Subject: grasshopper?
Location: Kakata, Liberia, west Africa
May 14, 2016 11:20 pm
This beautiful insect landed on our door and stayed a while. It flies. A science teacher here thought it was a grasshopper, but we’re wondering as it doesn’t seem to have those “hopper” legs. Thanks!
Signature: Lynn

Oleander Hawkmoth

Oleander Hawkmoth

Dear Lynn,
You were correct to doubt the science teacher.  This is an Oleander Hawkmoth, a member of a distinctly different insect order than a Grasshopper.  The normal range of the Oleander Hawkmoth has increased sigfnificantly with the cultivation of oleander as a flowering garden shrub.

Oleander Hawkmoth

Oleander Hawkmoth

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Subject: Strange little bug
Location: Eastern North Carolina
May 13, 2016 10:02 am
Found these bugs next to front door handle. There were three of them about the size of a tick. Thought at first it was a spider but only six legs. They look like they may have just hatched out cause there are what look like egg sacks next to them. Found them yesterday at about 04:00 PM on a sunny afternoon and the temperature was around 80.
Signature: Brian

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Brian,
These are immature Leaf Footed Bugs, and based on this BugGuide image, we are very confident they are
Acanthocephala terminalis.

Subject: Beetle Identification by photo
Location: Westmoreland, NY. USA
May 12, 2016 8:46 am
Hi! I was gardening in Central New York last Saturday (May 7th) and had a visit from a small gold and black spotted beetle I hadn’t come across before. I am including a photo to help with identification
Signature: Kodi Sylvester

Leaf Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Dear Kodi,
Your Leaf Beetle is in the genus Calligrapha but we are not sure of the species.

Thank you so much for your research. I appreciate your time and expertise. And on a fun note, I am a calligrapher as another of my hobbies besides gardening, so how appropriate that this beetle should find me!

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Subject: What’s this little fellow?
Location: Eldorado Canyon State park, CO
May 12, 2016 3:49 pm
Hi! My boyfriend and I went for a hike in Eldorado Canyon State park, CO and saw this little cutie! I’ve searched all over the Internet with searches like “fancy ladybug”, “White beetle with violin markings”, and pretty much anything I could think of, but never saw a single one of these! I hope you can help me out!
Signature: Amber

Leaf Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Dear Amber,
Your Leaf Beetle is in the genus
Calligrapha but we are not sure of the species.

Subject: Big pine key FL- sudden preponderance of…?
Location: Big Pine Key FL
May 14, 2016 8:05 am
About a week and a half ago these guys started appearing in our house in the keys.. They are very attracted to light and their numbers increase at night. Is it a long horned something? They have a little yellow near head but are otherwise black- see picture. Thank you 🙂
Signature: Yara Mojena

Unknown Longhorned Borer Beetle

False Blister Beetle

Dear Yara,
We concur that this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, but we are having trouble providing you with a species name.  We will contact Eric Eaton and Arthur Evans to see if either can identify your Longicorn to the species level.

Correction Courtesy of Arthur Evans
This is a false blister beetle (Oedemeridae), Oxycopis thoracica (p. 365 in BENA).

Ed. Note:  According to the book Beetles of Eastern North America by Arthur V. Evans:  “Adults on flowers of palmetto (Sabal palmetto), New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanum), aster (Seriocarpus), etc.”  Additional images are available on BugGuide.  Of the family, BugGuide notes:  “Most abundant along the coast and in moist wooded habitats. Adults of some species are nectar and pollen feeders and often found on flowers. They are also found resting on foliage or in moist, rotten logs. Larvae develop in moist, decaying logs, stumps, and roots of hardwoods and conifers, including wharf pilings and driftwood.”

Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Leland NC
May 13, 2016 5:35 am
We found this bug on our front porch last night at the base of a flower. Can you please identify what it is.
Thanks.
Signature: Joe Calla

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

Dear Joe,
We believe we have correctly identified your Dung Beetle as
Dichotomius carolinus thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “A big, black or blackish-brown, and bulky dung beetle. Note prominent striations on elytra, though these are often partly filled with dirt. Pronotum distinctively shaped. Vertex of head has short, blunt horn in male” and the horn is visible in your image indicating your individual is a male.  You may enjoy this Gizmodo Dung Beetle Article on Dung Beetles.

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle