
Your Caterpillar is very similar looking to the North American Paddle Caterpillar in the Owlet Moth family Noctuidae, that we figured it might be closely related, and that led us to this posting of some Dice Moth Caterpillars in the
Rhanidophora on the Biodiversity on my Farm site.  iSpot also contains some nice images of Rhanidophora ridens, the species that looks most like your individual.  Alamy also has a nice image.

Subject:  Small non-flying mantid in the Oregon high desert
Geographic location of the bug:  Ochoco National Forest, Oregon, USA
Date: 12/30/2017
Time: 07:17 PM EDT
I found this mantid about an hour after the Great American Eclipse ended (mid-day) on August 21st, 2017. The location was the Oregon Star Party in the Ochoco National Forest, Oregon, USA at 44.298775°N 120.141648°W. The altitude was about 5,000 ft and the terrain was the high desert of central Oregon (open rocky area surrounded by forest).
The mantid did not fly. It skittered along the ground very quickly and was difficult to keep up with. I have been unable to find any information on a mantid that lives in the high desert of Oregon. As you can see it was very small. Maybe an inch long.
Thank you!
(I got an “entity too large” the first time I submitted this so here we go with cropped pics)
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy

Agile Ground Mantid

Dear Tommy,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident that this is a Ground Mantid in the genus
Litaneutria, and according to BugGuide, they are “Less than 35mm long.”  Of the species Litaneutria minor, BugGuide notes:  “In Canada: known only from the dry grasslands of British Columbia in the extreme southern Okanagan Valley near Oliver and Osoyoos.  In the U.S.: widespread; from Colorado and Arizona to Mexico, northwest to California, north to Dakota, and occasionally to Texas.”  BugGuide also recognizes:  “Very difficult to capture.”  The species is pictured on the Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia.  According to Good Garden Bugs:  “Ground mantids are unique in that instead of adopting the typical sit-and-wait predatory strategy of most mantids, these active hunters stalk their prey on the ground. … Litaneutria minor is commonly called the agile ground mantid because they can be found running swiftly along the ground in search of prey.  They are found in the sesert southwest, eastern California, Oregon and Washington and are 3/4 tp 1 1/4 inches (2 to 3 cm) in length.  They are also found in southwestern Canada and are the only native Canadian mantid.”  This is not only our first posting of the New Year, we are also making it the Bug of the Month for January 2018.

Agile Ground Mantid