Subject: Fuzzy wasps?
Location: Brunswick, NY (outside Albany)
April 24, 2017 7:23 am
Found these on goat poop in the pasture this morning. Upstate New York, end of April. It’s been reliably warm for a couple of weeks now.
Signature: Deb at Whimsey Acres Farm

Golden Dung Flies

Dear Deb at Whimsey Acres Farm,
These are NOT wasps.  They are Flies, and we quickly identified them as Golden Dung Flies,
Scathophaga stercoraria, thanks to images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “adult males are bright yellow or golden; females are usually grayer; both sexes very hairy on body and legs.”  BugGuide also states:  “larvae found in/on dung of domestic and wild animals adults found in the neighborhood of larval development sites (dung) which can be just about anywhere – pastures, meadows, woodlands, beside standing or running water, parks, gardens, etc.”  Your image represents a new category for our site as it is the first submission we have had for Dung Flies in the family Scathophagidae.

Golden Dung Flies

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Subject: Can you identity this beetle for me?
Location: Darlington QLD Australia
April 24, 2017 3:38 am
Hi, I found this beetle in a gorge and I was wondering if you could identify it.
Signature: Place on email

Regal Jewel Beetle

This is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and based on images posted to Australia:  Land of Stigmodera, we believe it is Calodema regalis or a closely related species.  There is also an image named the Regal Jewel Beetle posted to Csiro that supports that identification.

Regal Jewel Beetle

Subject: Swimming/Flying Bug
Location: Southwest Houston, TX
April 23, 2017 4:01 pm
I found this bug swimming in my pool the other day. I got it out and onto a pool mat. After sitting there for awhile it flew off. It was maybe a 1/2 inch long and had a line across it’s back that appeared to open and close almost like it was breathing.
Signature: TX Bug

Giant Water Bug

This is a Giant Water Bug in the genus Belostoma, and while it is nowhere near as large as the Toe-Biters in the genus Lethocerus, they are impressive nonetheless.  Handle with caution as Giant Water Bugs are capable of biting.

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Subject: Caterpillar eating Morning Glory
Location: Victoria, TX
April 22, 2017 6:14 pm
Hi bugman been a long time fan and have always found your site useful and informative. We have a butterfly garden and love insects. We also do not exterminate and plant sage with our tomatoes. etc. Something ate an entire wall of morning glory and we finally found one. There may be many culprits, (we get excited) but our collection of field guides did not identify him. I appreciate your help and we are so excited about him. Thank you for your knowledge. God bless and we love your site.
Signature: Kristy Mower

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Kristy,
This Hornworm is the caterpillar of a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth,
Agrius cingulata.  According to The Sphingidae of the Americas:  “Larvae feed on plants in the Convolvulaceae family, especially Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato) and in the Solanaceae family, especially (Datura) (jimsonweed) and related plants in the Americas. “ 

Subject: What’s this?!
Location: New Market, Tennessee
April 23, 2017 8:02 am
Hello! I believe this to be a type of assassin bug but i’m hoping to confirm. It is the season of April, and found on the 22nd day.
Signature: Kevin Dame

False Bombardier Beetle

Dear Kevin,
This is not an Assassin Bug, nor any other true bug for that matter.  This is a False Bombardier Beetle, and according to BugGuide:  “Caution: These beetles have chemical defenses.”  In our opinion, the chemical defenses are more of an annoyance to humans than they are a threat.

Subject: Desert Spider near Borrego Springs
Location: Anza-Borrego desert
April 23, 2017 6:02 am
Season: spring
Habitat: sandstone rock with eroded wind crevices (I noticed one of the spiders retreat into a small wind eroded den in the sandstone just large enough for it to comfortably fit (how convenient for it to escape my camera and curiosity)
Abundance: there were several of these climbing around the area I had camped at outdoors the night before. I may have though twice about sleeping without a tent had I know but none of them bit me so it all turned out fine.
Location: Anza-Borrego desert, Southern California, east of San Diego
Coloration: designed to blend in with the course sand in the area
Signature: Chris Hunkeler

Desert Harvestman

Dear Chris,
This is not a spider.  It is a non-venomous Arachnid known as a Harvestman, and we believe it is a Desert Harvestman in the genus
Eurybunus.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults found in winter and Spring.”