Subject: Pleasant Surprise!
Location: West Losangeles
May 26, 2017 11:41 am
Hi Bugman,
I’ve been planting fennel for years to attract anise swallowtail butterflies with sporadic success. Can’t tell you how surprised I was to see a parsley plant covered with caterpillars. I counted 14, but there are probably more. Did a bit of research and learned the plants the larvae eat are in the carrot family, so, I guess parsley is in the carrot family?
One thing I didn’t like about fennel is the caterpillars are exposed and easily seen by predators. With parsley, at least when they are small, the caterpillars are hidden by leaves.
Thx, Jeff
Signature: Jeff Bremer

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillars

Congratulations Jeff,
We are concerned that 14 caterpillars will soon defoliate your parsley plant and that without any food, the Anise Swallowtail Caterpillars will starve before reaching maturity.  You might want to consider buying a few more parsley plants to help ensure survival.  We occasionally find Anise Swallowtail Caterpillars munching on carrots and parsley in our own garden.

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillars

Hi Daniel,
More parley is on my list.
I have another question for you: Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of the butterflies we’ve lured into our back yard (including caterpillars, chrysalises and eggs). Would you be interested in them or know of any organizations that could use them?
Thx, Jeff

Hi Jeff,
Hundreds arriving at one time would be overwhelming for our tiny staff, but trickling them in slowly to our site would be wonderful.  Please continue to use our standard form for submissions and please confine your submissions to a single species.  Eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides and imagos or adults of the same species arriving together though would be most welcome.  We are especially curious when you first documented the Giant Swallowtail and its caterpillar the Orange Dog as this species was first reported in Los Angeles in the late 1990s, we believe.

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Subject: Ladybug?
Location: Long Beach, CA
May 26, 2017 12:32 am
Hi Bugman,
I’ve tried IDing this beauty but never found it online. After comparing its shape & size, I
think it’s lady bug. Hoping for confirmation. Thanks!
Signature: Sharon in Long Beach

Southern Green Stink Bug Nymph

Dear Sharon,
This is NOT a Lady Bug which is actually a beetle.  This is the nymph of a Southern Green Stink Bug,
Nezara viridula, an invasive, exotic species that is “cosmopolitan, presumably of African and/or Mediterranean origin” according to BugGuide which also states:  “highly polyphagous (recorded from hundreds of spp. in >30 plant families), attacking a wide variety of crop plants; especially damaging to new shoots and fruits, including those of soybeans, peas, and cotton.”

Oh noooo! Thanks for the quick update and I love the site! Always go there first.

Subject: What is it
Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog north Wales
May 26, 2017 5:26 am
Hi we found this bug last night … it seemed harmless but looked ever so strange
Signature: Georgina


Dear Georgina,
This native Scarab Beetle is commonly called a Cockchafer or Billy Witch.  According to UK Safari:  “The cockchafer has a three year life cycle.  After mating the female digs down about 20cm into the soil to lay between 10 and 20 eggs.  The eggs hatch after 21 days and the larvae remain in the soil for a further two years feeding on plant roots.”

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Subject: Whats that bug?!
Location: North Carolina
May 26, 2017 6:19 am
What king of bug is this ?? It walks kind of like a crab and has a big butt facing upwards.
Signature: Patricia O’Hare

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Patricia,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug, probably in the genus
Acanthocephala, and we believe its red coloration is due to its having recently molted.  It should soon darken in color.

Thank you!!! I thought it was a pretty cool bug to find

Subject: Landed next to me
Location: Yakima, Washington
May 26, 2017 10:35 am
Hey, this guy landed next to me here at Yakima Training Center and was wondering if you could ID it for me. Closest thing i could find was a grasshopper hunter wasp, but it doesnt look right. Thanks a bunch!
Signature: Chance Golden


Dear Chance,
We are relatively certain that this is a Horntail in the family Siricidae which is pictured on BugGuide, but we are not sure about the species.  What appears to be a stinger is actually the ovipositor of the female, and she uses that organ to lay her eggs.  Eggs are laid beneath the surface of the bark of trees, and the larvae are wood boring insects.

Location: Orange ,CA.
May 26, 2017 7:02 am
Hello there bugman
So my mom and daughter thought this flying bugger was a simple house fly at first until they WHACKED it with the fly swatter ,The thing took a good wallop but didnt phase it just angered it ! LOL after about 20 minutes of running around the house being “chased” by this guy they were finally able to take him out . Not sure if its a wasp or what but we do have a honey bee nest out back in an old boat that every year they come back to ,Never have seen this kind of bee,wasp,hornet whatever it is but if you can identify it that would be AWESOME cuz now my 5 year old daughter has the dead bug in a jar that she wants to take to school and share with her class lol so here i am
PLEASE HELP sincerly justin keefe
Signature: Justin Keefe

Honey Bee

Dear Justin,
This is a beneficial Honey Bee.  Without Honey Bees, the cultivation of apples, almonds and avocados as well as many other important food crops would be seriously, negatively impacted.  There are people who believe farming as we know it might not exist without Honey Bees.  If your family is troubled by having a Honey Bee nest in your old boat, you should contact a local bee keeper who will happily remove the hive for you.  While we acknowledge that removing a Honey Bee from the home without killing it might prove a challenge as a threatened Honey Bee will sting, we strongly recommend attempting to capture it in a wine glass or other glass and slipping a post card under the rim so it can be safely transported outdoors.