From the daily archives: "Friday, April 15, 2016"

Subject: Wasp?
Location: 70363
April 15, 2016 7:12 am
We found this bug but not familiar with it
Signature: Ryan duthu

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

Dear Ryan,
Your wasp is a parasitic Ichneumon.  According to BugGuide, there are:  “About 5,000 described species in North America, possibly 3,000 more undescribed(2); arguably, the largest animal family, with the estimated 60,000 species worldwide (up to 100,000, according to some estimates.”

Subject: Bee or ant ?
Location: Argentina
April 14, 2016 9:32 am
hello, i can’t see if this bugs are ants with wings or bees
Signature: Mario

Lovebugs

Lovebugs

Dear Mario,
These are neither ants nor bees, but rather, they are flies.  More specifically, they are March Flies and we believe they are in the genus
Plecia whose members are commonly called Lovebugs because they appear in large swarms that contain numerous mating pairs.  More on Lovebugs can be found on BugGuide and on University of Florida Entomology site.

Subject: Mystery beetle
Location: Tennessee
April 14, 2016 6:02 pm
Found this beetle in early April in middle TN and can’t identify it. Any ideas?
Signature: Debra C.

Rainbow Scarab

Female Rainbow Scarab

Dear Debra,
This is a female Rainbow Scarab,
Phanaeus vindex, one of the Dung Beetles.  The male Rainbow Scarabs have a prominent horn.

Subject: What spider is this?
Location: Minnesota
April 13, 2016 6:06 pm
Hello I found this spider in a crawl space in Minnesota, what spider is this?
Signature: Fog lifted

Cobweb Spider

Cobweb Spider

Dear Fog lifted,
We believe this is one of the Cobweb Spiders in the family Theridiidae, a group well represented on BugGuide.