From the daily archives: "Tuesday, July 5, 2016"

Subject: Yellow/Black Bug
Location: Central Virginia
July 5, 2016 4:54 pm
What’s this bug?
Signature: Rebecca

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Dear Rebecca,
This is one of the most beautiful images we have ever received of an American Carrion Beetle,
Necrophila americana, a species that lays its eggs on the putrefying flesh of dead creatures.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults consume fly larvae (maggots) at carrion, as well as some carrion; larvae eat carrion, maggots, and beetle larvae, may prefer dried skin, bits of flesh after maggots have departed.”

Subject:  Moth ID
Location:  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
July 4, 2016
San Juan Del Sur nica
Taken by Kryss Castle in Nicaragua.
Allison Jones

Melipotis fasciolaris

Melipotis fasciolaris

Dear Allison,
We first located a matching image to Kryss’ Moth on The Moth Photographers Group where it is identified as Melipotis fasciolaris.  We cross checked that name on BugGuide and found this image of the male.  We learned on BugGuide that this species is sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females look like different species, and that is has the common name Bewitching Melipotis.  It ranges from the Southern US to Uruguay.

Subject: But found in Ohio
Location: Northwest Ohio
July 4, 2016 7:26 pm
Not sure what this bug is and any info about it.
Signature: GMyers

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle Carnage

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle Carnage

Dear GMyers,
This is a male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle and it appears to be dead prematurely at the hands of a human, something we here at What’s That Bug? consider to be Unnecessary Carnage.  Stag Beetles pose no threat to humans and we encourage our readership to respect and tolerate the Lower Beasts.

Subject: Fly on the Natchez Trace
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
July 4, 2016 7:37 pm
Hi bug guys,
I came across this fellow on a hike this weekend along the Natchez Trace outside of Nashville, TN. It was buzzing loudly and attempting to fly but clearly has some wing damage and is approximately 1-2in in length. The picture doesn’t capture the pretty blue coloring of it’s eyes. I have lived here for about 8yrs and have never seen this species before.
What is it?
Signature: Drew

Male Black Horse Fly

Male Black Horse Fly

Dear Drew,
This is a male Black Horse Fly,
Tabanus atratus.  While female Horse Flies will bite and suck blood, males of the species feed on nectar.

Subject: Help identifying this insect
Location: Greater DC area
July 5, 2016 8:04 am
Hi there – we have been seeing these around our home, just the last few weeks (so starting in mid-June). Not a lot of them but still… Can’t decide if it’s a wasp or if it’s a Mydas Fly variety or…?
The lighting isn’t great – i couldn’t get him to cooperate – but the body detail is pretty good. His legs and abdomen are both this red color but his wings are black.
We live in the greater DC area, by the way. We live out in farmland area, with both some small suburbs and some wetlands nearby.
Signature: ??

Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp

This is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, and we believe it is most likely Tachypompilus ferrugineus which is pictured on BugGuide.  Spider Wasps are not aggressive, but they can sting.

Subject: huge winged insect
Location: Keg River, Alberta
July 4, 2016 10:05 pm
Hi, Just saw this on one of our leafcutter bee huts today. We’re in Keg River, Alberta and have never seen anything like it. Should we be running for the hills? He was about 3 inches long not counting his antennae. Didn’t get a good look at his flying skills – when we disturbed him he just sort of fluttered down in behind some stuff so he didn’t really take off. Big wings though! Any idea what he is? Thanks.
Signature: Shelley

Salmonfly

Salmonfly

Dear Shelley,
This is a Giant Stonefly or Salmonfly in the genus
Pteronarcys.  It is harmless and there is no need to head for the hills.

Thank you!  That was fast.  Good to know we can rest easy.  Love your site.