Cicada Nymph in British Columbia, Canada

Subject: Slow-moving, clawed, & bug-eyed Location: Nanaimo, B.C., Canada May 26, 2017 9:43 pm I saw this slow-moving insect on a sunny, dry, mossy hillside, crawling very slowly. It was about 1 inch long. It had a large claw on each foreleg, and a thin shaft attached to the underside of its head. I wonder … Read more

Endangered Stag Beetle found dead in London

Subject: Scorpion type insect Location: London May 27, 2017 5:04 am Hi good afternoon I have found what looks like a scorpion type insect in my back garden I am located in Hayes Middlesex London I would really appreciated if someone could identify what type it is as I have very young kids the youngest … Read more

Stump Stabber

Subject: crane fly or ichneumon wasp or something else entirely? Location: Dover, PA May 27, 2017 5:25 am Hi – a friend of mine asked me what this is. He said it was ‘bigger than a normal wasp’. Thank you !!! Signature: Sue Dear Sue, This is indeed a Giant Ichneumon, probably Megarhyssa macrurus, and … Read more

Mating Crane Flies

Subject: What kind of bug is this Location: MIchigian May 26, 2017 7:36 am I would just like to know what kind of bug this is?! Signature: Catie Dear Catie, These are mating Crane Flies, and in some locations they are called Mosquito Hawks or Skeeter Hawks because people mistakenly believe they eat Mosquitoes.  Crane … