Subject: Pretty beetle
Location: New York
May 20, 2016 5:05 am
I had never seen this bug before. Can you identify it for me. Thank you
Signature: Melissa Mandeville

Eastern Poplar Buprestid

Eastern Poplar Buprestid

Dear Melissa,
This is one of the Metallic Borer Beetles or Jewel Beetles in the family Buprestidae.  We have identified it as the Eastern Poplar Buprestid,
Poecilonota cyanipes, thanks to BugGuide images.  According to BugGuide larvae bore in poplar, locust and willow trees.

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Subject: red bugs
Location: Gauteng, Kempton Park
May 18, 2016 4:50 am
Hi, we live in Kempton Park and have noticed on our pavement trees these red bugs. Can you please advise what they are and if they are problematic to surrounding areas. They are on the tree trunks and in the grass at the Base of the tree. Thank you.
Signature: Tracy

Cotton Stainers

Cotton Stainers

Dear Tracy,
Judging by the mating pair in the center of your image, there will soon be even more Red Bugs at the base of this tree.  They really are Red Bugs in the family Pyrrhocoridae, and thanks to iSpot, we have identified them as Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus fasciatus. Though they are aggregating on the trees, we do not believe they are damaging the trees.  They may be feeding on the seeds of the trees, like the individuals in this iSpot image.

Thank you for taking the time out to have a look like this.

Subject: Firefly just reaching adulthood?
Location: Southeast Michigan
May 18, 2016 9:06 pm
Hi, i took this photo on May 17, 2016. It was on a white nut grass bloom (cyperus rotundus) in my backyard. I live in Taylor, MI. There were a couple different kinds of bees on these flowers also.
I couldnt find anything similar in my Kaufman’s insect guide.
Anyway, if you could help me that would be wonderful. If not, I understand. Have a wonderful day :-).
Signature: Shelly L.

Soldier Beetle

Deformed Two Lined Leatherwing

Hi Shelly,
Because this Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae is either newly metamorphosed, or it has been injured or it is just deformed, it will be difficult to identify in most field guides.  We believe it is
Atalantycha bilineata based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, it is called a Two Lined Leatherwing and its habitat is “hardwood and pine forests; adults like the flowers of Red Haw, Viburnum rufidulum.

Thank you so much!!! My love of bugs is only about 10 years old. I used to fear them but then slowly began to find them incredibly interesting which eventually turned into finding them wonderful.
I also wanted to mention that I was just on your firefly page and clicked an ad for Nume curling irons. The ad on the page had a promo code, shop24 which was supposed to yield a significant discount. When I went to check out it said the code had expired. I’m not really looking for you to resolve this issue :-), I just thought you guys should know since they advertise on your site that there’s a small possibility they might not be on the up and up. Of course, this could’ve simply been a clerical error. Just an FYI.
Anyway, thank you so much again. You have absolutely made my day! :-)
Shelly

Thanks for the information Shelly.  We do not micromanage the advertising on our site which is run by Google.  We generate a small amount of revenue when folks who visit our site click on the ads.  Google uses an algorithm to determine which advertisers are relevant to both our site content, and the online browsing history of your own computer.  Very complicated and we don’t really understand it all, but again, the advertisers are beyond our control.

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Subject: Midas like bug
Location: NW Washington state
May 17, 2016 8:45 pm
Hi, We have an odd bug we’ve never seen. It was seen today 30 miles south of Canada/ US border in Western Washington.
It’s about 1 and 1/4 inches long.
Primarily black with striped legs and long cream antenna.
It was attracted to a newly washed black car.
Signature: Claudia

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

Dear Claudia,
This is a female Wood Wasp,
Urocerus albicornis, a species that does not sting.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts include fir, larch, spruce, pine, Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western red cedar.”

Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Southwesr kansas.
May 18, 2016 4:51 pm
Found about 6 or 7 of these on my sweatshirt when was cutting branches off tree. Not sure what they are.
Signature: Chaz

Giant Willow Aphid

Giant Willow Aphid

Dear Chaz,
Were you by chance pruning a willow or a cottonwood tree?  This is a Giant Willow Aphid,
Tuberolachnus salignus, a species that according to BugGuide is:  “Non native, introduced from Europe around 1872. Considered a minor pest.”

Subject: Should I be worried
Location: Southern Ontario
May 18, 2016 6:35 pm
Found this bettle with pincers in my house in southern Ontario today. Please help me identify.
Signature: Help pls.

Big Headed Ground Beetle

Big Headed Ground Beetle

This is a predatory Big Headed Ground Beetle in the genus Scarites, and it is perfectly harmless.  It will not hurt you or damage your home.  Your individual appears to be covered in dust as this species is generally a shiny black color.