Odd Texas buggy
Location: Keller, Texas…on the sidewalk
May 13, 2011 4:54 pm
Absolutely no idea what this little weirdo is. Looks like he’s got pieces of dead ants on his back. I figured just sending a letter for this one would be a lot easier than looking through the entire website. 😉 This is the second time I’ve ever seen one of these, the first time being several years ago.
Signature: confused insect fan

Lacewing Larva

Dear confused insect fan,
This is the Larva of a Lacewing.  They often carry the debris of their prey on their backs as a means of camouflage or protection.  We love that you took one photo from the bottom, showing the insect more clearly.

Lacewing Larva

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Beautiful Golden Beetle
Location: Columbia, Maryland
May 13, 2011 9:48 am
Dear ”Bugman”,
Today my son found a beautiful bright metallic gold beetle with the most intricate design on it’s wings in our house. I HATE bugs but this one was quite pretty. It was the size of a ladybug. The design almost looked like a lace design. It had a black head and it had red wings. I looked up other pictures on the internet of tortoise beetles and they didn’t quite look like what we saw. Maybe you can help? I have never seen anything like it before.
Signature: Jennifer

possibly Dogwood Leaf Beetle

Dear Jennifer,
This is one of the Leaf Beetles in the genus Calligrapha.  It most closely resembles the Dogwood Leaf Beetle,
Calligrapha philadelphica, which is pictured on BugGuide, or the Common Leaf Calligrapha, Calligrapha multipunctata, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  Our money is on the Dogwood Leaf Beetle because the markings on the individual in this photo on BugGuide most closely resemble the markings on your individual.

Thank you!  I did figure it out later in the day yesterday.  I figured it was a Calligrapha multipunctata which eats willow trees I guess?  But the one you stated Calligrapha philadelphica definitely makes sense.  The picture I took did not do the beetle any justice.  It looked like it had been spray painted a beautiful metallic gold.  And it had maroon colored wings under it’s gold wings.  I have never seen one before.  Very pretty!

Strange fly from Texas
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
May 13, 2011 8:19 pm
I have recently noticed a few of these flies on my apartment patio that I have never seen before. They started appearing the last week in April. I haven’t seen more than 3 at any one time, usually only one is hanging around. They are not scared easily and I was able to get VERY close to take pictures without any problem. Seems like they appeared after some recent heavy rain, but I’m not certain there is a connection. Please help me identify this insect, I have more pictures if needed. Thank you for your time.
Signature: Robert E.

Snipe Fly

Dear Robert,
Though we were unable to locate an exact visual match, your fly has the necessary characteristics for us to deduce that it must be a Big Headed Fly in the family Pipunculidae which is profiled on BugGuide.  The identification description is:  “Hemispheric head almost completely made up of the huge compound eyes. Body usually black. Wings tend to be elongated and to be narrowed at the base. Antennae are aristate and the (usually long) arista arises on the dorsal side of the antenna. Dissection of genitalia normally required for identification of species.”  We eagerly welcome our readership to either confirm or make a correction to our identification.

Update:  June 28, 2014
Thanks to a comment, we now know that this is a Snipe Fly,
Chrysopilus basilaris, which can be viewed on BugGuide.

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Is this Locust Pupa
Location: West Central Illinios
May 12, 2011 2:36 pm
I have some leaves composting in my front yard , Flipped the bag and these I think Locust Pupa ?? Not Sure??
Signature: Teresa

Cicada Nymph

Dear Teresa,
Only insects with complete metamorphosis have a pupa, and Cicadas have an incomplete metamorphosis.  The life cycle of a Cicada includes a period of time underground as a growing nymph.  In the case of the Periodical Cicada, the period of time underground may reach 13 or 17 years, hence the common name 17 Year Locust.  This is a Cicada Nymph, and it is likely about to transform into an adult, which is why it is on the surface.  We just posted a photo of a Brown Thrasher feeding on a Cicada Nymph, though the angle of the prey in that photo made identification somewhat difficult.  Your photo shows the immature Cicada quite nicely.  Since your photo has come quite early in the year, and since Brood XIX is about to emerge in Illinois, we suspect this is an immature 13 Year Cicada from Brood XIX.  Periodical Cicadas appear earlier in the year than Annual Cicadas which generally emerge in July and August.

Big Green Beetle
Location: Enid, Oklahoma
May 12, 2011 3:50 pm
Hi! I found this beetle on our front porch at dusk a few nights ago. We live in Enid, OK. My son and I are wondering what type of bettle it is and what we can feed it. Would greatly appreciate your help! Thanks so much!
Signature: luvmyrorys

Fiery Searcher

Dear luvmyrorys,
This magnificent beetle is a Caterpillar Hunter known as the Fiery Searcher,
Calosoma scrutator.  It has a ravenous appetite and it is instrumental in keeping caterpillar populations under control.  You will need to capture many caterpillars to keep it well fed and you may be better off releasing it back into the wild to fend for itself.

Georgia bug id needed
Location: Savannah, Georgia
May 12, 2011 6:07 pm
During a visit to my Dermatologist in Savannah today, he asked if I knew bugs. I asked why, to which he responded by having one of his nurses fetch a cup containing the bug in the attached photo. He explained that the patient before me had this insect in her hair, causing the doctor to almost have a seizure!
Hopefully my finger being in the pictures will help you get a sense of scale.
I’ve searched and haven’t been able to identify it, and would appreciate any leads you might have for me.
Thanks in advance…
– Marty Walsh –
Signature: – Marty Walsh

Immature Wheel Bug

Hopefully I caught you before anyone wastes any time on my inquiry.  While waiting for a reply, I started wandering around your site and found a photo of exactly my bug.  https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/06/02/immature-wheel-bug-3/
Seems my dermatologist had a patient with a Wheel Bug nymph in her hair.  Lucky patient to not get bitten!
Thanks for a great resource!
– Marty Walsh –

Dear Marty,
We are thrilled that you were able to self identify your immature Wheel Bug since our mailbox is currently clogged with identification requests and we haven’t the time to attend to them all.  We are also terribly amused with your experience at the dermatologist’s office.