Subject: Giant Beetle in CT
Location: northeastern CT
July 7, 2016 3:19 pm
My son found this beetle or roach on an oak tree while we were walking through the UCONN campus in Storrs, CT. It has large jaws clamped onto the bark, a striped under belly and black top along with a light amber colored “tail”. From jaws to tip of tail is close to 3 inches. Could you help us identify it?
Signature: Homeschool Mom of 3

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer Ovipositing

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer Ovipositing

Dear Homeschool Mom of 3,
This is a female Broad-Necked Root Borer in the process of laying eggs.  The “tail” is her ovipositor, an organ used to lay eggs.

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Subject: Is this a kissing bug??
Location: Detroit Michigan
July 6, 2016 3:54 pm
Hey, I saw a bug in my room last night on the window. It was at 11:00 pm. I have never seen it before. I believe that I have been bitten before. The bites are on my arm and upper back. Three in total. They look like small, round scabs. I’m not sure if these bites and this bug are related.
Signature: Meghan

Black Corsair

Black Corsair

Dear Meghan,
In our opinion, this is a Black Corsair and not a Kissing Bug.  You can compare your image to this BugGuide image of a Black Corsair.  According to BugGuide:  “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood and does not transmit diseases.”

Subject: What is this?
Location: Ohio
July 7, 2016 12:32 pm
I found this on a golf course green while working and I never have seen one before, it was pretty big and was looking up at me when I got close to it.
Signature: Stin

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Stin,
This is a male Dobsonfly, and despite his fearsome appearance, he is perfectly harmless.

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Subject: Bug in korea
Location: South korea seoul namsan park
July 6, 2016 11:02 pm
I am currently visiting in korea and have seen a quite bug black and yellow or white bug , i took a picture which iam attatching and hope you can identify it
Signature: nina nunn

Starry Night Sky Beetle

Starry Night Sky Beetle

Dear Nina,
This Starry Night Sky Beetle or Asian Longhorned Borer Beetle,
Anoplophora glabripennis, does not present much of a problem in its native Asia, however, it has been in the news lately because its accidental introduction to North America is resulting in the compromised health of many trees.

Subject: Just Curious
Location: Summerville South Carolina
July 6, 2016 2:22 pm
I found this snacking on a wicker rocking chair in my front yard. It measures roughly 4 inches in length. It is summer and 100+ degrees outside. Just wondering what it is because I have never seen a caterpillar that big in real life.
Signature: K. W. Hibbs

Pine Devil

Pine Devil

Dear K.W. Hibbs,
This marvelous caterpillar is a Pine Devil,
Citheronia sepulcralis.

Subject: Colorado bug
Location: Longmont, CO
July 6, 2016 3:35 pm
Found this bug in my shirt collar. Yuck!
Signature: Matt

Jewel Beetle: Buprestis confluenta

Jewel Beetle: Buprestis confluenta

Dear Matt,
We believe we have correctly identified your Jewel Beetle on BugGuide as
Buprestis confluenta.  Your Jewel Beetle appeared right on schedule because according to BugGuide, they appear:  “Primarily July (per pix posted here).”  According to Beetles in the Bush:  “B. confluenta is downright stunning! Brilliant green, perhaps with a slight coppery brown to purplish blue hue and with more or less confluent (thus the species name) fine yellow flecks densely scattered over the elytra, it is one of the easiest to identify of any species in the genus.”  We somehow feel your “Yuck!” comment is a tad bit harsh.