Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery bug



bug type?
bug type?  
I have a new bug here in the state of CT for you to Identify. It is the size of an ant. But it looks much different than a plain ant. Six legs, two antlers, black in front around the head, and somewhat in the middle it is dark red or brown along with 2 curved stripes going down that looks like they are black with white outlines. And a greyish or whitish round back. It looks like some of the legs are dark red or brown too. This was on the wooden plank of our front porch outside.

Dear Douglas - This is Cyrtophorus verrucosus, a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) known as the ant-mimic or ant-like longhorn. Their larvae develop in the wood of dead hardwood trees. See http://tinyurl.com/pw6hhhw for more information and http://tinyurl.com/m9llyfp for a short video clip.

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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