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Subject: interesting flying red-orange bug with blue/grey vest
Location: Wisconsin, USA
June 26, 2016 9:32 pm
Hello bugman!
I encountered this guy earlier today buzzing around my milkweed and cucumbers. He was moving pretty quick just like the bees around him.
He/she was approximately 3/4″ long. Red orange in color with bright blue stripes closer the head. I’ve never seen another bug like it.
Asked a few friends and everyone is perplexed and very curious to know.
Thanks for your time. Can’t wait to find out what it might be!
Signature: Kelly

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Kelly,
This Squash Vine Borer is a moth from the family Sesiidae, a group that contains moths that benefit from their ability to mimic stinging wasps.  Your individual was visiting the milkweed to take nourishment from the nectar, but we believe this is a female due to her interest in the cucumbers.  She was probably laying eggs that will hatch into larvae that bore in the stems of squash and other plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, potentially causing the plants to die or at least reduce the yield.

Thank you so much for your quick response! I would have never guessed it was a vine borer! I will have to get out there and inspect my cucumber plant. It was a beautiful bug though. Too bad they are destructive.

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Subject: What’s this bug??
Location: Tulum Mexico
February 14, 2016 9:21 pm
Please tell me what this funky bug is in my hotel room in tulum Mexico
Signature: Lisa k

Texas Wasp Moth

Texas Wasp Moth

Dear Lisa,
Though it looks like a wasp, the creature that visited you in your hotel room is a Texas Wasp Moth,
Horama panthalon, a harmless creature that mimics a stinging wasp in both its appearance and its diurnal habits.  Thanks to your submission, we were also able to identify this previously unidentified Texas Wasp Moth that has been in our archives since 2007.

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Subject: Mystery Bugs. Temporary Name: Fuzzy Fellas
Location: Close to the beach In Solana Beach
October 26, 2015 9:28 am
Hi i found this bug over the summer while volunteering at a camp. These little bugs were all over. They look like a wasp but where the stinger was suppose to be there was fuzz. Because I was a helper to children we named them fuzzy fellas. I held them all the time and they never bit me or stung, just to be safe I didn’t let any of them hold it. These can fly but are pretty calm. I found that the most came out in the late morning, and less than that in the afternoon. I have searched everywhere to find out what theses little bugs are. Help please? Thanks!
Signature: -Kara Beth

Sycamore Borer

Sycamore Borer

Dear Kara Beth,
You are quite brave.  Though they are very effective wasp mimics, Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae are quite harmless, though they really do resemble stinging wasps.  Your individuals are Sycamore Borers,
Synanthedon resplendens, a species we originally identified from Encinitas in 2014.  According to University of California Integrated Pest Management System:  “The sycamore borer, Synanthedon resplendens, occurs in the southwestern United States. It is prevalent in sycamore and also infests oak and ceanothus. The male is mostly yellow with a brownish-black head and black bands on its body. Its legs are yellow, except for black along the margins on the portions nearest to the body. The mostly clear wings have orangish to yellow margins. Sycamores tolerate extensive boring by this insect, and generally no control is recommended.”

Sycamore Borers

Sycamore Borers

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Subject: What’s That Bug
Location: NH
August 7, 2015 3:12 pm
Saw this bug while watching humming birds on a lake in Barrington, NH
Signature: Ron

Female Peach Tree Borer

Female Peach Tree Borer

Dear Ron,
This is a female Peach Tree Borer, a wasp mimic moth whose larvae bore in the wood of peach and related stone fruit trees.  We just posted an image of a mating pair of this sexually dimorphic species.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Denver Colorado
August 5, 2015 3:58 pm
Hi. My nephew sent me this picture from their backyard. Have to love summertime in the rocky mountains! No one know what this is. We hope you can help.
Thank you
Signature: Hillary Arellano

Mating Peach Tree Borers

Mating Peach Tree Borers

Hi Hillary,
Despite the lack of critical focus, the distinctive markings of these sexually dimorphic, mating Peach Tree Borers,
Synanthedon exitiosa, are quite apparent.  The darker individual in the pair with the bright orange band is the female.  Peach Tree Borers are moths in the Clearwing family Sesiidae.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: New York, ny
June 22, 2015 12:11 pm
Hey Bugman,
I saw this bug sitting in my strawberry patch.
What is it?
Signature: Dov

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Dov,
Do you have squash or melon plants near the strawberries?  This wasp mimic is actually a moth called the Squash Vine Borer.  The female lays her eggs on the vines of squash and other members of the family and the larvae bore in the stems, often causing the plants to wither and die.  The Squash Vine Borer will not harm your strawberries.

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