From the monthly archives: "June 2019"

Subject:  Doodlebugs in Western WA?
Geographic location of the bug:  Puyallup/Tacoma
Date: 06/26/2019
Time: 11:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We recently bought a new home and have found these numerous tiny divots all over the bark in the yard. I did some digging and found the culprit to be, what looks like, doodlebugs. Yet, I read that they seem to live in warmer, sandier climates. Should I be surprised to have found these little guys here? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Shannon BH


Dear Shannon,
This is indeed a larval Antlion or Doodlebug.  Though they are frequently found in sandy soil, that is a generalization.  According to BugGuide data, Antlions are found in all 48 continental United States.

Subject:  green eyed wasp imposter
Geographic location of the bug:  Kiyikoy, Turkey
Date: 06/23/2019
Time: 04:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can anyone tell me what this is and a bit more about it? I’ve been told it’s not a wasp and doesn’t sting but I don’t trust yellow and black flying things. It’s larger than a normal UK wasp.
How you want your letter signed:  Domino

Horse Fly

Dear Domino,
This is a Horse Fly in the family Tabanidae, and females bite larger animals like horses, cattle and other livestock, sucking blood as they feed.  They are opportunistic and will bite humans if there is no other available prey.  Based on Diptera Info, it might be
Tabanus promesogaeus and the person who submitted the images claims:  “Common and very ready to bite painfully as I know to my cost…”

Subject:  Do I need to burn down the house?
Geographic location of the bug:  Simi Valley, CA
Date: 06/22/2019
Time: 01:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear all knowing big men-
I found this centipede in the house today and needless to say, pretty freaked out!
We have small children! Are they carnivorous? Poisonous?
Anything I should look for to find their hiding place if there are more? Or do I need to burn down the house?!?
How you want your letter signed:  Freaked out mama!

Multicolored Centipede

Dear Freaked out mama!,
This is a Multicolored Centipede, identified by Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin as being
Scolopendra polymorpha, and on BugGuide called the Common Desert Centipede or Tiger Centipede.  Centipedes are carnivorous and they do have venom.  According to Hogue:  “The bite of this species may be painful.  Although there are no data on the effects of its poison on humans, it is probably harmless.”  Of the order, BugGuide notes:  “They can bite and also pinch with their last pair of legs. Bites may cause intense pain, swelling, discoloration, numbness, and necrosis, and require medical assistance, although there are no really dangerous, deadly centipedes, and no confirmed human fatalities.”  We suspect it accidentally wandered indoors and we do not recommend burning down the house. 

Subject:  Beatle
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 06/23/2019
Time: 10:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looks like a boring Beatle.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks

Living Hickory Borer

You are correct.  We identified your beetle as the Living Hickory Borer, Goes pulcher, thanks to Beetles of Eastern North America by Arthur V. Evans, and then we found this matching image on BugGuide.  BugGuide notes that the name “Hickory Borer — not recommended, due to potential confusion with Hickory Borer (Megacyllene caryae).”

Subject:  A beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Date: 06/22/2019
Time: 07:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I found this lil beauty when I was out with family…I couldn’t get many photos.. I am unsure what it is? But I do believe it’s a beetle of some sort!
How you want your letter signed:  Lily, P

Cabbage Palm Longhorn

Dear Lily, P,
This is a Cabbage Palm Longhorn,
Osmopleura chamaeropis, and we identified it on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on Cabbage Palmettos (Sabal palmetto) in Florida” and “This species is rarely collected but can be locally abundant (Turnbow & Hovore 1979).”