Subject: Beetle colored like a flower
Location: Occoquan, Virginia
July 8, 2014 9:45 pm
Hello i noticed this interestingly colored Beetle on the side of my sliding glass door frame near the outdoor light. I have never seen this species before. It has a beautiful floral looking pattern. I have no idea if that is his wing pattern or body color. I did not want to disturb it. It was there in the morning and stayed all day. I’m figuring it is a Nocturnal species. Any help in Identification would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Signature: Mr. Joe Shukay

Ailanthus Webworm

Ailanthus Webworm

Hi Joe,
This Ailanthus Webworm is a moth, not a beetle.

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Subject: Huge black beetle
Location: New York, US
July 9, 2014 9:25 am
Hello!
While hiking along a trail in Harriman State Park, New York, I came across this monster. It was about 2-3 inches long, and holding its rear end up in the air. It also looked extremely swollen. Any ideas as to what it could be?
Signature: Brittany

Broad Necked Root Borer

Broad Necked Root Borer

Hi Brittany,
July is the month we get the most sightings and requests for the identifications of Longicorns in the subfamily Prioninae, and your Prionid is a Broad-Necked Root Borer,
Prionus laticollis.

Subject: Blue Butterfly Drowning Incident
Location: Silver Lake (Los Angeles) CA
July 10, 2014 12:26 am
Hi Daniel,
These tiny butterflies never stand still long enough to get a good photo, except when they turn up in the dog’s water bowl. In the sunlight, their wings flash brilliant blue near their bodies (I thought their bodies were even blue – after reviewing the photos – I was wrong on that count.)
Wingtip to wingtip, the butterfly might measure an entire inch across. In the sun they look more gray than brown and their blue is iridescent. They particularly like the Plumbago (blue flowers) growing all over the hill.
http://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2014/07/corralitas-drive-blue-butterfly-drowns.html
Signature: Diane E

Marine Blue

Marine Blue

Hi Diane,
The Marine Blue,
Leptotes marina, is a very common butterfly in Los Angeles, and their adaptation to cultivated plumbago as a larval food plant has undoubtedly led to the presence of the Marine Blue throughout Los Angeles.  This female has more brown on its wings than the bluer male.  The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) website has a nice comparison of the sexes.  It appears that the coloration of the Marine Blue is not because of pigment, but because of the way the scales react to light, so we will attempt additional research on this speculation.

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Subject: what is this thing I killed at work
Location: St. Louis, MO
July 10, 2014 1:06 am
this creature was flying around my head today at work. it must have gotten inside when a customer walked in the door. anyway, it flew like a wasp or maybe even a mosquito and it was about an inch or inch and a half in length. as soon as it landed where I could kill it, I didn’t hesitate. so I’m just curious as to what this thing is!
Signature: Nikki

Swatted Robber Fly

Swatted Robber Fly

Dear Nikki,
Even in its swatted state, this Robber Fly is a magnificent creature.  Robber Flies are beneficial predators and they will not attack humans, though they might bite if carelessly handled.  We believe your Robber Fly, a victim of Unnecessary Carnage, is a Hanging Thief.

Subject: Velvet ant In Central Spain
Location: Ocaña, Toledo
July 10, 2014 3:15 am
Hi, I found a female velvet ant yesterday just south of Madrid. Later on I saw what looked like a winged male. I am unfamiliar with Mutillidae of Spain and have failed to find any information on the species these may be.
I have sent a photo of each, but the camera I used was somewhat poor. Another photo I found online, that seems to be of an identical animal is here: http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7049/6863722301_1a4c21453a.jpg
I appreciate that it is pretty much impossible to get a definitive species level ID without the actual animal, but any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Signature: Bec

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Dear Bec,
Thanks for sending your Velvet Ant image.  We found a very similar looking Velvet Ant on FlickR that is identified as
Sigilla dorsata and then we found an image on Invertebrados Insectarium Virtual to support that identification.  Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps reported to have a very painful sting, and nonstinging male Velvet Ants have wings.  Your winged insect is in the order Hymenoptera, which included Ants, Bees and Wasps, but we cannot confirm that it is a male Velvet Ant.

Unknown Hymenopteran

Unknown Hymenopteran

Subject: black and orange scorpion looking spider
Location: east coast of Pennsylvania
July 10, 2014 2:56 am
This spider was on my husband. When I went too get him off, the spider actedas if it wants to fight me. Its orange under butt, curled upwards like a scorpion tail does. Also the antennas parted and acted like swords to fight me. What is it? ??
Signature: Michelle Troxell

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Michelle,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, and though they are not considered aggressive, they will bite if provoked or carelessly handled, and the bite is reported to be quite painful.