Subject: Photographed in Barbados
Location: Barbados
February 12, 2017 5:47 pm
Hi. Just wondering what this is? Never seen anything like it before in Barbados. Thanks.
Signature: Melanie

Male Carpenter Bee

Dear Melanie,
This is a male Carpenter Bee.  Female Carpenter Bees often look like completely different species as they are even larger, and black with bluish-black wings.  Only identified to the genus level Xylocopa,  though erroneously called Bumble Bees on the Barbados Pocket Guide, this description is provided:  “These early morning foragers are commonly known as carpenter bees because of the way in which they build their nests. A process that involves burrowing holes in dead trees, branches, stumps and/or old timber. They use their broad, strong mandibles (jaws) to chew into their chosen future homes. Inside, they form pollen/nectar loaves upon which they lay their giant eggs. The female mixes her saliva with sawdust to form strong partitions between each egg cell.”  Images of both a female and male
Xylocopa mordax are pictured on the Bees of Greater Puerto Rico, and we speculate that might also be your species.

Thank you! Normally the bees commonly seen there are black bumble bees or the honey bee. No one had actually seen this one before. I appreciate your prompt response.
M. Bannister

Hello again Melanie,
We suspect that what you are calling a black bumble bee is actually the female Carpenter Bee.  The golden colored males are not a long lived, which is probably why they are not seen as often.  Here is an image of a pair of mating Carpenter Bees from our archives.

Thanks! I meant to put bumble bee in quotation marks…as that is what it is usually called there. 🙂
The female bee is the one usually seen on the island.
Thanks again! So great to have it properly identified.
M. Bannister
*Being true to yourself is better than being a liar just to impress everyone*

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Subject: Cricket in Turkey
Location: Turkey , Olu Deniz, Aegean Area (coastal)
February 12, 2017 12:09 pm
Hi, I was hoping you could identify this bug.
These were taken in May 2010
Signature: Ian Smith

Female Saddlebacked Bush Cricket

Dear Ian,
How marvelous that you were able to provide us with images of both a female (with the curved ovipositor at the tip of her abdomen) and a male Saddlebacked Bush Cricket in the genus
Ephippiger, probably E. ephippiger.  According to Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, they are from a very primitive lineage.

Male Saddlebacked Bush Cricket

Wow thanks Daniel for that very prompt reply !
I assumed it was a cricket but I haven’t been able to find an image online which even comes close to looking like mine (colours).  I guess there must be lots of “flavours” ! J
Thanks again

Subject: Request for insect identification & control instructions
Location: Alberton, Johannesburg, South Africa
February 9, 2017 7:09 am
Good afternoon Bugman,
We have a very big problem with the insects in the below photos, and the problems keeps escalating very quickly. It is a very big concern, as they are busy taking over our whole yard and they leave their sticky residue on everything.
Can you please have a look at the photos and see if you know what this is, and if possible give me some instructions on how we can get rid of them?
The start out like the larvae on the left of the photo , and then become beetles like the one on the right of the photo.
In the bottom photo you can see a whole lot of them together in their various stages of development.
Signature: Filna Heymans

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larva and Pupa

Dear Filna,
It is quite interesting to us that you are concerned about the larvae and pupae of these Lady Beetles, but you have not mentioned the winged adults.  We strongly suspect that these are the early stages of the invasive Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles,
Harmonia axyridis, but we had to verify their occurrence in South Africa on iSpot where we discovered the most awesome Clime Lab logo posted by who is “studying the thermal biology of the alien ladybird Harmonia axyridis (harlequin ladybird, multi-coloured Asian lady beetle) in South Africa and their observations will be useful for determining microclimates.”  The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle is a threat to native Lady Beetle species in North America because the invasive species is so prolific, and it will prey on native species.  They get quite numerous and they frequently cause homemakers to fret when they enter homes to hibernate in great numbers as the weather begins to cool  Though we recognize the threat they make to native species, alas, What’s That Bug? does not provide extermination advice.  

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle Larvae and Pupae

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Subject: Praying mantis eats giant asain hornet
Location: In Asia.
February 11, 2017 4:06 pm
Last July me and my bros were playing video games and when we came outside to chill out a hornet flew in our home!. Then when we were
Trying to swat the wasp with our ps4 controller he flew in to this manties territory and he captured it with ease. So I took some photos.
Then at the end it was decapation.
Signature: Imb

Mantis eats Asian Hornet

Dear Imb,
We love your images of an Asian Mantis feeding on an Asian Hornet, however we do have a few questions we hope you are able to answer.  Asia is a huge continent.  Are you able to provide a city or country?  You indicated that the hornet flew into your home and that it flew into the mantid’s territory.  Was the mantis a pet?  Thanks for your contribution and your clarification of our questions.

Mantis Eats Asian Hornet

Mantis East Asian Hornet

Subject: Bug ID
Location: Bois Blanc Island, MI
February 9, 2017 1:07 pm
Last July, on an inland hike on Bois Blanc Island, MI we discovered swamp milkweed covered in these insects. I have zero idea what they were and had never seen them before. But curiosity has the best of me and I would like to know what they were if possible.
Signature: B. Dunn

Fungus Gnats, we believe

Dear B. Dunn,
At first we thought these might be March Flies, but they do not feed and most insects attracted to milkweed blossoms do so because of the rich nectar they provide.  We then entertained they might be Soft Winged Flower Beetles, but that did not look correct, so we contacted Eric Eaton for assistance.

Eric Eaton provides a possible identification.
These remind me of dark-winged fungus gnats, family Sciaridae, but I cannot tell for certain from this one image.

Ed. Note:  This BugGuide image supports Eric Eaton’s identification.  Though BugGuide does not provide any information on adult food preferences, BugGuide does contain some images of adult Dark Winged Fungus Gnats feeding from blossoms.

Fungus Gnats, we believe

Subject: 2 bugs to identify
Location: Petaluma, CA
February 7, 2017 11:38 am
These are 2 bugs that I saw in my garden March 2016. Please identify them for me. Thank you so much!!
Signature: Sharon Risedorph

Molting Snakefly

Dear Sharon,
This is an Earwig, and it appears to be injured.

Thank you so much Daniel!!!
All the best,

Eric Eaton provides a Correction
Hi, Daniel:
Female snakefly trying to shake off the pupa molt.

WOW!!  Thank you!