Differential Grasshopper?
Just inches from the milkweed bugs… sunning itself on a brick wall…. I have tentatively ID’d as a differential grasshopper? I couldn’t find a close match on your website so I searched Bugguide. I’m assuming I am wrong, as I live in a Chicago suburb and there are no crops nearby… yet we already have drought, so maybe another plague has arrived?
Jill A

Hi Jill,
Nice research job. BugGuide is great. We agree with your assessment that this is a Differential Grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis. They are found throughout the U.S. in grasslands and open woods. They feed on grasses which I’m sure you have in the suburbs, and they will also damage crops and even eat fruit. They do not migrate, unlike locusts, but they can still be very destructive.

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What’s That Caterpillar
Hey WTB!
We found this little dude climbing on our neighbor’s driveway. It has the most interesting looking face; the black markings almost looks like some kind of Japanese or Asian theater mask. Our 6-year old boy says it looks like a “ninja caterpillar”. We looked quickly through your 2005 caterpillar pics but did not see anything that looked like it. So what’s that bug (caterpillar)?

Hi Dave,
You didn’t see your caterpillar on our site because it is a new species on our site. We have been wanting someone to send in an image of The Laugher, Charadra deridens, for some time now just because we love the common name. The Laugher is a Noctuid Moth which includes cutworms and Owlet Moths. The caterpillar feeds on the leaves of beeches, birches, elms, oaks, and other broadleaf trees.

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Attached is a photo of a caterpillar taken at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia on Sept 30th, 2005. It was found on a water plant growing at the edge of a pond. We have been unable to identify it and would appreciate your help. It has retracted the front part of it’s body.
Thank you.
Diane Salman

Hi Diane,
I know our site is out of control, but we try our best to make it user friendly. We have three caterpillar pages. There is also a search engine that works quite well. This is a Banded Sphinx, Eumorpha fasciatus.

Dear Mr Bugman,
Thanks for helping me identify a few Bugs. I am quite impressed with your collection of photographs. You have helped me acquire quite a bit of knowledge, Thank you! Hopefully you may be able to use these Ant Photo’s I’ve included. Maybe they will help someone else along the way. These ants were almost a half inch long, in southwestern Colorado, close to Ridgway. Elevation about 8200 ft. Late August. Carpenter Ants? I’m also glad that I’m not alone in the bug lovin’ world. Afterall they don’t eat much. Some think I’m nuts, as I’ve reared a few spiders . Orb Weavers and Widows. Rather fascinating and contrasting web construction. Both very strong silk. I would love to help you add to your collection of photos. If your so inclined. Thanks again!
All the Best with Kindest regards,
Brad Stolte
Spring Valley, Ca

Hi Brad,
Thanks for the nice letter. We are proud of our photo collection, but have to give all the credit to our readership. Now, regarding your ant identification. First the discaimer: We find it very difficult to possitively identify ants. That said, we believe we found a match by turning to BugGuide. This could be the genus Camponotus. We will post and drop Eric Eaton a line to get a confirmation.

Beetle Ant?
Dear, Whats That Bug,

Hello, my name is Joshua and I need some help identifying this bug. It looks like it is half beetle, half ant, and is about an inch and a quarter long. I live in Huntsville, Alabama attached are some pictures that i took of the bug. Note: The large yellow spot is part of the pin I used to hold the bug.

Hi Joshua,
We feel the pain being endured by the poor impaled False Bombardier Beetle, genus Galerita. These are Ground Beetles and they are predatory. They are not at all harmful to you or your pets or your lovely beige carpet.