Well, I was going through my bookmarks on my work computer today and
thought I would check the What’s that Bug site and lucky me, you’re
back! I thought the site had disappeared. I use your site occasionally
to look up insects, and may one day send a photo if I ever get stumped.
I occasionally id insects with my job, and insect id is also a great
hobby, keep up the great work!
Rene Simon,
Placer County Agriculture Department

Thank you for the nice letter Rene
We don’t plan on going anywhere. We have free web hosting and continue to exceed our monthly traffic quota about mid month. Since we do not have advertising, and don’t really want to pay additional money for a labor of love, we do disappear on occasion

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Hello, this bug was found boring through the plaster in my wall last night. What kind of bug is this? It left a hole about .25″ in diameter. I just moved into a newly constructed home in a newly constructed community last week. I live in Modesto CA, which is in the Central Valley and it is an agricultural area. It is possible this bug may not be from this area at all. It may have come along with the building materials the builders used. Can you tell from this picture what type of bug this is and if it is male or female. I am kind of concerned about whether or not this bug could of laid eggs inside my wall. If you need other pictures I will try and take some better ones. This one that I took is through a plastic zip-lock bag that I have the bug in. Also, the white powdery stuff on the bug is probaly the plaster from the wall.
Thanks so much !

Dear Chris,
It looks to me like you have a Pine Sawyer, probably Monochamus titillator. Members of this genus are usually over an inch in length. The first antennal segment has a scarlike area near the tip. The antennae of the males are sometimes twice as long as the body, while females have antennae about as long as the body. Your specimen looks like a female. They feed on evergreens, usually on freshly cut logs but they may sometimes attack living trees. They also bore into felled trees where the female lays eggs. I’m guessing your specimen has been boring in the pine of your home since the tree was cut. You really don’t need to worry about being infested at this point. Sometimes adults may emerge years after the eggs were laid.

My letter pertains to the Praying Mantis section and the included requested identification of the ‘Mantid From India’. The mantid is a male Gongylus gongylodes, or Wandering Violin Mantis. I came to this conclusion based on the long and pronounced antennae (much larger in males) and the long wings (cover the body and look capable of flight). Here is a link to a picture of a male: http://www.jjphoto.dk/animal_archive/gongylus_gongylodes.htm While I’m sure that positive identification is always difficult when dealing with foreign insects, enough of my friends have raised these that I feel confident that Gongylus gongylodes, is the species you’re looking for. Awesome site by the way, I visit frequently.

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I have a question. What is he and what do I feed him? I found him in
my back yard in Iron Station, NC. He was in the grass by a water
spicket. A mowed yard surrounded by several 100 inhabited woods. I
live in the country. He is very active in late day, night and seems to
be eating grass. His glowing is bright and is 24 hours a day. He is
very beautiful. I would like to know what to feed him so I don’t hurt
him. I am keeping him in a aquarium.
He is slightly fleshy segmented and seems to fold within himself but not
as much as a grub worm or as thin as a centipede. He is around 2.2
inches long when open all the way up and with around 12 segments. His
head is dark gold, triangle shaped with several short antenna and tiny
pinchers. He is very active and glows beautiful neon green in between
each segment and on his side is very bright glowing dots below each neon
strip. Gorgeous when he moves. Absolutely reflects on the grass around
Is it a larva or a worm?
Thanks for your help in identifying him. I think he is unique.
Thank you.
Ivy Baker

We are currently trying to help Ivy identify her beetle grub.

Update:  May 12, 2014
This posting is over ten years old, and in that time, we have gotten much better at identifying the myriad creatures sent to us for identification.  We just received a comment indicating that Michael saw an individual glowing.  Despite two comments identifying this as a Glowworm, we never really updated the actual posting, so we are remedying that now.


I was excited to find your site. It’s very useful and well done. Today I was looking at my apple tree and found these little guys on a leaf. Thinking that they are ladybugs I thought I would put them under a rose bush since it seems that a caterpillar tent has hatched right there without my knowing it until now. And there’s lots of aphids too. I looked up ladybugs and found that their larvae looks different than the little ones in this photo. Do you know what these bugs are?

Hi Anna,
You are correct, they are not Ladybird Beetles. They are True Bugs, Hemipterans. We can’t give you an exact identification. It is hard to identify the specimen in immature stage. There is a Family of True Bugs known as Red Bugs or Stainers, Pyrrhocoridae. They are described by Borror and Delong as "elongate oval bugs that are usually brightly marked with red and black. … They are phytophagous and gregarious." In other words, they are ravenous plant pests. They are common in the South.

I found this beetle(?) on my back patio by my sliding glass door. I am extremely scared of bugs, any type, but I have never seen anything like this before. I live in South Florida (Port Saint Lucie) my backyard has a canal with a lot of trees and bushes. It looks to be around 25 mm in length, it is redish brown with long antennae that curl around and touch the ground. Sorry about my description, I try to stay away and know as little about bugs as possible. The picture may not be great but I was scared to get too close. I have attached it. Let me know if you need a better one and I will try my best.
Thank you, Kim

Hi Kim,
What a beautiful Long Horned Borer you have. The species is Prionus imbricornis. These are large reddish beetles. Your species is a male, identified by his longer, thicker antennae. Larger specimens can reach nearly two inches in body length. The larvae bore in oak, chestnut and other hardwood trees. They also live in roots of herbaceous plants.