Subject:  Patagonian Cicadas
Geographic location of the bug:  Argentine Patagonia
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 07:09 AM EDT
We visit Patagonia regularly to photograph plants. One Cicada species is particularly common on the dry steppe and mountain slopes of central Patagonia in spring and early summer (Image 1 – dark species). The second image (green species) I photographed shortly after emerging from its nymph stage – this one is from northern Argentine Patagonia (Neuquen Province). Any idea of genus / species?
How you want your letter signed:  Martin

Hairy Cicada: Tettigades chilensis???

Dear Martin,
The most obvious, unusual feature exhibited by the Cicadas in your images is their furriness, so we started our search with that in mind and quickly found this Cicada Mania posting of
Tettigades chilensis with the headline “one fuzzy cicada.”  The species is also pictured on FlickR, and we found an image from Chile on Coppermine Gallery.  If that is not the species, we believe we at least have the genus correct.  We suspect your second image is the teneral color of the newly metamorphosed Cicada and that it will darken.  Considering the furriness evident in your image, it would not be a leap to assume they might be the same species.  Thanks for sending in this exciting submission.

Teneral Cicada: Tettigades chilensis???

Hi Daniel,
Many thanks for your prompt reply. It certainly looks to be the same species.

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Subject:  Grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cape May Zoo, NJ
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 07:13 AM EDT
Found him out side an enclosure. Never seen anything like him with his coloring. Just curious if you could enlighten me.
How you want your letter signed:  Squishy

Handsome Meadow Katydid

Dear Squishy,
This pretty guy is a Handsome Meadow Katydid,
Orchelimum pulchellum, and we identified it thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Identification Note white face with brownish to reddish mottling on edges, brown legs, diffuse turquoise stripe on upper sides back along wings. Eyes usually blue–fairly distinctive.”  Those distinctive blue eyes are clearly visible in your image.  This is the first example of a Handsome Meadow Katydid we have received in the fifteen years we have been editing the What’s That Bug? website.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 07:23 AM EDT
Hi Mr Bug Man,
Please identify for us this bug. We found many of them laying on the sidewalk one day during the monsoon season.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Susan


Dear Susan,
Your request has been on our back burner since we received it.  Alas, we have tried unsuccessfully several times to identify this Orthopteran, but it does look familiar to us.  It is quite distinctive looking with its gaudy camouflage markings.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Update:  September 5, 2017
Thanks to Cesar Crash of Insetologia who identified this Katydid as
Parasanaa donovani, a species we had in our archives.

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Subject:  Is this a bee killer
Geographic location of the bug:  Hanover, Pennsylvania
Date: 09/04/2017
Time: 04:17 PM EDT
Is this a bee killer? If so should I be concerned?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks you

Red Footed Cannibalfly

We believe your Robber Fly is a Red Footed Cannibalfly, Promachus rufipes.  Robber Flies in the genus Promachus are commonly called Giant Robber Flies or Bee Killers, according to BugGuide, so you are correct.  You should not be concerned.

Subject:  Milbert’s Tortoiseshell
Geographic location of the bug:  Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Date: 09/04/2017
Time: 03:13 AM EDT
From my research I gather this is a common butterfly, but I though you might be interested in a photo of the undersides of its wings. Almost looks prehistoric.
How you want your letter signed:  Jeanne

MIlbert’s Tortoiseshell

Dear Jeanne,
Your images are quite beautiful.  The Milbert’s Tortoiseshell is not considered a rare species, but we have not received an image since 2011.  Furthermore, we love getting submissions from Alaska.  The Milbert’s Tortoiseshell is considered one of the Anglewing Butterflies, a group that has brown, mottled markings on the underwings that help to camouflage the brightly colored butterfly when it alights and folds its wings near dried leaves and on tree trunks.

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell

Subject:  green beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Indianapolis, IN
Date: 09/04/2017
Time: 07:53 PM EDT
Found this pretty green beetle outside today. It was fairly big, more than an inch long
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah H

Green June Beetle

Dear Sarah,
Though it is theoretically a Fruit and Flower Chafer, this metallic green beauty,
Cotinis nitida, is commonly called a Green June Beetle.  According to BugGuide, their food is:  “Adults: Pollen; ripening fruits, especially peaches; and the fruit and leaves of many shrubs.   Larvae: roots of many plants including: grasses, alfalfa, vegetables, tobacco, and ornamental plants.”