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Subject: Unknown flying bug?
Location: Longmont CO
July 26, 2012 1:53 pm
I think I may have been skipped when I post this earlier. I found this bug on my sliding glass door and when I opened the door to get a closer look it flew off and landed on the wall where I then snapped a quick picture. I am new to the area and I am not sure what type of bug this is. It looks like a combo of a moth/wasp.
Signature: Taylor

Ichneumon: Thyreodon atricolor

Hi Taylor,
It didn’t take us too long to correctly identify this parasitic Ichneumon Wasp as
Thyreodon atricolor by using the browse feature on BugGuide which states:  ”Although most members of the huge family Ichneumonidae are difficult to identify, this large species is an easily recognized, day active, slow flying parasitoid of sphinx moth caterpillars.”

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Subject: Cicada killers
Location: Warren County, New York
July 26, 2012 6:31 pm
Dear Bugman,
I thought your audience might enjoy these two cicada killer photos taken on July 18th, 2012, a very warm day in northern New York. It was over 90 degrees. One lucky shot is of a female with a cicada beneath her, just seconds before she rapidly dragged it down her burrow, which can be seen behind her, beneath her left wing. An extensive patch of sandy soil had several cicada killers patrolling it, including the male, also seen here, perched on a twig, less than an inch above the ground, by the entrance to another burrow. He flew off of the perch, a few yards or so, numerous times, only to return to the exact spot, apparently guarding his territory. The insect’s behavior was very much like that of a breeding male songbird, and I found it to be fascinating. It took me awhile to get within close enough distance to photograph him with a macro lens, but patience paid off.
Your truly,
Gerry Lemmo
Queensbury, NY
Signature: www.Gerry

Cicada Killer with Prey

Hi Gerry,
Thank you for sending us your photos and also much thanks for the detailed description of the events.  We are pleased to post your photos that show Cicada Killers under favorable conditions since we receive so many examples of Unnecessary Carnage of this magnificent wasp.

Male Cicada Killer


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Subject: Spider Wasp
Location: Quakertown, PA, USA
July 24, 2012 8:25 pm
Don’t know if you need other examples… I saw your post on Spider wasps and this image is similar, but different colors.
Signature: Jon Kern

Spider Wasp with Prey

Hi Jon,
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Spider Wasp with her prey.  It should be noted that the Spider Wasp does not eat the Spider, which appears to be a Wolf Spider, but rather she uses it to provision a nest for her brood.  We believe your Spider Wasp might be
Tachypompilus ferrugineus based on BugGuide photos. 

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Subject: cicada killer
Location: aviston il.
July 25, 2012 10:10 am
my daughter (10) came in screaming and crying that a giant wasp had landed on her, and keeps trying to get her. So I went out side and wow that thing is huge! After some research I think it may be a cicada killer so i went back out and was able to get some in flight photos but I couldn’t get it to land. Its about 1 1/2-2 inches long orange head and thorax with a black with yellow stripes on the abdomen.
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Cicada Killer

We are posting your submission because it reaffirms that though Cicada Killers might seem scary, they do not tend to sting people.

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Subject: Giant Wasp?
Location: Andover, NJ, butterfly garden
July 22, 2012 12:24 pm
And another one for you … I found several of these giants flying around in a patch of bee balm. They are a little over an inch in length and seemed to be aggressive with each other, as if defending a territory perhaps? They weren’t in the least interested in me, allowing me to poke my camera within inches before buzzing off.
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Cicada Killer

Hi Deborah,
This impressive wasp is a Cicada Killer and they are frequently the victims of Unnecessary Carnage because people are frightened they might sting.  Thanks for confirming that they do not act aggressively towards people, even those with cameras.

Thanks for the quick id on this one!  Good to know I was right that they weren’t aggressive.  J

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Subject: HUGE Wasp??
Location: Illinois
July 17, 2012 8:31 am
this HUGE wasp-like insect has been hanging around our garage and garden. Is it harmful to humans ,as in, will it sting us? I am allergic to stings and I’m a little nervous to go into the garden! It is eating other insects as this picture shows, and this morning when I went to the garden, it flew up from the garden with another bug in it’s legs. We live in Illinois and today is July 17, 2012.
Signature: Mary G.

Hanging Thief eats Paper Wasp

Hi Mary,
The predator in your photo is living up to its common name Hanging Thief.  Hanging Thieves are a family of Robber Flies that often hand from a single leg while feeding.  The only wasp in your photo it the Paper Wasp that is being eaten by the Hanging Thief.  Hanging Thieves often prey upon wasps and bees.  We do not know of anyone being bitten by a Hanging Thief, but we imagine they are capable of biting if they are carelessly handled. 

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