From the monthly archives: "August 2019"

Subject:  Lion beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Bremerton Washington
Date: 08/25/2019
Time: 12:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was trying to figure out what it was but your site helped with that. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  JbTv

Lion Beetle

Dear JbTv,
Thanks so much for submitting your excellent images of a Lion Beetle, even though you did not require an identification.  We are happy to learn our site was helpful to you.  What we especially like about your Lion Beetle images is that the individual has curled up its abdomen into what is commonly regarded as a threat position that would be assumed by a stinging insect, and which we frequently see in Rove Beetles like the Devil’s Coach Horse.  This posture is especially effective in insects that mimic stinging insects, like your Lion Beetle.

Lion Beetle

Subject:  Images of Fairy Shrimp
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 08/25/2019
Time: 02:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I never knew fairy shrimps even existed in Florida- and seeing these in a vernal pool near my school made me so, so excited! They are my favorite invertebrates on this earth(just look at their cute little eyes, awww), and I felt like i needed to share a little bit of my joy with you!
How you want your letter signed:  Chance Arceneaux, Fairy Shrimp Fanatic

Fairy Shrimp

Dear Chance,
We share your enthusiasm.  Daniel first discovered Fairy Shrimp over 50 years ago in a vernal pond in Northeast Ohio, and when a funeral home was built on the site of the pond that also provided a home for tadpoles and numerous aquatic insects, it was probably his first experience with the loss of open space due to development, a cause for which he remains dedicated to oppose.  Daniel was quite excited when he discovered Fairy Shrimp in a vernal pond near the L.A. River in 2010.  We wish you had submitted larger digital files of your images as the quality was somewhat degraded when we formatted the low resolution files for posting.  BugGuide includes Florida among the locations where Fairy Shrimp have been sighted and reported.

Subject:  Fuzzy Buzzy Bee
Geographic location of the bug:  23454 – Va Beach, VA
Date: 08/18/2019
Time: 05:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve noticed a new pollinator in our gardens this summer but don’t recognize the species.  I’m estimating 20-25MM in length, fairly robust, but not “chunky” like a bumble bee.  I saved one in our pool and grabbed a couple closeups of their uniquely colored eyes.  He/she flew away safely  :-]
How you want your letter signed:  W/ appreciation

Thank you for the response.  I see many similarities, however the size, shape, and coloring of the eyes do not correspond.  Head scratcher.  :-]

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Hello again,
Because you wrote back, we took a look at all your images and we believe you have submitted images of two different species.  We still believe the individual on the flowers is a Bumble Bee, but the one you saved from the pool appears to be an Eastern Carpenter Bee.  Check out the similarity in the eyes with this individual posted to BugGuide of
Xylocopa virginicaMale.  As you can see from this BugGuide image, the Eastern Carpenter Bee has a dark colored abdomen, which is why we feel certain you have submitted two different species.  Since you rescued this individual, we are tagging the posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Eastern Carpenter Bee

I’m sorry for creating confusion!  …but am grateful for your extra effort :-]
Thanks guys!!
R/ M Coughlin


Subject:  Bug in the trunk
Geographic location of the bug:  Santa Ana, CA
Date: 08/23/2019
Time: 11:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This was hanging out inside my trunk. I used a twig to detach it, but it was holding on with super strength.
How you want your letter signed:  Mike Michika

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Dear Mike,
This is an invasive Diaprepes Root Weevil,
Diaprepes abbreviatus, and according to the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program:  “The diaprepes root weevil damages both the leaves and the roots of plants. The adult weevils damage leaves by chewing semi-circular areas out of the leaf margin. There may also be frass or weevil droppings near the areas that have been fed upon. The grub-like larva feeds on the roots of a plant, weakening or killing a plant.”  According to the Center for Invasive Species Research:  “This pest has a very wide host range, attacking more than 270 species of plants in 59 plant families.  In Florida citrus groves, Diaprepes root damage allows, Phytophthora, a very serious and often lethal plant pathogen to invade roots further hastening the decline of trees.”

Subject:  Jumping spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Trinidad, West Indies
Date: 08/23/2019
Time: 11:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Hoping you can help by identifying this pretty iridescent jumping spider. This one was on the wall of my front porch
How you want your letter signed:  Gwiz

Jumping Spider: Psecas viridipurpureus ???

Dear Gwiz,
We have in the past tentatively identified a similar looking Brazilian Jumping Spider as
Psecas viridipurpureus and today while searching, we can’t help but to wonder if we have stumbled ironically upon your website, Gil Wizen Spiders, where there is an image identified as Psecas viridipurpureus and that also looks the same.  Your individual looks like Psecas croesus which is pictured on Jumping Spiders and which ranges in Guiana and Suriname according to Jumping Spiders.  That same Jumping Spiders site only has black and white drawings of Psecas viridipurpureus, and the range is listed as Brazil and Peru.  On that same Jumping Spiders site, Psecas barbaricus is only pictured in a black and white drawing, but the range is listed as Brazil and Trinidad.  The best we can assure is the genus Psecas.

Hi Daniel.
Thanks so much for your response and your help identifying my spider!
What a coincidence about the Gil Wizen website name. Lovely site but nope it isn’t mine. I am actually afraid of spiders:) I appreciate them and their role in the environment but I can assure you I appreciate them from a distance.
Your help was greatly appreciated.

You are welcome Giselle.  The name similarity was quite a coincidence.

Subject:  can you tell me what this one is?
Geographic location of the bug:  Nepal
Date: 08/23/2019
Time: 04:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I can’t find this beetle by searching & wondered if you could help me identify it. I was originally wondering if it could fly.
This image was taken in the mountains in Nepal
How you want your letter signed:  Nicola

Big Legged Bug

Dear Nicola,
The best we are going to be able to do at this time if to provide you with a family.  This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae.   It looks like the individual in this image on India Biodiversity Portal, but it is only identified to the family level.  It can fly.