Please identify each bug
Location:  Southeastern Iowa, Van Buren County, United States.
September 12, 2010 6:45 pm
I would like you to identify each of these bugs for me please. I am 14 and need them identified for a school project.
Thank you
Signature:  Carson Schuck

Horse Fly

Dear Carson,
We do not do people’s homework since we have enough of our own preparation to do for school.  Your fly is a Horse Fly, but we have not been able to identify the species on BugGuide, though we believe we found an unidentified match in the genus
Tabanus on BugGuide, though because of the angle on your photograph, we are unable to determine if it has the same number of abdominal stripes as the BugGuide image.

Student wants Collection identified

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Giant moth seen in Ecuador
Location:  Milpe Eco Lodge near Mindo Ecuador
September 12, 2010 7:38 pm
Attached are three photos of a giant moth seen August 21, 2010 at an eco lodge near Mindo, Ecuador. The moth was photographed at night as it was perched on wood wall and seemed to be about 8 to 10 inches from top to the tip of its tails. I believe it may be largest I have ever seen. I have named the month the Milpe Fantasma Moth since no one seems to know what it is.
Signature:  Gordon McWilliams

Copiopteryx semiramis

Dear Gordon,
Thank you so much for sending us a larger digital file.  The original file was only 9K and your subsequent file was 4368K, and increase of nearly 500X the resolution.  Our readership appreciates the clarity of your new image of what we believe to be a female C
opiopteryx semiramis  based on our identification using the World’s Largest Saturniidae Site.  The tails of the males are even longer.  An image may also be found on the Moths of Belize website.

Thank you very much for identifying this bizarre moth.  It was quite a shock when we first discovered it.  I have sent your ID info to the owner of the eco lodge.
Gordon McWilliams

You’re welcome.

Is this a water scorpion?
Location:  Woodacre, CA
September 12, 2010 11:30 am
Dear Bugman,
We live in west Marin County, CA. My son Jonah and I found this small bug in the water at the edge of our local creek on April 21, 2010. My son, who was 6-1/2 at the time, casually commented that it looked like a scorpion, and dubbed it ”water scorpion.” Last night when I was looking at other bugs on your web site, I saw that there is a bug called a water scorpion. Did my son hit the nail on the head?
Signature:  Mark & Jonah

Mayfly Naiad

Hi Mark & Jonah,
Your insect is not a Water Scorpion.  This appears to us to be the aquatic nymph of a Mayfly in the order Ephemeroptera, and like other aquatic nymphs, it is commonly called a Naiad.  It bears a close resemblance to the nymphs in the genus
Epeorus, as evidenced by this image on BugGuide.

Mayfly Naiad

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Black Bug with Scorpion-like Tail
Location:  Delevan, NY (Western end of NY)
September 11, 2010 8:10 pm
Just wondering if you can identify this bug! I’ve never seen anything like it…
Signature:  Amy

American Pelecinid

Dear Amy,
First we want to compliment you on the quality and detail in your photograph.  This is an American Pelecinid, the only member of its family native to North America.  This Parasitoid Wasp is a female and she uses her long abdomen to deposit her eggs underground near the burrows of June Beetle Grubs that are feeding on roots.  The wasp larvae feed on the beetle grubs.  It is unlikely that the American Pelecinid will ever be confused with another North American insect because it is so distinctive in its shape.

A black, organge, and baby blue bug
Location:  Santa Clarita
September 11, 2010 9:07 pm
I found this bug at work. It was a good 3 or 4 inches. The bug was blac, organge and baby blue. I’m not sure if it is a hornet or wasp. Do you know what kind of bug this is?
Signature:  David

Tarantula Hawk

Hi David,
This stunningly impressive creature is a Tarantula Hawk, one of a group of Spider Wasps that prey upon tarantulas to feed their young.  Adults are often found taking nectar from flowers and they are especially fond of Milkweed.

Location:  West Texas (Midland)
September 10, 2010 1:15 pm
This bug looks kinda like a springtail, but it’s huge! I live in West Texas, it’s summer time, (September), and it has rained a little bit lately. One got in the house last night. The dog goes out and sits down on the back porch and they stick to his fur.
I only see them at night, and when we’ve turned off the porch light for a while, they go away.
they have long antennae, and are kinda striped.
Signature:  grossed out

Mesquite Girdler

Dear grossed out,
Your beetle is a Mesquite Girdler,
Oncideres rhodosticta, one of the Longhorned Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae.  Your observation that they are attracted to lights is valuable information that is not included on BugGuide, though many other members in the family Cerambycidae, like countless other beetles, moths and other insects, are attracted to lights.