Subject: Wasp-like Insect
Location: Central Alabama
August 20, 2014 12:45 pm
Hello. Recently have seen several of these around, esp. near my flowering mint plants. Not sure what they are. I suspect they might sting, but are very docile in nature.
Signature: Wayne

Double Banded Scoliid

Double Banded Scoliid

Dear Wayne,
This beautiful Scarab Hunter or Flower Wasp in the family Scoliidae is commonly called a Double Banded Scoliid,
Scolia bicincta.  As you indicated, they are docile wasps that are solitary in nature.  While we acknowledge that they might sting if the are threatened or carelessly handled, there is very little chance of a sting if they are not bothered.  Scarab Hunter wasps are beneficial insects that help to control the populations of Scarab Beetles.

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Subject: Cricket? Katydid? Stinger?!?
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
August 21, 2014 6:08 am
My girls found this and thought it to be a grasshopper but it has what appears to be a stinger.
Signature: Michelle

Lesser Pine Katydid

Greater Meadow Katydid

Hi Michelle,
This is a Meadow Katydid in the tribe Conocephalini, and it is in the Greater Meadow Katydid genus
Orchelium. The closest match we located on BugGuide is the Lesser Pine Katydid, Orchelimum minor, or possibly a Common Meadow Katydid, Orchelimum vulgare, also pictured on BugGuide.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is actually the ovipositor, an organ used to lay eggs, which makes this individual a female.

Subject: Large beetle looking thing?
Location: Newberg, OR
August 20, 2014 9:47 pm
Hello, Bugman! Maybe you could tell me what bug this is? It’s very large (see penny in photo for scale)
It doesn’t appear to be a cockroach due the the antennae, so I’m stumped.
Signature: Buggily Yours

California Root Borer

California Root Borer

Dear Buggily Yours,
This is a male California Root Borer, and we posted another example just yesterday.

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Subject: Predatory bee killer!
Location: Tucson, AZ
August 20, 2014 5:39 pm
This enormous predator buzzed down to enjoy its dinner on an elk antler in my yard – what is it?
Signature: Alicia

Giant Robber Fly eats Bee

Giant Robber Fly eats Honey Bee

Dear Alicia,
This is one of the best feeding Robber Fly images we have received all summer.  This is a Giant Robber Fly in the genus
Promachus, a genus well populated in our archives this season due to all the images we have received of Red Footed Cannibalflies.  This is a different member of the genus, and we believe it is Promachus albifacies, a species with no unique common name.  You can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.

Subject: Strange Green Thing
Location: Brownwood, Tx
August 20, 2014 7:13 pm
This thing is located in a garden in Brownwood, Tx. The thing on its back seems to be attached.
Signature: thegnatfly

Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Clavate Tortoise Beetle Larva

Hi thegnatfly,
This is the larvae of a Clavate Tortoise Beetle,
Plagiometriona clavata, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide. The attached thing is dried fecal matter.

Wow! Thank you so much! I will let my mom and others know about your site. It was found in her garden.

Subject: Stink bug eater
Location: Northwest Georgia USA
August 19, 2014 5:57 pm
I saw this huge fly eating on a stink bug at the pool. I took a photo of it thinking it may be a species of dragon fly. There were several Dragon flies around with honey bees in their mouths. . Any clue what this is?
Signature: Scott

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats Stink Bug

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats Stink Bug

Dear Scott,
This is a marvelous image of a Red Footed Cannibalfly that we can tag as Food ChainRed Footed Cannibalflies are large, predatory Robber Flies.

Thank you very much. I hope this fly stays around and eats all the stink bugs they can. I’m finding stink bugs in my home. The Red footed cannibal fly is welcome to eat all the stink bugs they can.