Arizona Bug Company
Pest Control in Sedona and the Verde Valley, Prescott and Prescott Valley



1146 S 10th St, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

928 649-5775 - Sedona and the Verde Valley

928 778-0005 - Prescott and Prescott Valley

Cool Bugs

24
Jul

During a routine termite inspection in Sedona last week I came across a few spiders. The majority of them being black widows. So I thought this would be great time to remind folks to keep their eyes open when getting into your storage areas. The widow is a very shy spider but will bite if provoked. Please look at the pictures to get a good look at the spider and its egg sacs.

huge widow


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21
Jul

 

The Elegant Bush Katydid lives in the Sonoran desert among the desert scrub. They feed on various desert plants but do take a likeing to mesquites. This insect can often be found on the side of houses in the morning because they are atracted to lights at night. True masters of camaflage as you can see in the picture. It always amazes me how they even get the aging leaf patterns on their wings.

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20
Jul

You really never know what you will find doing this job. The other day Mark was doing a routine termite inspection and found  a large hive of bees in the attic. We had to approach the bees with caution because once you got into that section of the attic you could not retreat quickly if you needed to. We treated the colony with foam and the removed it. With the large number of Africanized hives this could have been a dangerous situation for a unsuspecting home inspector or service person that needed access to the attic.

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22
Jun
Closeup of Blister Beetle on Hand

Closeup of Blister Beetle on Hand

Blister beetles get their name because of they have a defensive secretion made up of cantharidin. There are over 7000 species known worldwide and they come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. The adults typically feed on a wide variety of plants and flowers and the larva enjoy grasshopper eggs. They can cause damage in gardens and crops because they will feed on the leaves of your plants. You generally don’t want to handle them bare handed because if they become agitated they can release the blistering agent.


Large Blister Beetle on Mans Glove

Large Blister Beetle on Mans Glove


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16
Jun
Banded Alder Borer Beetle

Banded Alder Borer Beetle

 

Living in the high desert of Arizona you come across some strange insects. This fun looking guy was found by my technician Tory. He is called the Banded Alder Borer Beetle. It is in a family of beetles known as the longhorn wood boring beetle. They can be found from Alaska to Arizona. They  reach sizes of about 25 to 35 millimeters. The larva of this beetle feed on dead hardwood trees. They are not considered a pest but I wanted to share such a cool looking insect.


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27
Apr
Three Ladybug Larva on Wall

Three Ladybug Larva on a House

Beginning to see a lot of ladybug larva in the Verde Valley right now. Everybody is familiar with the adult version of this bug but not many know what the babies look like. Ladybugs feed on aphids and other garden pests. One common misconception about the ladybug is that as it ages it gets more spots, when in fact they are born with the number of spots they will have. There are about 500 different species of ladybugs in the United States. Ladybugs received their name from catholic farmers, the farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help with the crop-destroying insects. A few days later, the lady bug showed up. The farmers named the beetles “the Beetles of our lady” and they later became known as ladybugs.

Ladybug Larva Outdoors

Ladybug Larva Outdoors with Spots Showing


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13
Jan
Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

I saw a Tarantula Hawk (a big black wasp) hunting for tarantulas in some rocks in a customers’ garden, but by the time I ran back to the truck for the camera and got back to it, the wasp was gone. But Ed Bustya found a dead one and sent these photos along. It’s a bit dried up and missing some legs, but it still looks pretty “buggy.”


Tarantula Hawk Underside

Underneath a Tarantula Hawk


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7
Dec
Owlet Moth

Owlet Moth on Screen - Photo by Richard Evnen

The moth shown here is referred to as the Black Witch. It’s in the family of moths known as owlets. There are about 35,000 types of moths in this family. One interesting fact about the owlets is many of the caterpillars have the ability to feed on poisonous plants. Generally these moths fly at night and will often be found hanging out by outdoor lighting. These guys are one of the bigger moths and will reach wing spans of about 7 inches. Not really considered a structure pest but are fun to look at.

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16
Oct
Orb Web Spider

Orb Web Spider

This orb weaving spider has an orb web that is designed to specifically catch flying insects. The thing that really makes this spider interesting is the zig zag pattern it makes in its web (please see picture). They call this pattern a stabilimentum and scientists aren’t really sure what its function is on the web. It has been debated that it adds to the overall strength of the web, or it may be there to help birds and mammals see the web to avoid going through it. Some say it is there to help camouflage the spider that hunts from the center of the web, or it is used to actually attract prey. Nonetheless I’m sure the garden spider knows exactly why they put it there.


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14
Oct
Shieldback Katydid

Shieldback Katydid

A few weeks ago I posted a blog with this katydid’s vibrant green leaf mimic cousin. I wanted to post the picture of this Shieldback Katydid to show you the color difference between these two katydids. The one shown here has a long sword like ovipositor at the rear of its abdomen indicating that it is a female. She uses this as a egg laying tube to place her eggs deep in the soil out of harms way. Also notice her long thread like antennae that is longer than her body. This particular katydid is also flightless since it lacks wings.


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