Subject: Is this an ichneumon wasp?
Location: Austin, TX
April 30, 2017 8:49 am
What is this bug? Finding them inside the house this spring trying to get out…hanging around the windows…do they sting/bite? Any house structure damage concerns?
Signature: Stephen

Grass Carrying Wasp

Dear Stephen,
Based on BugGuide images, we are pretty confident that this is a Grass Carrying Wasp,
Isodontia mexicana.  According to BugGuide:  “Taken from the Internet Reference below (Penn State): The adult wasps emerge from their cocoons in early summer, mate, and the females locate a suitable nest site. She collects blades of grass and grass and hay stems to line the nest cavity. The wasp can be seen flying through the air with the blades trailing beneath her. She lands at the hole and enters, pulling the blade in behind her. After the nest is prepared, she hunts for tree crickets (i.e., Oecanthus sp.), captures and paralyses them with her sting, and transports them to the nest. She deposits eggs in the nest and the emerging larvae will feed on the living, but immobile crickets. When the larvae reach the appropriate size (in 4–6 days at 70–75° F.), they spin a cocoon and pupate. The adult wasps emerge in 2–3 weeks. In Pennsylvania, Isodontia mexicana typically produce two generations per year.  Remarks These wasps commonly make their nest in the narrow track found above outer windows.”  We have many more images in our archives of the nests of Grass Carrying Wasps because they are so frequently found in window tracks.  Solitary wasps are generally not aggressive, and rarely sting humans, though that possibility does exist.  Since they are harmless, and since it appears one individual in the images you attached might be dead from unnatural causes, we are tagging this submission as Unnecessary Carnage.

Grass Carrying Wasp

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Subject: Long bug with clear wings
Location: San Mateo CA
April 30, 2017 9:29 am
This bug was on our bathroom mirror this week. We have never seen such a bug. When I googled it, I get Mayfly or snake fly. We would like your expert clarification please. We are on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Thank you!
Signature: Curious


Dear Curious,
This is an awesome image of a Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera.  According to BugGuide:  “Both larvae and adults are predatory, though they are capable of catching and killing only small and weak prey. Snakefly larvae feed on eggs and larvae of various insects, as well as adults of minute arthropods (e.g. mites, springtails, barklice, and homopterans). Adults typically prefer aphids but may eat a wide variety of arthropods. Adults take efforts to clean themselves after feeding.”

Hi Daniel,
Thank you! Wow… so cool! I asked all my local friends who grew up here and no one knew. Now we do thanks to you!
Much appreciated.

Subject: Bug in the tub.
Location: Pacific Palesades, CA
April 30, 2017 12:05 am
I have seen these bugs several time outside and indoors over the last three years. Some larger than this one which is about an inch and a half long in body length. The legs and feelers are longer. Is it a member of the centipede family? They can really move if they feel threatened. What do you think? This one is in the bath tub.
Signature: Wm. Imhoff

House Centipede

Dear Wm.,
The predatory House Centipede is a nocturnal hunter that has adapted to living in homes.  Since House Centipedes are most active at night, they often go unnoticed, but once trapped in a bathtub where they cannot escape because of steep slippery sides, they make their presence known.

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Subject: Please help bug on the bed
Location: South Florida browsed county
April 29, 2017 12:41 pm
Hi there please help I found a super tiny black bug on the bed moving know it is not a bed bug but I can’t figure out with it is when I squeezed it it mad a pop sound similar to a tick and blood came out but does not look like a tick it also had a tail that somewhat resembles a scorpion or an ear wick but only one not two and again it was super tiny I got a picture of it but it’s so small it’s not super clear . I have been very itchy with Tiny but marks
Signature: Concerned and itchy


Dear Concerned and itchy,
This is a Louse, and chances are good that if you found one, there might be more.  You might want to begin by checking the heads of all who slept in the bed.

Subject: A bug
Location: High Wycombe bucks GB
April 30, 2017 6:13 am
I have thousands of bugs in an area of my garden suddenly arrived do not seem to fly located under a pine tree all over tree house and adjacent shed .Body half a centimetre long plus legs .
Signature: Dianne Sutton

Giant Conifer Aphids

Dear Dianne,
These are Giant Conifer Aphids in the genus
Cinara, and we needed to verify that they are present in Great Britain.  According to Influential Points:  “Autumn is not often regarded as a great time for insect hunting but, for aphidologists, it can be really good. Many conifer aphid populations peak in autumn, especially Cinara aphids. These are unusually large with long piercing mouthparts for piercing the bark of large trees. Many have a very limited host-range, often just one tree genus. Britain has 3 native conifers, thus few ‘native’ Cinara species. But in the last few hundred years many species were introduced, and some became naturalized. Following which we now have at least 25 Cinara species.”  According to BugGuide:  “Tends to form colonies on individual trees. They secrete honeydew, which is eaten by ants and wasps and provides the substrate for sooty mold fungus. May cause some stunting or even death on small or already-stressed hosts, but generally not a serious threat.  They are, however, a problem for Christmas tree growers: customers don’t like large, conspicuous aphids in their homes, especially since they tend to abandon the tree as it starts to dry out.”  Most of our postings of Giant Conifer Aphids are a result of Christmas tree infestations.

Thank you very much for your prompt reply how do I get rid of them?

We do not provide extermination advice.

Subject: Furry stick bug
Location: Knoxville, tn
April 29, 2017 10:50 am
Found this guy crawling on my deck and have never seen anything like it. It looked furry, had an orange head with antennas and some kind of tail. Almost like a cross between a stick bug, centipede and butterfly. What is this?
It was found mid day, in the shade on April 29, 2017. Its a warm day in the 80s.
Signature: Amanda

Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Amanda,
This is a Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Orgyia leucostigma, and it should be handled with caution as the hairs might cause irritation in sensitive people.  According to BugGuide:  “CAUTION: Avoid handling the caterpillar, as its hair is known to cause allergic reactions, especially in areas of the body with sensitive skin (e.g. back, stomach, inner arms). Seek medical treatment if a severe reaction occurs.”