Subject: Help identify
Location: Northern Va
July 21, 2017 11:48 am
Found on car
Looks like a leaf, was crawling
Can find no info on any bug search site
Signature: Wendy

Monkey Slug

Dear Wendy,
Though it is atypical looking, the Monkey Slug is actually a caterpillar.  Handle with caution.  Monkey Slugs can sting.

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Subject: Strange Dragonfly
Location: Macdonald Township, Echo Bay, ON Canada
July 21, 2017 12:37 pm
This little fella looks sort of like a Dragonfly of some kind. I’ve never seen one quite like this though, has me curious. Any thoughts?
Signature: -Mick

Stump Stabber

Dear Mick,
This is NOT a Dragonfly.  This is a female Giant Ichneumon,
Megarhyssa atrata, commonly called a Stump Stabber, and she is in the act of laying eggs.

Thanks so much for the speedy reply, been in the maple bush a lot of years and myself or my father have never seen these little gaffers.
-Mick

Subject: Cockroach or beetle?
Location: MA
July 20, 2017 9:13 pm
I was walking by dog in the backyard and we have woods, pond, and bogs right in our backyard. I saw this walking on the ground. What is it??
Signature: Jen

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer

Dear Jen,
This is a female Broad-Necked Root Borer, a common summer sighting in the eastern portion of North America.  It appears that she might be laying eggs.

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Subject: Pennsylvania mystery insect
Location: Newtown Square, PA
July 21, 2017 8:50 am
Hello Daniel,
Thank you for your hard work on this superb site. I raise and breed preying mantids. I found two of these insects on my deck table on 07-19-17 in the full sun. One was dead (natural causes), the other nearly expired. As far as I could tell they were identical. Try as I may with my research references, I cannot ID these guys. I’m very curious. Hope you can solve the mystery.
Signature: John Miller

Two Spotted Tree Cricket

Subject: Pennsylvania mystery solved
July 21, 2017 9:09 am
Daniel,
I just wrote you a note with accompanying hi-def image of a “mystery” bug (actually two of them), discovered yesterday.  A mystery no more.  They are:
Female and male Neoxabea bipunctata.   It’s always great fun to unravel a mystery.
Signature: John Miller

Hi John,
You are correct that this is
Neoxabea bipunctata, a female Two Spotted Tree Cricket.  Your beautiful image is a wonderful addition to our archive.

Subject: Bee eating Bug!
Location: Ogden Utah
July 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Hi! My friend in Ogden, Ut found this wee monster making a meal of her bees.
We can’t find a similar looking critter anywhere on Google, so I realize it could be a juvenile of some species or other, but…we’re stymied.
Signature: Philina

Bee Assassin: Apiomerus montanus

Dear Philina,
This is an Assassin Bug in the genus
Apiomerus, a group commonly called the Bee Assassins.  We are relatively confident your individual is Apiomeris montanus based on this BugGuide image.  Is Ogden at a high elevation?  The habitat, according to BugGuide is:  “Mountainous regions. Collected from 1075-2896 meters. “

Subject: Flying bee- or hornet-like insect
Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia suburbs)
July 21, 2017 6:48 am
These bugs (2-3) fly around my front lawn during the day. They don’t seem aggressive; I just typically walk trough them if they’re flying in my path. They are rather large and bigger (and probably less segmented) than a bee or hornet would be.
Signature: Ken

Cicada Killer

Dear Ken,
This large wasp is a Cicada Killer, and your submission is our first report of the season.  People fear Cicada Killers because of their size and behavior.  Male Cicada Killers are harmless as they cannot sting, but they will patrol an area favorable for nesting and chase other creatures away.  Female Cicada Killers sting and paralyze Cicadas to feed the larva that develop in underground burrows.  Though they are capable of stinging, the female Cicada Killer is not aggressive and she does not defend her nest.