hairy insect
Hi there Bug folks!
I searched all over your website for a hairy insect like this one and didn’t see it anywhere. I found it at the top of a small mountain just yesterday (Sept 10th) in the Bay Area in California. It looks like a huge ant that needs a haircut! Please help me identify this bug. Love your website, this is my 2nd submission! Thanks,

Hi Lyndie,
What a wonderful photo of a Velvet Ant, Dasymutilla sackenii, a flightless female wasp with a painful sting.

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Some type of ichneumon wasp?
I took these pictures of two what I think are ichneumon wasps laying eggs in a dead elm recently affected by Dutch Elm disease. Both wasps took about 5 minutes to drill about an inch into the wood. The larger wasp pulled out after 15 minutes and walked around with the antenna feeling along the bark. The smaller female unfortunately was stuck and died. Here are some photos of these wasps. Any additional info would be most interesting. Great site!
Claude Haridge, P.Eng.
Ottawa , ON

Hi Claude,
This is a female Pigeon Horntail ovipositing. She is a true Wood Wasp and the larvae bore in wood. Interestingly, this is the prey of the Ichneumon that you mistook it for.

identifying a moth
Hi: Love your site..Could you please help me identify this moth that I found in my sink a couple of nights ago….Thank you for your help.
Aline Winje,
Slocan, British Columbia

Hi Aline,
This is an Underwing Moth in the genus Catocala, but we can’t identify the exact species.

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What is this one?

What’s That Bug? is not your personal 411. If you want answers, you must provide us with information, like location, time of year, special circumstances and anything else that might be of interest to our readership. This is a Red Spotted Purple. If the photo was not so lovely, your letter would probably have ended up in the trash.

yellow n orange wasp
hello again, so now i found this one on the desert milkweed……. and did not seem to find it in your listing, could you id for me…. tx,
Jim and Daniele BOLLER
Surprise, Arizona

Hi Jim and Daniele,
We found a match for your wasp on BugGuide. It was identified as Trielis octomaculata.

4 great iPhotos
I am very curious to know what this beautiful insect is called. I have been searching your site and the closest thing that resembled "my" insect was a photo of a broad winged damselfly. These two insects look very similar but, upon closer inspection, also very different. I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. This insect was very content to sit on my hand and groom himself for quite sometime and did not mind being handled at all! If you get a chance, please help me out in identifying this shiny black bug. Thank you,
Candace Best

Hi Candace,
We do believe this is the most beautiful image of an American Pelecinid we have ever received. This is a non-stinging relative of wasps that uses its long flexible abdomen to lay eggs underground where the larval food source, beetle grubs, live. By the way, your insect is a female.