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Subject: identification
Location: Tiverton RI
April 20, 2015 6:58 pm
I have been lining in a newly purchased house since November. This is my first spring season here. This bug was in my Living room. Mid April. In Tiverton RI. I have never seen this before. I just want to know what it is. It is a high res photo so it can be blown up to see quite clearly. Thank you for your time.
Signature: Greg

False Bombardier Beetle

False Bombardier Beetle

Dear Greg,
This predatory False Bombardier Beetle is considered a beneficial insect because it will feed on other potentially problematic insects.

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Subject: Hymenoptera (?) in Classroom
Location: Seattle, WA
April 20, 2015 5:07 pm
A bunch of insects that look like hymenoptera have been congregating in my classroom recently, beginning when the weather got warmer. They are especially in one area of the room that has some natural wood (untreated branches, trunks, etc.) that included as accent decorations of a loft. Some have long antennae and others have short. They have very long hind legs. Their bodies are a rusty brown color with a couple yellow stripes. Their wings are the same rusty color. The wing covers brown with three yellow stripes. I’m a science teacher and love bugs, but need to know if these are potentially harmful to either my students or the physical structure of my classroom. They have so far not shown any aggression, but occasionally do fly and land on students, which distracts from the lessons and scares some students since I cannot confidently assure students they are harmless.
Any pointers would be helpful. Thanks!
Signature: Zoe

Red Headed Ash Borer

Red Headed Ash Borer

Dear Zoe,
This is a Red Headed Ash Borer,
Neoclytus acuminatus, or some other closely related member of the genus.  The appearance of these beetles is most likely connected to the wood you mentioned.  Though it is a beetle, the Red Headed Ash Borer is an effective wasp mimic.

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Subject: Glowworm Colorado
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
April 20, 2015 8:20 pm
Hi! I just moved to Grand Junction, CO. We were enjoying a BBQ and noticed our neighbor’s tree is glowing. I am going to head over there tomorrow to see if I can find the cause.
Signature: Kat

Glowing Glowworms or Christmas Tree Lights???

Glowing Glowworms or Christmas Tree Lights???

Dear Kat,
We can’t help but to wonder if recent changes in the status of controlled substances in Colorado have in any way affected your perception of reality and the world around you.  Have you entertained that these might be Christmas Tree lights and not glowing Glowworms?

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Subject: Problem child
Location: Central Kalahari, Botswana
April 20, 2015 1:26 am
I am going through all the bugs that I collected during March and right now I have this little guy, who I would like to think is a species of a Bombadier beetle.
If it is possible I would love to get some help to get the species of the guy. It is a lot similar to Pheropsophus africanus, but with only two yellow/orange spots far back on elytra, which defers from P. africanus.
I hope you can help me :)
Signature: Mathias

Bombardier Beetle

Bombardier Beetle

Dear Mathias,
Your beetle looks identical to an image of a Ground Beetle from Saudi Arabia we posted  last year that we believe to be in the genus
Pherosophus, and we did link to an image of Pheropsophus africanusPerhaps one of our readers can confirm or correct that identification.

love how quick you are to reply, huge thumps up for that :)
I saw that post, while I was trying to get a name on it… The big
difference between the two is that elytra on my beetle stops right
after the two spots, where P. africanus goes further back and have a
slight yellow band on the edge of elytra.
Thank you for the help so far. I am crossing my fingers to get a species :D

I have been looking at some other beetles today, and I found this site (http://www.beetlesofafrica.com/beetle_detail.asp?beetleid=610&page=1&count=y) ,
which could be the closest we can get to an answer :)
thank you for the help :)
mvh

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Subject: Rainbow Colored larvae or caterpillar
Location: New Bern, NC
April 19, 2015 11:17 am
Found a few of these crawling around a small shrub at the edge of the woods behind my house; North Carolina, Croatan Forest, Longleaf Pine/swamp habitat. Never seen colors like this before and can’t find it in my caterpillar book nor online. (You try Googling rainbow caterpillar/larvae and see what you get! LOL . . .)
Help?
Signature: Diane

Groundselbush Beetle Larva

Groundselbush Beetle Larva

Dear Diane,
We have trouble remembering the name of the Groundselbush Beetle Larva,
Trirhabda bacharidis, but we always remember its distinctive appearance and we can quickly locate older postings of Groundselbush Beetle Larvae.

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Subject: Possible wasp mimicking grasshopper
Location: Sacramento, CA
April 18, 2015 7:55 pm
My wife saw this out with the kids. It’s springtime here in Sacramento. She said it looked like a grasshopper, but had a sharp looking abdomen that looked a like a stinger. She didn’t think it was a wasp. She did say it was capable of flight, so she couldn’t get any closer to the insect before it flew off.
I’m an avid bug hunter, but I’m new to this area. We keep finding new and different insects that keep stumping me.
Signature: Stumped bug guy

Red Headed Ash Borer

Red Headed Ash Borer

Dear Stumped bug guy,
This Red Headed Ash Borer,
Neoclytus acuminatus, is actually a beetle that mimics a wasp.

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