Cool Bug Pics
The Borer and Bee Killer are both from my yard in Seguin TX
R

Hi Renee,
We see you have labled your photo of Plinthocoelium suaveolens with the common name Texas Bumelia Borer. We posted another image of this species yesterday and lamented its lack of a universally accepted common name. We would propose Tupelo Tree Borer after another host tree.

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Colorful Beetle
I found this colorful beetle, which at first glance appears to be a super laybird beetle, on swamp milkweed in a garden in Milwaukee, WI on July 19, 2008. Two views.
Bob

Hi Bob,
You actually had your answer in your question. You knew it was a beetle and you knew it was on swamp milkweed, and it is a Swamp Milkweed Beetle, Labidomera clivicollis.

Help
What is this bug, it is eating up my tree. I have thousands of them Thank you for your time

Mom in Ohio says the Japanese Beetles turn the leaves of her plants into “lace doilies” and your photo illustrates this nicely.

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In the interest of sharing – picture from Ingomar, Mississippi
This may end up in the trash, and that’s OK. I don’t need an explanation of what he is – they are all over the place in Virginia where I live. This is my reminder to never leave home without a camera. The attached picture has not been altered; this guy was hanging out on the front porch of my cousin’s home in Ingomar, Mississippi. In 2005 I spent a week with her while she was undergoing cancer treatment. The backdrop is a plaque on the wall beside the front door just below a porch light, and was a gift from another cousin so the picture has even more sentimental value. It just happens to be the same color and similar pattern as the garden spider’s head. Three years later we both still use this picture as our Windows desktop wallpaper. Date: October 11, 2005 Place: Ingomar, Mississippi
Lynne

Hi Lynne,
This photo of Argiope aurantia, the Golden Orb Weaver, or Yellow Garden Spider, or Black and Yellow Argiope, or Writing Spider, or Yellow Garden Orbweaver, is just the type of quirky photo that appeals to our aesthetic. If we ever do another calendar, it would be exactly the type of image we would select. Though we get many technically gorgeous photos for our site, we really prefer those that cross the line from mere identification documents to artistic representations. We can only wonder how many traveling sales persons, proselytizers and neighbors turned away in horror at the front door.

What is this bee like insect with club antennae
Found today Doncaster UK. Is this a bee or a mimic ( has mandibles and unusual club ended antennae) ? Many thanks
Gerry Collins

Hi Gerry,
This is a Club-Horned Sawfly in the family Cimbicidae. Cimbicid Sawflies are related to both bees and wasps, and they do not sting. The larvae look like caterpillars and they are frequently mistaken for them.

Strange White Caterpillar from Oil City Pennsylvania
Hello Bugman!
I emailed you last week but just realized that you requested the location of the bugs found. I am resending this letter in hopes that you can help me identify the caterpillar we found in our backyard. First, I must say I love your website and check it regularly. Recently my fiance and I found this caterpillar (the first two pictures) on a small tree in our backyard in Oil City (Northeastern) Pennsylvania. There were 4 of them and I cannot seem to find it anywhere on your website or the rest of the Internet. I was hoping you could tell us what it is. The third picture I believe is the Gypsy Moth Caterpillar but just wanted to double check. Thank you for your help in advance. Keep up the great website!!! Thank you,
Shannon G.

Hi Shannon,
Your white caterpillar is, we believe, infected with Fungus that will probably kill it. It is difficult to determine the species of caterpillar from your photo. BugGuide has a big section on Fungus riddled Flies, but not one for caterpillars. In trying to research Fungus attacking Caterpillars, we found references to a fungus, Entomophaga maimaiga, that is host specific on Gypsy Moth Caterpillars, but it does not resemble the Fungus in the image you have provided. The Gypsy Moth Fungus, Entomophaga maimaiga, is an important biological control of this invasive species, and you can read more on the Country Gardener. The Cornell University Biological Control website has a photo of an infected Gypsy Moth Caterpillar. Your second caterpillar is a Gypsy Moth Caterpillar.

Correction: (07/29/2008) Strange White Caterpillar from Oil City Pennsylvania
This looks a lot like the “Butternut Wooly Worm” images on bugguide. Found them while trying to see if the fly/wasp I sent matches any of their sawflies.
Audrey

Thanks for the correction Audrey. Seems someone on BugGuide also entertained the fungus idea. The Butternut Wooly Worm is actually a Sawfly, Eriocampa juglandis.