From the monthly archives: "August 2010"
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Glacier Park Beetle
Location:  Glacier Park, Montana
August 31, 2010 12:23 am
We saw this beetle while hiking in East Glacier Park the first week of august 2010. On a leafy bush, as I recall. I’ve searched a bit for similar bugs and it looks a little like a cardinal beetle as mentioned in another post here – but not exactly. Can you help?
Debbie Thune

Elderberry Longhorn

Hi Debbie,
This identification began with two close color matches that were incorrect.  The coloration of your beetle resembles
Stenelytrana emarginata which is pictured on BugGuide and it also resembles the beetles in the genus Tragidion which are also represented on BugGuide.  In both cases, the texture on the elytra or wing covers was wrong.  Eventually we found a photo on BugGuide of a the species of Elderberry Longhorn, Desmocerus auripennis, that matched your beetle exactly.  There seems to be quite a bit of variation exhibited by this species if you compare the various images posted to BugGuide but there is a dearth of information included.  We have not been successful in finding out any additional information on your strikingly beautiful Elderberry Longhorn.

Thank you Daniel, I love what’sthatbug, just never had a bug to submit before!!

Well, you held out for a really good one.

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Moth? Dragonfly?
Location:  West Texas
August 31, 2010 1:38 am
I have seen a few of these guys this summer. It has long antenna with small bulbs (?) on the end. It is fuzzy like a moth, but has 2 sets of clear wings like a dragonfly. I have seen it in the month of August only so far. What in the world is it?


Hi Keisha,
This unusual insect is an Owlfly, one of the Neuropterans in the same insect order as the Lacewings, Antlions and Mantisflies.

Thank you so very much for the rapid response. I spent hours on google and got nowhere.. Thanks again.

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Moth on building in Brentwood, Tennesse (August)
Location:  Brentwood, Tennessee
August 30, 2010 2:53 pm
I’ve never seen a moth like this before here in Middle Tennessee. What is he? Is he migrating??? Thanks!
Curious Lady

Luna Moth

Dear Curious Lady,
The unmistakable Luna Moth is a local species for you that ranges in the eastern portions of North America from Florida to Maine.  There are two generations in the southern portion of the range and the earlier sightings each year for your area are probably in late March through April.

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Giant Wasp
Location:  Nazareth, PA
August 30, 2010 9:53 am
I took this picture yesterday at a picnic in Nazareth, PA. Was about 2” long and had a 1/4” to 1/2” stinger. Any idea what the heck it is?

Pigeon Horntail

Hi Todd,
The body coloration on this Pigeon Horntail,
Tremex columba, is lighter than the typical coloration, but it is represented on at least one image posted to BugGuide.  These Wood Wasps lay their eggs in diseased, decaying or cut wood and the larvae spend several years burrowing and feeding on the wood pulp.

Pigeon Horntail

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Location:  southern wisconsin
August 29, 2010 9:27 pm
Aug 30th, moth on our deck in s wisconsin. what is it?

White Lined Sphinx

Hi jw,
YOur moth is a White Lined Sphinx or Striped Morning Sphinx,
Hyles lineata.  This is one of the most common Hawk Moths in the family Sphingidae, and it can be found in all forty eight lower states and much of Canada.  You may read more about the White Lined Sphinx on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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strange but
Location:  Wisconsin
August 29, 2010 6:36 pm
I found this bug in my living room in Southeast Wisconsin. It looks like a winged ant but has a super skinny thorax and seems indestructable. I actually burned it before taking this photo and it still was partly alive.

Unknown Wasp

Hi Josh,
We do not recognize your wasp, but we hope one of our readers will be able to assist in its identification.  We wonder perhaps if it might be the little seen male of a species that exhibits sexual dimorphism, like possibly the American Pelecinid, which is only represented by females on BugGuide.  At any rate, burning this unknown wasp constitutes unnecessary carnage in our book.  Many times people kill benign or beneficial insects because they look fearsome or for other unfathomable reasons.

Eric Eaton provides an identification
Hi, Daniel:
No, that is an ichneumon wasp, possibly in the subfamily Pimplinae:
Not all Pimplinae have long ovipositors.  This specimen appears to have a short one, or else it is broken.

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