From the yearly archives: "2021"

Subject:  Maybe a beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest Washington state
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Initially looks like a beetle but what looks to be wings aren’t shaped and only go down half the body
How you want your letter signed:  Doesn’t matter. Thanks for the identification

Oil Beetle

This is indeed a Beetle.  More specifically, it is a Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe, commonly called an Oil Beetle.

Subject:  What kind of spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Auckland, New Zealand
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 03:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, appreciate if you could please identify this. Thank you, Mahesh
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely

Slater Spider

Dear Mahesh,
This is a Sow Bug Hunter,
Dysdera crocata.  According to BugGuide, a North American insect identification site:  “Introduced to North America and widely distributed in the Nearctic. Originally from the Mediterranean area.”  According to The Spruce:  “this spider is very common throughout the U.S., primarily in the East from New England down to Georgia, then west to California. Outside the U.S., it is common in Australia, northern Europe, and England. Although it lives outside to hunt its prey, it may come indoors in the fall for shelter.”  We suspect it may have been introduced to New Zealand from Australia.  According to the Museum of New Zealand, it is called a Slater Spider and “While this spider is capable of capturing other prey, it has earned its common name because of accounts documenting its feeding on the common slater (also known as the common woodlouse), Porcellio scaber. It doesn’t build a web to capture its prey. Rather, it seizes its victim in its very large chelicerae.”  The site also indicates:  “With its large fangs, this species is capable of delivering a sharp bite. Symptoms include local swelling and pain. However, bites are rare, and only a handful of bites by this species have been recorded from New Zealand even though these spiders are very common.”

Subject:  Insect Identification REquest
Geographic location of the bug:  Erowal Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 09:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I photographed these insects on a fully grown adult Eastern Grey Kangaroo’s tail, in February, 2020. Do you have any idea what they are, please?
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Unknown Flies found on Kangaroo’s tail

Hi Nick,
Other than believing that these are Flies in the order Diptera, we have not had any luck with further identifications, but we can’t resist posting your adorable image of a group of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  We hope to investigate this further.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos

Subject:  Bee Fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Casa Grande, AZ
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 01:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little bug on the screen outside my indoor plants. Between 1 to 1.5 cm. in size. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I’ve looked through all kinds of sites, but little true info is out online. I can’t identify any that look quite like this.
Please help?
How you want your letter signed:  Chris in Casa Grande

Bee Fly

Update:  I just sent photos of a little bee fly id been unable to identify. Looked through this site as well as Just after sending my request, I believe I found it – gray bee fly – Anastoechus melanohalteralis. Sorry for the unneeded request. Still love this site!

Dear Chris,
This is indeed a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae.  We are uncertain of the exact species.

Subject:  What is this!?
Geographic location of the bug:  Trenton, Ontario, Canada
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 09:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  While out with my kids at the park we found a few of these bugs and have no idea what they could be !
How you want your letter signed:  The bug man

Oil Beetle

This is a Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe, a group commonly called Oil Beetles.  We are posting this on the seventh anniversary of this previous Oil Beetle posting from Ontario. 

Subject:  Late Season Paper Wasps on Goldenrod
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 02:22 PM EDT
Gentle Readers,
Daniel has been attempting to post as many of your identification requests as possible, but he has also been enjoying the mild October in Northeast Ohio where there has still not been a major frost.  The insects are still active, and the night sounds still serenade.  These two Paper Wasps in the genus Polistes were nectaring from late flowering Goldenrod.

Paper Wasps on Goldenrod

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod