Beetle
June 2, 2010
Found this the other night , may have come out of a potted cucumber plant that we were re-potting. (can’t be positive) Just wondering what it was and if it had been in the dirt in the pot, could it have damaged the roots? His body is about 2 inches long. We put him in a bug box and he burrowed under the dirt in it. Thanks!
AKF
NE Indiana

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear AKF,
This spectacular beetle is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle. Lucanus capreolus.  We suspect it may have been attracted to lights near your plant.  The larvae feed on decaying wood and neither adults nor larvae will attack your potted plants.

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Large egg cluster found on log floating in small pond, NW Ontario
June 2, 2010
Hi!. A friend and I were photographing orchids when we noticed this egg cluster sitting on a log. Actually it seems more like two clusters side by side. We assumed it was insect related and hoped you could give us some insight into what we were looking at?
Mike Lawrence
Sioux Lookout Ontario

Giant Water Bug Eggs

Hi Mike,
These really look like the eggs of a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae.  The eggs of Giant Water Bugs in the genus Belostoma look like this, but the female cements them onto the back of the male and we have not heard of them being placed elsewhere.  Here is a BugGuide image of a male carrying the eggs.  We have not seen documentation of the eggs of a Lethocerus species so we did some research.  According to the University of Florida Extension Entomology page:  “Eggs of Lethocerus are deposited above water on vegetation and other objects
”  and the accompanying photo matches your image.

Excelent, thank you.
We do have giant water bugs locally. As a matter of fact, a local public school struggles with the spring/summer appearance of these as the kids like to pick them up and wind up being bitten!
thanks again
Mike Lawrence
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Bumble-sized white-faced bee-mimic fly. Botfly?
June 2, 2010
Saw several of these large bee-mimicing flies feeding on a flowering tree. Looked through 9 pages of bee mimics on WTB and didn’t anyone quite like it.
The bristly hairs on the back end seemed botfly-like to me, but google hasn’t turned up a winner there either.
Thanks for your help,
Bert
Southern Illinois

Tachinid Fly: Belvosia borealis

Hi Bert,
This is a Tachinid Fly, Belvosia borealis, and we matched it quickly to a photo on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larval stages are parasitoids of other insects. Almost every order of insects is attacked by tachinids, including a few types of non-insect arthropods. Some tachinids are very specific and others can parasitize a wide variety of hosts. The most common hosts are caterpillars.
”  BugGuide also indicates:  “Most tachinids deposit their eggs directly on the body of their host, and it is not uncommon to see caterpillars with several tachinid eggs on them. Upon hatching the larva usually burrows into its host and feeds internally. When fully developed it leaves the host and pupates nearby. Some tachinids lay their eggs on foliage; the larvae are flattened and are called planidia; they remain on the foliage until they find a suitable host.

Tachinid Fly: Belvosia borealis

Their hosts would have to be something pretty meaty considering the size of the fly, will keep an eye on that tree this season and see what else grows there.
Thanks very much.
-Bert

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Cricket Like Bug, Moves/Is Jittery like a Wasp
June 1, 2010
Dear Bugperson(s),
My boyfriend and I are long-time visitors of the site, and just love to see what bugs our fellow site-mates are observing around the world.
We have seen this type of bug here at our NW Houston home many times. This picture was taken in May, 2010. Often, we have observed them trying to get inside at our windows; frequently we have rescued them from an inside window. They fly in a zooming type of way, are very fast both walking and flying, and flick their tails in a downward motion. They are relatively easy to catch if not too far overhead. They appear brushfooted, are always dark grey to black. We have never observed them eating, or even more than one at a time. We affectionately refer to them as “crickety-things.”
With Gratitude for all you do, Sam and Sean Curotto
Houston, TX, USA

Ensign Wasp

Dear Sam and Sean,
This is an Ensign Wasp and it will not harm you or your home.  Ensign Wasps are parasitic, and the young wasp larvae feed on the contents of the ootheca, or egg cases, of Cockroaches.  Anything that naturally assists in the control of cockroaches in the home should be considered beneficial.

Thank you so much Bugman!  This is the best news, and we have new-found respect for these little guys.  I liked them before, just because they were bugs.  Now, they’re heroes, too!    Sam

giant ichneumon survived windshield
June 2, 2010
This hit my windshield very lightly, and stayed for the rest of my ride home. Sorry the pictures are through my windshield, but there was NO WAY I was getting out of my car with that bad boy (or girl, actually) creeping around! You had other pics but this seemed more close up & I thought you might like them. Found in the Raleigh, NC area, end of April. Enjoy your site!
Creeped out but still fasinated
Raleigh NC

Giant Ichneumon

Dear Creeped out,
This is one interesting image of a Giant Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa.  We believe it is Megarhyssa macrurus, which is profiled on BugGuide.

I had my husband come out & flick it off my car before I’d get out, and I’m still thanking him for that! Glad you liked the pic well enough to post on your site (I’m somebody now lol), take care & keep up the good work.

Eastern Hurcules beetle
June 2, 2010
Eastern Hurcules beetle
I found this huge beetle in the parking lot. Location, Buford, GA. Released it to the woods.
Nobody
Buford, GA

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Nobody,
Anyone who would rescue a Hercules Beetle from a parking lot where it was sure to be run over or stepped on is surely a somebody in our book.