Subject: What is this bug
Location: South Carolina
January 4, 2015 8:49 pm
I have found three of these in my house. What are they? They move slowly.
Signature: Hates bugs

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Hates bugs,
This is an invasive exotic species, a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  It was recently introduced to North America and spread rapidly across the continent.

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Subject: Mystery wasp
Location: Cuba
January 5, 2015 10:24 am
I took these photos of this spectacular-looking insect in Cuba on December 11th last year. It was big – I suppose around 4 inches long.
Having done a lot of searching on the net, I have not found any photos of an insect exactly like this one. It resembles pictures of tarantula wasps, but none of the others I’ve seen have the same colouring or the segmented yellow antennae. I did discover that there are tarantula wasp mimics, so perhaps this bug is a mimic?
I hope you can help me.
Thanks in advance
Signature: Mary

Spider Wasp, Probably Tarantula Hawk

Spider Wasp, Probably Tarantula Hawk

Dear Mary,
This is a gorgeous Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, and it could well be a species of Tarantula Hawk.
  Your individual looks very similar to Pepsis menechma which is pictured on BugGuide.  In 2006, we posted this image of a Cuban Tarantula Hawk, but alas, it does not show the antennae.  We are postdating your submission to go live during our absence from the office next week.

Most likely Tarantula Hawk

Most likely Tarantula Hawk

Ah yes, I did see the dried-up bug photo and wondered if it had looked like mine when alive. You’re right my blue bug was gorgeous and I was very lucky to see it on my last morning before leaving to fly back to England.
Many thanks for your help, Daniel.
Mary

Spider Wasp, most likely Tarantula Hawk

Spider Wasp, most likely Tarantula Hawk

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Subject: unknown spider
Location: Upper-Coomera Gold Coast 4209, Queensland
January 3, 2015 4:02 pm
This bug only comes out at night to the same place, makes its Web between the garden and rail by the pool, in the morning the spider and Web are gone.
It has a bright orange/red back and it seems like it’s like a shell (not sure).
Please help us find out what it is..
Thanks
Signature: Ellen

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Dear Ellen,
This is a harmless Orbweaver is also called a Garden Spider, and we believe it is in the genus
Eriophora based on images posted to the Brisbane Insect Website.  This appears to be a genus with some variability in coloration and markings within the species.  We believe your species is Eriophora biapicata and there is a nice image posted to FlickR.  We are postdating your submission to go live next week while we are out of the office.

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Subject: bug identification
Location: Howrah, West Bengal, India
January 4, 2015 2:35 am
I would like to know about this bug. Regards.
Signature: sreeradha steh

Jewel Bugs

Lychee Shield Bugs

Dear Sreeradha,
This pretty Shield Bugs in the family Scutelleridae are commonly called Lychee Shield Bugs,
Chrysocoris stolli.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site next week while we are on holiday.

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Subject: swarming black tiny bugs
Location: Southcoast MA
January 4, 2015 1:12 pm
wonder if these are springtails or something else?
Signature: Liz

Probably Snow Fleas

Probably Snow Fleas

Dear Liz,
There is not enough detail in your image, even when enlarged, to reveal the identity of individual insects, but we believe these are most likely Springtails.  Springtails that become active on sunny days in the winter, even with snow on the ground, are called Snow Fleas.
  Since we will be out of the office for a spell, we are postdating your submission to go live in our absence later in the month.

Probably Springtails, AKA Snow Fleas

Probably Springtails, AKA Snow Fleas

Subject: Beetle
Location: Minnesota
May 18, 2011 8:45 am
Hello bugman,
These images were taken on 5.18.2011 in Minnesota, east of Minneapolis about 20 miles, and although the image quality isn’t very good, I was hoping to learn what it is. It was rather large, perhaps 3 inches. It’s hard to see but on the side view image it looks as though there’s a good size hole in the abdomen, but that could just be an illusion because of the angle and poor image quality. At first I thought it was an Odonata excuviea but ruled it out. Then I thought it might be a click beetle, but I don’t think it is.
I looked on Bug Guide, but wasn’t able to ID this bug. So, I hoping you may be ab;e to shed some light on this ugly, but fascinating little bug
Signature: Laura

Brown and Gold Rove Beetle

Possibly Brown and Gold Rove Beetle

Dear Laura,
Even though you were unable to properly identify this Rove Beetle, we are impressed that you recognized it as a beetle as Rove Beetles do not resemble most beetles as they lack hard elytra.  It looks similar to 
Platydracus maculosus which is pictured on BugGuide, but we would not entirely discount that it might be a Brown and Gold Rove Beetle, Ontholestes cingulatus, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  Rove Beetles are a large family and your individual might be in an entirely different genusSince your image is several years old, this is not a timely or seasonal posting.  We are preparing several posts to go live while we are away from the office in early January, so you will be able to find this posting on our site in the coming week.

Brown and Gold Rove Beetle

Possibly Brown and Gold Rove Beetle

Thank you so much for your speedy reply and information. I don’t often see beetles of any kind and certainly not as large as this, at least not alive!
Thanks again, Bugman!
Laura from Mound Mn

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