Need insect id-Costa Rica
Location: Monteverde, Costa Rica
January 28, 2011 11:08 am
Hello. Photographed this very well camouflaged bug (insect, spider) in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde area Costa Rica.
Saw it walking across a leaf. when i got close it froze up, looking like a piece of moss. Got a pretty good pic. Brought a small twig close to it, and it jumped off the leaf, almost moved spider like.What could it be.
Signature: DC

Possibly a Phasmid

Wow DC,
That is one crazy insect.  Our first guess would be a Walkingstick or other Phasmid.  They are an order known for excellent camouflage.  Our second guess would be some species of Katydid, though the antennae don’t seem long enough.  We wish you had a better view of the head as the mouthparts might give us some clues.  We hope one of our readers will be able to assist in this identification.

Jacob’s Comment leads to a post in our archive
Thanks to Jacob who found the Moss Mimic Walkingstick,
Trychopeplus laciniatus,  which was identified by Dr. Bruno Kneubühler  (Switzerland) in our own archives:

Karl also cites our archives
Hi Daniel and DC:
I believe the same beast was posted previously on WTB?; by danielj on August 5th, 2008. It was subsequently identified by Dr. Bruno Kneubühler as a Phasmid, specifically “…a nymph (young one) of Trychopeplus sp. (most probably Trychopeplus laciniatus)”. I am quite envious of anyone that manages to find one of these; I keep searching but haven’t found one yet.  Regards. K

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Trying to identify insect
Location: Organ Mountains East of Las Cruces, NM
January 27, 2011 11:41 am
Photographed this insect in the early Spring, in the Organ Mountains, East of Las Cruces, NM. Photo attached. Brilliant red head and thorax. Wings red with black ”tip”. Antennae and legs black.
Signature: N/A

Net Winged Beetle

Dear N/A,
This little beauty is a Net Winged Beetle in the family Lycidae, and we believe it is
Lycus sanguineus which BugGuide reports from Arizona and New Mexico.

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HUGE bug.
Location: Northern California, hills
January 27, 2011 7:19 pm
Found in Northern California, Bay Area (near San Francisco)
Up in the hills, at the campus of College of San Mateo
Was pretty cold out, but around summer, before fall semester.
I think it’s just some kind of beetle, but I wanna know exactly what kind. It was about 2 and a half inches long, and 1 wide.
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Ponderous Borer

Dear What?
This is a Ponderous Borer,
Trichocnemis spiculatus, which according to BugGuide is also known by the names “Pine Sawyer, Western Pine Sawyer, Spined Woodborer, and Ponderosa Pine Borer.”  The large grubs bore into the wood of the Ponderosa Pine.

metallic blue wasp orange antennae
Location: Maricao, Puerto Rico
January 27, 2011 11:10 am
I saw this wasp in my home land Puerto Rico (January 2011), which I have never seen it before. Hard to estimate the size since I am going by memory, but it was at least 1 inch.
My best guess from browsing images is a blue mud dauber. Coul you please confirm the ID?
Thanks, Raul
Signature: Raul

Spider Wasp

Hi Raul,
We believe this is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae (see BugGuide), but we are unable to find anything online that matches.  We did not have much luck finding any references to Wasps from Puerto Rico either.  The closest we could find on BugGuide is the genus
Entypus, and though we could not find any images, we did find some references that the genus is found in Puerto RicoWe will continue to research this.

Confirmation from Eric Eaton
LOL, Daniel 🙂
Yes, definitely a pompilid, but might even be a Pepsis. …
More later.

Green Moths
Location: Lyle (High Prairie), WA, elev. 1450 feet
January 28, 2011 2:03 am
This green moth appeared in my kitchen last night (the door was open for the dog). These pictures show several views of it. This morning another appeared. Friends think that it is a Pacific Green Sphinx Moth. Is it?
I do have a couple more photos if needed. Thank you,
Signature: Martha M. Hamil

Pacific Green Sphinx

Dear Martha,
You are quite correct.  This is a Pacific Green Sphinx,
Arctonotus lucidus, also called the Bear Sphinx.  You may read more about its habits on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on plants in the Evening Primrose Family, Onagraceae, such as Camissonia, Clarkia, and Oenothera.”  Though primrose has naturalized in the grounds of our Mt. Washington, Los Angeles offices, we have never been lucky enough to see a Pacific Green Sphinx.

Hello Daniel, I had never seen such a moth before in 72 years and now I’ve seen 3; they were unavoidable fluttering about in my house. I can see the larvae chomping away on the evening primrose roots (local farmers consider the evening primrose a noxious weed). The adults are another story; it’s mid-winter here with lows in the low thirties and upper twenties. Nothing seems to be blooming but maybe the adults do not need to servive very long.
My photos don’t do justice to the richness of color and striking appearance. I hope you get to see a Pacific Green Sphinx during the coming year and can admire it in person, Martha M. Hamil

Thanks for the update Martha.