From the monthly archives: "October 2017"

Subject:  Monarch butterfly predator
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 10/30/2017
Time: 06:11 PM EDT
This bug is eating my monarchs.  What kind is it and what can I do to  prevent them attaching my monarchs.
Many thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathryn e

Western Leaf Footed Bug: Monarch predator?????

Dear Kathryn,
We need some clarification.  How do you know these Western Leaf Footed Bugs,
Leptoglossus clypealis, are feeding upon your Monarchs?  Are they feeding on adult Monarchs or Monarch Caterpillars?  Leaf Footed Bugs are not known to be a predatory family.  Furthermore, they would not be feeding upon milkweed which is the only place they would encounter Monarch Caterpillars.  We seriously doubt your claim which is why we would like to know details.  The Western Leaf Footed Bug can be distinguished from other similar looking members of the genus by the presence of a spine on the head known as a tylus, a feature pictured on BugGuide.

First let me thank you for taking the time to help me.  I know you and others volunteer your time for which, I am very grateful.  I am new to studying Monarchs as I have started planting milkweed, caring for eggs, larva, and butterflies, releasing Monarchs here in AZ, and documenting data with the SW Monarch Study for the last two years.  This is my first foray into bug identification and study.
Thank you for letting me know the name of the bug and I am glad to know he is not a predator.  I have an abundance of aphids, Assassin bugs, and green lacewings so there is much going on in the garden.
Thank you so much for volunteering your time, it is truly a gift.
Kathryn Elsaesser

Thanks for responding Kathryn,
If we are understanding your response correctly, you merely suspected this might be a Monarch predator and you have no actual first hand observations of any predation.

Yes, that is correct.

Subject:  Beautiful Ladybug
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Date: 10/29/2017
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Hi there,
I failed to identify this bug, I have found on a palm leave in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It  ‘s size is about other lady bugs. Can you identify, please?
How you want your letter signed:  Johannes Oehl

Eight Spotted Flea Beetle

Dear Johannes,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, and based on the hind legs, we believe it is a Flea Beetle in the tribe Alticini.  It is identified as
Omophoita sp. on the Las Cruces and Wilson Botanical Gardens Costa Rica 2010 Smug Mug site.  It is identified as Omophoita cyanipennis on FlickR and on Jungle Dragon it is called an Eight Spotted Flea Beetle.

Eight Spotted Flea Beetle

Hello Daniel
Thank you very much for the identification work!!!!
Feel free to visit my website

Subject:  Can you help me identify this caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 09:49 PM EDT
Photographed this tiny dinosaur like caterpillar in the campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, India.
How you want your letter signed:  Bug Identified

Common Rose Caterpillar

We were immediately struck by the resemblance your Caterpillar has to the North American Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, so we decided to research that lead and found images of the Common Rose Caterpillar, Pachliopta aristolochiae, on Wikimedia Commons that look exactly like your individual.  Images of the adult Common Rose are pictured on Butterflies of India.  The entire life cycle of the Common Rose is also pictured on Butterflies of India.

Common Rose Caterpillar

Subject:  Giant Cricket or Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Broken Hill
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 07:20 PM EDT
I found this guy last night in the laundry room but my mums dead set on saying it’s a giant cricket, i think it’s a giant grasshopper myself, it’s about 7 cm long and the antennae puzzle me with being so long, all the images I’ve seen of grass hoppers they don’t have as long as this one.
poor things missing part of it’s leg.
can anyone identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Hayden Crowley

Striped Raspy Cricket

Dear Hayden,
We are going to have to agree that mum is more correct than you are.  This appears to be either a Striped Raspy Cricket,
Paragryllacris combusta, or a closely related species.  According to the Brisbane Insect site:  “Striped Raspy Crickets are also known as Tree Crickets. Adults are dark brown to pale brown in colour with fully developed wings. They have very long antenna, all legs are spiny.  They hide in nest on tree during the day. Their nest is usually two board leaves hold together by silky material. They are well known for their ability to find the way home after foraging distance away. ”  It is also pictured on Atlas of Living Australia.

Striped Raspy Cricket

Wow thnks a lot, I was starting to agree with mum, the feet and antennas felt off eventho it had a body simular to that of a grasshopper, the only other crickets Iv’e seen are common ones that look completely diffrent.
Hayden Crowley

Subject:  Large Insect – Central Oregon
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Oregon
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 10:21 PM EDT
This big ol’ bug was found outside on the ground.
How you want your letter signed:  NA


Giant Water Bugs in the family Belostomatidae are frequently called Toe-Biters.

Subject:  Moth with transparent triangles
Geographic location of the bug:  Panama, Cerro Punta
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 01:39 AM EDT
Just sharing this beauty Rothschildia orizaba
How you want your letter signed:  Mr

Giant Silkmoth: Rothschildia species

Dear Mr,
According to the World’s Largest Saturniidae site, there are six similar looking Giant Silkmoth species from the genus
Rothschildia found in Panama.  While this might be Rothschildia orizaba, we are leaning more towards Rothschildia fabiani.

Very interesting, thanks for the clarification