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Subject: is this an ant or flower wasp
Location: joondalup, perth western australia
December 3, 2015 4:07 pm
Hey
I am new to the ant keeping workd and found this bug not sure if it is a wasp or ant hopefully you might be able to help.
Thanks
Dave
Signature: david bandy

Flightless Female Flower Wasp

Ant

Hi Dave,
We certainly are getting plenty of Australian sightings now that your summer is approaching.  This sure looks like the same species of flightless, female Flower Wasp in the family Tiphiidae pictured on the Australian Museum website where it states:  “The body of female flower wasps is adapted for digging.”

Correction:  Ant not Wasp
We received a comment correcting our identification.  Seems this is an Ant in the subfamily Ponerinae.

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Subject: Hematophagous insect Brazil
Location: Rio de Janeiro
November 29, 2015 3:06 am
Dear bugman, a friend of mine in Brazil is quite desperate because of an insect that at night bite her causing massive allergic reactions. She would like to know what insect it is and how to repellent it.
It look like an unt with wings or a black wasp. The wings have a yellowish tone. I am attaching some pictures.
Thank you very much
Signature: Dr Mirko P.

Possibly Flying Ant

Possibly Flying Ant

Dear Dr. Mirko P.,
There is not enough detail in any of the attached images to make an identification beyond the insect order Hymenoptera, which includes both ants and wasps.  Many people are allergic to stings from Hymenopterans. We are certain of two things.  One is that no ants or wasps are hematophagous or blood-sucking insects.  The other is that the individual in your image appears to have met an untimely end, prompting us to tag this as Unnecessary Carnage, though we understand that someone who is bitten or stung by a creature would want it identified if there is a “massive allergic reaction” associated with the bite or sting, and that possession of the actual creature might be the only way to secure an identification.  It is also possible that the sting, because that is what we are suspecting happened, occurred after swatting an ant or wasp that landed on your friend.  Swatting may be a natural reaction, but that is also a really good reason to prompt a bite or sting from a spider or insect.  The best way to remove the unwanted critter is to blow it off.  We would suggest your local Natural History Museum as a good place to have the actual specimen identified.  There is some difficultly in your acting as the middle man in this identification request.  We are also curious if the individual Hymenopteran pictured is the actual culprit.  You stated your friend was bitten at night.  Many true hematophagous insects bite at night, including Bed Bugs and Kissing Bugs.  Kissing Bugs found in Brazil are known to spread Chagas Disease.

Dear Daniel,
This is what my friend told me.
She is positive that this insect is biting/stinging her.
She admitted that she’s not sure about the insect drinking her blood, but she was assuming so.
The reaction is almost immediate with little or no delay after the biting/stinging.
She is also positive that is not a Chagas Disease and I tend to trust her judgement.
I suggested her to visit a doctor to control the allergic reaction.
She told me that for weeks she had hundreds of these insects invading her house at sundown.
She fixed mosquito mesh on her house windows and doors but they were crawling in by the roof she suspects.
She assure me that the biting/stinging was not provoked by her killing but it was the other way around and that if there was any carnage she was the victim not the executioner.
She told me that a couple of days ago there has been a drastic reduction in temperature and it started to rain. This stopped the invasion.
Now, can it be that these insects were  swarming, perhaps to find a mate or a nesting site in a particular “good” season?
Best,
Mirko

Thanks for the update Mirko,
All ants and many wasps are social creatures, and based on the new information, we surmise that this is either an ant alate, the reproductive winged males and females that swarm and start new colonies, or a worker wasp, the sterile females that tend to the queen.

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Subject: Wasp, Ant, Other?
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
August 25, 2015 3:07 pm
I have been seeing this bugs around my place and I would like to know what they are? Where are they hiding in my house? Should I be concerned?
Signature: James

Carpenter Ant Alate

Carpenter Ant Alate

Dear James,
This looked to us like a Carpenter Ant alate, the winged caste of reproductive males and females that embark on a nuptial flight to mate and begin new colonies.  We suspect they may be coming from within your house and when they emerged, they found themselves indoors instead of outside.  We once had a colony living in gorgeous, old cedar floor to ceiling paneling in a Highland Park, Los Angeles bungalow, and each year they would emerge.  The head on your individual seemed small compared to most images we have seen, but we found a matching image labeled “Male carpenter ant,
Camponotus sp., Massachusetts” on the BugEric blog.  BugGuide lists the genus throughout North America.

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Subject: Purple Big Ant Like Bug
Location: Costa Rica
August 14, 2015 12:45 pm
Hi,
I found this bug in my backyard.
Signature: no

Leafcutter Ant

Leafcutter Ant

This sure looks like a reproductive Leafcutter Ant that has already shed its wings.

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Subject: Tree Party!
Location: Va Beach, VA
July 16, 2015 5:33 pm
June bugs with ??? Wasp? Hornet?
Signature: Thanks!

Green June Beetles and Bald Faced Hornets feeding on sap.

Green June Beetles and Bald Faced Hornets feeding on sap.

You are correct.  There must be sweet sap running from this tree, and sap with its high sugar content is an excellent food for many species of insects, including the Green June Beetles and Bald Faced Hornets in your image.  It appears there is also an Ant in the lower edge of your image.

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Subject: Winged insect in Batopilas
Location: Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
July 3, 2015 5:32 pm
Recently stumbled across this hellish creature on a plaza in the village of Batopilas, which sits at a lower elevation in the Copper Canyons of Chihuahua, Mexico. The previous night brought heavy rains and the insects had been washed from their nesting points into the streets in large numbers; it gave me the sense of a spawning ritual, as nearly all were dead or dying. I have no background in entomology so I figured I’d petition you guys.–the answer could very well be overwhelmingly obvious, but thanks for taking the time to check it out.
Signature: Nico

Leafcutter Ant Alate

Leafcutter Ant Alate

Dear Nico,
Your speculation about the spawning ritual is 100% accurate.  This is an edible Leafcutter Ant in the genus
Atta, and they swarm with the summer rains.  Only the reproductive caste of Alates is winged, and a mated queen will start a new colony.

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