New Species???
Location:  Juno Beach, Florida
August 12, 2010 3:59 pm
Hi, I recently discovered what I think is a new species of brine shrimp. I found it in June and am now glad to have found this site. I found it in some seaweed at the beach. I saw you guys had a crustacean section. I’m not sure exactly how professional you guys are but if this is indeed a new species and you are true professionals can you please help me classify it or something? Thank you.

Gleaner Shrimp

Hi Roman,
We consider ourselves to be professionals and we conduct ourselves in a professional manner, but we do not have a degree in entomology, nor in any of the natural sciences for that matter.  We are not experts in the identification of arthropods.  We do not recognize your shrimp and the photographs are not ideal for illustrating the morphology of the creature you have discovered.  Actual inspection of the specimen would be needed to determine if this is a species new to science.  We would suggest contacting your local natural history museum for assistance in the identification of your transparent shrimplike creature.  We will post your letter and image and perhaps one of our readers will recognize this fascinating looking marine invertebrate.

Karl supplies an answer
Hi Daniel and Roman:
I would definitely defer to an expert on such creatures but I think this may be a Cleaner Shrimp (Hippolytidae), possibly in the genus Tozeuma. Members of the genus go by a variety of names (arrow, toothpick, gorgonian, needle, sawblade and razorblade shrimp, for example), and they are more or less globally distributed. There are three identified species along the USA Atlantic coast; T. cornutum, T. carolinensis and T. serratum. They are typically attached to eel grass and similar marine plants, as well as gorgonians or coral, where their cryptic coloration and slender shape help them to hide. As Daniel suggested, you should probably seek out someone with real expertise, but I believe this is the right track. Regards. Karl

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Atlas Moth found in Canada
Location:  Strait of Georgia, British Colombia Canada
August 13, 2010 1:39 am
The attached photos are of an Atlas Moth that landed on the bow of the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship on 8/7/2010. Thanks to your website I was able to identify it. Even though these guys are native to SE Asia this one managed to get blown to Canada, Strait of Georgia, B.C. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos. The moth landed in a crew only area of the ships bow and I had to use 380m telephoto and the blow it up some more.

Atlas Moth in Canada!!!

Hi Jim,
Despite the poor quality of your image, this does appear to be an Atlas Moth, and as you indicated, it is a Southeast Asian species, so it is considerably off course.  We would discount your theory that it flew or was blown to Canada.  We can think of two very plausible explanations.  Since cruise ships travel around the world, it is not inconceivable that the caterpillar found its way on board and formed a cocoon, emerging thousands of miles from its native habitat.  Atlas Moths are also raised in captivity, and people can purchase cocoons.  Perhaps one of the passengers wanted to create a sensation and released the moth onboard.

Atlas Moth Takes a Cruise

What is this? Prehistoric??
Location:  Indiana
August 12, 2010 2:21 pm
Hi, I was outside waiting for a friend, I was leaning on my door frame, and I felt a like pinch or sting, and so I stood up and this is what I saw!!
I live in Indiana, it has been in the high 90’s all week, we have had some rain this summer and high humidity.
I have some pics for you, this bug is about 1/2 inch long nmd maybe same wide, probably not as long..
Please let me know if you can, thanks!
Heather Kreeger

Decapitated Head, but from what???

Hi Heather,
We believe this is a decapitated head.  It looks similar to the head of a Preying Mantis (see BugGuide), but not exactly.  We will contact Eric Eaton for assistance.  We suspect the body of this insect was eaten by a predator.

Update:  We believe we figured it out after sleeping on it.
August 13, 2010
It looks like the head of a Cicada (see BugGuide).  Perhaps a bird feasted upon the body and left the head behind.  Cicadas have piercing and sucking mouthparts, and it is possible that there were still some nerves active, and though the Cicada was “dead”, the head was still able to bite.  Though Cicadas are not considered to be biting insects, we have received reports in the past that a person has been bitten, and it was reported to be quite painful.

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Two Tanzanian Bugs
Location:  Treetops Safari Camp, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
August 12, 2010 7:40 pm
While walking to our tree house accommodations at the Tree Tops Safari Camp in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, my daughter found these two intertwined bugs. What are they Bug Man?

Spider Wasp with Prey

Dear AJ,
This is a spectacular safari image.  Your daughter is quite an accomplished photographer.  Does your daughter have a name, or is she just your daughter?  This is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, and the spider is most likely a Tarantula.  Spider Wasps are phenomenal hunters.  The female Spider Wasp locates a Spider and battles with it, generally winning.  The Spider is stung on the belly and is paralyzed but still alive.  The Spider Wasp then drags it back to a prepared burrow or excavates a burrow on the spot and buries the Spider after laying a single egg.  The egg hatches and the larval wasp feeds upon the comatose spider, eating it alive.  That ensures that the meat of the spider will remain fresh.  The Spider Wasp Larva feeds on non-vital organs first, and the spider eventually dies.  Only the female Spider Wasp hunts as the male who has no stinger is incapable of stinging.  The prey of Spider Wasps usually includes Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders, but in Australia they feed upon Huntsman Spider and some species of Spider Wasps prey upon Wolf Spiders.  The Spider Wasps are generally species specific when it comes to prey.  Adult Spider Wasps feed upon nectar and they are frequently seen on blossoms.

Bug Man…my daughter’s name is Kryss.

Thanks for that update AJ.  We have an issue with our friends and colleagues introducing their mates and or relatives at social events as “my wife” or “my boyfriend” or even “my mother” and our response is always the same.  “Does your wife (boyfriend or mother) have a name? or is she (he) just your wife (boyfriend or mother)?”

Tanzanian Beetles
Location:Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, East Africa
August 12, 2010 6:08 pm
Hi, Bugman!
While traveling in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Africa in July I came across these beetles doing 360’s in a pond. Please identify what they are.
AJ aka photographer of the Puddling Caper Butterflies in Mali, Africa, November 2009

Whirligig Beetles

Dear AJ,
It was quite astute of you to recognize these aquatic insects as beetles.  They are in fact Whirligig Beetles in the family Gyrinidae, and we are quite excited because we believe this is the first image we have received from this family.  Whirligig Beetles can’t help but bring a smile to our face when we see them whirling rapidly in circles on the surface of a pond or slow moving stream.

August 13, 2010
We neglected to indicate that Whirligig Beetles are not limited in geographic range to Africa.  They are also found throughout most of North America and in other parts of the world as well.

red footed cannibalfly
Location:  southwest ohio
August 12, 2010 10:58 pm
i saw this last year and thanks to your website, and having it the bug of the month, i know what it is now! this was taken last week of august 2009.

Red Footed Cannibal Fly

Hi again BIBEF,
We are happy to hear you were able to identify your Red Footed Cannibal Fly thanks to our Bug of the Month posting.  It appears to be eating a Bumble Bee.