From the daily archives: "Saturday, July 16, 2016"

Subject: Giant Wood Wasp??? Or not
Location: Northern Ontario
July 16, 2016 11:44 am
Real curious about the attached bug.
Found it flying they an open wooded area.
Was thinking it might be a Giant Wood Wasp but the long (5-6″)tail made us think otherwise.
Signature: Regards, Teshaun

Stump Stabber

Stump Stabber

Dear Teshaun,
This is a Giant Ichnuemon, Megarhyssa atrata, commonly called a Stump Stabber, and anyone who has ever watched a female Stump Stabber laying eggs might be fooled into thinking it is a Wood Wasp.  Wood Wasps, including the Pigeon Horntail, oviposit or lay eggs on dead and dying trees and the larvae are wood borers.  The Stump Stabber is a parasitoid whose larvae feed on the larvae of Pigeon Horntails.

Subject: What is it?
Location: Kent uk
July 16, 2016 11:50 am
My kids asked me what this is. I don’t know!
Signature: Karen

Rove Beetle: Staphylinus caesareus

Rove Beetle: Platydracus stercorarius

Dear Karen,
This colorful Rove Beetle is
Staphylinus caesareus.

Update:  August 7, 2017
Subject: Rove Beetl from the UK – July 16, 2016
August 7, 2017 5:28 am
Hi,
just found your entry about that rove beetle from Kent, UK on your website, category ‘what’s that bug’.  You told Karen it was a  staphylinus caesareus but I am pretty sure from what I see on the foto, that it is a Platydracus stercorarius.
Yours sincerely,
ZM (Zoology, University of Regensburg, Germany)
Signature: Zora

Ed. Note:  Here is an image from iNaturalist and one from Nature Spot that support Zora’s correction.

Subject: Bug
Location: Castle Rock, CO
July 15, 2016 3:48 pm
Dear Bugman,
My daughter found this bug on her neck while driving. She thinks it bit her and she does have a mark on her neck.
Can you tell me what it is?
Thanks!
Signature: Mary

Red Shouldered Pine Borer

Red Shouldered Pine Borer

Dear Mary,
Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae have very strong mandibles and the larger members in the family might even draw blood if they bite, but the bite is not considered to be dangerous.  Though your daughter got a bite from this Red Shouldered Pine Borer,
Stictoleptura canadensis, it sounds like it did not break the skin.  The Red Shouldered Pine Borer is a highly variable species, and some individuals have very discreet shoulder patches while others have mostly red elytra.  This BugGuide image is a good match for the markings on your individual.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for the speedy reply!  She doesn’t have any marks on her neck today, so if it did bite it must have just started before she grabbed it.
Thanks again for all the information and references.
Mary

Subject: Strange Bug
Location: East Windsor, NJ
July 15, 2016 12:28 pm
My daughter and I were looking around the garden and we found this strange bug. I was thinking it was a type of grasshopper, but I’m not sure.
Signature: Thanks, Robb & Paige

Immature Male Katydid

Immature Male Katydid

Dear Robb & Paige,
This is an immature male Katydid, and the best way to distinguish Katydids from Grasshoppers is that Katydids have much longer antennae.  Your nymph looks exactly like this image from our archives that we tentatively identified as a Round Headed Katydid in the genus
Amblycorypha.

Subject: Moth-like looking insect with pitcher-like antenne
Location: McNeill, Mississippi
July 15, 2016 12:49 pm
I Have NEVER seen any insect like this one on my porch right now. I have lived in the South my entire life. What is IT?!!! When I go near it, it points it’s pincher looking antenne towards me in defense!!! It is about 3-4 inches long!
Signature: Shantell L.

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Shantell,
This is a male Dobsonfly, one of our most common summer identification requests.