Seed Bugs attracted to lights at night.

Seed Bugs attracted to lights at night.

August 24, 2015
Populous aggregations of Seed Bugs at Burning Man (See Gizmodo) are attracting quite the internet buzz, and they are being likened to Biblical plagues, but What’s That Bug? covered similar aggregations of
 Melacoryphus lateralis in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona in 2010.

Aggregation of Seed Bugs from the desert.

Aggregation of Seed Bugs from the desert.

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Subject: Giant wasp
Location: Middle of, Ontario canada
August 24, 2015 10:16 am
Can you identify this bug?
Signature: I dont know what this means

Pigeon Horntail

Pigeon Horntail

This is a Pigeon Horntail, a species of Wood Wasp.  The female uses her ovipositor to lay eggs beneath the bark of unhealthy trees.  Pigeon Horntails do not sting.

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Subject: Assassin bug?
Location: Beavercreek, OH
August 24, 2015 3:18 am
This bug landed at our table at our local pool. It was carrying a bee & sat there for a few minutes with it’s stinger in the bees head feeding on it.
Signature: Kerry

Hanging Thief eats Robber Fly

Hanging Thief eats Robber Fly

Dear Kerry,
This is not an Assassin Bug.  It is a Robber Fly in the genus
Diogmites, a group known as the Hanging Thieves because they often hang from one leg while feeding.  They take prey on the wing, and this unfortunate Honey Bee stood no chance against such a formidable predator.  While Hanging Thieves and other Robber Flies are considered beneficial predators, they do not distinguish between eating beneficial pollinators and agricultural nuisance insects.  The mouth of the Hanging Thief is adapted to pierce and suck fluids from the body of the prey.  Hanging Thieves do not sting.

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Subject: Is this related to a dragonfly?
Location: Dripping Springs, TX
August 23, 2015 9:18 pm
I live in the hill country of South Texas (west of Austin) and saw this while watching my humming birds on the back porch. At first I thought it was some sort of a dragon fly but after a closer look realized it wasn’t but have never seen something like this especially with the fuzzy tail.
Signature: Diana

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

Dear Diana,
This Robber Fly in the family Asilidae is not even closely related to Dragonflies, but they are both predators that catch prey on the wing, which may have resulted in some evolutionary similarities.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Efferia, perhaps in the Albibarbis group which is pictured on BugGuide.  There are many nice images of Robber Flies from the genus Efferia on Greg Lasley Nature Photography.

Robber Fly

Robber Fly

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Subject: Red looking ant, no fuzz
Location: Ct
August 21, 2015 12:58 pm
Found a few of these near my sons sandbox and wondering if they sting.
Signature: Allison

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Dear Allison,
This is a Velvet Ant, a flightless female wasp and they do sting, and the sting is reported to be painful, but not dangerous.  There are many similar looking species and this looks like it might be  
Dasymutilla gibbosa based on this BugGuide image.

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Subject: Yellow & Black Bug
Location: Cloquet, MN
August 22, 2015 5:06 pm
This was seen today, August 22 in central Minnesota near the St. Louis River. The area is rocky, sandy and has a lot of weeds. It was crawling on a rock and in an effort to get a clear picture, accidentally turned it over. The abdomen had black and yellow striped coloring like a wasp. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of that, but did get these two photos. It is heading towards the southeast corner of the picture. It is 1/2 – 3/4″ long.
Signature: Squeamish Bug Lover

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Squeamish Bug Lover,
This is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, and now that summer is approaching its end, fall is almost upon us and the goldenrod is beginning to bloom, we expect submissions of Goldenrod Soldier Beetles to increase.