Subject: Red and purple beetle
Location: SE Michigan
June 25, 2016 4:48 pm
Hi bugman!
I just noticed thousands of these guys hanging out in my backyard mostly around decorative grass and dry whirlybirds. They vary in size and amount of yellow and seem to like to clump together.
Signature: Lisa M

Boxelder Bug Nymphs

Boxelder Bug Nymphs

Dear Lisa M,
These are immature Eastern Boxelder Bugs,
Boisea trivittata.  Adults are winged.  Both adults and nymphs form large aggregations leading to popular names like Democrat Bugs or Populist Bugs.  According to BugGuide they feed on the seeds of the following trees:  “Acer grandidentatum (Bigtooth Maple), A. negundo (Boxelder), A. saccharinum (Silver Maple), A. buergerianum (Trident Maple), and Sapindus saponaria (Soapberry).”  You must have a nearby maple tree.  Boxelder Bugs do not harm the trees and they are not dangerous, but they can be a nuisance if they are too plentiful.

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Subject: large winged insect
Location: Minneapolis, MN
June 25, 2016 10:38 am
found resting in large service berry tree. Insect is about 4 inches long, not including antennae, wings being most of it.
Signature: JoanneK

Dobsonfly

Dobsonfly

Dear JoanneK,
This is a Dobsonfly, a species that exhibits strong sexual dimorphism, so it is easy to tell the sexes from one another.  Male Dobsonflies have spectacular mandibles while female Dobsonflies have more practical mandibles, however the head of your individual is obscured by leaves making the distinction more difficult.  In our opinion, it appears this is a female Dobsonfly.

Subject: Zombie Wasp?
Location: Household basement of Pueblo, Colorado
June 25, 2016 7:27 am
Found this little guy in my grandmothers basement this morning. Now i’ve never been much of a bug enthusiast until I found this little guy and here is why. After flying through several cobwebs he tired out and hit the floor. After which my grandmother proceeded to try and kill it by stepping on it. after 4 attempts with a steel toe boot the creature revives itself after every attempt and walks off seemingly unscratched. The insect has a jet black body and dark blue wings with a body type very similar to a wasp. Though the actual head of the creature looks to be more like a fly. The insect also has 2 antennas that are curled at the ends. Any ideas about this small zombie?
Signature: Paranoid Captor

Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp

Dear Paranoid Captor,
This is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompillidae, and it might be one of the Tarantula Hawks, perhaps
Pepsis mexicana which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Sexual dimorphism? Sphinx moths?
Location: Troy, VA
June 25, 2016 10:00 am
I photographed these two moths a couple of hours apart. When I looked at the photo of the second, darker moth, I realized it was definitely the same kind of moth as the first, but black and grey where the first one was white and blackish/grey. I was very excited to see such an interesting color change between the two moths. I have looked at many websites searching for these markings and the closest I have come up with is a Rustic Sphinx Moth, but really, I’m not convinced. I wonder if the difference in the moths is sexual dimorphism as I believe the dark moth to be male and the white one female. Or just the normal variety of color range in a species? I hope you find these photos as interesting as I did.
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Carpenter Worm Moth

Carpenter Worm Moth

Dear Grace,
While we agree that these are the same species, we are not convinced it is an example of sexual dimorphism, but rather, variability of tonality within the species.  Furthermore, these are NOT Sphinx Moths.  These are Carpenter Worm Moths,
Prionoxystus robiniae, a species we identified on BugGuide where it states:  “Larvae bore in wood of living deciduous trees: locust, oak, chestnut, poplar, willow, maple, and ash.”  Here is a dark individual from BugGuide and here is a light individual from BugGuide.

Carpenter Worm Moth

Carpenter Worm Moth

Subject: Large moth
Location: Collegeville., PA
June 25, 2016 9:19 am
This was at my sons door in Collegeville, PA this week
Signature: Dave C

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Dave,
This beauty is a Polyphemus Moth.

Subject: Beetle with Fan Antennae?
Location: Burlington County, NJ
June 24, 2016 7:10 pm
Hello, I was swimming in my pool today when I saw a fairly large sized beetle struggling i the water. I turned on my light to see it better and it was like no beetle I had seen before. I was wondering if you could shed some light on it since insectidentification.org failed me.
Signature: Thanks, Connor

Lined June Beetle

Variegated June Beetle

Dear Conner,
We are sorry to hear that insectidentification.org failed you.  What’s That Bug? delivers.  This is a Lined June Beetle in the genus Polyphylla, and we believe it might be
Polyphylla variolosa, the Variegated June Beetle, based on images posted to BugGuide.  The Variegated June Beetle is found in New Jersey, according to data on BugGuide.