Subject: help beetle ID
Location: San Diego County
August 22, 2016 11:18 am
I’m a bird photographer. Keep seeing this flying beetle buzzing through when I’m shooting hummingbirds. It’s large enough that it keeps catching my field of vision as a hummer. But a bit smaller. Flies very fast in large circular motions. Tried getting it in flight but no luck. Finally got a shot of it on a flower. Thought I could easily find it’s ID because of size and coloring. No luck though. Can you help?
Signature: Gerald Friesen

Figeater

Figeater

Dear Gerald,
This distinctive Scarab Beetle is commonly called a Figeater and they are especially noticeable during the hot days of summer.

Daniel,
Thank you so very much.
If you ever need a bird ID, please let me know.
GERALD

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Subject: Beautiful yellow, black and white patterned bug found on a Zinna at a local farm in Pa.
Location: Maple Acres Farm, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
August 22, 2016 10:04 am
Hello,
I am desperately trying to find out what this species of bug is!!
It’s beautiful! My son was holding a Zinnia and called me over to look, but I have no idea! Location is Maple Acre Farms in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19428
Please help!!
Thank you,
Signature: Liliana Gravagno

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Liliana,
Zinnias are excellent for attracting pollinating butterflies and moths.  This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth, and it really does have an intricate and colorful pattern.

Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Central Pennsylvania
August 21, 2016 4:20 pm
I found this caterpillar on a sidewalk in central PA today, August 21 . I’m not sure what it is, Can you help identify it? I am thinking it’s a moth larvae, but not sure what kind.
Thanks!
Signature: Dana

Heterocampa Catepillar

Heterocampa Catepillar

Dear Dana,
This is a Prominent Moth Caterpillar and we strongly suspect it is in the genus
Heterocampa.  The genus Heterocampa contains many similar looking species, but this BugGuide image of Heterocampa umbrata looks very close.  According to BugGuide:  “The larvae feed on oaks (Quercus). Two generations per year in much of range, multiple generations in Florida.”

Thank you! I thought Heterocampa too when I was searching, but wasn’t sure which species. I’m glad to know that oaks are a host. Now I now where to return it to.

Judging by the color, we believe it is pre-pupal, meaning it is not longer needing to eat, and it is searching for a suitable location to pupate.

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Subject: Cicada in eastern, new brunswick
Location: Hillsborough, New Brunswick canada
August 21, 2016 3:20 pm
Thanks to your website I have identified yet another bug I have never seen before!
This cicada was found on my step this evening. Never seen one before. Ugly huge fly. Are they common in New Brunswick? Because I’ve never seen one before around here.
Signature: Nb nick

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Nb nick,
We are happy to hear WTB? enabled you to identify your impressive Annual Cicada.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Southeast Minnesota
August 21, 2016 9:12 pm
Hey bug man,
I recently started finding these guys all over my walls around the house. Any ideas what they are?
Signature: Curiousaboutabug

Possibly Antlike Flower Beetle

Possibly Antlike Flower Beetle

Dear Curiousaboutabug,
Your description did not make it clear if you are finding these beetles “all over my walls around the house” indoors or out of doors.  We believe this is an Antlike Flower Beetle in the genus based on BugGuide images like these BugGuide images of
Notoxus desertus.

I apologize. They are inside my house. We see them mostly at night. Thank you for your help.

Perhaps they are being attracted to lights as this BugGuide posting indicates.

Subject: Help identify bug
Location: Denver, NC
August 22, 2016 5:22 am
Hi! Can you help identify this bug? My friend found it near her home in Denver, NC. She thought it was a husk and nudged it with her toe, and it made a horrible “chittering” sound. It’s as wide as her hand.
Thank you!
Signature: Kimberly Pruitt

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Kimberly,
This is some species of Annual Cicada.  Cicadas are known for the loud sounds they make, often from treetops.  Cicadas are widely regarded as being the loudest insects on earth, so we imagine the “chittering” sound your friend heard was quite startling.