large yellow bug with black spots and black feet it can fly.
July 19, 2009
I was outside on my balcony when I saw about eight of these things flying around then one landed on the building and I have no clue what it is.
cori
greapevine,Texas

Cottonwood Borer

Cottonwood Borer

Hi cori,
The Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator is usually described as white with black markings.  It is a beetle in the family Cerambycidae.
We really love the narrative mystery mood of your photo.  It is quite cinematic.

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Interesting Long Black Bug
July 18, 2009
Thanks for taking a look at this bug. It was hanging out on the side of our house, and wasn’t afraid when I brought the camera lens up close. It must have been at least two inches long, and that may have been just the body length. It was late spring. I have higher resolution pictures if required.
Shilo
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Salmonfly

Salmonfly

Hi Shilo,
This is a Giant Stonefly or Salmonfly in the genus Pteronarcys.  There is a matching photo on BugGuide also from Alberta Canada.

What is this beetle?
July 19, 2009
Found in Moncks Corner, SC near Lake Moultrie, Took more pictures if you would like to see, let me know.
Collin Hodges
Moncks Corner, SC

Ox Beetle

Ox Beetle

Hi Collin,
We just posted a photo of a Triceratops Beetle, and your Ox Beetle, Strategus antaeus, is a relative in the same tribe, Oryctini.  You can read about the Ox Beetle on BugGuide, which states it is found in the “Eastern United States: Connecticut south to Florida, west to Illinois, Oklahoma.”

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Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail
July 18, 2009
I photographed this beautiful specimen in Cornville, Arizona
roowadphotog
North-Central Arizona

Two-Tailed Swallowtail

Two-Tailed Swallowtail

Hi roowadphotog,
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Two-Tailed Swallowtail, Papilio multicaudata, which can also be viewed on BugGuide.

Unknown Bug
July 19, 2009
Hello,
I found this bug outside my house and can’t figure out what it is. It has a one segment body. Fourteen legs on each side. A false set of antennae on the back side and it looks like it also has pinchers on the front.
Curious Bugman
Upland, California which is at the base of Mt. Baldy of the Inland Empire.

House Centipede

House Centipede

House Centipede

thx – do they bite?  are they poisonous?  thx in advance

You can find tons of info on the House Centipede online, and though all centipedes have venom, the House Centipede is not dangerous to humans and we have not gotten any reports of bites though we get 100s of ID requests per year.

What is this Beetle?
July 19, 2009
Found this beetle trying to burrow into the concrete under my front door, so we picked him up and had a good looksie at him. Can’t for the life of me figure out what kind he is. Thought he was a rhinocerous beetle, but can’t find a picture that looks like him. Help!
Jonathan C
Fort Pierce, FL USA

Triceratops Beetle

Triceratops Beetle

Dear Jonathan,
Though we often have people write in comparing insects to dinosaurs, like calling the Wheel Bug a Stegosaurus, to the best of our knowledge, this may be the only insect that actually is named for a dinosaur. Your Triceratops Beetle, Phileurus truncatus, is also called a Loving Beetle according to BugGuide which has this information:  “Adults come to lights. Larvae feed in rotten logs, reported, in particular, from dead oaks. Presumably, males (?) use horns to defend breeding sites. Lifespan of adults is reported to be quite long (up to two years) in captivity. Reported to have structures for sound production (stridulation) (1). Stridulate softly when handled (P. Coin, Durham, NC 11 July 2007).”  BugGuide also has this crazy statement:  “Adults have been reported causing cabin fires by coming down chimneys, presumably attracted to fireplace smoke and spreading embers” which we find odd and potentially libelous.  We surely hope that statement does not contribute to the unnecessary carnage of this magnificent creature.

Triceratops Beetle

Triceratops Beetle