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Subject: black long legs big head beetle?
Location: Miami Florida
November 14, 2013 9:26 pm
Dear whats that bug,
I just found this visitor in our bathroom in the morning in November in Miami Florida.
Is not as beautiful as other bugs that i see in this website but I am just move by curiosity.
I could not found any picture online exactly as this guy . I think is a beetle
I took the pic with my cell phone and the animal was very high in the wall so i couldn’t get closer.
Thank you in advance
Signature: vlad

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

Dear Vlad,
This is an Ensign Wasp, and you should probably welcome it into your home.  The female Ensign Wasp parasitizes the ootheca or egg case of a Cockroach, and the developing Ensign Wasp larva feeds upon the eggs and developing Cockroaches, helping to control the population of an insect that very few people, even the most tolerant, will relish having in their homes.

Dear Daniel Marlos,
Thank you for your fast reply. I need to work in my id skills! Good that I leave it alone as I normally do with insects (with the exception of cockroaches).
Vlad

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Subject: we didnt know what this was?
Location: Selby, North Yorkshire, England
November 12, 2013 10:49 am
we found it on a window in college on the 12 of November 2013 and we have no idea what this is,people were afraid because of the sting on it!! but i managed to get a close photo of it please get back soon
Signature: however you prefer

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

This is some species of Parasitic Hymenopteran, most likely an Ichneumon.

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Subject: Help Please to Identify this lovely (wasp?) but
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
October 24, 2013 8:54 pm
Hi, yesterday I saw this little guy walking on my driveway and was intrigued with his colors. The shape generally reminds me of a wasp, but I could be miles wrong. His wings were black with a blue-ish/purple-ish sheen, and bright yellow antennae.
I hope the pic provides enough clues.
Signature: Brenda

Ichneumon:  Therion morio

Ichneumon: Therion morio

Dear Brenda,
This is a Parasitic Wasp known as an Ichneumon.  We are nearly certain it is
Therion morio, but that species generally has yellow legs.  See BugGuide for additional photos.

Thank you, Daniel. I’m shocked but very excited to get a response so quickly! I’ll check it out now.
Thanks,
Brenda

Hi again Brenda,
Our very small staff is only able to post a few of the numerous requests we receive daily.  We try to choose from interesting subject lines when we begin reading submissions, and then we post those that we believe would most interest our readership.  Underrepresented species on our site, unusual sightings, timely sightings, interesting letters and beautiful photographs are just some of the criteria we use to select letters to post.  Sadly, we do not have the time to read every letter and submission.  Perhaps when we retire from the work force we will have more time to devote to What’s That Bug? which started so small many years ago in the previous millenium, and which has grown to a difficult to manage size over the years.

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Subject: Identifying Insect
Location: Cheltenham VIC
October 23, 2013 4:17 am
Hi,
I found two of these beautiful insects in my backyard the other day. I googled them and it looks like the Orchid Dupe Wasp.
I have a curious 2 year old and I’m concerned about the enormous stinger they have. Are they particularly dangerous and could there be a nest around?
Thanks in advance :)
Signature: Alex

Orchid Dupe Wasp

Orchid Dupe Wasp

Dear Alex,
Congratulations on identifying your Orchid Dupe Wasp,
Lissopimpla excelsa, a species of parasitic Ichneumon from Australia.  What you have identified as a stinger is the ovipositor of the female, and wasps that sting are using a modified ovipositor.  Some Ichneumons are capable of stinging.  We will try to locate some more specific information for you.

Great. Thank you so much for the quick response. I look forward to hearing more info if you come across any.
Cheers
Alex

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Subject: bugs
Location: broken bow, oklahoma
October 21, 2013 6:35 am
I found this bug outside my garage window. I trapped it in a glass bowl. After taking a photo I let it go. I have not been able to find out what it is and I was hoping you could.
Signature: Christian Tyler Short

American Pelecinid

American Pelecinid

Hi Christian,
This is a very excellent photo for identification purposes.  This is a female American Pelecinid, a parasitic wasp that pushes its long abdomen into the ground to lay eggs on the grubs of Scarab Beetles.  The beetle grub provides food for the developing American Pelecinid larva.

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Subject: Sawflies
Location: Southwest MI, USA
October 18, 2013 4:08 pm
Happened to see this fellow on a marigold. Had never seen one before but after looking online, my best guess it is some sort of sawfly. Can you identify it for me?
Signature: d.k. dodge

Possibly Male Ichneumon

Possibly Male Ichneumon

Hi d.k. dodge,
We believe this is a male Ichneumon, and that family, according to BugGuide, contains:  “About 5,000 described species in North America, possibly 3,000 more undescribed(2); arguably, the largest animal family, with the estimated 60,000 species worldwide (up to 100,000, according to some estimates.”  We have contacted Eric Eaton for confirmation.

Eric Eaton confirms
Yes, an ichneumon.  Not sure what gender, though.  Not all female ichneumons have a visible ovipositor.
Eric

Thank you.  The body type would be consistent with many ichneumons, so I’m not surprised.  I anxiously await more confirmation.

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