What kind of bee is this.
For the past couple of years, I have see this type of bee in the same tree. The tree is near my kids playground and I have never seen any type of bee this large. I live in the US, North Carolina. Is there a way to control these bees if not get rid of them. I was assuming they may have been wood bees or mason bees but the pics don’t look like it from what I have searched for on the web. They almost look like the wood wasp that you have on your web site. There are also a lot of flies around the bees. Thanks

Hi Chris,
These are European Hornets, Vespa crabro, and introduced species from Europe that nests in hollow trees. What is fascinating about your letter is that you indicate that they are nesting in the same location each year. According to BugGuide, they do not reuse the nest. Perhaps the housing crisis that is affecting the nation has filtered down to the insect world. Your photo appears to document the European Hornets feeding from tree sap, in which case there is not a nest present. If a nest is present, there is a risk of a stinging incident with the children since social wasps are quite protective of their nests. If they are just feeding from the sap, the European Hornets will not bother the children.

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Black Caterpillar Hunter or European Ground Beetle
Hi Daniel,
Once again I am seeking your help in identifying a bug that crossed my path. This one has proven quite difficult, but with much googling and searching through ALL of your beetle pages, I’ve narrowed it down to a few possibilities. From some photos I found on page 13, my beetle appears to be the black caterpillar hunter, either calosoma calidum or calosoma sayi . I have also found images on Bug Guide that match my beetle (as far as I can tell), but it lists it as carabus nemoralis – a European ground beetle which can be found in "every Canadian province except Manitoba; south on the west coast to California, and inland to Nevada and Montana; in the east, may be spreading into northeastern US". The beetle was at least an inch in length and was found on the sidewalk outside my house. As usual, any information you can give me is greatly appreciated. Huge Fan
Barrie, Ontario

hi again Yvonne,
You have been one of our most regular contributors through the years. Once we looked at your large image, we have determined that this is a Fiery Hunter, Calosoma calidum, one of the Caterpillar Hunters, but not the Black Caterpillar Hunter. The Fiery Hunter is, according to BugGuide: “Large, black, elytra with brilliant red, rounded punctures (1)or yellow/gold punctures as in this specimen. ” The punctures on your specimen are clearly visible in the photo and they are gold.

huge spider in my house…is this poisonous?
Can you please identify the spider in the attached picture? To give you an idea of the scale, the picture in the frame is an 8.5” x 11’ (not including the matting and frame around it). Thank you for your help.
Cindy Baker
St. Petersburg , FL

Hi Cindy,
All spiders are poisonous since all spiders have venom, but that is not a cause for alarm. Most cannot bite through human skin and most do not have venom strong enough to have much more than a mild reaction like a mosquito bite (one not containing the West Nile Virus). This is a Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria, also known as a Banana Spider. Nephila clavipes, the Golden Silk Spider is also called a Banana Spider. We have not posted a photo of Heteropoda venatoria in a very long time. We have many images among our spider archives. Heteropoda venatoria has a near worldwide distribution in warmer areas with ports. They arrive by ship thereby increasing their range. Heteropoda venatoria is not a dangerous spider despite it large size. They are hunting spiders that do not build webs and they have nocturnal habits. In many tropical countries they are encouraged to cohabitate with people since they feed on cockroaches. This is a male.

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really really need to identify, i think it may be unknown
I have looked everywhere, all on your website, every website with swallow tails, I CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE! please help! I live in Vermont so there is only a few species of swallowtails around here in concord VT.
kyleigh phelps

Hi Kyleigh,
We believe this is a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. The female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail has both a light form and a dark form. BugGuide has one photo of an intermediate, but the dark areas are close to the center of the body. We believe that you have one of these intermediate forms, but we relish a true expert confirming our suspicions. If we are correct, you have a truly unique find.

im confused, intermediate? So its a little bit between the two, the dark form and light form? It is very unique, and thank you so much for helping, is there any other source you could give me to verify your findings? Thanks

Somehow, additional searching on BugGuide revealed a near exact match, also listed as an intermediate between the light and dark forms.

Is this a cousin to the Hickory Horned Devil?
I found this on my driveway and cannot determine what type of Caterpillar it is. It looks like the Hickory Horned Devil, but, is smaller and yellow. Do you have any idea what it is, and what it will turn into?

We are not upholding our recent threat to directly trash all letters without locations for the simple reason that we are delighted to be posting our first Hickory Horned Devil of the year. It is a wonderful photo. The fact that you found this Devil on the ground instead of a tree indicates it is probably getting ready to pupate. Just before pupation, many caterpillars change colors. We expect to receive many more images in September.

Sorry about that. I live in Herndon Virginia.

New London, NH USA
Can you tell me what these caterpillars are? I think one is a swallowtail but don’t know the other one. Thank You

Your caterpillar is a Monarch, not a swallowtail. It is on a milkweed pod, the larval food plant.