another beetle
Found about 50 of these Junebug type beetles hatching in my large tub of compost dirt this fall. They are about the size of a Junebug but a bit more flat. Anything for our garden to worry about here? We are in SE Texas. Just love your site but can not even fathom the amount of work it takes to maintain it so well. You are doing a great job!

Thanks for the compliment. This is a Bumble Flower Beetle, Euphoria inda. The larvae are often associated with rotting wood, decaying vegetation, and dung, so the compost pile is the perfect breeding gound. You probably witnessed a mass metamorphosis. Adults visit flowers for pollen and nectar, and occasionally do damage to the blossoms.

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I had a great pic of this moth mating but cannot seem to locate it. This was taken in San Luis Obispo, CA / central california. I am used to seeing moths of single color brown, grey but not like this. What is it?

Hi Nancy,
We are sad to not have received the photo of the Painted Arachnis, Arachnis picta, mating. It would have been a lovely addition to our Bug Love page. This is a very common Tiger Moth at our Mt. Washington offices and we often see females laying eggs on our garage. The caterpillars are typical Woolly Bears.

Hi buggy guys!
Your site is so cool!! Anyway, my 2 little kids swear these guys sting or bite…something outside our house does. I am not even sure what it is, and I have seen several of these guys (we live in NW FL, *very* close to the gulf) most of them are a sharp orange color, this one is orange and black. I have a huge viney plant over my back porch, and once a larvae of something (i guessed it was this type bugs baby, it was transparent orange-ish?) landed on my arm, it stung like hell!! Then another night, (it was dark, unable to see) something else landed on me, i guess it is the adult version, as it stung like hell 10x over, a minor local reaction, but a major sting…OUCH! Anyway, what the heck is this pretty orange bug, and is this the species that keeps stinging me??? LOL, thanks so much for your help!!
Good Times,

Hi Paula,
This is a Milkweed Assassin Bug, Zelus longipes. It is a beneficial insect in the garden as it consumes many garden pests. The downside is that it will bite if provoked. The bite though painful, is not serious.

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Is this a sweat bee?
Dear Bugman:
I just found your site and have been really enjoying it. What a fantastic learning opportunity. Recently, my family met with another at a nearby park (in Gilbert, Arizona) so our kids could play, and we were fascinated by some insects that looked like colorful bees that were intent on digging in the playground sand. We called our kids over (keeping a respectful distance from the little workers) so they could see and appreciate these interesting insects. I’ve attached two pictures, nothing shows scale, but they were about the size of honeybees only more slender and a little longer. Can you help us identify them? Our kids are very interested to know what they are. Thanks,
Gilbert, AZ

Hi Stephanie,
This is not a Sweat Bee. It is a Sand Wasp. We wrote to Eric Eaton to see if he could be even more specific, but his response which follows doesn’t get very specific either. "Yes, a sand wasp, but could be one of several different genera (Bembix,
Glenostictia, Stictiella,….) Eric"

These springtails were in a water dish in my hermit crab tank. They maybe still in the larva stage and thought you’d enjoy the image.
Wade Fulp

Hi Wade,
What a wonderful and artful photograph. We are thrilled to post it.

North Florida Insect
I’ve tried to ID these insects, at first I thought it was one of the Redviidae but the head doesnt look right and I have not had much luck finding anything that looks just like these They wereq clustered on wild Nightshade plant( which is eaten) but I have not actually seen these eat the plant. The youngest are very orange and about 1/4 inch, except for the head they do resemble young wheel bugs, as they molt they get darker. One that just molted was light yellow, but I believe it darkened during the day because there were no yellow insects that night. Final size is about that of a thumbnail. Could not get a closer, in-focus picture.
Chris Bittle
Tallahassee, Fl

Hi Chris,
We contacted Eric Eaton and he agrees this is an immature Coreid Bug, but could not be more conclusive as to a genus or species. Eric writes: “I think I collected an adult once, but am still trying to figure out what it is! “

Update: (01/07/2006)
While surfing to find information about Leptoglossus occidentalis, I found this note in a webpage. I am almost sure this is genus Spartocera. Hope it helps.
USDA, taxonomy of Heteroptera