Subject: Green Slimy Bug in Salad
Location: Portland, OR
August 12, 2017 9:59 am
Howdy,
Found this in my salad after eating at a restaurant. It moved like a leach out of water. Able to elongate its body unlike any maggot I have seen before. No ribbed texture like a maggot. Greenish hue slimy, semi transparent able to see some innards. No obvious mouth parts.
This was in Portland, OR on August 7th. Salad was local organic greens. Wandering what it is for health reasons.
Signature: Harlan Whitman

Possibly Flower Fly Larva

Dear Harlan,
What we sacrifice in not getting pesticides in our food is the occasional appearance of an insect in organic produce.  This looks to us like the larva of a Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, like the one in this BugGuide image.  Syrphid Fly larvae are beneficial predators that eat large quantities of Aphids, and it makes sense that they might be found in organic greens.

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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Northeast Ohio
August 12, 2017 9:55 am
We are wondering if this is a milkweed bug? Or “other”
Signature: Pamela

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Pamela,
The Ailanthus Webworm Moth is an Ermine Moth.  Your image has beautiful detail.

Subject: River bug
Location: Pacific Northwest USA
August 11, 2017 11:05 pm
Hi! I have been swimming in the Mohawk River in Marcola Oregon my entire life. I have never seen one of these little critters before. It was tiny. I caught it and released. Reminded me of a scorpion. It had fluttering fins(?) behind its legs. I am wondering if it is a larva or?
Signature: Johanna Leighty

Spiny Crawler Mayfly Naiad

Dear Johanna,
The aquatic larvae of flying insects with incomplete metamorphosis including Dragonflies and Stoneflies are known collectively as naiads.  We believe this is a Naiad of a Spiny Crawler Mayfly from the family Ephemerellidae based on this and other BugGuide images, but we are unable to provide a conclusive species identification.  Here is another similar looking individual posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: What type of big is this?
Location: Tox, Ak
August 11, 2017 11:16 pm
We stayed at a camp in Tok, Alaska and while walking back came across this weird umm thing/bug can not figure out what it is.
Signature: Adrianna Miller

Gallium Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Adrianna,
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas, there are not many species found in Alaska, and we are quite certain because of the black color and red horn, that this is the Caterpillar of a Gallium Sphinx,
Hyles gallii.  More information on the species, also called the Bedstraw Hawkmoth, can be found on Sphingidae of the Americas. 

Thank you very much, the only thing we couldn’t see was the spots and I think that was because it was so dusty.

Also when we touched it with a stick it curled up and stuck the horn out, is that what it does?
Adrianna T. Miller
If they feel threatened, many Caterpillars will curl up.

Subject: large beetle!
Location: Nafplio, Greece
August 12, 2017 8:26 am
Hi, We saw this rather large and majestic looking creature at a monastery in Nafplio Greece in mid August. I’d be really interested to find out what it is!
thank you so much, Owen Wright and Dora Gardouni
Signature: Owen and Dora

Jewel Beetle: Chalcophora detrita

Dear Owen and Dora,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we initially identified it as 
Chalcophora detrita on Living Jewels European Buprestidae where it is referred to as “One of the biggest Jewel Beetle in Europe.”  It is also pictured on Dreamstime and BioLib.  According to Nature Wonders:  “Host plants are Pinus spp.

Jewel Beetle: Chalcophora detrita

Hi Daniel,
Thankyou so much for identifying the beetle! We’ve now done some additional research and it’s been really interesting to find out more. the one we saw was very large, we estimate about 5 cm long or maybe a little bit more.
thanks so much!
Owen and Dora

Subject: Scorpion?
Location: Huntsville Alabama
August 11, 2017 3:37 pm
Looks like a tiny scorpion but don’t see a tail.
Signature: You Da Man!

Jumping Spider: Hentzia palmarum

As you can see from this BugGuide posting, this is a male Jumping Spider, Hentzia palmarum.  According to BugGuide:  “Southern and eastern US.”  Jumping Spiders in the family Salticidae pose no threat to humans.

Awesome for me.  Bad for the neighborhood kids that really wanted it to be a scorpion.
Thanks for the reply.
Word up,