From the monthly archives: "May 2019"

Subject:  What’s this beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Portland Oregon, sandy riverbank
Date: 04/27/2019
Time: 06:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This cute little fellow got us all wondering what species he might be. He was spotted on the bank of the Willamette river near the forest’s edge in April. Any idea? Thanks so much for any insight you might have!
How you want your letter signed:  Beetle Bystander

Inflated Beetle

Dear Beetle Bystander,
This is a Desert Spider Beetle or Inflated Beetle in the genus
Cysteodemus.  According to BugGuide, there are two species in North America and neither is reported from Oregon, and the range is listed as “sw. US: Colorado, Mojave, and Chihuahuan deserts.”  We are not certain how unusual this Oregon sighting is.

Subject:  Dragonfly eggs?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
I found this yesterday on my rose bush, April 30, 2019
I used the iNatuarlist app to try to identify, if briefly showed up as dragon/darner fly eggs
How you want your letter signed:  Natalie DelGiorno

Katydid Eggs

Dear Natalie,
These are most definitely NOT Dragonfly Eggs.  Dragonflies oviposit in the water, not on dried branches.  These are Katydid Eggs.

Katydid Eggs

Thank for answering. I found a picture on the web
I have the eggs in an aquarium, hoping they will hatch as a science project for kids
I also found a a preying mantis egg sac, an optics,(sure the spelling is wrong. It looks like half is broken, but I put it in an aquarium too
The thing about the preying mantis egg is that I saw her last October near the place where I found the eggs. There are also 2 others!
Thanks again

Subject:  What is this??
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern california
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I keep finding these in my soil when I am planting. They are usually a couple inches under the soil. Lived here 23 yrs and never saw them. This spring I’ve already found about 40. Should I be worried??
How you want your letter signed:  Worried gardener

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Worried gardener,
Though we cannot provide you with a definitive species, this is definitely the grub of a Scarab Beetle.  Many species of June Beetles have grubs that feed on the roots of grasses. 

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kauai, Hawai’i
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 11:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi and good day. I found this guy and was able to get a video of him on my leg at 90x magnification.
I thought he was a tick, at first but he doesn’t seem to be classified that way.
How you want your letter signed:  Samn


Dear Samn,
This sure looks like an Aphid to us.

Subject:  Weird worm like creature found in water
Geographic location of the bug:  Petersburg, Tennessee
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was going outside catching tadpoles to grow and I can across this worm like thing. I scooped him up and put him in with the tadpoles. Maybe he wasn’t originally in the water and he fell in? But I didn’t want to take the chance. I’ve looked up tons of worm like creatures and even asked my parents to no avail. It would be appreciated greatly if you could help figure this mystery out. Thanks in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Sierra

Horse Fly Larva

Dear Sierra,
We believe this is a Horse Fly larva.  According to Quora:  “
Most horse flies are associated with water, and the carnivorous larvae can be found therein. I have collected black horse fly larvae while searching through the muck and mud at pond edges. [T]Here’s a Colorado State University photo by Jennifer Bonnell of what is probably a black horse fly larva eating a small frog; they’ll also eat other insects, and, while I’ve never seen it, I’m sure they’ll eat any weakened or trapped minnows they might be able to.  Through the summer, the larvae grow in the water through 6–9 instars, and ultimately spend the winter in the the mud in their last instar. In spring, still in the muck and mire, they pupate and a few weeks later, the adults emerge.”  You might not want to keep this predatory Horse Fly larva with your tadpoles.

Subject:  Green spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Everglade City Florida
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 09:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there,
Friends of mine in Everglade City sent me this image of a very cool spider. It’s the size of a pinky fingernail. It was seen on their kitchen counter (eek??) in Everglade City Florida…Any help you can give is truly appreciated. (I’m better with insects than arachnids)
How you want your letter signed:  Katja

Green Orbweaver

Dear Katja,
The best we can do at this time is to provide a general family name.  This is a harmless Orbweaver in the family Araneidae.

Thank you Daniel,
They will be happy to hear it is harmless, since they turned it loose in their yard! Any further information would be appreciated…it really is a cool looking spider,