Subject: Large winged bug with pinchers
Location: Torrington, CT
July 9, 2017 1:05 pm
Hi Bugman,
We saw this bug crawling around on a rooftop bar last night. It apparently had been hanging around on the umbrellas and plants.
Any idea what it is? It looks prehistoric. Very cool.
Signature: Amanda C

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Amanda,
The mandibles on this female Dobsonfly are indeed quite impressive, and she defends herself quite well with them if she feels threatened.  The male Dobsonfly, on the other hand, has impressively large mandibles that are not really functional.  He uses them to battle other males and to impress female Dobsonflies during mating.

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Subject: Feathered Fly
Location: Minnesota
July 9, 2017 12:16 pm
This little guy is sitting on my patio door here in Minnesota. He doesn’t move. I have not seen a bug like this before or at least one with its wings open like this. I’m curious to know what it is.
Signature: Becky O

Plume Moth

Dear Becky O,
This is not a feathered fly.  It is a Plume Moth, a member of the family Pterophoridae, and upon glancing through BugGuide, we believe we may have identified the species as
Geina sheppardi.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on wild grape (Vitis).”

Subject: Identify a bug
Location: Princes Risborough, Herts
July 9, 2017 9:20 am
Can you help please?
I was wild camping in a wood near Princes Risborough, Hertfordshire last night and this beast fell out of a tree onto my mate’s arm.
Do you know what it is?
Incase this isn’t clear from the pics, this is his wrist, so the bug was about 6cm long. It seemed to rear up??
Many thanks
Signature: Ben Marwood

Lobster Caterpillar

Dear Ben,
Though it looks nothing like a typical Caterpillar, this Lobster Caterpillar is actually the immature form of a Moth in the family Notodontidae.  According to UK Moths:  “This unassuming species gets its English name not from the adult moth, but from the remarkable crustacean-like appearance of the caterpillar.”

Dear Daniel,
Thankyou so much for your reply. Was it unusual to find in the UK/Princes Risborough? I’ve Googled and seen a Japanese one that looks very similar
Best regards
Dear Ben,
The Lobster Caterpillar ranges throughout Eurasia, from England to Japan.  There are several British sites that include the
Lobster Moth Caterpillar, including UK Safari.
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Subject:  What’s Eating my Woody Plant?
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
July 8, 2017 6:47 PM
I have several woody plants in my garden and I am very concerned with them being eaten by insects.  What is this on my plant?
Signature:  Constant Gardener

Gray Bird Grasshopper Nymph

Dear Constant Gardener,
This is a very young Grasshopper nymph and considering your location, we suspect it is a hatchling Gray Bird Grasshopper.  Though this nymph is quite small, adult Gray Bird Grasshoppers get quite large, with a wingspan well over four inches.  According to BugGuide, they feed upon:  “Apparently a wide variety of plants” and “Apparently overwintering primarily as eggs, hatching over an extended season from spring to late summer (perhaps hatching is related to rainfall events?), and maturing from late spring till late summer or early autumn. Some adults overwinter, and perhaps nymphs too (?).”  There appears to be a notch chewed off the leaf upon which this little Grasshopper is resting, which is a good indication it is feeding off your “Woody Plant”.  Since Gray Bird Grasshoppers are not limited to a single plant species as food, you can probably safely relocate this individual if you are concerned about your “Woody Plant” being eaten.

Gray Bird Grasshopper Nymph

Facebook Comment from Jennifer
LOL…. all I see is pot! lol
oh wait… now I see it! lol

Facebook Comment from Michael
I know, they keep saying that. I’m like, damn, just grow some balls and say marijuana.

Subject: Spider or Beetle??
Location: Raleigh, NC
July 8, 2017 9:55 pm
Seen in a backyard in Raleigh, NC. on July 8th, 2017. Is it a spider or beetle?
Signature: Doesn’t matter

Trapdoor Spider

This is a harmless, male Trapdoor Spider in the genus Ummidia, which you can verify by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.

Subject: jewel scarab of some sort?
Location: Ecuador, Pichincha province
July 8, 2017 5:23 pm
Hi. I saw this beetle in the cloud forest of Ecuador but have been unable to identify it. I’ve narrowed it down to some variety of jewel scarab (Chrysina sp.). Perhaps you could help me?
Signature: Camille

Scarab Beetle

Dear Camille,
We will post your image of a male Scarab (note the antennae) and attempt to determine a genus and species identification for you.  Perhaps Cesar Crash from Insetologia will recognize this Scarab Beetle.  We looked at the genus
Chrysina on the Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles and no pictured individuals have a scutellum shaped like the one on your individual (see BugGuide where it states: “The scutellum typically forms a small posteriorly-pointing triangle at the base of the folded wings”), so we are not convinced that genus is correct.  This image of Calomacraspis haroldi on the Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles has a scutellum shaped like your individual.  Following that lead regarding the subtribe Anticheirina, we believe your Scarab might be Dorysthetus taeniata, which is pictured on the Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles.

Thank you so much Daniel! You are right about the shape/size of the scutellum. I noticed it but didn’t know what it was called or how to search for that difference. You are probably right about the genus Dorysthetus, but I’m not so sure about the species of Dorysthetus taeniata (at least compared with the photos I can find online). There is a lot of green edging on the scutellum as well as the insect’s nose area and eyes. Also, you can’t see it as well in this photo, but there are 4 light-colored spots along the very back sides. This is close enough for my labeling purposes although if you find out more, I would love to know for sure.
Thanks again!
Camille Lamoureux