Subject: what is this
Location: spanaway Washington
June 28, 2015 11:57 am
Its about 1,5 to 2 inches long
Signature: lamont

Horntail

Horntail

Dear Lamont,
This is a Giant Wood Wasp or Horntail in the genus
Urocerus, and based on images and sighting information on BugGuide, we believe it is Urocerus flavicornisThe ovipositor at the end of the abdomen indicates that this is a female.  The female uses her ovipositor to deposit her eggs beneath the bark of trees and the larvae that hatch bore in the wood.

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Subject:  Ten Lined June Beetle in Mount Washington
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
June 13, 2015 7:30 AM
Since we are in a drought, we are trying to be creative about saving water and keeping the garden from dying.  Though we are contemplating a grey water reclamation system, that requires some expense, but we have implemented several efforts to conserve.  We save shower water in a five gallon bucket and we save water from washing dishes in a big pot.  We then manually dump that water in the yard.  This morning while emptying the pot from the sink, we spotted this gorgeous Ten Lined June Beetle,
Polyphylla decemlineata, on the screen door.  We have been in Mount Washington for twenty years and this is a first for us, though we are no stranger to Ten Lined June Beetles in Pasadena.  According to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “They are attracted to light at night and are seen frequently at night in the San Gabriel Mountains and, occasionally, in nearby foothill communities.”  We are going to contact local lepidopterist Julian Donahue to see if he knows of any previous Mount Washington sightings.

Ten Lined June Beetle

Ten Lined June Beetle

Boris, our office cat, was quite enthralled with the large Ten Lined June Beetle on the screen door.  Adult Ten Lined June Beetles feed on pine needles, and there are two large pines on the grounds.  We didn’t want to disturb the critter for a closer look, but the antennae indicates this might be a male.

Ten Lined June Beetle

Ten Lined June Beetle

i’ve never seen these locally.
the closest location i can recall is seeing them on the carrizo plain.
nice photo of boris the toe biter, too!
Clare Marter Kenyon

Subject: Identification of this insect
Location: Southwest Iowa, Harrison County, Jefferson Township
June 28, 2015 6:42 pm
This insect was found crawling on a red oak tree in our house yard., that we have been having trouble with what seemed to be Beatles boring into the tree trunk in the fall or late summer and then in the spring hatching out because we see sap running down tree. We live in Southwest Iowa and Harrison County Jefferson Township in the country.
Signature: Cindy Myer

Firefly

Firefly

Dear Cindy,
Your images are very blurry.  The first image we opened appeared to resemble a dead Firefly, but there are several similar looking species and we could not be certain due to the poor quality, however, your second attached image with the view of the underside clearly shows the light producing organ at the tip of the abdomen.  This Firefly is not boring into your tree. Fireflies are beneficial insects.  The larvae are predatory, and they feed on small creatures including on snails and slugs.  In an attempt to educate the public on the importance than insects play in the complex web of life, and because this Firefly that was found crawling and it appears it will crawl no more, we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Firefly

Firefly

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Subject: flying bug
Location: southwest louisiana
July 4, 2015 9:34 pm
Hello, just wondering what type of bug this is?
Signature: ?

Owlfly

Owlfly

This fascinating creature is an Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae, and according to BugGuide, they are:  “Bizarre creatures that look like a cross between a dragonfly and a butterfly. The body resembles that of other neuropterans, more-or-less, but the prominent antennae are clubbed like those of butterflies. Key characters:  Medium to large size, Clubbed antennae, Eyes large and bulge out from head, may rest in cryptic posture with abdomen projecting from perch, resembling a twig.”

Subject: Swarms of Bugs on my Fence in Kentucky.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
June 25, 2015 9:44 am
All,
I woke up this morning and saw several swarms of the attached bugs on my fence in Louisville, KY. Any ideas what this is?
Signature: Rick L

Barklice

Barklice

Dear Rick,
These benign Barklice or Tree Cattle are generally found feeding on lichens and fungus on trees, and because of their numbers, they alarm gardeners.  They are perfectly harmless.  Finding them on a fence is unusual, but if you used untreated wood, fungus and lichen might be growing on the fence.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Carrolton, GA, USA
June 27, 2015 5:31 am
I have no clue what this is. Please help identify. He was dead when i found him so I posed him for the photos.
Signature: The Dude

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dude,
This is a male Eastern Hercules Beetle,
Dynastes tityus.  We have been getting numerous identification requests of this species this year, so we created a featured posting that shows the difference between the horned male and hornless female Eastern Hercules Beetle.