From the monthly archives: "July 2012"

Subject: Spider
Location: Cyprus
July 27, 2012 3:19 pm
I came across this spider and thought it looked like it was made from ”mother of pearl”
Signature: Jel

Orb Weaver: Argiope lobata

Hi Jel,
This stunning Orb Weaver Spider was relatively easy for us to identify.  We suspected the genus to be
Argiope, and that name paired with Cyprus brought us to the Invertebrates from Cyprus website where it is identified as Argiope lobata.  Orb Weavers are not considered dangerous.

Orb Weaver: Argiope lobata


Subject: Wasp?
Location: Central Michigan
July 27, 2012 10:33 pm
A quick survey brought some suggestions… one of which was an ichneumon wasp. Are we right? This guy landed of the window of our business after a nasty hail storm today in Six Lakes, Michigan.
Signature: Gina

American Pelecinid

Hi Gina,
Ichneumon Wasp is a good guess, but not correct.  This American Pelecinid is the only member of its family found in North America, and like the Ichneumon, it is a parasitic Hymenopteran.  The female uses her long abdomen to deposit eggs underground and the larvae feed upon the grubs of June Beetles.

Subject: Large flying beetle
Location: Somerset Kentucky
July 27, 2012 11:57 pm
So my friend posts this picture of a beetle that was in hot pursuit of her and that she killed with a fly swatter. She said it made a busy noise and as you can see from the picture it has long feather like antennae and pincers. To me it looks like half moth half beetle. Identifying it would be a great help.
Signature: Egads!

Tile Horned Prionus Carnage

Dear Egads!,
This magnificent beetle is a Tile Horned Prionus, a male judging by the antennae.  The larvae feed on rotting wood, especially roots and males are frequently attracted to lights, which is most likely how this individual found itself indoors and the victim of Unnecessary Carnage.  Alas, because of their large size, Tile Horned Prionus are frequently killed unnecessarily.

Subject: Unknown wasp or ichneumon
Location: Island Park, Idaho
July 27, 2012 3:26 pm
Could you identify this flying bug for me. It was shot in Island Park, Idaho in July 2012.
Signature: Brent

Unknown Ichneumon

Hi Brent,
We agree that this is some species of Ichneumon, but after browsing through the BugGuide possibilities twice with no luck at a species or genus identity, we are unable to provide you with that information.  We are posting it as an unidentified Ichenumon and perhaps we will be able to determine the species in the future.

Subject: wasp?
Location: Hingham, Massachusetts
July 27, 2012 4:06 pm
This bug has made a home in my walkway to my back door. I am concerned it will sting my curious toddlers. What is it and how do I relocate it?
Signature: Liz

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Hi Liz,
The Great Golden Digger Wasp in your photo is a solitary species that is not aggressive.  This female has dug a nest that she provisions with Katydids to feed her brood.  Solitary Wasps do not produce many offspring.  Those that survive will not emerge from the nest until next spring.  We do not believe this Great Golden Digger Wasp poses any threat to your toddlers and we do not feel there is a need to attempt to relocate her, especially since relocation could probably not be achieved.

Subject: Pretty moth, what is it?
Location: cornwall
July 26, 2012 5:37 pm
Thought this was very pretty reminded me of a Vulcan bomber, haven’t a clue what insect it is, any idea? image url
Signature: hazel

The Magpie

Hi Hazel,
We identified your Geometrid Moth as The Magpie using the UK Moths website which states:  “A very distinctive species, this was a favourite with early collectors, who used to breed it to obtain unusual coloured and patterned forms.”