From the daily archives: "Friday, July 22, 2016"

Subject: Roach or Beetle?
Location: Blackfoot, Idaho
July 22, 2016 8:37 am
We live in southeastern Idaho and have for almost 40 years and we have never seen anything like this. We found one in our garage last week (Mid-July) and another one last night in our garage as well. It is a little over 2″ long and makes a clicking-hiss sound when disturbed. Initially we thought it was a cockroach and panicked at the thought of a cockroach invasion, but after doing some research, we think it is a beetle of some kind. Based on photos we have seen, it looks similar to the Palo Verde Borer. What do you think it is? And will it cause any damage to our home, trees, etc.? We took several photos but it was on the move so most of them were blurry. Thank you for your help!
Signature: Christine

California Root Borer

California Root Borer

Dear Christine,
You are correct that this is NOT a Cockroach, and though it is not a Palo Verde Root Borer, it is a member of the same subfamily Prioninae.  This is a California Root Borer,
Prionus californicus,  though that name is somewhat deceptive as the range includes much of western North America and is not limited to California.  According to BugGuide:  “Larva feed primarily on living deciduous trees (oaks, madrone, cottonwood) and are also recorded from roots of vines, grasses, and decomposing hardwoods and conifers. Will also attack fruit trees growing on light, well-drained soils (e.g. apple, cherry, peach).”  In our opinion, there is rarely enough of an infestation to damage healthy trees.

Subject: Weird bug
Location: Denver
July 21, 2016 6:06 pm
Just in the ya4d collecting japanese beetles when we saw a very weird bug.
Signature: LouAnn

Therion morio

Therion morio

Dear LouAnn,
This amazing looking parasitoid Ichneumon,
Therion morio, does not have a common name. According to BugGuide:  “Host: moth larvae, including Hyphantria cunea (Fall Webworm).”  The female in your images is probably searching for caterpillars upon which to lay an egg so that her young can feed on the living caterpillar, eventually killing it.

Therion morio

Therion morio

Subject: Black Bug with Stinger
Location: Tacom, WA
July 21, 2016 10:25 pm
Help! Looking to identify this bug, found him and a few of his friends in the last week in our basement. About an inch, six legs with a possible small stinger. Found in Tacoma, Washington this summer.
Signature: Mindy

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

Dear Mindy,
This is some species of Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, possibly
 Ocypus aeneocephalus which is pictured on BugGuide and is an introduced species in your area.

Subject: Funky Moth
Location: Beacon, NY
July 21, 2016 10:49 pm
I saw this funky looking moth in the Mid Hudson Valley, NY. He was spotted clinging to the side of my car on a warm July night. He was very resistant to move, so we gently relocated him into a plant. Any idea what kind of moth this is?
Signature: Kimberly E.

Blinded Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Dear Kimberly,
This striking moth is a Blinded Sphinx, a species that ranges across continental North America.