Recent Comments Received (Selected)

Here are some of the comments recently submitted to this website. All comments where the submitter leaves and e-mail address will receive a reply.  E-mail addresses in these comments have been removed.

6/12/15

Message: Can I send you a picture so you can help me identify it? They are living in my foundation. I have searched and can not find any info. Answer: yes, but please use the submission form here: http://askanentomologist.tamu.edu/insect-id-form .

6/11/15

Message: Any chance you could help me identify an insect? Looks like an ant but has no antennae. Ant body, but head has a bulbous or beaked nose. Black and red body and the wings are also red and black. Answer: It might be a velvet ant (wasp), but please submit a photo.

6/9/15

Need help getting rid of these beetles I've found six of them in the past two weeks on a living tree in my back yard. My contact info is xx.xxx.  I live in San Antonio,Texas. Answer: Molly Keck, our entomologist in San Antonio, contacted the requester and the area horticulture agent visited the property and made recommendations. 

6/8/15

I found the beetle and ant I needed, however you DO NOT have the name next to the picture so it did absolutely NO good to find them on your site! I have pics of them on my phone, I would like to know what type of beetle and ant I'm dealing with please. The ants are 1 inch long. The beetle is about 4 inches long. I would also like to have a spider identified that my kids found in on our back porch. We live in Crystal City Texas. Answer: when connecting from a mobile device, a small white dot will appear in the lower right hand side of a photo. Click the dot and the explanatory text will appear. Yes, this is not always apparent. 

6/2/15

Message: I am writing to thank you for providing such a valuable service. I have successfully identified insects through this site 3 times now living in central Texas, so I felt I should comment. This is a great source of information. Whoever runs this site should make it more clear how users can support its continuation. Keep up the good work! Answer: Thank you!

5/28/15

Message: Looked under common spiders and identified it quickly. Great tool. I guess this site is for ID purposes only? I didn't see where I could then further look up the details of my find.... Answer: The website is strictly for identification and a snippet of information. The fear is that too much information will impede the identification process. Additionally, there is so much information on the internet that once an identification is made then it is easy to find details about the insect. 

7/28/14

Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: Ironclad beetle--first time for me (Wimberley TX) Lots of very efficient "poop-rollers" in my backyar)d, so this guy was much more flashy than what I had previously seen!

7/23/14

Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: I did not find what I came here looking for, but I found quite a few others that I have seen but was unsure of what they were so thank you!

I don't think this is the right ace to ask a question, but since I don't have a picture yet I thought I would try...I noticed today that a cluster of small trees in my backyard looked like they had been whacked by the weed eater, but upon looking closer, there are bees coming in and out of the splits in the bark. The trees are not dead, they are all alive. My question is, are these honeybees, and if so, if we leave them alone, will they leave us alone? If they are honeybees and won't bother us, then I am fine leaving them be. However if they are an aggressive type, I would opt to have them removed. The part of the tree that they are in is low to the ground, not on a branch, but it appears that they are using the existing splits in the tree...there are no holes that I can see like a carpenter bee. Anyway, any help you could provide would be much appreciated, and I will try and take a picture tomorrow once the sun is out again. Thanks!

7/7/14

Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: The insect I am curious about climes up the side of my bed and I've never seen anything like it. It was reddish brown with grey wings and black eyes and had antennae that looked like a fern, can you please identify it?

Response to message: I think this was a glowworm beetle adult. We have had several of these come in this year. Here is a link to glowworm images .

7/3/14

Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: On occasion have found solitary ensign wasp in my home. Usually dead. Did not take note of time of year or frequency, but have seen a number of them over years. I live in a small town in the Rio Grande Valley of southTexas. We have a lot of Palm trees here which harbor roaches and it is common for them to find their way into homes - difficult to totally keep them out. I have always found the ensign wasps to be interesting and delicate creatures. I will now have a greater appreciation of them. Thanks very much for helping me identify my little friend.

6/21/14

Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: I put in new sod in April, sod contained large number of insect that looks like chinch bug nymph, but hundreds will get in dog feces and eat and break down, that are small blackish brown with white stripe going across middle of body. We do have damage to sod, I have thatched and done measures to control but do not know what I'm dealing with. I have never heard of chinch bug eating dog feces.

6/18/14

Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: I found an elongated diamond shape worm with a glowing tip about half inch long. What caught my attention was the bioluminescent glow from its tail. Just wondering what kind of insect it might be? Sorry no picture. I live just to the southeast outside the San Antonio area.

6/16/14

Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: Hello... I did find the insects I am interested in; but didn't find their common names. One was the Ironclad Beetle (Southwestern). The other is about 2 to 3 inches long, black in color, and has Really Large Pincers. I seem to have an invasion this year, (June 2014); and I've lived here over 30 years. I'm wondering if it's due to the drought. We're all curious as to whether they bite or not. I've found differing stories as to whether or not they are venomous. Their pincers are Really Impressive !Thank You !

