big yellow bug with big black eyes, wait, red eyes
Location: Williamsburg, Va, USA
May 3, 2011 2:48 pm
Hello! Last night I was sitting on my patio with my dog. I was waiting for her to do her business when I heard her sniffing at something. Usually, she would go on about her business but she just kept sniffing at something. So I went to take a look and saw this big yellow bug, a little over two inches. It has a larg abdomen and six legs. On top of it’s head, at first, I thought to be two large black eyes. I looked from another angle and saw that it infact had two red eyes and that the black dots were perhaps a sort of defense pattern. What I found most strange were the slightly transparent, yellow, soft leaf/petal like elements, one on each side of the head that almost looks like a collar. I took a hand shovel to push it a little so test its reaction and it did little to nothing. I tried aggravating it a little so it would walk onto the shovel so I could throw it over the fence. Since I do not know what that insect is capable of, perhaps poisonous if injest ed, I did not want my dog to eat it. Thanks for answering!
P.S. I apologize for the blurryness. I was using my cell phone camera with night vision, it’s very hard to keep absolutely still. I didn’t want to miss the chance of capturing an image.
Signature: Curious Bugger

Periodical Cicada: Brood XIX

Dear curious Bugger,
Despite the extreme blurriness of your photograph, we are quite confident that this is a newly emergent Periodical Cicada thanks to your vivid verbal description.  It is also a member of Brood XIX, the Great Southern Brood, which appear every 13 years and is profiled on this website.  After spending 13 years underground as nymphs, when the soil temperature reaches 64ºF, the mature nymphs rise to the surface en mass and metamorphose into adults, usually at night.  Because their emergence is based on soil temperature, they generally appear in the southernmost reaches of the range first, and as warmer weather reaches the higher latitudes, so do the appearances.  Here is a map of 2011 emergence records.  If you are lucky, you will be treated to one of the most unique and unusual of insect sightings, the mass emergence of thousands of 13 Year Cicadas whose ear-splitting mating calls will fill the trees for about 6 weeks.  During that time, they will provide a bounteous meal for birds, reptiles and mammals that will gorge themselves on the fatty morsels.  They are also considered a delicacy for entomophages of the human sort.  Here is a photo from BugGuide of a newly emergent, teneral member of the Great Southern Brood.  Its wings should have expanded and hardened and its body should have darkened several hours after its emergence.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your informative response.  So those are the guys that won’t be quiet, ha ha.  Thanks again for the links.

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Metallic Ground Beetle From China
May 3, 2011
Hello Bugman,
I spotted this beautiful baby on a bug hike last week. She (or he) was running, quickly, along a dry, concrete drainage ditch around 2:30 in the afternoon. The area where I was hiking is right at sea level. My guess is it’s some kind of ground beetle; a caterpillar hunter, maybe. But I am having trouble narrowing it down to species, especially because there seem to be very few online insect ID resources for amateurs for China and Eastern Asia. And, for obvious reasons, my Kaufman guide to North American insects can only take me so far. I would very much appreciate any help you can give. I did look through the Carabidae of the World website but did not have much luck. Thank you so much!
Marian Lyman

Ground Beetle

Hi Marian,
You are positively correct that this exquisite little metallic beauty is a Ground Beetle.  Your photos have exactly the kind of details that should enable an expert with the correct resources to key it out to genus or even species level.  Maybe Mardikavana will be able to assist us with this identification.

Ground Beetle

This beauty is most likely Carabus lafossei or some related species.

Metlaic Green and Brown Beetle
Subject: Metlaic Green and Brown Beetle
Location: Zion National Park Utah USA
May 3, 2011 10:14 pm
I found this guy in Zion National Park. The beetle was aproxamatly 3/4” to 1” in a desert location, but close to water.
Signature: Just Curiouse

Little Bear

Dear Just Curiouse,
We are positively thrilled to post your photo of a Shining Leaf Chafer in the Tribe Rutelini known as
Paracotalpa granicollis which we identified on BugGuide.  The Data page on BugGuide indicates that Utah is part of the range of this lovely little Scarab.  We learned from Eric Eaton back in 2008 when we posted photos of a specimen from Oregon that we had misidentified that Paracotalpa granicollis is called the Little Bear.

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Big bug

Longicorn: Morimus funereus

Big bug
Location Serbia
May 3, 2011 7:35 am
Hello, please help me with this bug. Length is 4-5cm. Location – Avala forest near Belgrade (Serbia), 2 days ago. Bug is very slow (or scared:) I already uploaded more pics on my imageshack account, ty. Igor

Longicorn: Morimus funereus

Dear Igor,
We haven’t the time at the moment to research this magnificent Longicorn, but we can tell you it is one of the Long Horned Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae.  Perhaps one of our readers can scour the internet for a species name today.

Longicorn: Morimus funereus

bug ?
Location: south charlotte, nc
May 2, 2011 10:07 pm
i have find this set of eggs and babies on the leaf of honeysuckle and don’t what there are?
Signature: Rita

Stink Bug Hatchlings

Hi Rita,
These are immature Hemipterans, and they sure look like newly hatched Stink Bugs in the family Pentatomidae to us.  You can compare their appearance to examples on bugGuide, though we could not find an exact match.

Unkown bug eggs
Location: NW Georgia
May 1, 2011 5:41 pm
I found these eggs on my onions. It’s late spring here and I have no idea what kind of bugs will hatch from them. I was hoping you could help. Thank you.
Signature: LDMS

Leaf Footed Bug Eggs

Dear LDMS,
These are the eggs of a Hemipteran, and often exact species identification of eggs is difficult.  We believe these eggs belong to a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae based on this image posted to BugGuide.