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Subject: wasp or bee or something else??
Location: rochdale england
June 26, 2015 6:39 am
never seen one of these…cant find any pictures on the web!! what is it please??
Signature: gary b

Hover Fly

Hover Fly

Dear Gary,
This looks to us like some species of Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, and we discovered a British Hoverflies site.  The closest match we could find on the site is a member of the genus
Eristalis, but nothing looks exactly right.  If you find a closer match, please let us know so we can correct the posting.

Update:  July 4, 2015
We received a comment that Volucella pellucens was a good match, and this image on the British Hoverflies site supports that possibility.

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Subject: unidentified beetle?
Location: Belgrade, Serbia.(Great War Island)
July 1, 2015 5:29 pm
Hi there Bugman, I was sitting on the bank of the Danube in july, just across from great war island in belgrade serbia, when a large Beatle with a long body about 2 inches in length, with a purplish irredessant shine, and very long antenna landed on a sun shade next to me. Im hopeing you can help me identify it. Looking forward to your reply.
Regards,
Signature: Adam Biginelli

Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Adam,
We did a quick search and could not come up with a species, but we can tell you that this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We will continue to research its identity, and perhaps one of our readers (Mardikavana are you out there?) can assist in the identification.

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Subject: Unique Insect
Location: Western India
June 3, 2015 11:19 am
Today evening, I spotted am extremely unique insect in my apartment. Due to there being a forested area near my residence, insects are frequently visitors.
However I have never seen anything like this before. I have been unable to locate anything similar online.
I would like to bring your attention to it. It may be an undiscovered species.
The insect was roughly 5 cm long. It was not moving, even when I blew air on it. When I picked it up using a piece of paper, if clung to it. I dropped him back into the forested area.
I would really like if you could identify it for me. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Signature: PD

Unknown Weevil

Unknown Weevil

Dear PD,
This is some species of Weevil, a member of a very large family of beetles.  We tried unsuccessfully to identify it online, and we hope to get some assistance from our readership, but we are postdating this submission to go live in mid June while we are out of the office.

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Subject: Wasp?
Location: Tokyo
June 10, 2015 6:25 am
Hello Bugman,
I’ve searching the internet for two hours trying to ID this bug but I can’t find it at all…
I found it in the playground where my 2 year old loves to play everyday but now Im not sure if I should let her play there anymore!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Signature: Paula

Clearwing Moth from Japan

Clearwing Moth from Japan

Dear Paula,
Though we have not been able to determine the species, this is a Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae, a family with many members that mimic stinging wasps as a defense.  This individual is not pictured in the Clearwing Moths of Japan pdf we located, and it also bears an uncanny resemblance to the female Peach Tree Borer,
Synanthedon exitiosa,  a species that is native to North America and an excellent example of pronounced sexual dimorphism.  We cannot at this time determine if this is a species native to Japan, or if the North American Peach Tree Borer has been accidentally introduced to Japan.  This moth poses no threat to your daughter.

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Subject: Pacific Northwest Ichneumon
Location: Renton, WA
May 28, 2015 4:28 pm
I’ve been seeing about 50 of these guys parade my front and back yard over the grass areas. They do not seem to be harmful, and only hover over the grass areas. I did research and came across your website to find out it’s an “ichneumon wasp” according to Eric Eaton on another post. Would you happen to know where they nest or why they’re parading my lawn areas for? At first they looked like yellow jackets, but their bodies are much too skinny and orange to be. The pics I’ll include are from a few days ago. Any info would be great. Thanks.
Signature: Stephanie

Unknown Ichneumon

Unknown Ichneumon

Hi Stephanie,
We noticed your comment on the other Ichneumon posting, and we still are not able to provide a species identification for this Ichneumon.  Ichneumon Wasps do not build a nest.  They are parasitoids of a variety of insects and arthropods, and they are generally very host specific.  The female lays an egg on a host, or sometimes she uses her ovipositor to deposit eggs within the host.  The larvae then feed on the still living host.  Again, Ichneumons are not social wasps, but they are very important natural, biological controls for other insect populations, hence they are beneficial.  Most Ichneumons are perfectly harmless to humans, though members of the genus
Ophion are known to sting, but they are still not considered harmful to humans.

Unknown Ichneumon

Unknown Ichneumon

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Subject: Unidentified Longhorn Beetle
Location: San Jose Succotz, Belize
May 27, 2015 4:26 am
We have taken this foto of we believe is a longhorn beetle in San Jose Succotz, Belize
But we are not able to indentify it.
Thks for your support.
Signature: Dries Nys, Dallas Texas

San Jose Succotz - Unidentified Longhorn Beetle

San Jose Succotz – Unidentified Longhorn Beetle

Dear Dries Nys,
You are correct that this is a Longicorn, but unfortunately, we are pressed for time this morning and cannot research its species identity at this time.  Perhaps one of our readers will supply a comment today.

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