Subject: Can you please identify this insect?
Location: kolkata, india
June 21, 2015 5:58 pm
This visitor was found on top of our mosquito net. We live in Kolkata, India. The body was about the size of my longest finger – quite big! It moved quickly and could fly.
Signature: tik-tiki

Mango Stem Borer

Mango Stem Borer

Dear tik-tiki,
This beetle is a Mango Stem Borer,
Batocera rufomaculata, and it is our understanding that the larvae feed on the wood of fig and avocado trees as well as mango, which makes them a threat where those fruits are grown commercially.

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Subject: Moth?
Location: New Brunswick Canada
June 21, 2015 12:16 pm
This bug was in my driveway in New Brunswick Canada in the early morning of June 18th.
Is it a silk moth?
Signature: Wiljo

Columbia Silkmoth

Columbia Silkmoth

Dear Wiljo,
The is indeed a silk moth, more specifically a female Columbia Silkmoth, and you can compare your image to this image posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: green-winged bug coming out of exoskeleton
Location: Lexington, MA
July 5, 2015 9:19 am
Dear bugman,
We found this bug attached to my 7-year-old’s butterfly garden we had left outside after freeing butterflies that we had watched grown from caterpillars. The bug is big, about 2 inches. It hasn’t yet moved after emerging from its exoskeleton.
We live in New England.
Can you tell us what it is?
Many thanks.
Signature: Paula

Cicada Metamorphosis

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear Paula,
This is a wonderful image of the metamorphosis of an Annual Cicada.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Cowan Lake Ohio
July 4, 2015 8:22 pm
Saw this bad boy while camping in south central Ohio.
Signature: Help

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Sightings of Brownish Red Stag Beetles are especially numerous this year.

 

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Subject: Domestic or foreign
Location: Santa Rosa, Ca
July 5, 2015 8:27 am
Found this one in our dining room in Santa Rosa, Ca. This is a first sighting.
Signature: Pat

California Prionus

California Prionus

Dear Pat,
This is a native species known as a California Prionus or California Root Borer.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults active summer through early fall; fly at dusk or in the evening.  Food Larva feed primarily on living deciduous trees (oaks, madrone, cottonwood) and are also recorded from roots of vines, grasses, and decomposing hardwoods and conifers. Will also attack fruit trees growing on light, well-drained soils (e.g. apple, cherry, peach).”  Especially males are attracted to lights, and your individual is a male as evidenced by his highly developed antennae. 

Wonderful!  We have all those trees you mentioned.  Bad enough we have to contend with Sudden Oak Death.  But, thank you very much for your response.
Pat

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Subject: What’s this insect?
Location: Homosassa, Florida, United States
July 5, 2015 9:52 am
I live in the United States (Florida. I found this wasp floating in my swimming pool skimmer the other day. From what I’ve been able to determine, it is a male mammoth wasp. Is this a mammoth wasp? If so, are they now living in the United States. I’ve read that this species is from Europe. Thank you.
Signature: Melanie

Scarab Hunter Wasp:  Scolia bicincta

Scarab Hunter Wasp: Scolia bicincta

Dear Melanie,
Your wasp is
Scolia bicincta, a member of the family Scoliidae whose members are called Mammoth Wasps, Flower Wasps or Scarab Hunter Wasps.  We can assure you that your wasp is native.  This particular species is generally called a Scarab Hunter or Double Banded Scoliid, and the name Mammoth Wasp is generally reserved for the European species. 

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