Subject: freak bug
Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
July 22, 2016 4:43 pm
Spotted this guy on a hike in West Virginia… can’t tell if it’s a beetle or maybe something emerging from casing…. help?
Signature: DJ

Two Lined Spittlebug

Two Lined Spittlebug

Dear DJ,
This Two Lined Spittlebug,
Prosapia bicincta, is a free living Hemipteran, not a Beetle.

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Subject: Bullet Ant
Location: La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
July 23, 2016 12:14 am
Hi Bugman,
Thank you so much for your speedy identification of my robber fly. I had a feeling I wouldn’t be able to get a species ID (especially without the specimen itself and with only one photo) but it’s great knowing the order. Here is the bullet ant (Paraponera clavata) photo I mentioned before, also taken with my Canon macro lens. It was a difficult shot to get as these ants are constantly on the move. I am also submitting (separately) photos of a Weevil found in Monteverde and what I suspect to be a caterpillar in the genus Eumorpha.
Signature: Casey

Bullet Ant

Bullet Ant

Dear Casey,
We have one image of a Bullet Ant from Ecuador in our archive, and at that time we did some research to learn more about
Paraponera clavata.  Your backlit image is really beautiful. 

Subject: Cedar beetle ?
Location: New Hampshire
July 22, 2016 7:54 pm
Hello the misses and I have found a few of these around our porch and light lately and was wondering if you know what kind it is.
Signature: Rob

Variegated June Beetle

Variegated June Beetle

Dear Rob,
Though the antennae are very similar to a Cedar Beetle, we believe this is actually a Variegated June Beetle,
Polyphylla variolosa, and you are correct that they are attracted to lights.

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Subject: Household insect with strange thick parts of legs
Location: New Jersey
July 22, 2016 11:21 pm
Hello,
I have seen these insects twice in my apartment in suburbia lately. One much smaller than this, about a centimeter long, and then this one, which was about 3 centimeters in length.
Sorry the photo is slightly blurry, but I hope you can see the shape. I know it’s not a roach, the back isn’t the right shape. I don’t think it’s a beetle. I am perplexed outside of that though: it has these thickenings near its joints in its legs that remind me of bees, and a head that reminds me of that, too, but it doesn’t have the hemiptera waist. My best guess is a true bug, but that’s pretty vague!
I tried to grab it so I could look at its mouth parts, but it intelligently moved away.
Signature: Sylvia

Long Necked Seed Bug

Long Necked Seed Bug

Dear Sylvia,
This is a Long Necked Seed Bug,
Myodocha serripes, a species that according to BugGuide:  “overwinters in woodlands, migrating to fields in spring/summer; adults attracted to lights” and “Sometimes a pest of strawberries.”  We love your dedication to learning its identity, including trying to see its mouth parts. 

Subject: Beetle?
Location: Las Vegas Nevada
July 22, 2016 11:42 pm
This gem was sitting by my back door here Las Vegas. What exactly is it?
Signature: Michael Hayes

Palo Verde Root Borer

Palo Verde Root Borer

Dear Michael,
The Palo Verde Root Borer,
Derobrachus hovorei, is a large Prionid found in the American southwest.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on roots of living trees: Populus, Quercus, Prosopis, Ulmus, Parkinsonia, Morus, Citrus, Vitis (Hovore et al. 1987)” and “attracted to lights.”

Thank you. That was what I was thinking. Love this site.

Subject: This doesn’t look like a PA native
Location: Pennsylvania
July 22, 2016 9:46 pm
About 1-1/2″ long. We didn’t spend much time together, he was quickly relocated to the great outdoors. This is in Pennsylvania.
Signature: Christine

Brown Prionid

Brown Prionid

Dear Christine,
The Brown Prionid,
Orthosoma brunneum, is a native species in Pennsylvania.