From the monthly archives: "February 2019"

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Midwest (Chicago area)
Date: 02/02/2019
Time: 11:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen a couple of these bugs throughout our apartment. I thought they have been cockroaches but my landlord thinks otherwise. Can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  BH


Dear BH,
Your landlord is wrong.  This is a Cockroach.


Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Westville (Ed. Note:  Presumably South Africa)
Date: 02/01/2019
Time: 06:22 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this beautiful guy but not sure what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks Tammy

Carpenter Bee

Dear Tammy,
Is Westville in Canada, South Africa, the UK, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, MIssouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma or Pennsylvania?  Those are the choices Wikipedia provides.  We are going to guess South Africa.  We found matching images of the South African Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa flavorufa, on both Alamy and FlickR.  It is also pictured on Discover Life and iNaturalist.

Yes South Africa. Thank you very much.
Never seen 1 before.

Subject:  bug on a lichen
Geographic location of the bug:  Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, Naples FL
Date: 02/01/2019
Time: 09:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch big, just attached to the lichen. I found this about 11 a.m, and it was still there when I came back probably about 1 hr. later, and it showed no signs of life. I’m sure I was the only one who ever saw this, and I did show it to a family.
How you want your letter signed:  Sylvia

Lichen Mimic Mantid

WOW Sylvia,
We have no shortage of images of Lichen Mimic Mantids or Grizzled Mantids on our site and there are even a few that show them perfectly camouflaged against bark or lichens, but we have never seen a Lichen Mimic Mantid image more impressive than yours, not the least characteristic of which is the white color of the Mantid.  This is the whitest individual we could locate on BugGuide and it appears about a zone darker than the individual in your image.  We have never had the pleasure of observing Lichen Mimic Mantids in nature, but our own experience with California Mantids leads us to believe she is going to stay on that white patch where she blends in perfectly.  Like the California Mantis female, the Lichen Mimic Mantid female is flightless, and both are much more likely to remain in the same place if the hunting is good while the winged male is much more mobile, a good attribute since the male seeks out the female.  Though we already selected a Bug of the Month February 2019, since your submission arrived on the first of the month, we have no problem designating it as Bug of the Month February 2019 as well.

Subject:  Metallic Blue Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  My. Charleston, NV
Date: 02/01/2019
Time: 09:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Inerested in in identifying this beautiful beetle.
How you want your letter signed:  Steve M.

Blue Bycid: Callidium species

Dear Steve,
This is a gorgeous beetle in the family Cerambycidae, the Long-Horned Borer Beetles or Bycids.  We have it narrowed down to two genera.  Our first choice is the Blackhorned Pine Borer,
Callidium antennatum, which is pictured on BugGuide, or possibly Semanotus amethystinus, a species with no common name and also pictured on BugGuide.  We are contacting Doug Yanega at UC Riverside for assistance.

Blue Bycid: Callidium species

Doug Yanega responds.
Hi. I can confirm that it’s a female Callidium, but can’t be sure of species.
Doug Yanega
Dept. of Entomology
Entomology Research Museum Univ. of California, Riverside

Subject:  What kind of big is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Flying bug home
Date: 01/31/2019
Time: 03:36 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What big is this
How you want your letter signed:  Don’t matter

Blurry Bug

Dear Don’t Matter,
We don’t know.

Subject:  Caterpillars, black with red spots and white spines
Geographic location of the bug:  Harare, Zimbabwe
Date: 01/31/2019
Time: 05:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hundreds of these caterpillars appear on only one tree in the garden, only in January. Sorry we don’t know the name of the tree either! We would love to know what butterfly or moth they turn into.
How you want your letter signed:  Julian

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillars

Dear Julian,
We are very amused by your image of a bowl full of Cabbage Emperor Moth Caterpillars,
Bunaea alcinoe, because this species is eaten in some regions.  More information on the nutritional content can be found on this Eureka Mag article.