Subject: Wasp identification
Location: Vail, az
June 30, 2015 10:02 pm
Hello,
On a hot and sunny tucson summer day I found this curiosity burrowed in my grass, apparently trying to keep cool. I know it’s not a tarantula hawk from the antenna, but it was making stinging-like motion with its abdomen on the stick I used to relocate away from me and my children. Wish I had a clearer picture of the mouth, but, what say you?
Thank you for your wonderful site!
Signature: Jennifer

Scoliid Wasp

Scarab Hunter Wasp

Dear Jennifer,
Thanks for the compliment.  We believe we have correctly identified your Scoliid Wasp as Triscolia ardens based on images that are posted to BugGuide.  Alas, BugGuide does not provide any information on the species, and the genus information is also very limited on BugGuide except for “a single species in our area, 2 total”, however, the family page on BugGuide indicates common names “Flower Wasps, Mammoth Wasps, Scarab Hawks, Scarab Hunters” and provides this information:  “Larvae are parasitoids of ground-dwelling scarab grubs, esp. Phyllophaga; adults take nectar.  Life Cycle  Female digs down to the host grub, stings it, and lays an egg on the paralyzed grub.”  Perhaps your wasp is hunting for Scarab Beetle larvae in the lawn.  Scarab Hunters are not aggressive wasps, but because you were thoughtful enough to relocate it due to concerns for your children’s safety rather than to kill it, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award

Scoliid Wasp

Scarab Hunter Wasp

 

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Subject: Pandora sphinx
Location: Stratford, Connecticut
July 1, 2015 8:23 pm
This scared the hell out of me tonight! I thought it was a bat flying around until it finally stayed still! Crashed into some cords long enough for a picture. I safely removed him back outside. He was very fat, I’ve seen mice with smaller bodies!! Happy 4th, Cheers!
Signature: Karen

Pandora Sphinx

Pandora Sphinx

Dear Karen,
Large Sphinx Moths are indeed impressive creatures.  Thanks for sending in your image of a Pandora Sphinx.  If memory serves us, this is the first sighting we have received this year.

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Subject: Brown spider photo at butt lake northern california
Location: Northern California Butt Lake
July 1, 2015 7:01 pm
Dear bug an a friend took the picture while we were camping just wondering what it is. Thank you.
Signature: Wondering about the bug

Folding Door Spider

Folding Door Spider

We believe this is a Folding Door Spider in the genus Antrodiaetus, and it really looks to us to resemble the female Antrodiaetus gertschi that is pictured on BugGuide by a single sighting in Northern California.  You can try browsing through the genus page on BugGuide to see if some other species more closely resembles your individual.

 

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Subject: unidentified beetle?
Location: Belgrade, Serbia.(Great War Island)
July 1, 2015 5:29 pm
Hi there Bugman, I was sitting on the bank of the Danube in july, just across from great war island in belgrade serbia, when a large Beatle with a long body about 2 inches in length, with a purplish irredessant shine, and very long antenna landed on a sun shade next to me. Im hopeing you can help me identify it. Looking forward to your reply.
Regards,
Signature: Adam Biginelli

Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Adam,
We did a quick search and could not come up with a species, but we can tell you that this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We will continue to research its identity, and perhaps one of our readers (Mardikavana are you out there?) can assist in the identification.

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Subject: Black Wasp?
Location: Southern Ontario
July 1, 2015 1:03 pm
Hello! We live in Southern Ontario and my dad found this black and pale yellowish wasp in a bush while he was setting up a fence. To me it looks like a Urocerus gigas, but there are some different markings on it that a Urocerus gigas would not normally have, I know its a wood wasp of some sort but im not too sure. That would be helpful if you could identify this bug. Thanks. :)
Signature: Thanks!

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

You are close.  You have the genus correct but not the species.  Your Wood Wasp is Urocerus albicornis.

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Subject: Blue Bug?
Location: Philadelphia, PA
July 1, 2015 11:10 am
Location: just outside of Philadelphia, PA
Date: 6/29/15 Summer
Time: 9:15 am
I have a gift for finding strange bugs. Two different Sphynx Moths, odd grasshoppers, albino spiders and such. This is my first blue bug. :-)
Signature: Andrea

Blue Mud Wasp

Blue Mud Wasp

Dear Andrea,
This is a Blue Mud Dauber or Blue Mud Wasp,
Chalybion californicum.  According to BugGuide:  “A large, active, blue-black wasp with irridescent blue wings. Frequents flowers for nectar and buildings for nest sites.”

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