Subject: Pleocoma staff Schaufuss 1870 male
Location: 4 miles South East of Grass Valley , Nevada County, California, USA
November 23, 2016 9:31 am
On October 16th and 17th 2016 ( during rain showers ) I headed south of Grass Valley on the side of the road and collected a very nice series of Pleocoma staff Schaufuss 1870 males both days crawling on the ground ,several run over and squashed by trucks, a couple netted in the air and 6 in my homemade blacklight traps .The male staff started flying as soon as the sun went down until dawn , which was the heaviest Fights . Male sizes ranged from 27 to 32 mm . The flights for a few males lasted until 8 o’clock that morning . These guys are stocky and have ” Amazing Colors ” ! Also stopped by a couple days ago and picked up a half dozen dead / barley alive males under lites. Cheers ! Gene St. Denis Sierra Nevada Research
Signature: Gene St. Denis

Rain Beetles

Rain Beetles

Hi Gene,
All your recent images are making us envious that we have never witnessed the flight of Rain Beetles.

Rain Beetle

Rain Beetle

Rain Beetle

Rain Beetle

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: unidentified bugs
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
November 22, 2016 2:04 pm
Hi, I thought I know common household pests, but this one baffled me. There a thousands of them around inside and outside, and I think it’s mating season for them. I’m in southern California and we just had more than in one day than I can remember. The yard is still damp from it and it’s covered with these little buggers. Please help.
Thank you.
Signature: AO

Termites

Termites

Dear AO,
These are Termites.  Termites frequently swarm on a sunny day after a rain.  We observed Termites swarming in Mount Washington the same day you saw them in Beverly Hills.

Thank you so much for your quick reply. I thought swarming termite had wings. These just crawl around. Happy thanksgiving.
A

Hi again AO,
Swarming Termites do have wings which the shed after mating.  If you have been seeing so many Termites, there should also be piles of wings nearby.

Subject: Pleocoma hirticollis
Location: North of Gibson Hill, Hwy 20, Lake County, California, USA
November 22, 2016 9:58 am
Mike Seth and I headed down to High Way 20 north of Gibson Hill ( east of clear lake ) during the storms and set out our custom Blacklite Traps before sunrise and waited. The fights started at 6:55am and We had a total flight time of 12 minutes with a nice series each Of Pleocoma hirticollis males ! For a Bonus we also got 3 ” Newbies” yet to be discribed … 52 degrees , calm and Rain . Ground Soaked and very muddy. We had to put chains on while of pavement. Cheers ! Gene St. Denis Sierra Nevada Research
Signature: Gene St. Denis

Rain Beetle

Rain Beetle

Hi Gene,
Thanks for keeping WTB? readers informed on your Rain Beetle project.  Many of the storms you are describing did not hit us in southern California.

Rain Beetle

Rain Beetle

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Subject: Pleocoma shastensis Male
Location: Logging Road South of Deadhorse Summit 6 miles , Hwy 89 , Shasta County, California, USA
November 22, 2016 9:46 am
I headed up north to Dead Horse summit on Highway 89 in a radical wind and rain storm October 14th and 15th 2016 , Looking for Pleocoma shastensis Dyke 1933 . In the howling darkness south of Susanville on Highway 395 , 5 semi-tractor trailer rigs were blown over and the 5th one was right in front of me. The wind not only tipped the big rig over it lifted the Whole rig Over the highway fence and put it 40 feet from the road. Amazingly the driver was OK after crawling out and he had me call 911 for him. At times I would stop several times and wait for the gusts to pass , making the speed limit was not possible . I then continued way north past Susanville to 8 miles south of Dead horse summit and set out my home made black lite traps the next two nights and waited in the Pouring rain and howling winds. I was not disappointed ! The traps received a very nice series of males , every trap had 3 to 5 males in it. During the days I walked the Forrest service dirt roads in the immediate areas and located many more dead and dying , males from the flood conditions, as well as some still flying until Noon. It appears that the males will fly until out of energy once activated that DAY. They were not flying for several days at day break for 15 to 30 minutes at a time , as other Pleocoma do. This would explain why they have been Extremely hard to find ! Many males had been driven over by other trucks on the roads in the immediate area and I have a couple handfuls to glue and repair this winter.Male sizes were from 23 mm to 34 mm . 48 degrees to 65 during the day and Heavy rain with soaked Muddy Earth. Cheers ! Gene St. Denis Sierra Nevada Research
Signature: Gene St. Denis

Rain Beetle

Male Rain Beetle

Goodness Gene, what a harrowing experience you had.  Thanks for providing us with the images.

Rain Beetle

Male Rain Beetle

Rain Beetle

Male Rain Beetle

And , I Found a Prize !! A Gorgeous female Pleocoma shastensis was just emerged and had a dirt lid on her head like a trap door spider waiting in her hole ! Two males were on the ground headed her way . Many males had been driven over by other trucks on the roads in the immediate area and I have a couple handfuls to glue and repair this winter. Cheers ! Gene St. Denis Sierra Nevada Research

Mating Rain Beetles

Mating Rain Beetles

Hi again Gene,
Thanks again for providing so many excellent images of a rarely seen species, an even rarer sighting of a female Rain Beetle and the awesome image you have of the mating process.

Rarely seen female Rain Beetle

Rarely seen female Rain Beetle

Rarely seen female Rain Beetle

Rarely seen female Rain Beetle

Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa
November 21, 2016 9:58 pm
Hello,
My name is Abiodun. I live in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa. I was at work one day and saw this caterpillar. After searching online and seeing similar pictures, I think it looks like a Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar. It’s actually the start of autumn here. Could you please confirm this. Thank you.
Signature: Abiodun Afolabi

Hornworm

Hornworm

Dear Abiodun,
While your individual is a look-alike of the Caterpillar of a Tersa Sphinx, it is a different species in the same family Sphingidae.  We will attempt a species identification for you.  Many caterpillars have evolved with large fake eyespots as a camouflage defense mechanism.

Identification:  A special thanks to Bostjan Dvorak for identifying this Hornworm as Basiothia medea.  There is an image of the Hornworm on INPN.

Subject: Unknown Katydid – northwest Queensland, Australia
Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
November 22, 2016 7:07 am
This lady turned up at my workplace today, and the photo was taken because she’s not a bug that we usually see here. With a bit of googling and posting on other sites (reddit), the consensus seems to be that she is a katydid of some sort, but with no positive confirmation. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us, as a nearby Peewee (Magpie Lark) thought that she looked delicious. (“It’s the circle of liiife…”)
She does look a bit like a katydid that was posted here a few years ago (https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2008/05/03/unknown-australian-katydid-killed-for-photo-op/)
Signature: Johnmc

Female Raspy Cricket

Female Raspy Cricket

Dear Johnmc,
The link you provided from our archives was a correct identification on your part, but it is not a Katydid.  We eventually identified that insect as a female Raspy Cricket, probably in the genus
Ametrus thanks to the input of Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, and somehow, duplicate postings were in our archive.  We deleted your link in favor of the correctly identified posting of the Raspy Cricket.  Here is another posting of what appears to be the same species of Raspy Cricket.