Freaky Bug
Location: San Antonio, TX
May 7, 2011 8:46 pm
We see this bug occasionally at a friend’s ranch. Can you tell me what it is and if it’s dangerous at all? We live in Texas and it’s currently in the 80s and sunny on a regular basis.
Signature: Kas

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Kas,
Despite its formidable looking mandibles, the male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.  The female with the smaller but more practical mouthparts might bite if carelessly handles, but she too is considered harmless.

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Any idea what this bug is?
Location: Potton, Bedfordshire, England
May 8, 2011 6:39 pm
Hi there, just wondering if you could tell me what this bug is?
I had stayed out last night and my girlfriend was in on her own, which is probably why this little fella decided to strike!
Apparently it flew in through the window and ended up in our bedroom lamp, and proceeded to bash around frantically until stopping like it was dead. My girlfriend had tried to get it out by pointing the lamp to the window but it seemed like it was stuck and was not moving so she left it outside today until I got back. I went to move it just now and it started moving around a little. It actually seemed to be clinging to the lamp shade, or perhaps it’s feet stick to that kind of material? I don’t know, I won’t pretend to be an expert 😉
Anyway if you could shed some light on it that would be great!
It’s probably
Thanks 🙂
Signature: Charles Beeching

Cockchafer

Dear Charles,
This May Beetle,
Melolontha melolontha, is commonly called a Cockchafer or Billy Witch.  Your query is the second letter we received today from the UK requesting its identification.

Strange looking creature
Location: Slovenia, Central Europe
May 8, 2011 5:30 pm
Hello,
I had this interesting looking bug wander into my house the other night. It was about 1-1.5cm big and sort of clumsily moving. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’d really like to have it identified. The pictures aren’t really the best quality because it kept moving around but hopefully they will suffice. Thank you!
Signature: Ana

Harvestman

Dear Ana,
This unusual Arachnid is one of the Harvestmen in the order Opiliones.  A few months ago, we needed assistance from some experts to identify similar looking Harvestmen from Crete as members of the family Trogiuidae.

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ant type insect with black wings
Location: Lexington, KY
May 7, 2011 1:11 pm
as of yesterday, I have many of these on both of my cars and walking along the front of my painted brick house and my neighbors stone house. (I live in Lexington, KY) Thanks for helping me to identify these and possibly assist me in treatment to use if they are destructive.
Signature: Diane Davis

Picture Winged Fly

Dear Diane,
The Picture Winged Fly,
Delphinia picta, is a common species that according to BugGuide:  “Breeds in decaying organic matter, such as compost.”  Perhaps you have a compost pile or a newly fertilized lawn that is causing the significant numbers of Picture Winged Flies near your home.

Picture Winged Fly

Big green moth/butterfly
Location: Southeast Iowa
May 8, 2011 9:53 am
Found this on my shed this morning. About 4×4 inches, bright green. Can you tell me what it is? Just lovely!
Signature: shaylyn

Luna Moth

Dear Shaylyn,
You have been lucky enough to encounter a Luna Moth, a species unlikely to be confused with any other North American moth.

Since I love butterflies and moths, this made my day! What a lovely thing! And in Iowa! I understand that’s a bit rare. Thanks for your reply, maybe I should have purchased a lottery ticket!
Sherry

Hi again Sherry,
Luna Moths seem to either be very common in parts of their range, or virtually absent.  They require a habitat with needed food plants.  They are represented on this Iowa State University Horticulture web page, and BugGuide does report other sightings from Iowa though that does appear to be the most westerly range at your latitude.  There are more southern sightings as far west as Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

 

Toxomerus geminatus
Location: Toledo, OH
May 8, 2011 1:40 pm
Hello! Just gettin’ in to bug season here in Ohio, and identifying this little beauty took me quite a while. I was just convinced he was a bee! I’m pretty sure he’s Toxomerus geminatus, but could possibly be Toxomerus marginatus. I just don’t have the eye to tell yet. Tiny little guy!
Signature: Katy

Flower Fly

Dear Katy,
We believe that your identification of this Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae as
Toxomeris geminatus is correct.  We are linking to the BugGuide page for additional reference.