Cricket?
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!
Suzanne

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.
Sincerely,
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
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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 !
Chris

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.

(04/26/2006)
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.
Ian

Hi,
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
him.
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.