From the monthly archives: "May 2008"

Shield Looking Green Beetle in Colorado
Hi Bugman,
Great Site! I looked through all of the beetle pages and could not find this. I also googled beetles native to Colorado and mostly what I found was the june beetle and potato beetle. I am stumped? I live on the front range of Colorado and found this guy in our backyard near the flower garden. He flew pretty high but for only about 20 feet at a time. Took picture on May 30th around 6 pm. Thanks for the help

This is Say’s Stink Bug, Chlorochroa sayi. Stink Bugs are also called Shield Bugs and they are True Bugs in the family Pentatomidae, not beetles..

For years I had thought that Solpugids were ‘Vinegaroons’ because when we moved up here (Mojave Desert) that is what we were told. We were also told that they if you were biten by one, you’d taste vinegar for a week or two. I know better now and I am very, very jealous that the Solpugids you have posted on your site are bigger than any of the ones I have seen. I usually only see babies/teens. I was out an hour ago looking at a baby Mantis when I saw this fight going on between a baby Solpugid and some kind of beetle. Don’t know if you will read this but thought you might enjoy this picture anyway. I felt bad for that beetle.

Hi K,
Please don’t have Solpugid envy. Your photo is, we believe, the first we have received of a Solpugid eating. We will also post your image to our Food Chain section. We think the prey is a Ground Beetle, but the photo hasn’t enough detail to be certain.

Very Cool Cicada Picture
This little guy had just popped out of his shell!
Rich Hetzel
Loveland, ohio

Hi Rich,
We are thrilled that you have sent us a photo of a Periodical Cicada, sometimes called a 17 Year Locust. This year Brood XIV will be making appearances in KY, GA, IN, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, and WV.

Please help us if you can!
I live in a condo association. Today we discovered these insects in several of our small pine cone bushes. There are hundreds and hundreds of them in all the bushes. If you could identify this caterpillar or worm I would VERY much appreciate it. Most of them are totally black and smoth and slimy like a snake and about 1 inch in length. Here is a picture: Looking forward to a reply at your earliest convenience! Thank you so much!
Gail Phillips
Bellingham, Washington

Hi Gail,
We believe you need to contact your local Department of Agriculture Insect Pest Control division. Call 360-902-2070 or email because we believe you have the Introduced European Saw Fly, Diprion similis. This introduced species is known in the eastern U.S., but we cannot find any indication that it has become established in Washington. BugGuide reports it as far west as Wisconsin. If you have an isolated outbreak, control might still be possible. The University of Georgia Forest Pests website indicates: “The introduced pine sawfly occurs from Canada to North Carolina, and in the central and lake states. Eastern white pine is its favored host, but it also attacks Scotch, red,jack, and Swiss mountain pines. Infestations of this insect can be very serious in young plantations of white pine grown for timber products or Christmas trees.” Several days ago we received a letter from Michigan regarding this species.

Probable Confirmation: (06/02/2008) Sawfly larvae on Whatcom pines
Hi Gail (and others )
The larvae are likely the European pine sawfly, and yes, the occurrence of the species is the first for Washington State (and Western U.S.). However, the species has been in neighboring British Columbia, Canada, for some time, including areas of the Frasier River delta which is not far from the Bellingham area. Here is a link to information on the B.C. occurrence: I appreciate your interest and efforts to bring the situation to our attention. I am in the process of getting some of the larvae (with help from the County Extension office) to get confirmation of the species and would be glad to let you know if/when that happens. Thanks again for the contact.
Eric LaGasa
Chief Entomologist
Pest Program / Plant Protection Division
Washington State Department of Agriculture

Thanks so much for your Email and information contained therein regarding our occurrence of this recent troubling ‘event’. Yes, we would very much be interested in continuing updates regarding this ‘infestation’. Also, many thanks to for their immediate response to my inquiry in helping to identify this particular species! Sincerely,
Gail Phillips

Ed. Note: The spread of the European Pine Sawfly can be a threat to our Western logging industry as the species is proliferating without natural predators.

Male Ensifera???
Well I believe this is of the suborder Ensifera but I’m afraid I can’t even identify it to family. It was found in the Tinajas Altas mountain range in Yuma county Arizona singing in an Ironwood at night. Any help in identification would be appreciated. Thank You
Scott Trageser

Hi Scott,
We believe that by using BugGuide, we have identified your Katydid as a Sooty Longwing, Capnobotes fulginosus. It is a Shield-backed Katydid, subfamily Tettigoniinae, native to the American Southwest.

Bugs are fun
Hello, I’ve been living in central Georgia for the past four years and I’m amazed by all the different species of insects that are out here. Can you please identify this flying bug for me?

Hi Dan,
We knew it was a fly, and suspected it was a Bee Fly. We quickly identified your Bee Fly as Ogcodocera leucoprocta based on a single photo taken in South Carolina and posted to BugGuide. Joel Kits posted this comment to the BugGuide page: “Nice find! This is Ogcodocera leucoprocta , which occurs from Quebec south through the eastern U.S. to central Mexico. It is one of only two described species in the genus (the other occuring in Texas, Arizona, and Mexico).” We found two additional photos posted on a Bee Fly webpage. There is also a very detailed photo posted to the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification website that is associated with the aforementioned Joel Kits. Since we couldn’t really locate any specific information on this species, which is a new species for our site, we will include this general information on Bee Flies grabbed from BugGuide: “Identification Hairy, often brightly colored flies. Legs usually slender, Wings often have dark markings, held outstretched at rest. Face not hollowed out. Eyes almost touching above, especially in males. Proboscis either short with broad tip, or long and used to take nectar. Hover and dart, rather like syrphid flies. Often seen about flowers. Females sometimes seen hovering over sandy areas, dipping abdomen to oviposit. Range cosmopolitan Food Adults often take nectar (or pollen?). Life Cycle Eggs are typically laid in soil near host. Larvae feed on immature stages of beetles, bees, wasps, butterflies/moths, or on eggs of grasshoppers. Life cycle usually one year in temperate areas. “