Subject: Feisty Milkweed
Location: Central Minnesota
June 29, 2016 5:24 pm
Howdy!
I live in central Minnesota (Upper Midwest) and I’m growing milkweed around my house (along with some other flowers and veggies of the like).
When trying to get a snap shot of a white/tan butterfly with grey borders, one of these little guys ran right up to my face and threw his hands about.
I’ve seen them somewhere, but I don’t remember what they’re called or if they’re beneficial to the milkweed? I was hoping to attract Monarchs and I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll happen someday.
Signature: BadWithBugs

Red Milkweed Beetle

Red Milkweed Beetle

Dear BadWithBugs,
There is an incredibly complex ecosystem associated with Milkweed and many insects, like the Monarch, feed solely on Milkweed.  This Red Milkweed Beetle,
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, is an insect that feeds on Milkweed.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs laid on stems near ground or just below surface; larvae bore into stems, overwinter in roots, and pupate in spring; adults emerge in early summer.”  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “Adults feed on leaves of milkweed (Asclepias); larvae feed externally on roots of host (root feeding is unique among Lamiinae).”  We have a nice image on our site of a Red Milkweed Beetle feeding on Milkweed with a Monarch Caterpillar.

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Subject: robber fly?
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
June 29, 2016 2:56 pm
I’m assuming this is a robber fly, but wondering for sure.
This photo was taken on June 29, 2016
Thanks!
Signature: Teddy Alfrey

Robber Fly with Prey

Robber Fly with Prey

Dear Teddy,
Was this a small fly?  We believe we have correctly identified it as the Robber Fly
Cerotainia albipilosa based on this and other BugGuide images and its size is listed as less than five millimeters.

Daniel,
Thanks for the quick response!
I post quite a few of my photos on Facebook and would like to ID the various bugs and plants that I find myself photographing, more and more.
Five millimeters is about right. I was thinking a little less than ¼” long, including wings.
Thanks again!!
Teddy

Subject: Unidentified firefly species
Location: Central Massachusetts
June 29, 2016 9:00 am
I’ve never seen a firefly like this one before. It’s small, about 1 centimeter long, and was attracted to my porchlight. It’s capable of lighting up a deep green color, but reluctant to do so and the flash isn’t very bright. I couldn’t find a match on bugguide.
Signature: Sam

Firefly

Firefly

Dear Sam,
Alas, though we are not able to identify your Firefly past the family level, we will post your three wonderful images and perhaps one of our readers more skilled at identifying Lampyridae than we are will be able to provide more conclusive information.

Firefly

Firefly

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Gene St. Denis, we are linking to the genus Photinus on BugGuide.

Firefly

Firefly

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Los Lunas, New Mexico
June 28, 2016 1:28 pm
Hi there. This is the 4th time, I’ve seen this kind of beetle (at least I think it’s a beetle). This is a smaller one I saw, I had a larger one walk in my kitchen about a month ago, but the other night I had one just like this in my bedroom. We’re in the summer now and the weather has been super hot (high 90s). Any ideas?
Signature: Nicole

Root Borer

Root Borer

Dear Nicole,
This is one of the Root Borers in the genus
Prionus, but we are uncertain of the species.

Subject: Lovely beast!
Location: South central Wisconsin
June 28, 2016 7:03 pm
Pretty sure this is a stag beetle of some sort. Saw him last night and left him alone. Tonight, my wife and I heard some scratching noises near our downspout and assumed it was the usual suspects…ground squirrels. I went to investigate and it was this lumbering bugger making all the noise. I’m forty-three and have never had so much interest in bugs and birds. This one is a treat. He looks so menacing but seemed quite peaceful. Seemingly a large one based on what I found was the average size. Removed him from our fenced yard so the dogs don’t bother him. To live another day. Thank you for a great website. My first submission, I find this website often when I’m trying to indentify something. Thank you.
Signature: Kid43

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Kid43,
This is a male Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus, and it is our first Stag Beetle posting this year.  Thanks for the compliment.

Subject: Never in 55 yrs
Location:  New Braunfels Texas
June 28, 2016 4:06 pm
Seen a bug that has the head of a beetle the body and wings of a dragonfly with the torso of a worm. Oddest bug I’ve ever seen in my life bar none. Have a pic if there is a way to upload
Signature: Willie cheaney

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

We are guessing a Dobsonfly.
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I Googled your guess you guys are good. Ya’ll nailed it.
Odd looking critter isn’t it
I’ll drop

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