Black and Yellow Striped Beetle
Location:  Southern Utah
July 31, 2010 5:52 pm
I live in Hurricane, Utah, and we went down to the Kolob Reservoir earlier today to fish, and I caught this bug. It looks to me like a Yellow and Black Striped Beetle of some sort. I thought it was a bee at first because of the markings, but it doesn’t have a stinger. It also spreads its wings, but doesn’t seem to fly.

Banded Ash Borer, we believe

Hi Beau,
The angle of view of your photograph is not ideal for identification purposes as it doesn’t fully illustrate the banding pattern on the wings of your beetle which is classified as a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We are relatively certain it is in the tribe Clytini, but there are several genera and species with very similar markings.  Based on your location, we favor this being a Banded Ash Borer,
Neoclytus caprea, which is profiled on BugGuide.  The coloration and pattern is quite similar to several wasps, and it is believe to be a wasp mimic with protective coloration.

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Velvet Ant in Sonoma County?
Location:  Sonoma Mountan Range, California
July 31, 2010 3:07 pm
Hi, I found this fuzzy ant-like insect in a grassy meadow in jack london state park. Earlier this summer I saw one on the same mountain range a little north in Santa Rosa, also on open meadow. What is it? Looks like a ”velevet ant” but do you know the species? The camera was on a weird setting, so the light is a little orange, but I tried to adjust it to be more accurate
Mollyanne Meyn

Velvet Ant

Hi Mollyanne,
You are correct that this is a Velvet Ant.  We tried to color correct your image.  It appears that your specimen might be in the genus Pseudomethoca which is represented on BugGuide.  We would greatly welcome any input from experts in the family Mutillidae to assist in a proper species identification.

Thanks Daniel, from other  on the site, it looks most like anthracina to me. I love this website and service. many thanks for the response.

Not the fig beetle
Location:  Western AZ
July 31, 2010 12:38 pm
I was looking up beetles that are found on figs, and kept coming up with the larger fig beetle that looks like a Japanese beetle. These are much smaller and seem to be in a mating frenzy. Location western AZ, elevation approx. 1800 ft.
Judi V. Cugat

African Painted Bugs

Hi Judy,
These tiny Stink Bugs are called African Painted Bugs,
Bagrada hilaris, and they are one of the most recent agricultural scourges to hit the western states.  They are an invasive exotic species that was first reported in Los Angeles in 2008 according to a very comprehensive report from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture.  We encountered them in our Los Angeles vegetable patch last summer where they proliferated on collard greens and kale, and your photos are the first indication we have received that they will also infest figs.  That is significant information.   BugGuide remarks:  “Not native to North America, and a potential pest, especially of cruciferous crops (Brassicaceae, i.e. cabbage, kale, mustard), but also other crops (incl., at least in Africa, cotton, millet, potato).

Mating African Painted Bugs

Thank you for your prompt response.  My father (in Florida) sent me identification  just a few minutes before you did.  I am glad to help and will report any unusual things I come across. I’m a Master Gardener, La Paz County, AZ.

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Red Lilly Beetle
Location:  Naugatuck,CT. USA
July 31, 2010 11:17 am
Hi there love this site, I have been interested in insects since I was little. I have never seen this nasty little red devil until this summer nibbling on my lillies. I looked it up and found it was a Red Lilly beetle. Also that they are a recent invasive species.

Eggs of the Lily Leaf Beetle

I have 3 photos 1 of the eggs, one of the larval stage(very disgusting) and one of the adult. I haven’t seen any pics of them on your site and hoped you could use them? There are quite a few of them in my garden now and my lillies are totally destroyed. I am not that sad the garden is there to attract the bugs.
David K. Howe

Lily Leaf Beetle Larva

Hi David,
Your excellent documentation of multiple phases of the metamorphosis of the invasive Lily Leaf Beetle,
Lilioceris lilii, are greatly appreciated.  We have images in our archives of the adults, but your egg and larva images are a first for us.

Lily Leaf Beetle

Trilobite Beetle!
Location:  Pulau Tioman, Malaysia
July 31, 2010 9:22 am
Just back from Pulau Tioman in Malaysia. Saw some reasonably strange critters, including this trilobite beetle.
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Land Planarian

HI again Bert,
We  really appreciate you sending us your excellent image of an Asian Land Planarian.

Trilobite Beetle!
Location:  Pulau Tioman, Malaysia
July 31, 2010 9:22 am
Just back from Pulau Tioman in Malaysia. Saw some reasonably strange critters, including this trilobite beetle.
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Probably Firefly Larva

Hi Bert,
We believe this is a Firefly Larva, but the larva of members of some other beetle families, including Net Winged Beetles, look similar.  We will be posting your letter but dividing it into two separate postings to keep our archive filing a bit neater.