Hey Bugman,
I found this bug in the house this morning. I live in Boise Idaho and I have never seen one of these before. It looks like a "Rolly-Polly", but was MUCH faster, and did not curl up into a tight ball. This is the only one I found. I tried to look it up on the internet and also in the National Audubon Society Field Guide with no luck. Can you help me out???
Ryan J
Boise ID.

Hi Ryan,
You are correct. It is a type of Isopod, a Crustacean, and is related to the common Pill Bugs you know as Rolly-Pollies. They generally do not do any damage unless they are very plentiful.

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So we found 3 of these in the soil of our vegetable garden. In case location info helps, we live in Orange County, California about 4 miles from the beach and our soil has a lot of clay. The only things I’ve seen large enough to come from this are what are commonly called tomatoe worms here, or potato bugs. We saw a couple potato bugs in the garden last year but I haven’t been able to find any information about their life cycle, so I guess my question is two-fold: what is this chrysalis, and if it’s not a potato bug, what is the life cycle of a potato bug?

Hi Linda,
You have a pupa from the Tomato Hornworm, also known as the Tobacco Sphinx, Manduca sexta. The large green caterpillars you find on your tomato plants bury themselves in the dirt and pupate into the form you have dug up. They emerge as large moths, lay eggs and begin the cycle again.

I can’t tell you what a find you were on the internet. Today, I was photographing insects on milk weed. I found six different insects. These three are not in any of my books. I think this is a tree cricket of some kind.
They where in Orland Grassland in Orland Park Illinois.Thanks again… you are great!

Hi Suzanne,
This is a nymph stage of a Long Horned Grasshopper, probably the subfamily Conocephalinae, known as Meadow Grasshoppers by Borror and Delong and as Cone-headed Grasshoppers online. Our best guess might be Conocephalus dorsalis, a Short Winged Cone-headed Grasshopper which we found photographed as an adult female on Angelfire. Your photo is of a young female because of the ovipositor.

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Hi Bugpeople,
First off ,I am soooo not into bugs. I cant stand anything creepy crawly. I caught a bug in my office today crawling on the wall. I thought silverfish but came to find it is a house centipede. I live in Missouri and this is the first one I have ever seen. I looked for awhile and until I found your site almost gave up.I put you in my favs for future reference. But I have to tell you I have been looking at your site for well over an hour now and have never felt so creeped out.I could swear I keep feeling stuff crawling on me. And that spider/nastycreepycrawly thing from the Middle East OMG I would surely die of a heart attack if ever I saw one in person. Thanks for giving me something else to have nightmares about.
Tina Brewer

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

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.