From the yearly archives: "2016"

Subject: Megarhyssa ?
Location: Petton, Shrewsbury, SY4 5TH
June 3, 2016 6:30 am
Hi, I live just outside Shrewsbury UK, this lovely chap just came into my house long enough for me to take a photo, is it a Megarhyssa and are they native to the UK. We do get quite a few Dragonflies around our pond and at first I thought it was one of them, obviously not – ant ideas?
Signature: Tom Brewin

Ichneumon: Rhyssa lineolata

Sabre Wasp

Dear Tom,
This Ichneumon is not in the genus
Megarhyssa, but rather, we believe it is related to Rhyssa lineolata, a species pictured on BugGuide.  We found Rhyssa persuasoria pictured on Nature Spot where it states:  “It searches for the larvae of Horntails or Longhorn Beetles which have buried in fallen timber. The female then uses her ovipositor to drill down to the larvae and then lay an egg which hatches and parasitize the poor host.” 

Thanks Daniel that’s very helpful, cheers … Tom

 

Subject: Black and yellow beetle
Location: Riverside, California, USA.
June 3, 2016 4:30 pm
My mom is always telling me that this bug carries lime disease and to always watch out for them. I got bit a few minutes ago, and I really don’t feel like dying lol. Please tell me there’s no disease!
Signature: Amethyst Huffman

African Painted Bug

African Painted Bug

Dear Amethyst,
Though it is an Invasive Exotic species, to the best of our knowledge, the African Painted Bug,
Bagrada hilaris, is not a species that is dangerous to humans.

Subject: Moth ID
Location: Massachusetts
yJune 2, 2016 12:51 pm
What kind of moth is this? Don’t know? Maybe I can name it after myself. . .
This moth was about 4 inches (8 inch wingspan). Acted dead.
Signature: Discoverer

Polyphemus Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Discoverer,
This magnificent moth is a Polyphemus Moth, one of the Giant Silkmoths in the family Saturniidae, that owes its common name Polyphemus Moth to the eyespots on its underwings that are used to frighten potential predators.  Polyphemus is the legendary Cyclops from Greek mythology.

Subject: What is this beautiful beetle?
Location: Seattle, WA
June 2, 2016 7:36 pm
I found this beautiful beetle crawling on my windowsill. I’m located just outside of Seattle, WA and found him in June. I love the iridescent colors on his back. Please tell me what he is
Signature: Jessie

Golden Buprestid

Golden Buprestid

Dear Jessie,
This gorgeous Jewel Beetle or Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae is commonly called a Golden Buprestid.

Subject: Big spider!
Location: Southeastern Virginia
June 1, 2016 6:25 pm
Found this creature in my kitchen in southeastern Virginia in May 2016. I captured him in a cup and set him free outside, away from the house. It is quite large, What type of spider is this?
Signature: Beaker

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Beaker,
This is a harmless Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and they are sometimes called Dock Spiders.  We are guessing you have a body of water near your home.  Because of your kindness, we are tagging your posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Subject: Mystery Bug
Location: Troy, Michigan USA
June 2, 2016 6:27 am
Saw one yesterday 2016 June 1 in the backyard where I have tomato plants, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, squash, peach tree, apple tree, rose bush, hubbard squash, buttercup squash, parlsey, leek, chives, sun chokes, marigolds, hostas, pink coral bells, petunias, dianthus and other stuff growing. Saw one around 7am today June 2 on the rose bush in front. Then saw 2 more mating on the concrete in front about 1.5-2 hours later. I want to know the common and scientific name if you can tell me so I can research if it bites or is a pest to my flowers, fruits and veggies. It is summer here in Michigan. I live north of Detroit in southern Oakland County Michigan in a residential area in the suburbs.
Signature: Curious

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Dear Curious,
These are mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies,
Chrysopilus thoracicus, and according to BugGuide:  “Life Cycle Details unknown. This fly is observed in early to mid-spring perched quietly on low vegetation in deciduous woodlands.”  Of the family Rhagiionidae, BugGuide notes:  “Both adults and larvae are predaceous on a variety of small insects. Most do not bite, but Symphoromyia females [known as Rocky Mountain Bite Flies] are common biting pests in the western mountains and coastal areas.”  So, this is either a beneficial insect, or a benign insect that will not harm the numerous plants in your garden.

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Golden Backed Snipe Fly