From the monthly archives: "November 2018"

Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California
Date: 11/08/2018
Time: 04:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, my family found a blue and white striped caterpillar and this website is the only place that jas a picture of it we would love your help.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you for your time and consideration, Emily Quick

Prickly Pear Borer

Dear Emily,
This Caterpillar looks familiar to us, and we suspect we have previously identified it somewhere in our archives.  It reminds us of a Carpenter Moth Caterpillar in the family Cossidae, but we cannot substantiate that suspicion at this time.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in this identification.

Prickly Pear Borer

Update:  November 21, 2018
Thanks to a comment from Karl, we have identified this Prickly Pear Borer.  According to BugGuide other common names include:  “banded cactus borers (larvae of junctolineella and subumbrella) and blue cactus borers (larvae of dentata and prodenialis).”

Prickly Pear Borer

Subject:  What’s this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Outer Eastern Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date: 11/08/2018
Time: 06:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman, just wondering what these are. They are swarming a chilli bush. I’m thinking they’re predatory, but I’m not sure.
How you want your letter signed:  Andy G

Beautiful Cockroach Nymph

Dear Andy,
This is a Beautiful Cockroach nymph,
Ellipsidion australe, and though it is not a predatory species, it is also not a species that will infest homes.  According to the Brisbane Insect site:  “Not all cockroaches are ugly. This Austral Ellipsidion Cockroach looks beautiful. Its body is orange-brown to dark brown with white patterns. Its thorax is dark brown with a good looking yellow around the edge. The cockroach adult is winged, with brown forewings covered the black and white abdomen. Male and female look almost the same. Nymphs have the similar body structure except wingless. …They are very good runners.  This Cockroach  is active at day time, running openly on the leaves and flowers. Most other cockroaches are scavengers, they feed on almost everything. We are not exactly sure what this Austral Ellipsidion Cockroach feeds on, but they are always found on plants, seldom on the ground. They are believed feeding on pollen, honeydew and mould fungus. 

Subject:  what is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oakland CA, when air quality dangerous due to fire smoke
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 02:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this in a 2nd story laundry room which is not damp.   It was on a white quilt and appeared to be alone.  it is very very smokey outside due to distant forest fires and we wondered if that may have driven it inside?
How you want your letter signed:  pearl

Snakefly Larva

Dear Pearl,
This is a Snakefly larva, a harmless predator that is not normally found indoors, though we do not believe the fire was a factor in you finding it indoors.

Subject:  Crab spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Killeen, Texas
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 07:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This looks like a crab spider. Found this beauty on my kitchen counter at O-dark thirty! Startled me but then I spent a good 5 minutes trying to get an adequate picture.
How you want your letter signed:  Michelle in Killeen, Texas

Crab Spider

Dear Michelle,
This is indeed a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae, but we are not certain of the species.  Crab Spiders are not considered dangerous to people.

Subject:  Crazy cool bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Kenmore, WA
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 07:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen under a chestnut tree in Sep 2016. Saw two them, they were docile and slow.
How you want your letter signed:  Season

Oak Tree Hopper Nymph

Dear Season,
This is an immature Oak Tree Hopper and we are intrigued that you found it under a chestnut tree.  According to BugGuide:  “Fairly common on deciduous and evergreen oaks,
Quercus spp.”  According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension pdf on the species:  “Essig (1958) reported that he collected a freshly hatched colony from a cultivated chestnut tree (presumably in California).”

Subject:  Bug from outer space?
Geographic location of the bug:  North central Florida -Alachua Co
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 10:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Unusual fellow here – we can’t Id – help please .  Beneficial bug?
Photo taken late October.
How you want your letter signed:  Always Learning

Big Legged Bug

Dear Always Learning,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, is native to Florida and definitely NOT from outer space.   Because of the orange tipped antennae and your location, we believe it is Acanthocephala terminalis.  You can check BugGuide to verify our identification.