6/11/14

Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: I need to find out what to do about this gnat / fruit fly invasion in Houston. I have 3 cats, so pesticides are questionable. And it's REALLY bad!

Resolution: the writer was put in contact with the Texas A&M AgriLife entomologist in Houston.

9/28/13

Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: I found a weird tree infestation and can't identify the bugs with keywords or anything online. The white cottony stuff appeared two days ago, the bugs just started emerging today. (After some correspondence and photos the insects were determined to be Poduromorpha, sometimes known as red springtails http://bugguide.net/node/view/299907/bgimage .)

9/26/13

Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: Thank you so much!
 (Response: thank you for telling us you found your insect!)

9/11/13

Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: The insect I was trying to identify was an ironclad beetle. Thank you!

8/31/13

Did you find your insect?: "No"

Message: it is some type of grasshopper. looks like a green leaf and it can eat the leaves off the geraniums really fast. About 3 in. long. Response: It seems to be a katydid and I provided a link to katydid images so that the writer could determine whether this looked like the culprit, and it was. 

8/30/13 

Message: I want to send you a short email to say thanks for your webpage (http://texashighplainsinsects.net/favorite-links/). My name is XXX, and I volunteer with a children's group where we provide different educational and fun activities. A lot of the kids have been asking where bugs go when the weather gets cold, so next weekend, we are having an Insect/Bug Learning Day. I needed to find some online resources to use at the event. Thanks for all the help! 

8/4/13

Message: Is there a site with photos of flies that I can go to to identify some I caught yesterday on a fly ribbon? They are much smaller than a house fly, an iridescent yellow/gold color, almost transparent in appearance. Fly paper trapped about 75-100 in just minutes. thank you. (I contacted the submitter and suggested a few steps that could be taken to narrow down the possibilities.)

 

7/20/13: 

Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: Found a Eyed Click Beetle at our house in Surfside, Tx & several Cicada Killer Wasps at our home in Waco, TX. Thanks for a great resource site. Whoop! 

7/18/13: 

Did you find your insect?: "No"

Message: No, but I will send a specimen. The insects I see are ants and all have wings. They are going up and down a red oak tree and seem to stop where there is a small hole. I do not believe this is either carpenter ants (I think the queen is the only one with wings.) nor do I think it it is a borer unless the young appear as above and all have wings. 

7/17/13

On the windscorpion blog post of May 17: "Good information to know. "

6/15/1

3: Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: I have carpenter bees living in a table on my patio. I enjoy watching them. A new insect has shown up. It is almost one inch long; it is orange with black stripes and has BIG pincers; 6 or 8 legs. I move it away but it keeps coming back. It is a beautiful insect. My questions: what is it and is it a threat to my bees? If it is I will take it far away and let it go. Thanks (I wrote to the person and requested a photo of the insect that might be predatory on the carpenter bees.)

5/18/13: Did you find your insect?: "No"

Message: Didn't find 'my' insect, but did find the best image I've ever seen of a brown recluse. They are in the area & I'm always on the lookout. Now I know what to look for...thanks! I'll submit some pictures of my spider for identification.

5/16/13: Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: What I have been seeing crawling around my back yard in Arlington, TX. First glance it looks like a shiny black armormed caterpillar. It has a hard many segmented shell and small pincers like an ant. It has 6 short legs forward that do not extend out from the body. I have only seen three or four of them all in the last week. (The submitter left an e-mail address and we eventually figured out that the insect was a carabid beetle larva.)

5/15/13: Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: found it - ironclad beetle, did not realize the pictures on your site were not the only ones for ID, i needed to open the large insects pdf thanks!

5/15/13: Did you find your insect?: "No"
Message: tried link to submit insect photo and it said "oops". (This comment made us aware that the insect photo identification form at Texas A&M was broken. Thank you!)

5/13/13: Did you find your insect?: "Yes"
Message: I was able to identify and insect that seems to be quite populous here in the Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, and Study Butte area. I have lived here five years and I have noticed them every spring through fall. Fortunately this is not a heavy crop growing area so destruction is limited to local gardens (which are sparse I might add). However, I felt you should know that most websites that address the Striped Blister Beetle do not usually list in as being in this area. I found it one night feeding on our tomato plants. We picked five from just one plant alone. They seem to be voracious eaters. In less than a day they had consumed one stalk nearly bare. The Striped Blister Beetle is listed as being yellowish with black stripes. The Striped Blister Beetles here in the desert are white with black stripes. I would be interested in knowing their exact scientific name for the ones here in the Terlingua area. I would send a photo of one I have take but there is not a way to add attachments. Thank you for any assistance.

4/24/13: Subject: Insect Images Page. Message: It would be helpful if you identified the insect pics on this page. The caption states some are pests, some are not, but how can I know the difference and how to treat them as pests or friends? (Good point and I am adding text to identify the insects in the insect photo gallery.)