Bug query
Hello. We’ve found 2 of these bugs in our home so far. they resemble cockroaches with an elongated snout. They fly. Do you have any idea what they are? We have found them upstairs in our spare bedroom and our computer room in the window sill. They are apx 3/4 inch long. These were the best pictures that I could take. Thank you very much. I have looked on the ‘net to get an idea as I live in the lower mainland of BC. We have not found any in any food areas. We keep our kitchen clean. They have been found during the daytime. Thank you very very much.
Heather Lee

Hi Heather,
We have good news. They are not cockroaches, nor are they household pests. They are Coreid Bugs, also known as Leaf-Footed Bugs. They suck the juices from plants with that elongated mouthpart, and they are probably just seeking a place to hibernate inside your home. They will not infest your house.

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Unidentified Caterpillar
I need help identifying this really neat caterpillar I found here in SW Michigan. It is about 2 1/2 inches long and seems somewhat similair to some larvea of the Antheraea family. I would like to try and raise it and was wondering if it needs to eat now and if so, what should I feed it?

Sorry Joanna,
The best we can do is agree it is one of the Giant Silkworm Moth caterpillars, Saturniidae. It somewhat resembles a cecropia moth and it somewhat resembles a cynthia moth, but it doesn’t look exactly like either. We will keep trying to positively identify it.

Do you have an id for this one?
Checked through your website with great interest, but didn’t find my caterpillar there. This guy lived on a yellow blossom lupin branch this last Spring in Bodega Head (northern California above San Francisco). I’ve been unable to identify the pretty thing. Got any ideas? Sure would appreciate your help.
Thanks, Alice Steele (San Francisco)

Hi Alice,
The best we can do is tell you it is a Wooly Bear caterpillar, the larva of a Tiger Moth. Sorry it is so general.

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black caterpillar with a red horn
We saw this caterpillar along side the road in British Columbia. I went through most of the sites that you’ve linked to on your page, but I think this guy’s out of range for those sites.
Any ideas?
Lea Ann
p.s., I also included a pretty clear picture of what I think is a Common Clear-Wing Moth… (Taken in Mayo, Yukon)

Hi Lea Ann,
WE have been trying unsuccessfully to properly identify your unknown black sphinx caterpillar with the red horn. We will continue to try. Your Hummingbird Clearwing Moth is a welcome addition to our site as well.

(01/01/2005) Ed. Note: We have just identified the black sphinx caterpillar thanks to this site run by Bill Oehlke. It is Hyles gallii, the Bedstraw Hawk Moth or Gallium Sphinx (wingspan approx. 75 mm). Hyles gallii ranges coast to coast in Canada and southward along the Rocky Mountains into Mexico. It is also widely distributed throughout Europe and Asia.

What is this bug?
I am glad I found your site and think this bug looks similar to the Western Conifer Seed Bug. Because of the shadow, you can see the ridged shoulder. Can you help us?
The Choe Family

Dear Choe Family,
Yours is the second fabulous Wheel Bug, Arilus cristatus, photo we received today. The Wheel Bug is a type of Assassin Bug. It is predatory on insects, but is capable of giving a person a painful bite if mishandled.

Hi there bugman, It’s Amy again. I just wrote a rather wordy letter a little while ago. Well, I had to write you another letter after browsing the website a bit more. The part about the worst bug stories ever, and itching…I can tell you from personal experience (unfortunately) that the bugs causing big red itchy bumps on the skin in the one womans story about her three kids very well could have been "body lice". I know, sounds gross. I was sixteen when I got them from kids I babysat. Their mother had a very hard time trying to identify what was going on, even finding a bug to begin with was difficult. When we finally found the buggers, they were all over the bed underneath the sheets. We had to do the "magicians swipe" of the sheets to catch anything before they scattered. They look like ticks. I brought one to my dermatologist and he identified it as a body louse. The treatment is just like for headlice…pretty much, but you have to leave the lotion on for 24 to 48 hours then shower, and wash everything and spray mattresses and couches, etc. Pretty nasty experience, but I suspect that’s probably the problem this woman had with her children. I would encourage you to try to find a pic of a body louse, as well as other types of lice, so that people can try to identify them if need be. Talk about nasty bugs with no earthly good use…ick

Thanks for the tip Amy. Body Lice are not fun and should have professional attention. We only post photos supplied by our readers, but we will gladly post any images of Lice that come in..