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Subject: Mystery bug?
Location: Rhode Island
October 14, 2015 5:15 pm
hi, this bug was found outside a few weeks ago this fall in Rhode Island. I was just wondering if you might be able to indentify it for me ? thank you 😀
Signature: -Zarah J

Pigeon Horntail

Pigeon Horntail

Dear Zarah,
This sure looks like a female Pigeon Horntail, a species with larvae that bore in the wood of diseased and compromised deciduous hardwood trees, which is why seeing it on a bed of pine needles is a bit odd.

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Subject: what is this
Location: waco tx
October 12, 2015 6:45 pm
Don’t know what this bug is.. it’s in my house
Signature: what is it

Chalcid Wasp

Chalcid Wasp

There is not enough detail in your image for us to make a definite species identification, but the rear legs indicate that this is a Chalcidid, a parasitic wasp in the family Chalcididae.  It resembles this image from BugGuide of a member of the genus Conura.  Many members of the family pictured on BugGuide have the distinctive rear legs and this information is provided regarding diet:  “hosts: mostly Lepidoptera and Diptera, though a few attack Hymenoptera, Coleoptera or Neuroptera(1). Parasites of Lepidoptera usually attack young pupae, while those of Diptera attack mature larvae.”

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Subject: Hornet?
Location: Massachusetts, USA
October 11, 2015 5:29 pm
Hi, I’ve seen this strange hornet-like bug in my backyard a couple times over the summer when I went to mow my lawn. It makes a buzzing noise like any bee-like creature when it flies, but it doesn’t look particularly like a bee or hornet. The eyes also resemble those of a grasshopper.
Signature: -J

Cicada Killer

Cicada Killer

Dear J,
This is very late in the year for a Cicada Killer sighting, so we suspect the image was taken this summer.  Cicada Killers are not aggressive, but they might sting, but only if carelessly handled.  The female Cicada Killer provisions her subterranean nest with paralyzed Cicadas.

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Subject: Weird wasps?
Location: Southwest Saskatchewan , canada
October 9, 2015 1:31 pm
I had 5 of these turn up betweeny screen and window. I live in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada. It is early October. The window is a full on southern exposure. I just want to know if these are wasps? Do they sting? Where do they come from?
Signature: Steph stuart

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

Sear Steph,
This is a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes and it came from another mated Paper Wasp that laid eggs.  Paper Wasps are a social species that constructs a nest from chewed wood and bark and we suspect the nest may be in the eaves near the window.  Paper Wasps may sting to defend the nest, but they are not typically an aggressive genus.  Based on this BugGuide image, we believe your Paper Wasp is Polistes aurifer.

Thanks a lot.  I’m going to have a look and see if I can find the nest.  If it is under the 2nd storey eaves and they aren’t aggressive I may just leave them alone.

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Subject: Wasp with 2 stingers/ earwig pinchers
Location: Oxford, ns canada
October 6, 2015 11:05 am
This wasp was on my chair outside. It had 2 stingers that looked like the pinchers of an earwig. I tried I get a clearer picture but it was running around the chair like a lunatic.
Signature: Amanda

Male Paper Wasp

Male Paper Wasp

Dear Amanda,
We did not recognize your wasp, so we wrote to Eric Eaton for assistance.  Here is his response.

Eric Eaton Responds
Daniel:
Male paper wasp (Polistes sp.), but not one I recognize.  Was this picture taken in the U.S.?  Even North America?
Eric

Male Paper Wasp

Male Paper Wasp

Male Paper Wasp

Male Paper Wasp

This picture was taken in oxford Nova Scotia, Canada. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Thought maybe it was a deformity or something.

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Subject: Mystery fly
Location: Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center, Everglades, FL
October 2, 2015 11:59 am
Hello there! I am an insect person who loves insects and is hoping to maybe become an entomologist one day. I have many insect pictures which I am trying to identify. I also have a collection of insects I find every now and then dead on the ground. (I don’t kill bugs for my collection, I only take them if they are dead). I do however have many I cannot identify. I have tried my 5 insect guides, google search, many bug identification guides online, and google image search but have came up empty handed. One of which I have failed to identify is this blue fly I found in the everglades. It was taken with a Sony-cyber shot camera. So I was wondering if you could help identify this insect. Thank you!
Signature: Cicada lover

Cuckoo Wasp

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear Cicada Lover,
This gorgeous creature is not a fly.  It is a Cuckoo Wasp in the family Chrysididae and probably in the Subfamily Chrysidinae which is pictured on BugGuide.  We are very fascinated with your “dead insect” collection philosophy.

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