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Subject:  Maybe a grub or caterpillar
Location:  Cosby, Tennessee
September 10, 2016 3:19 pm
We were camping in TN in the great Smokey Mountains of Cosby just this past month (August) when we saw this cute little bug … it moved it’s feet quite fast and it just seemed so cute and happy. Do you know what it is?
I did just discover an even better picture, and I really look forward to hearing back from you.  We asked one of the rangers in the camp, but he had no idea what it might be.
Signature:  Vicki

Newly Eclosed Rosy Maple Moth

Newly Eclosed Rosy Maple Moth

Dear Vicki,
This newly eclosed Rosy Maple Moth will take several hours before its wings expand and it is capable of flying.

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Subject: Insect ID, please.
Location: Cleveland, TN
August 31, 2016 5:34 am
Found this little fuzzy “thing” on the backside of a leaf on my River Birch tree. Never have seen anything like this before so would like to know exactly what it is. Can you help?
Signature: Rick McCormick

Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Rick,
You can see by comparing your caterpillar to the one in this BugGuide image that this is a Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Orgyia leucostigma.  According to BugGuide:  “CAUTION: Contact with hairs may cause an allergic reaction.”

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Subject: Green and black beetle
Location: Lincolnshire UK
August 29, 2016 7:59 am
We found this 4″ specimen (unfortunately dead) under a stone near a small lake in the East Midland part of the U.K. Unlike anything we have ever seen before in this country and much bigger. I have searched the Internet but cannot find what this monster is called!
Signature: Don’t mind

Toy Beetle

Toy Beetle

Dear Don’t Mind,
Try though we might, we were unable to find a rubber or plastic beetle that exactly resembled your discovery, though we did find many lifelike looking insect toys online.  We were much luckier with this Giant Cave “Spider” found in Austin Texas by a group of partiers.  Just out of curiosity, have the Brits switched from metric to inches in measurement?

Hi Daniel
Thanks for your great reply (it made me laugh).   I managed to find a UK WEBSITE and they asked if I had checked whether or not it was plastic too!  On closer inspection of the photo it became quite clear that it was plastic.  Sorry for wasting time.  But thanks from over the pond!  And no we are still metric, although I sometimes tend to be ‘old school’!
Regards
Steve Twigg

Hi Steve,
It was not a waste of time.  We really did search for quite some time to attempt locating your exact toy beetle online.  We love amusing postings like your submission.

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Subject: Soldier Beetle?
Location: Massachusetts
July 27, 2016 4:51 am
We just had a large hatch of these, and hope that they are not enemies of my garden.
Signature: Farmer Bob

Banded Net-Wing

Banded Net-Wing

Dear Farmer Bob,
We just finished posting an especially lurid image of a group of Banded Net-Wing beetles, also from Massachusetts.  According to the genus page on BugGuide:  “adults take nectar; larvae prey on small arthropods under bark”
which would make them a beneficial species in your garden.

Thanks Daniel!
I found a similar lurid scene atop my car this morning.
Bob

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Subject: Identification request
Location: Iola, KS
July 17, 2016 9:59 am
Hi! I encountered this strange insect on my front porch yesterday and I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it before. It looks almost like some weird kind of mosquito/wasp cross to me. My aunt suggested that it might be a pregnant deer fly, but it doesn’t match up with the pictures I’m finding online. I was hoping maybe you could help me find out what it was?
Signature: Gary Reeder II

Hanging Thief

Hanging Thief

Dear Gary,
This is a Robber Fly in the genus
Diogmites, a group known as the Hanging Thieves

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Subject: What is this flying insect?
Location: Springtown PA
July 21, 2016 2:32 pm
This wasp type is burrowing holes in the dirt around a fig tree. I live in Springtown PA in Bucks County. This photo was taken at 5.25pm on July 21,2016. the temperature outside is 87 degrees.
Can you identify it please. Thank you Renee Sopko
Signature: Renee Sopko

Great Golden Digger Wasp makes nest

Great Golden Digger Wasp makes nest

Dear Renee,
The magnificent Great Golden Digger Wasp is a docile, solitary wasp that poses no threat to humans.  The female excavates a nest and then provisions it with Katydids for her young.  The Great Golden Digger Wasp is found across the continental U.S. and is a frequent visitor to our garden when the onions bloom, though we have yet to see one this year.

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