From the monthly archives: "April 2017"
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Subject: Looks like an Ant???
Location: Deatsville, Alabama
April 28, 2017 1:24 pm
Found these crawling around on tile by our sliding glass door. I looked at them under a jewelers loupe. The antennae appear “beaded” and it looks like one of them may have had wings. They kind of look like ants but they kind of don’t. We tried googling what these were but came up empty. My husband picked them up with a piece of scotch tape. Both pictures are the “same” but one you can see a little more clearly. I hope you can help.
Signature: Sandy


Dear Sandy,
You did not indicate if this was an indoor or an outdoor sighting.  If they were found on the tile inside the house, you might want to consult with an expert since these are Termites.  Termites often make themselves known when they swarm, and an indoor swarm will cause attention.  Swarming Termites are reproductive alates, winged fertile males and females that mate and shed their wings when starting a new colony.

Hi Daniel,
The insects were actually found inside the house right by my sliding glass door. We have not found any more beyond the few we collected and submitted to you for identification. I’m thinking they probably got in the house when I opened the door. Since you said they were termites we are being very careful when we go in and out to not allow any more into the house and if they do get in they will be disposed of immediately.
Thank you for answering what that bug was!!

Hi Again Sandy,
If they were found indoors, our suspicion is that they originated indoors.  It is possible you have a Termite “situation” and that they swarmed indoors, seeking the light of the doorway as a possible egress.

Hi Daniel
I will call our pest control company on Monday and !et them know and ask them to come out and check our house. We get annual inspection but they don’t/won’t treat around our house. Maybe now that we have seen termites inside they will finally come treat!
Thanks again

Hi Sandy,
If you just rent, you might want to sit tight because it will probably be years before there is any significant damage.

Hi Daniel,
We actually own our home. We use a company our builder used when the house was built. The concrete slab was treated before the house was framed, and I believe the soil was trenched once the construction was completed. The company is Arrow Pest Control. That company may be local to Alabama, I am not sure. I have asked them to come retreat/trench around the house since we built the house 17 years ago but they say they only come to inspect the house once a year, they won’t retreat. I will call them on monday and ask them to treat and if I can’t get them to come, well, they aren’t the only folks in town who run  a pest control service ;).
Thanks again for your insight and help, I truly appreciate it!

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Subject: Longhorns Beetle?
Location: Panhandle, Florida
April 29, 2017 8:48 am
This little critter came near me today. Before I removed myself from its environment, I snapped this picture. What has me stumped is the very pointy piece located opposite of its head. Stinger? A pregnant female? Not a beetle?
Signature: Living in the humid country south

Longicorn: Graphisurus fasciatus

You are correct that this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Graphisurus fasciatus thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, larval hosts are: “numerous hardwoods, also pine.”  What you have mistaken for a stinger is actually an ovipositor, an organ a female insect uses to lay eggs.

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Subject: what is going on with these wasps
Location: near houston
April 28, 2017 9:56 am
very odd. 4 wasps on top of each other. At first ii thought it was a multiple mating, but It appears that the bugs on top are dead. What is going here? what sort of wasp is this? is this normal? i’ve never seen this before.
Signature: jay in texas

Mud Dauber Mystery

Dear Jay,
We wish you had been able to provide better quality images.  While there is enough detail to determine that these are Black and Yellow Mud Daubers,
Sceliphron caementarium, and it appears they are “attached” to one another at the head like each was biting another at the “neck”, we cannot fathom what is going on or what happened.  It is interesting that you observed the the ones on top are dead.  Does that mean the ones on the bottom were alive?  It also appears that they are on a collapsible hose, which makes sense since Mud Daubers are often found near puddles that occur when watering or near swimming pools.  You may verify our identification by comparing your individuals to this BugGuide image.  Mud Daubers are solitary Wasps, and each female makes and provisions her own nest, so this “group activity” is quite puzzling.  We will contact Eric Eaton to see if he can provide a hypothesis on what is happening.

Update:  Supposed Mating Behavior
Thanks to Cesar Crash who provided comments with links to Shutterstock and BugGuide.

Eric Eaton Confirms
….Three males competing for a female (bottom-most individual).  The neck-grabbing is typical male mate-guarding behavior, or attempt to mate.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

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Subject: Unidentifiable bee?
Location: Southeast Michigan
April 28, 2017 10:30 am
Dear bugman,
I found this bug in my bedroom this morning. Cool looking! What is it?!
Signature: Julie Jones

Rodent Bot Fly

Dear Julie,
Though it is frequently mistaken for a Bee, this is actually a Rodent Bot Fly in the genus

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Subject: Identify
Location: NE Pennsylvania
April 28, 2017 7:04 pm
Can you please tell me what insect this is?
Signature: Ken Brendel

American Salmonfly

Dear Ken,
This is a Giant Stonefly in the genus
Pteronarcys, and based on your location and this image on BugGuide, we believe it is the American Salmonfly, Pteronarcys dorsata.

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Subject: Ground Beetle
Location: Stevens Point, WI
April 29, 2017 6:53 am
Hello, I found this little guy in our 5 year old native wildflower garden in Stevens Point, WI on 4/26/17. He caught my eye with his bright blue outline, is this a Snail Eating Beetle? Thanks!
Signature: Ben Kollock

Caterpillar Hunter

Dear Ben,
Your Ground Beetle is actually one of the Caterpillar Hunters in the genus
Calosoma.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Calosoma frigidum based on BugGuide images.

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