Subject: Megascolia maculata, mammoth wasp in Ontario?
August 15, 2014 5:18 pm
Hello,
Is there a subspecies of Megascolia maculata, not cicada killer, known to live in Eastern Ontario? Will send photos later if need be.
Signature: Noah

There are European Hornets.

Hi there,
I am trying to identify the species in the photo I’ve attached. It looks closest to photos of European/Eurasian mammoth wasps that I’ve seen.
Noah Cole

Double Banded Scoliid

Double Banded Scoliid

Dear Noah,
This Scarab Hunter Wasp is a Double Banded Scoliid,
Scolia bicincta.  According to BugGuide:  “No doubt a parasitoid of beetle larvae, as are other members of this genus.”

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Subject: Horse fly moth?
Location: Buffalo NY
August 17, 2014 11:39 am
Curious as to what this bug is.
Signature: Cheryl

Tiger Bee Fly

Tiger Bee Fly

Dear Cheryl,
This is a harmless Tiger Bee Fly.

Subject: Stink bud
Location: Wirtz VA.
August 16, 2014 12:29 pm
Please help me control these bugs at my sisters house in Wirtz VA. What can I do to control and get rid of them…. They came back with me to L.I. Last year and yes they really Stink!!! stillhairymary
Signature: From you daniel

Invisible Stink Bug (or Bud)

Invisible Stink Bug (or Bud)

Dear stillhairymary,
We have carefully inspected the attached image from corner to corner, scrutinizing all points in between, and try as we might, we are unable to find any Stink Bud or Stink Bug for that matter.
  We suspect you may be inquiring about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, an invasive, introduced species that is becoming a major agricultural pest and general nuisance in much of North America.  We do not provide extermination advice.  You may find some helpful information on the Penn State Entomology site as well as numerous other resources on the internet.

Yes thank you for your answer. That looks like the bug  my sister has. Very stinky if you squish them. They will hide anywhere so they came back to Long Island last fall in my suitcase lining and clothing I had packed up the day before I left.  Love your site, made my day Saturday!!!

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Subject: Slug/worm-ish creepy crawler
Location: Southeast Louisiana
August 16, 2014 9:43 pm
Two separate times today, we saw one of these in our garage. Never seen anything like it before. Moved like a slug but didn’t have any visible antennae. It is flat shaped with a pointy “tail”. What exactly might it be? We are curious as every search we’ve made turns up only things we can rule out. ;)
Thanks!
Signature: Dana

Subject: Worm/slug/other!?!
Location: Southeast Louisiana
August 16, 2014 9:33 pm
Twice today, we found one of these in the garage. It moves like a slug, but has no visible antennae. It is flat with a pointed “tail”. Never seen anything like it before and just curious as to what it may be. Thanks!!
Signature: Dana

Fly Pupa

Fly Pupa

Dear Dana,
Twice yesterday, about ten minutes apart, we received similar identification requests from you with the same image attached.  This is the larva or pupa of a fly, but we are uncertain which family or species it belongs to, though it does bear a resemblance to this Horse Fly larva pictured on BugGuide or this possibly Soldier Fly Larva from our archives.

Sorry about the duplicate requests…we didn’t think the first one had gone through. :)
And thanks for your quick response! We didn’t even think of anything like that bc of it’s size…about 2.5 inches long. But that does look very similar.
Thanks again,
Dana

Subject: What is this bug
Location: Logan, Utah
August 16, 2014 7:42 pm
Found this in our house climbing on my husband.
Signature: Keri

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Keri,
This is a beneficial Assassin Bug nymph known as a Masked Hunter, a common name derived from the immature insect’s ability to camouflage itself in its surroundings due to its sticky surface that attracts dust and lint.
  Masked Hunters have adapted to cohabitation with humans and they are often found indoors where they will prey upon Bed Bugs and other unwanted household pests.  All good things come with some drawbacks, and in the case of the Masked Hunter, they should be handled with caution, or better yet, not at all, since they will bite in self defense.

Subject: What is this???
Location: South jersey
August 16, 2014 9:00 pm
Never saw this thing before…
Signature: Rob

Ailanthus Webworm

Ailanthus Webworm

Hi Rob,
This is a moth known as an Ailanthus Webworm.