From the monthly archives: "August 2010"
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Ant Looking Fly
Location:  Houston, TX
July 30, 2010 3:13 pm
I caught this fly in my house. I’ve noticed a couple within the last week. Can you identify the fly? The ’odd’ behavior is the antenna’s and abdomen are constantly moving
Location: Houston, TX; Season: summer
Curious George

Ensign Wasp

Dear Curious George,
This Ensign Wasp gets its name from the way it carries its abdomen aloft and waves it about.  Ensign Wasps are parasitic on the ootheca or egg cases of Cockroaches.  We have been getting regular requests to identify Ensign Wasps so it appears their numbers are increasing, which is bad news for cockroaches.

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Mating stick insects from Vietnam 😀 But what kind..?
Location:  Jungle, Island, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
July 31, 2010 7:53 am
We were trekking through the jungle on one of the islands of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, with me constantly lagging behind the rest of the group. But thank goodness I did because I managed to spot this lovely little pair having a go at it on a leaf. If I remember correctly (I spotted them a month ago at the beginning of July) she was about 4-5 inches in length. I loved the almost scale-like patterns of yellow and black on the female. The male wasn’t quite as distinctive. They both had a few ”thorns” poking out of their abdomens. I’ve tried searching for what these guys are called, but I am clueless. Thanks!

Unidentified Mating Walkingsticks are Neohirasea maerens

Hi Rixie,
We agree that this is an attractive pair of Walkingsticks.  We will need to research their identity, but we are posting them prior to research since one of our readers might be able to assist in the identification.

Update from Karl
August 3, 2010
Hi Daniel and Rixie:
It looks like a pair of Neohirasea maerens (Phasmatidae: Lonchodinae). This native of Vietnam and neighboring countries is apparently quite popular among Walkingstick breeders so there is quite a lot of information available on the internet. Regards.

I see that Karl was able to identify them. Thank you so much for you help! You all do fantastic work and I love your site 🙂

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Black and Yellow Striped Beetle
Location:  Southern Utah
July 31, 2010 5:52 pm
I live in Hurricane, Utah, and we went down to the Kolob Reservoir earlier today to fish, and I caught this bug. It looks to me like a Yellow and Black Striped Beetle of some sort. I thought it was a bee at first because of the markings, but it doesn’t have a stinger. It also spreads its wings, but doesn’t seem to fly.

Banded Ash Borer, we believe

Hi Beau,
The angle of view of your photograph is not ideal for identification purposes as it doesn’t fully illustrate the banding pattern on the wings of your beetle which is classified as a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We are relatively certain it is in the tribe Clytini, but there are several genera and species with very similar markings.  Based on your location, we favor this being a Banded Ash Borer,
Neoclytus caprea, which is profiled on BugGuide.  The coloration and pattern is quite similar to several wasps, and it is believe to be a wasp mimic with protective coloration.

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Velvet Ant in Sonoma County?
Location:  Sonoma Mountan Range, California
July 31, 2010 3:07 pm
Hi, I found this fuzzy ant-like insect in a grassy meadow in jack london state park. Earlier this summer I saw one on the same mountain range a little north in Santa Rosa, also on open meadow. What is it? Looks like a ”velevet ant” but do you know the species? The camera was on a weird setting, so the light is a little orange, but I tried to adjust it to be more accurate
Mollyanne Meyn

Velvet Ant

Hi Mollyanne,
You are correct that this is a Velvet Ant.  We tried to color correct your image.  It appears that your specimen might be in the genus Pseudomethoca which is represented on BugGuide.  We would greatly welcome any input from experts in the family Mutillidae to assist in a proper species identification.

Thanks Daniel, from other  on the site, it looks most like anthracina to me. I love this website and service. many thanks for the response.

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