Subject: help identifying beetle?
Location: Oregon
March 26, 2015 2:18 pm
Hello! While backpacking at Cottonwood Canyon State Park in N/Central Oregon (E of the Cascades) this past weekend I found this beetle. Saw at least three of them. It is a sandy/dry location, lots of sagebrush.
Perhaps in the Carabidae (ground beetle) family? The gold accents really stand out. No one seems to know what it is and Google is failing me! Hoping you can assist. Thanks!
Signature: Audrey Addison

Possibly Darkling Beetle

Possibly Darkling Beetle

Dear Audrey,
We are certain that this is not a Ground Beetle, but we are not certain of its exact identity.  We believe it is most likely a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae or a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but alas, we are in a rush this morning and we don’t have time to research its exact identity.  We are posting your image and perhaps one of our readers will write in with an identity.  If not, we will continue the research tomorrow.

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Subject: Wings on front & back porches
Location: Florida panhandle
March 26, 2015 6:02 pm
We live in a brick home in the panhandle of Florida. We found a lot of wings on our front and back porches this morning. No bugs were present, only wings. Can you tell me what type of bugs these come from? Thank you!
Signature: Mystery Wings in FL

Maple "Helicopters"

Maple “Helicopters”

These are not insect wings.  They are seeds, and we believe they are the seeds of a maple tree.  We fondly remember playing with these seeds as children.  The twirl in the air and we called them “helicopters”.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Georgetown KY
March 25, 2015 8:05 pm
My husband was stung by this bug. We have never seen one before. It is red and flies. What is it?
Signature: Diana

Ichneumon

Short Tailed Ichneumon

Dear Diana,
This is an Ichneumon, a member of a family of parasitic wasps.  Most Ichneumons are perfectly harmless, though there is one genus, Ophion, that is reported to sting.  Your individual appears to be a member of the genus Ophion, the Short Tailed Ichneumons, which you can read more about on BugGuide.  We believe this is the insect that is mistaken for a stinging Crane Fly as Crane Flies do not sting.

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Subject: iridescent blue bug
Location: Asheboro, NC
March 25, 2015 1:26 pm
I took this picture outside my house. Was wondering if you could tell me what kind of bug this is. I’ve never seen one like it before. It has an iridescent blue body and wings similar to a butterfly. The wings can fold up on its back like a butterfly.
Signature: Amanda

Freshly Eclosed Great Purple Hairstreak

Freshly Eclosed Great Purple Hairstreak

Dear Amanda,
These are marvelous images of a newly eclosed Great Purple Hairstreak, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.
  Unless there was some injury involoved, or a genetic aberration, the wings on your individual should have continued to expand and harden enabling this lovely butterfly to fly.

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Subject: Cattapiller
Location: Palm Springs California
March 24, 2015 6:20 pm
It looks like a larvae of a moth
Signature: Zeus

Orange Dog

Orange Dog

Hi Zeus,
Did you find this caterpillar feeding on the leaves of a citrus tree?  It looks like an Orange Dog, the caterpillar of a Giant Swallowtail butterfly.

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: Dubai, UAE
March 25, 2015 2:39 am
Hi…
discovered this whilst at a park in the UAE….my nephews are very keen on knowing what kind of caterpillar this is….and I am clueless…..would love some information on it…
Thanks..
Signature: Bevill JB

Scarab Beetle Grub

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Bevill JB,
This is not a caterpillar.  It is the Grub or immature stage of a Scarab Beetle.

Dear Daniel…
That is so fascinating.
Thank you very much for responding. This is a  simply wonderful and most educative site I have seen in ages.
Best regards,

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