Subject: New Mexico Bagworms
Location: Albuquerque, NM
January 14, 2017 5:19 pm
These bagworm “cocoons” are now very common in the bosque (forest) along the Rio Grande in the area of Tingley Beach in Albuquerque, NM.
They are almost exclusively hanging from the salt cedar AKA Tamarisk on the flood plains adjacent to the river.
Can anyone identify a genus/species for these?
James Hunter
Albuquerque, NM
Signature: James Hunter


Dear James,
Our inability to provide you with a conclusive identification is no reflection on the excellent quality (and aesthetic merits) of your high resolution image.  In the pupal state, many Bagworms look very similar.  We thought that providing a food plant might help with identification, but in attempting to provide you with an identification, the most valuable information we learned on Texas Invasives is that Salt Cedar is an invasive exotic plant, which leads us to believe the Bagworm might not be a native species.

Thanks for your reply.
My very limited research has led me the genus Thyridopteryx; possibly a variation of the species ephemeraeformis.
A quick reference ( notes that for host plants:
Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis can feed on over 50 families of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Common hosts include juniper (Juniperus spp.), arborvitae (Thuja spp.), live oak (Quercus virginiana), Southern red cedar (Juniperus silicicola), and willow (Salix spp.) (FDACS 1983). Other hosts include maple (Acer spp.), elm (Ulmus spp.), pine (Pinus spp.), Indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica), ligustrum (Ligustrum japonica), and viburnum (Viburnum spp.). One of the authors has received unconfirmed reports of common bagworm as an economic pest of Adonidia palms (Veitchia merrillii) in south Florida (S.P. Arthurs 2016).”
Willows are very common in the Rio Grande bosque, and/or these little guys may have adapted to feeding on Tamarisk.
The map on this page ( and the detail (  reports ephemeraeformis feeding on a willow in Albuquerque.  The closest other records are in eastern TX, OK and KS.  Perhaps an “invasion” is in progress.
Thanks again.
James C. Hunter, RG

Hi again James,
Thanks for providing all your research for our readership.  We just do not have the staffing to research every posting as thoroughly as you have done.  That is quite a diverse group of food plants for a single species.

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Subject: What is this insect
Location: Delray Beach, Florida
January 15, 2017 8:57 pm
Dear Bugman:
This insect was found on my front brick walkway close to the yard and to flower bed. It is about 1.5 inches in length and is very well camouflaged. I live in Delray Beach, Florida which is southeast Florida.
Signature: Sally Sperry

Grizzled Mantis

Dear Sally,
The Grizzled Mantis or Florida Bark Mantid is quite difficult to spot when it rests on tree bark.

Subject: Pennsylvania bug
Location: Northeastern Pennsylvania
January 15, 2017 9:33 pm
Washing dishes in my kitchen when this bug buzzed loudly across the room and dive bombed into the water. Water was hot so he didn’t make it. Never saw one before, abdomen has an odd concave shape. Black (or dark brown?) with yellow markings. What is this bug?
Signature: Debbie

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Debbie,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug is a species native to the Pacific Northwest that greatly expanded its range across North America beginning in the 1960s.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often seek shelter indoors to hibernate when the weather cools, which is probably why you found it in your kitchen.

Thank you so much for your help!  I have been bombarded with “stink bugs” this year more than ever!!!  Asian lady bugs are everywhere as well. They are driving me crazy!!!!  So when this new looking bug landed in my sink, I thought, “Here we go again!”  Thank you for identifying it for me. I refer to your site often!  It’s a fantastic reference!!!
Btw….is there any kind of deterrent for any of the above mentioned bugs?  I do not want to spray to kill, I just wish I could discourage them out of our living space better. Our home is an 1815 farmhouse and we are trying to seal up as much as we can. Any advice would be helpful.
Again, thank you for the ID on the bug. I will continue to reference your very informative site!  Have a great day!

Hi again Debbie,
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles and Western Conifer Seed Bugs are all introduced species in your area, and they probably have no natural enemies, hence their ability to proliferate, and they are most likely here to stay.  Short of sealing your house better, we cannot provide any additional deterrents. 

Thanks very much!  Then we will continue to do that!!  Again, j appreciate your help and will continue to enjoy your site!!!

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Subject:  Identification Request
Location:  Reitvlei Nature Reserve, Johannesburg, South Africa
January 15, 2017
Hello Daniel,
I trust this note finds you well.
I need some help, again. Ref subj.! and attached.
I took this recently at the Reitvlei Nature Reserve near Jhb, not the best of photos, but will suffice.
I went back there last Saturday but they were ALL gone.
I thought some Scarab beetle of some description, ( They seemed to be fighting over
mating or territorial rights), but the big green ones
fly around sounding like bumble bees, which they are not.
I understand you are busy , but please let me know when you can.
The tip wilters are slowly growing into fully fledged ones.
I’ll send a pic when I can
Thanks again.

Giant Emerald Green Fruit Chafers and another Scarab species

Dear Gary,
The green Scarabs appear to be Giant Emerald Green Fruit Chafers,
Dicronorrhina derbyana subsp. derbyana, and the smaller brown Scarabs are definitely a different species, possibly the Zig Zag Fruit Chafers, Anisorrhina flavomaculata, which are pictured on iSpot.  In the future, please submit images using our standard form which can be accessed by clicking the Ask What’s That Bug? link on our site.

Subject: Scarab beetle South Africa
Location: South Africa Lowveld
January 16, 2017 11:02 am
Hi. Can you identify this South Africa species? First time I have seen one. I live in the Lowveld in South Africa
Signature: Francois Lloyd

Giant Emerald Fruit Chafer

Dear Francois,
We identified your Scarab Beetle as a Giant Emerald Fruit Chafer, Dicronorrhina derbyana subsp. derbyana, thanks to images posted to iSpot.  According to iNaturalist:  “These attractive beetles are mainly present in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.”

Subject: Reddish brown insect
Location: South GA
January 15, 2017 6:02 pm
This bug was crawling on my friend in the house. I smacked it & then took several photos. I pray it’s not a bed bug.
Signature: G Mix

Bed Bug

Dear G Mix,
We are sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is indeed a Bed Bug.