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Subject: Swallowtail Butterfly Alaska
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
July 11, 2016 6:10 pm
Here is the ONLY photo of one of the yellow Swallowtail butterflies that I have seen in Alaska. I can’t believe I don’t have more pictures. I will be on the look out for more photos now that I know you are interested.
I think have seen at least 2 different species of yellow swallowtail here in Anchorage. This is one of them, and please correct me if I’m wrong, but it is the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. (Taken in Anchorage, Alaska May 2010)
Signature: MsRobin

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Dear MsRobin,
We are very happy we decided today to look back over the past two weeks to see if we missed anything in the 100s of unanswered emails, and we discovered the request we made from you, unopened in the mailbox.  We agree that this is most likely a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail,
Papilio canadensis.  You may enjoy our own account of trying to get a decent image of the Western Tiger Swallowtails that frequent our office garden.

 

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Subject: Large flying wasp insect
Location: North East England
July 17, 2016 1:15 pm
Hello,
I was working in Hornsea, England today and this insect paid us a visit on a rooftop, clung to a roll of roofing felt. As we had no idea what it was, we were wondering if we could find out what it is!
Signature: Michael Cockerill

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

Dear Michael,
This is a harmless Giant Wood Wasp,
Urocerus gigas, and we just finished posting an image of a Giant Wood Wasp from Ireland.

Daniel,
Thanks very much for your response, really appreciate the reply!
Very best wishes,
Michael

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Subject: Whats this bug?
Location: Surrey, BC, Canada
July 24, 2016 10:32 am
Hi All!
I live in Surrey, BC Canada and had this bug land on my boat cover as I was doing some chores.
It was/is about 3cm long… ish… and just seemed pretty content to fly around after I took a few pics.
Never seen something like this and we’re hoping you could tell us what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Richard

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

Dear Richard,
This beautiful, and harmless, Wood Wasp or Horntail is
Urocerus albicornis, a North American species, found, according to BugGuide, in “forested regions from southern boreal Canada south to NC-MP-NM-CA.”  BugGuide also notes:  “hosts include fir, larch, spruce, pine, Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western red cedar.”

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Subject: Help
Location: Ireland
July 16, 2016 12:24 pm
Hi,I’ve seen only one of these guys before. It’s maybe 1-2 inches long,as thick as a pen and the rest is in the picture. Would love to know what it is!! I thought it liked a bit like a fat mayfly
Signature: Thankyou

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

This is a Wood Wasp or Horntail, Urocerus gigas, and according to the Irish site Gardening.ie:  “Wood wasps, also called horntails, are pretty scary insects. They’re large, they’re fast and noisy fliers, they come in yellow and black warning colours and they have what looks like a ferocious stinger on their rear ends. But, although they’re doing their best to frighten you off, they’re completely harmless. ”  According to GeoGraph:  ” It does not sting; the feature which gives rise to its common name is an ovipositor, used to lay eggs in coniferous wood.”

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Subject: Weird bug
Location: Denver
July 21, 2016 6:06 pm
Just in the ya4d collecting japanese beetles when we saw a very weird bug.
Signature: LouAnn

Therion morio

Therion morio

Dear LouAnn,
This amazing looking parasitoid Ichneumon,
Therion morio, does not have a common name. According to BugGuide:  “Host: moth larvae, including Hyphantria cunea (Fall Webworm).”  The female in your images is probably searching for caterpillars upon which to lay an egg so that her young can feed on the living caterpillar, eventually killing it.

Therion morio

Therion morio

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Subject: Rather large bee?
Location: Bayville, New Jersey
July 20, 2016 8:28 am
I’d like to know what this is.
Signature: Naomi

Cicada Killer

Cicada Killer

Dear Naomi,
This is a Cicada Killer, a large, non-aggressive, solitary wasp that hunts Cicadas.

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