From the monthly archives: "August 2012"

Subject: Bug
Location: Singapore
August 24, 2012 1:07 am
Dear Sir,
I live in Singapore, and I found this but that look as carry pieces of wood on his back the size is +- 2-3cm crawling on the wall but have king of string connect as a spider.
I gave him a name Xpus just sound cool 🙂
thanks in advance.
Signature: Bug


Hi Frank,
This is a Bagworm in the family Psychidae.  We located an Ecological Observations in Singapore Blog posting of Bagworms that has one image that somewhat resembles the head of your Bagworm.  We cannot be sure they are the same species.  Bagworms construct their bags from pieces of the plants they feed upon.  The bags act as camouflage and protection.

Subject: Beautiful bee or a blue tail fly?
Location: Auburn, NJ
August 23, 2012 9:25 am
This regal creature somehow managed to find it’s way into my kitchen, where I discovered it hanging on a coffee mug the other morning. I got the camera and managed one clear focused shot before I gave her a lift outside. In sunlight the tail end appeared almost a translucent green, which I’m sorry I can’t show.
I’ve been scanning here and at bug guide, but can’t even determine if I’m looking at a bee or a wasp or a fly? The antennae and eye shape suggest one thing, the body size another. Any clue you could offer? I don’t recall ever seeing another like it.
Signature: Creek Keeper

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear Creek Keeper,
This jewel-like creature is a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae.  The females lay eggs in the nests of other hosts in the order Hymenoptera to which they also belong.  We suspect that each species of Cuckoo Wasp is very specific as to its host, though we are not sure if it is limited to species, genus or family.  We also have problems differentiating one Cuckoo Wasp from another at the species level, though they are quite distinctive as a family.  According to
BugGuide:  “Most species are external parasites of wasp and bee larvae; one subfamily (Cleptinae, one genus, Cleptes) attacks sawfly larvae, another subfamily (Amiseginae) the eggs of walkingsticks.”  BugGuide further clarifies:  “Some species are parasitoids and others cleptoparasites. Either way the host larva dies” and then further clarifies “Parasitoids feed on the larva of the host and cleptoparasites ‘steal’ the host’s food. The food-stealing behavior of cleptoparasite species resembles that of the cuckoo bird and gave rise to the cuckoo wasp’s name. Hosts of parasitoid species include bees, sphecid wasps, potter wasps, sawflies, silk moths, and the eggs of stick insects. Cleptoparasitic species feed on provisions of sphecid wasp nests, which may include dead spiders, true bugs, aphids, or thrips.”

Subject: Seattle Bed Bug
Location: Seattle, WA
August 23, 2012 12:15 pm
For about a week, my wife and I were getting bites all over our bodies. First we thought it was mosquitos, but our friends, (grown) children and neighbors were not getting nearly as many bites per day. Yesterday, I combed through the sheets of our bed and found two live ones less than 1mm each. Their bodies are translucent and you can see that there is blood inside. Found it! Now curious to know what it is.
Signature: Scratching in Seattle

Bed Bug

Dear Scratching in Seattle,
Based on this photo on BugGuide, this sure looks to us like a Common Bed Bug,
Cimex lectularius, though we cannot say for certain that it isn’t one of the other species in the Bed Bug family Cimicidae.  You might want to get professional assistance, especially since you found two and they appear to be not fully grown.

Thank you. We are getting it professionally taken care of. Greatly appreciate your help.

Subject: What on earth is this bug?
Location: Midwest United States
August 23, 2012 2:14 pm
I suspect this is a weevil of some sort? It was photographed by a friend of mine in Chicago in August.
Signature: Tara

Large Chestnut Weevil

Hi Tara,
This is one of the Nut and Acorn Weevils in the genus
Curculio, and we suspect it is the Large Chestnut Weevil, Curculio proboscideus, based on the photos posted to BugGuide which states:  “Females chew holes through the bur and into the nut to make a suitable place in which to lay eggs. Each female lays about 25 eggs which hatch in about one week. Larvae feed 6 to 10 weeks then chew their way out of fallen nuts and enter the ground where they spend the winter and spring. Larvae pupate in late spring and early summer. Adults begin to appear about the first of August.”

Subject: What is this?
Location: North East England
August 22, 2012 10:24 am
Hi there bugman
When getting my washing in from the line I noticed this beetle on it when I got in the house but can’t seem to identify it. Can you please let me know what it is.
Thank you
Signature: Julie Lee

Red Legged Shield Bug

Hi Julie Lee,
It was not until we went through the BugGuide images three times in vain that we realized you submitted a Stink Bug photo from England and not North America.  We then quickly identified this Red Legged Shield Bug on British Bugs where it is described as:  “A large brown shieldbug which has orange legs and slightly hooked projections at the front of the pronotum. The pale spot at the tip of the scutellum varies from orange to cream.”  
British Bugs also states that the Red Legged Shield Bug, Pentotoma rufipes, is:  “Widespread and common across Britain in wooded areas, orchards and gardens. “

Subject: Western Tiger Swallowtail
Location: Seabeck, Washington
August 22, 2012 11:23 pm
I see you are looking for photos of the Western Tiger Swallowtail. I am not a bug expert, so I can’t be 100% certain I have the right butterfly. However, I have attached one of my better images for your consideration. Please contact me … if I can provide other and/or higher-resolution images.
Signature: Jade

Pale Swallowtail

Hi Jade,
This is not a Western Tiger Swallowtail, but we are quite thrilled to post this other underrepresented species on our site, and we would also gladly take higher resolution images.  This is a Pale Swallowtail, Papilio eurymedon, also known as a Pale Tiger Swallowtail or Pallid Tiger Swallowtail.  This is a west coast species.  You can read more about it on BugGuide.