From the monthly archives: "March 2019"

Subject:  Please Identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Oregon, Outside Eugene
Date: 03/11/2019
Time: 11:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beauty while visiting a local lake in 2017.  It didn’t attempt to fly away the entire time we were there, and seemed unfazed when I stuck a phone camera several inches from its face.   I was afraid it was dead, but it was still moving a bit.  Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Dan

American Hornet Moth

Dear Dan,
This is one of the Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae, a group that includes many members that mimic stinging wasps and bees for protection.  Your individual is an American Hornet Moth,
Sesia tibiale, which we identified on BugGuide, and according to BugGuide:  “In flight they closely resemble wasps, even producing the droning sound.”

Subject:  Egg cases
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwestern Connecticut
Date: 03/10/2019
Time: 05:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found these holding three logs together in my woodpile today, 3.10.19. Not sure if it’s fungal or insecticidal. The woodpile is seasoned and covered. It’s been that way for about 2 years now. Ever seen it?
How you want your letter signed:  Paul Hanlon

Fungus we believe

Dear Paul,
We do not think this is insect related.  It looks to us like a Fungus.

Subject:  Possible Cuckoo Leafcutter bee?
Geographic location of the bug:  Galveston, Tx
Date: 03/11/2019
Time: 03:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I’m just now learning about native bees and am wondering if this bug that I took a picture of in October of 2018 could be a Slosson’s Sand-dwelling Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee. The insect was hanging out in my garden although I can’t remember the name of the plant I saw it on.
Can you help me out and let me know if it is a native bee?
Thanks Chris
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Potter Wasp

Dear Chris,
This is not a native Bee.  It is a native Potter or Mason Wasp in the subfamily Eumeninae, the Red-marked Pachodynerus,
Pachodynerus erynnis, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults are nectar feeders and hunt caterpillars as food for larvae” and “Solitary. A parent wasp builds mud cells or uses empty cells of other mud-building wasp species, provisioning the nest with caterpillars. One larva per cell.”

Subject:  Weird camo worm
Geographic location of the bug:  La Romana, Dominican Republic
Date: 03/05/2019
Time: 08:14 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this weird worm on several palm trees at a friends home. It seems to build a cocoon of dry fibers and then starts to eat the clorofila of the palm tree leaves. Several on each branch. Never seen it before and several landscaper friends either.
How you want your letter signed:  Ariel

Palmetto Tortoise Beetle Larva

Dear Ariel,
Thanks for presenting us with this challenging identification.  Our initial search did not provide us with any conclusive identification, but we strongly suspect this is a larval form and that it will mature into some species of Beetle.  Many Leaf Beetles in the family Chrysomelidae construct structures made of fecal matter to camouflage them while they are feeding.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide an identification. 

Palmetto Tortoise Beetle Larva

Thank you for your help Daniel! I look forward to more info from your readers.

Update:  Palmetto Tortoise Beetle Larva
A special thanks to Cesar Crash who identified the Palmetto Tortoise Beetle larva, Hemisphaerota cyanea, on BugGuide where it states:  “This is the underside of the Tortoise beetle fecal nest, showing the larva protected by it’s fecal strands.”

You have been amazing!!! Thanks for the help!!!


Subject:  Scorpion spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Secunda, South Africa
Date: 03/10/2019
Time: 03:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this spidey just inside my entrance at night. Decided to coax it outside.
How you want your letter signed:  Manfred

Scorpion Spider

Dear Manfred,
This is a beautiful image of a Scorpion Spider, a species that seems especially feared in South Africa, at least that is what the inquiries we receive tend to indicate.  Because you relocated this fascinating Scorpion Spider to the outdoors, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you, much appreciated!
Kind regards


Subject:  Strange insect!
Geographic location of the bug:  Houston, TX
Date: 03/07/2019
Time: 05:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bug Man,
I can’t figure out what this insect is. It looks like a cross between a crawfish and a cricket! What could this be?
How you want your letter signed:  Casey

Mole Cricket

Dear Casey,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that is rarely noticed unless it comes to the surface.  Some individuals are capable of flight.  We have gotten several reports in the past of Mole Crickets swimming, but they are not aquatic.