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Subject: Insect Identification Request
Location: East side suburb of Cleveland, Ohio
August 6, 2013 5:14 pm
Need help identifying this insect. Appears to fly but possible that it just jumps far distances. Didn’t appear to be a spider…not sure. Daylight, outside, driveway of house, today, 8-6-13. Jumped or flew from arm to nearby ivy. Photos are of insect and ivy. Bit four times on forearm. Bites look similar to mosquito. Itchy. I have a short video if you’d like it. The front ’pinchers?’ would move open and closed, and open and closed.
Signature: Deb from Ohio

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Hi Deb,
We might have been in Cleveland when you sent this request several weeks ago.  We were out of the office and not responding to any mail for 2 1/2 weeks because of a family emergency.  This is an Asian Tiger Mosquito,
Aedes albopictus, an invasive introduced species.  According to BugGuide:  “The ATM differs from most other mosquitos in that it’s diurnal (active during the day).  Eggs are laid singly above the water surface on the sides of water-holding containers such as tires, animal watering dishes, birdbaths, flowerpots and natural holes in vegetation. Multiple generations per year; overwinters in the egg stage in temperate climates” and “The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive and aggressive species that was introduced to the United States during the mid-1980s. It was first collected in Texas in 1985, apparently having traveled from Asia in a shipment of used tires. These mosquitoes are vicious biters and have been known to transmit disease.”

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Subject: bug found on house
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
August 22, 2013 3:07 pm
I found this ant looking bug on my house the other day, and have no clue what type it is. I’ve tried looking on various websites and haven’t found anything. It looked like a large ant with what I’m pretty sure are wings.
Signature: S. Andersen

Stilt Legged Fly

Stilt Legged Fly

Dear S. Anderson,
This appears to be a Stilt Legged Fly in the family Micropezidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Odd little flies, known for their displaying (?) behavior of walking around and lifting their prominently marked front legs. Abdomen attached to thorax by “wasp-waist”. Likely ant or wasp mimics. The posture of the forelegs may imitate ant and/or wasp antennae and provide them with some protection from predators.” 

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Subject: unknown flying insect
Location: northern Illinois
August 24, 2013 2:03 pm
Hi Bugman,
While lounging in my backyard in Lake County Illinois, this insect flew around me several times before perching on the canopy of my lawn chair. It was very loud while in flight. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Gardening Goddess

Tiger Bee Fly

Tiger Bee Fly

Hi Gardening Goddess,
This harmless insect is a Tiger Bee Fly, Xenox tigrinus.  According to BugGuide:  “Female lays eggs at entrance of carpenter bee nests. Larvae waits until carpenter bee’s larvae reach the pupal stage to parasitize it Urban Wildlife.

Thank you soooo much for getting back to me. As an organic gardener I come across an amazing range of insects. Now I know not to fear this guy!

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Subject: Bee killer- Mallophora leschenaulti
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
August 19, 2013 7:23 am
Hey bugman, I thought you might like these photos of a bee killer ( Mallophora leschenaulti) that I came across about a week ago. It was probably the largest robber fly I have ever seen. I posted the pics to bugguide and was given this ID. I hope you enjoy my photos of this impressive insect as much as I enjoy visiting your website multiple times per day!
Signature: Michael

Belzebul Bee Killer

Belzebul Bee Killer

Hi Michael,
One of our favorite reasons for posting photos of
Mallophora leschenaulti is that the common name is the Belzebul Bee Eater.  There is a long history of associating Satan with flies and the person that gave this adept hunter its common name must have found it to be among the most demonic looking of flies.  While we do not endorse demonizing insects unnecessarily, we are amused by the common name nonetheless.  

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Subject: Southern Bee Killer
Location: Stevenson, AL.
August 3, 2013 11:13 pm
I saw this guy hang out with his thug friend in my flower garden. Earlier I spotted one attacking one of my Pinevine Swallowtails.
Signature: Amy C.

Southern Bee Killer

Southern Bee Killer

Dear Amy,
The Southern Bee Killer,
Mallophora orcina, is one impressive predator.  These large Robber Flies are adept hunters that take prey on the wing.  We are sorry to hear about your Pipevine Swallowtail.  More information on the Southern Bee Killer can be found on BugGuide.

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Subject: Diogmites salutans (I think)
Location: Ocala, FL
August 2, 2013 10:53 am
I got lucky today and this guy landed on the fence right by me to devour his waspish meal. I believe he is a Diogmites salutans. I thought you might enjoy the photo, it was great to get to watch this strange creature. We are in Ocala, Florida and I get a lot of wasps feeding on my Spanish Needles but this is only the second time I’ve seen a Robber Fly.
Signature: Jenifer in Ocala

Hanging Thief eats its prey

Hanging Thief eats its prey

Dear Jenifer,
Thanks to your photo, it is easy to see how Hanging Thieves in the genus
Diogmites get their common name.  While we cannot confirm the species, you have correctly identified the distinctive genus for this Robber Fly.

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