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Subject: Bugs
Location: Poole England
September 18, 2012 11:41 am
This was found in back garden yesterday – what is it please?
Signature: JPB

Ichneumon

Dear JPB,
This is an Ichneumon Wasp, but our initial search did not turn up any matching images online.  Ichneumons are a large family of wasps that are parasitic on other arthropods, and each species of Ichneumon is generally very specific about its prey.  Ichneumons can be very difficult to identify to the species level.  Though this is not your species, you might enjoy reading this account on the Sutton Park Natural History website.

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Subject: Velvet Ant
Location: Cookeville, TN
September 18, 2012 9:58 am
I was recently camping in Cookeville, TN when this colorful bug came running through our campsite. A couple days later I was able to identify it as a female Red Velvet Ant. I thought you may like to have these photos for your archives.
Sorry they aren’t a little more focused, the pics were taken on my phone and that little bugger is FAST!
I heard rumors that the blue ones lived there too but I wasn’t lucky enough to see one.
Signature: Lex

Velvet Ant

Hi Lex,
Thanks for sending in your photo.  It nicely depicts the coloration and markings of the Velvet Ant commonly called a Cowkiller.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: East-Central PA
September 9, 2012 6:04 am
This many of these bugs are swarming in my vegetable garden.
Signature: Jim’s Bug

Digger Wasp

Hi Jim,
This is a Digger Wasp or Blue Winged Wasp,
Scolia dubia.  Female Digger Wasps prey upon the grubs of Green June Beetles and Japanese Beetles in order to provide food for her brood.  For that reason, Digger Wasps should be considered beneficial and there presence should be tolerated in the garden.  Adult Digger Wasps feed on nectar, and since they are solitary wasps, they are not considered aggressive.  It is possible that one might be stung if an attempt is made to handle a female Digger Wasp.  Male Digger Wasps cannot sting.  For more information, you should see BugGuide.

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Subject: Cicada Killers
Location: Pelham, New Hampshire 03076
September 5, 2012 9:26 pm
Hi Bug man,
I just wanted to let you know I have 5 FIVE nests in my yard of Cicada Killers.
I have seen them going into the ground only after one buzzed by my head and out of the corner of my eye my first thought was a small bird.
Then I watched as it landed and went into the ground on the end of a mulch bed.
I was able to get a few pictures but nothing clear enough to send in.
Strange part is all the other people who sent in pictures live in the southern states.
I live in Pelham, New Hampshire.
This lady cicada is about 2 1/2 inches long the biggest of all in the 5 nests scattered around my 1.5 acre lot.
Thank you for having such a fantastic website.
Signature: Steve

Cicada Killer

Hi Steve,
The Cicada Killer is distinct enough to be recognized in your blurry photo, and we have no dearth of sharp images of Cicada Killers on our website.  We are pleased to hear you are living in harmony with them in New Hampshire.  Though BugGuide does not have any reports of Cicada Killers in New Hampshire, they are reported in nearby New York and Massachusetts.

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Subject: Red wasp with bright blue wings
Location: Loon Lake, CA — near Tahoe in El Dorado National Forest, very close to the lake
September 2, 2012 12:01 pm
This bright, beautiful little critter completely surprised me – I’ve never seen anything quite like this! I’d love to know what it was.
Signature: Christy

Spider Wasp: Tachypompilus unicolor

Hi Christy,
We are nearly certain that this is a Spider Wasp,
Tachypompilus unicolor, though some details are difficult to discern in your photograph.  The wasp appears to be searching the ground, which is a major factor in our identification as Spider Wasps hunt spiders in this manner, especially since they prey upon Wolf Spiders to feed their young.  You may refer to BugGuide for additional information, including that the preferred habitat is :  “Varied, but they are usually found in open habitats.”

I really appreciate the ID!  Yes, it was down on the gravel-y ground, a few feet from the lake in one direction, and about 20 feet from a pine forest the other direction.  I only saw it on the ground for about a minute, and then it flew away.
Thanks,
-Christy

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Subject: Huge wasp-like insect
Location: Smyrna, Ga
August 31, 2012 9:17 am
Hi, I found this guy on a tree in a parking lot in Smyrna, Ga. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Howard

Cicada Killer

Hi Howard,
This is a Cicada Killer and it is late in the season for a sighting.  We suspect there is sap oozing from the tree and the Cicada Killer is feeding on the sap.

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