From the yearly archives: "2010"

Giant Ichneumon in New Jersey
Location:  Newton, New Jersey
July 20, 2010 6:50 pm
From a distance, I thought this was a dragonfly holding its wings in a funny position…then I saw the ovipositor, twice the length of the body. Is this a giant ichneumon, Megarhyssa nortoni? This is a first for me. It is resting on a grape leaf, near a rotting stump (perhaps after laying eggs?).
Northwestern New Jersey; photo taken July 20, 2010.

Giant Ichneumon

Hi Jeannie,
You are correct that this is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa, but we get a little murky at the species level.  We think that there is a very good possibility that your Giant Ichneumon is Megarhyssa nortoni, but we would also not discount Megarhyssa macrurus.  According to BugGuide, the range of Megarhyssa macrurus includes New Jersey, and the range of Megarhyssa nortoni includes nearby Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Giant Ichneumon

Your photos are all so great we have decided to post all three.

Giant Ichneumon

ID help
Location:  Juneau, Alaska
July 20, 2010 12:14 pm
This little guy (a cm long or so) was crawling on my hand. I have never seen anything like it befofe. It’s summer in Juneau, Alaska.

Middle Barklouse

Hi Shadoe,
We matched your images to a posting on BugGuide of a Middle Barklouse,
Mesopsocus unipunctatus.  The BugGuide information page does not provide much information.

Middle Barklouse

Long-horned Beetle from China
Location:  Shanghai, China
July 20, 2010 11:31 am
This is a beetle that we saw in a park in the Shanghai, China area in June. From your website, I see it is a long-horned beetle, and by checking a webite you had recommended to someone else, I have narrowed it down to batocera rufomaculata. But, when I do a search for images online, it brings up mostly pictures of insects with some red markings, of which this has none. So, I’m wondering if I have the correct identification?
Linda Walsh

Batocera species

Hi Linda,
We agree with your genus identification of
Batocera, however, when we posted an image of mating beetles in the genus Batocera from China back in 2009, our frequent contributor Karl provided information on the two species that range in China:  “There are several similar looking species in Asia, but as far as I can tell only B. davidis and B. rubus occur in China.”  There is often individual variation in the coloration of insect species.

Batocera species

bug with really long antennae
Location:  Downtown Seattle WA USA
July 20, 2010 12:44 pm
Dear Bugman,
This bug was a stowaway in my co-worker’s car, July 14, in downtown Seattle. It doesn’t look like a city bug to me, but then again, what do I know?
Thank you for your assistance in this important matter.

Longhorn Borer Beetle

Your beetle is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, but we have been unable to verify a species identity in the fifteen minutes we spent on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers can assist with this identification.

Ed. NOte: Karl wrote in a comment with a theory that this might be Monochamus obtusus, and sararall also believes it is a Monochamus species.

Longhorn Beetle
Location:  Redmond, Washington, USA
July 20, 2010 2:49 am
Dear Bugman,
Thank you so much for your fantastic site!
This rather large beetle landed on my husband’s lap this evening and nearly sent him out the window!
We’d like to know if it is a friend or foe.
It is a very mild summer’s day in Redmond, Washington State ~ 65 degrees, sea level. We live out of town in a heavily wooded area – both deciduous and evergreen trees.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give!

Flower Longhorn

Hi Holly,
We believe we have correctly identified your Flower Longhorn in the subfamily Lepturinae as
Ortholeptura valida, a species with no common name.  The range, the west coast of North America, as indicated on BugGuide, seems correct.

brown, antlered beetle with orange “eyes”
Location:  Duncanville, TX
July 20, 2010 6:52 am
My wife found this beetle in our bedroom. It flies, but seldom. I captured it in an open trash can and set it outside, and it didn’t fly away for a long time. This occurred in July.
Thanks for your service.

Ivory Marked Beetle

Hi Lars,
YOur beetle is an Ivory Marked Beetle or Four Marked Ash Borer,
Eburia quadrigeminata, and you may read more about it on BugGuide.