Michigan Northen Golden Bumblebee?
Hello, Bugman:
Large, fuzzy and almost solid yellow bumblebees have been buzzing around our S. E. Michigan gardens for a few weeks now. I’ve never seen one so big and solid yellow before; about 1″ long, possibly a queen? They are attracted to the zinnias in our planter box. After looking online to identify it, I believe it may be a Northern Golden Bumblebee. I looked through your on-site bee photos and don’t remember seeing one like this in your galleries. Could you confirm if this is indeed a Golden?

We believe that your identification of a Northern Golden Bumblebee, Bombus fervidus, is correct based on images posted to BugGuide. For more information on this species, visit Discover Life.

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Hi There,
I live in Scottsdale next to mountainous desert, and our house has been invaded by thousands, if not millions of these little beetles. My pest control guy either couldn’t ID them, or mis-ID’d them (I believe) as a carpet beetle. They are 1⁄4 inch in length and can fly. They have come out in the rainy monsoon season this summer. Any info you could provide would be much appreciated.
Tom Eccles

Hi Tom,
This is a benign Seed Bug with no common name, Neacoryphus lateralis. While we are certain there are many reputable exterminators out there, others will probably try to convince you that every crawling creature on your property is detrimental to the health and welfare of your family, or damaging to your home or garden. Remember, spraying pesticides on your property is a paycheck for the exterminator, and pesticides are not species specific.

White powdery caterpillars devouring my dogwood!
The culprits look like bird droppings when curled up in a circle under the leaves. When eating (aggressively) they are 11/2 inch long caterpillars with black and white heads and a powdery coating that stuck to me when I pruned and removed leaves with pests and eggs! I sprayed the shrub and the next day there were more! One caterpillar was gold coloured-before or after the powdery coating?? Please help!
Kathy Ferguson
Goderich, (Southern) Ontario, Canada

Hi Kathy,
These are Dogwood Sawflies, Macremphytus tarsatus (or one of two other closely related species in the genus that are difficult to distinguish from one another), and they are related to wasps, so they are not Caterpillars. Dogwood Sawflies, according to BugGuide, have larvae that: “start out covered with a powdery waxy white coating, which they shed later in the year to become yellow with black cross-stripes or spots on top. “

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New London, NH USA
Can you tell me what these caterpillars are? I think one is a swallowtail but don’t know the other one. Thank You

Your non-caterpillar is a Cimbex Sawfly Larva.

ID help please
Hi there,
I’ve attached a photo that I took in southeast Arizona this past week, around Sierra Vista. I was chasing after what I thought was a Tarantula Hawk and saw it land. As I approached the “bug” I saw that it had been captured by a mystery insect. What captured my target? Thanks in advance for your help, and please keep up the good work. I love using your site as a resource for identifying mystery insects.
BJ Stacey
Fins to fur, fangs to feathers: capturing wildlife through a lens.
Check out my web site: http://www.finatic-photography.com/

Hi BJ,
The predator in your photo is a Robber Fly known as a Hanging Thief in the genus Diogmites. The prey is not a Tarantula Hawk, but some species of beetle. The angle of view makes identification a bit difficult.

what is this caterpiller
I’m scanning some beautiful slides of a photographer who died a couple years ago. She had no family and so her friends and I are trying to save her work and show or sell them. It would help if we knew what we’re looking at and I hope you can help with this one. She traveled all over the world but lived the last decade in Florida. I think this caterpiller was from here. Thank you

Hi Cindy,
We don’t recognize your caterpillar, but it is a butterfly and not a moth. Because of the structural similarity to the Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, Battus philenor, we suspect this is one of the Swallowtails, probably an exotic species and not a Floridian one. Perhaps one of our readers will recognize this stunning caterpillar.

Update: December 18, 2008
Caterpillar Identifications
Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 8:57 PM
Hello again, Daniel. … a few other IDs and correction.
This larva is in the genus Idea (Nymphalidae, Danainae). If I could see a high-resolution photo, I would probably be able to identify the species and country/area of origin.
I hope the above information is helpful.
Best wishes,
Keith Wolfe
aka “EarlyStages”