From the monthly archives: "June 2021"

Subject:  Black wasp with red wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Polyjoke, Crantock, UK
Date: 06/23/2021
Time: 12:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Saw lots of these on a coastal walk. Never seen before. Interested to know what they are? Possible Tarantula Spider Wasp?
How you want your letter signed:  Kellie

Six Spot Burnet

Dear Kellie,
Though it resembles a Wasp, this Six Spot Burnet is actually a diurnal moth.

Hi Daniel
Thank you for your reply.
I did later have a good look online and realised what it was but really appreciate you getting back to me.
Kind regards

Subject: Budworm
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 06/21/2021
Time: 05:46 PM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a bud worm on a sprout indoors under lights????
How you want your letter signed: Mel Frank

Tobacco Budworm eats Cannabis sprout

Dear Mel,
Thanks so much for your submission of a Tobacco Budworm caterpillar,
Chloridea virescens.  We are honored to get this important documentation from such a distinguished expert.  BugGuide also has documentation of a Tobacco Budworms feeding on marijuana.


Subject: Long-horned beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Orange County, California
Date: 06/21/2021
Time: 03:17 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! This evening I had this visitor make himself (or her!) comfortable in my home. I’ve been searching online for hours but figured I’d ask the experts! Could you identify this beetle? Located in south OC, near Dana Point. I apologize for the poor photo, I am unsure if it is friendly. He/she is on standard sized blinds for reference and can fly. Weather is about 65-72 degrees F. Thank you so much for your time!
How you want your letter signed:  KLDL

Yellow Douglas Fir Borer

Dear KLDL,
This impressive beetle is a Longicorn that is commonly called a Yellow Douglas Fir Borer,
Centrodera spurca.

Wow! That’s it! Thank you so much!!


Subject:  grasshopper-esque?
Geographic location of the bug:  texas hill country
Date: 06/22/2021
Time: 12:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  a beautiful and alien looking friend, it has taken up residence under the gas grill cover. seems like a grasshopper but wings are so short and odd? thank you for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  curious

Red Eyed Devil

Dear Curious,
We are thrilled to post your image of a predatory Katydid commonly called a Red Eyed Devil,
Neobarrettia spinosa.  According to BugGuide it is:  “Voraciously omnivorous!”  Though the Red Eyed Devil is not dangerous to humans, they do have powerful mandibles and they might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

thank you very much for your help! how interesting!! voraciously omnivorous indeed! J

Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Baja Sur
Date: 06/21/2021
Time: 11:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I’ve seen this bug a few times over the years but cannot find a photo and name for it on the web.
How you want your letter signed:  Ryan

Six Spotted Milkweed Bug

Dear Ryan,
We quickly identified your Seed Bug as a Six Spotted Milkweed Bug,
Oncopeltus sexmaculatus, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.

Subject:  Pseudoscorpions?
Geographic location of the bug:  Spring Branch, Texas
Date: 06/19/2021
Time: 06:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found a large congregation of these on a beach towel hanging outside the house, around an eggsac and some tubular structures.  6/19/2021 4:30pm 90deg F
How you want your letter signed:  John Hamrick

Newly Hatched Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear John,
These are not Pseudoscorpions.  They are newly hatched True Bugs.  The empty egg cases can be seen at the edge of the tape measure.  We suspect they are in the family Coreidae, the Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs.  Our Brazilian colleague Cesar Crash believes they are Assassin Bugs.