Subject: Cedar Beetle
Location: North Wales UK
June 7, 2015 7:31 am
Found this large beetle stranded on its back on my kitchen window sill. On further examination I realised it was much larger than any I had seen before. After searching the internet I found one like it on your site. It appears to be a Cedar Beetle but I am interested to know more about it. Is it native to the UK and if not how has it arrived here ?
Thank you
Signature: Pat Jones

Cockchafer

Cockchafer

Dear Pat,
This is not a Cedar Beetle.  You encountered a native to England Scarab Beetle commonly called a Cockchafer,
Melolontha melolontha, and you can read more about them on the Natural History Museum website where it states:  “the May bug or cockchafer is not a true bug but a relatively large beetle found more commonly in the south of the UK.”

Cockchafer

Cockchafer

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Subject: Promethea, or Tulip Tree moth?
Location: Central North Carolina
June 7, 2015 5:18 am
Hi! I found these guys hanging out on my front window this morning. I know the one is a Rosy Maple moth, but I’m not sure about the other. I’ve been browsing photos of Promethea and Tulip Tree moths, but I can’t figure out how to tell them apart. What is she?
Signature: April

Tuliptree Silkmoth (right) and Rosy Maple  Moth

Tuliptree Silkmoth (right) and Rosy Maple
Moth

Hi April,
Both the Promethea Moth and the Tuliptree Silkmoth are in the same genus, so they look similar, but we believe this is a female Tuliptree Silkmoth which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Flying brown bug
Location: Lees summit, Missouri
June 4, 2015 10:25 pm
Hello, found this guy on my lap as I entered my car. He came along for the ride till I stopped then flew away. Looks a bit like a horse fly.
Regards.
Signature: Yanik

Stinkfliege

Stinkfliege

Dear Yanik,
We are very excited to post your images of a Stinkfliege,
Coenomyia ferruginea, a fly in the family Xylophagidae, as we have but one other example on our site and your images are far superior.  Alas, there is not much information on BugGuide, but according to the translation of Insektenbox:  “Larvae live on detritus (dead vegetable matter, sludge).”  According to the translation of Insekten, the family are called Wood Flies.

Stinkfliege

Stinkfliege

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Subject: Wondering what this is
Location: Frederic, MI
June 6, 2015 10:23 am
My mom found this bug on her pillow. It’s long like a snake, but looks like a cross between a centipede and a millipede. The first picture shows it normal, the second picture we tried to flip it over to see the bottom of it. Please help.
Signature: Barbie

Centipede

Centipede

Dear Barbie,
This is indeed a Centipede, and though we cannot be certain, it resembles members of the family Cryptopidae that are pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: What am I?
Location: Pennsylvania
June 5, 2015 10:13 pm
Can’t seem to find what this guy is.
Signature: Heather Cookson

Mystery Thing

Horse Fly Egg Mass

Dear Heather,
Your mystery thing has us quite stumped.  It does not look like an insect, but it appears that it might have been produced by an insect.  We do not believe this is an egg mass, but it might be some type of shelter.  The “scales” look somewhat like seeds.  Could you please provide more details on where it was found and regarding its size.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to contribute some valuable information.

Update:  Horse Fly Egg Mass
Immediately after posting, we received a comment identifying this as a Tabanid or Horse Fly Egg Mass, and a link to BugGuide.  Mystery solved thanks to a diligent reader. 

Eric Eaton Confirms
Hi, Daniel:
That is a batch of horse fly or deer fly eggs.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

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Subject: Identify beetle
Location: Se michigan
June 5, 2015 8:02 pm
Could you please identify this beetle found near wooden pallets.
Thank you
Signature: Chris

Who or What Killed the Fiery Searcher???

Who or What Killed the Fiery Searcher???

Dear Chris,
This magnificent Ground Beetle is a Caterpillar Hunter commonly called a Fiery Searcher,
Calosoma scrutator, and it is considered a beneficial insect.  Predatory Fiery Searchers help to control populations of caterpillars and other insects, and though you did not specify how this individual met its death, it appears to be Unnecessary Carnage.  One of our missions is to educate our readers about the importance of the interconnectivity of all life on our planet, and to urge our readership to learn to appreciate and tolerate the native bugs that though they may appear scary, are actually quite harmless, like this gorgeous Fiery Searcher.

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