Subject:  Big caterpillar!
Geographic location of the bug:  Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 08:43 PM EDT
Spotted this big guy by the lake on our evening walk tonight. I’m interested to see what this caterpillar becomes!
How you want your letter signed:  Liz

Catalpa Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Liz,
We are surmising that there is a catalpa tree or cigar tree nearby as that is the food plant for the Catalpa Sphinx caterpillar you found.  We have no images on our site of the adult Catalpa Sphinx, but you can see images on Sphingidae of the Americas.

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeastern Arizona
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 12:19 AM EDT
He takes small little skitters at a time. Never more than a second long stride. Kind reminded me of a cockroach but also like a beetle. Is it dangerous to my kids?
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Momma

Male Sand Cockroach

Dear Curious Momma,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident you encountered a male Sand Cockroach in the genus
Arenivaga, a harmless group that does not invade homes, but since males can fly and since they are attracted to lights, they are sometimes encountered indoors.  Flightless female Sand Cockroaches are generally found underground.

Male Sand Cockroach

Subject:  It looks like a bee?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 12:19 AM EDT
Hello there. I came across this beautiful insect, which is the size of my thumb when I got back home. Sadly, I couldn’t get a photo of its full body, but it somewhat resembles a bee when it comes out from burrowing in the wood.
I was fascinated how it bore a hole, but I did not want to bother it. Again, it resembled a bee in flight and outside the burrow, since I got it to fly out. I checked on it later to see if it’s out of the burrow, but it returned to chewing wood.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you for helping me identify this fascinating insect. I hope to hear from you in the near future.

Carpenter Bee

This is definitely a Carpenter Bee, and according to Anim Agro Technology:  “CARPENTER BEES (Xylocopa spp) or locally in Malaysia known as Lebah Tukang or Lebah Kayu are the largest bee species.”  The site has wonderful images and information.  Your Carpenter Bee might be Xylocopa aestuans, a species from nearby Singapore which is profiled on taxo4254.

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Subject:  Cute beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Saint Paul, MN
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 05:53 PM EDT
I saw this guy and was curious about what he is. Maybe a flea beetle?
How you want your letter signed:  Krista

Leaf Beetle: Calligrapha californica

Dear Krista,
Thanks to this BugGuide image, we have identified your Leaf Beetle as
Calligrapha californica.  According to BugGuide:  “The adult is a dark beige beetle approximately 6 mm long with 3 black stripes on its back” and “Larva feed on beggarticks (Bidens) and possibly other plants.” 

Subject:  Caterpillar on Amaryllid plants
Geographic location of the bug:  northern Argentine Patagonia
Date: 09/02/2017
Time: 02:19 PM EDT
We have found this caterpillar several times feeding on Rhodophiala leaves in northern Argentine Patagonia (Neuquen Province). Caterpillar image taken in spring (December). Any idea what species?
How you want your letter signed:  Martin

Convict Caterpillar

Dear Martin,
Thank you for providing a name for the plant upon which this caterpillar was feeding.  We quickly located this FlickR posting of a very similar looking, though drabber version of your caterpillar identified as
Xanthopastis timais.  Then we searched that name and found images on our sister site from Brazil, Insetologia.  Finally, we found the species represented on BugGuide where the proper scientific name Xanthopastis regnatrix is provided and it is called a Convict Caterpillar, the larva of the Spanish Moth and the information “common in Florida; rare elsewhere in United States” is provided.

Many thanks for your prompt id.
This must be the southernmost record for this species.

Subject:  Scary bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Florida
Date: 09/02/2017
Time: 06:27 PM EDT
We saw this on our back porch and tried to identify it on the internet. The closest we found was a dobsonfly, but our bug has fuzzy legs and mandibles and clear wings and none of the photos on the internet show this.
How you want your letter signed:  Kim


Hi Kim,
We feel quite confident that your harmless Antlion is
Vella americana based on its visual resemblance to the individual in this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “very large–wingspan to circa 125 mm, body length circa 50 mm.”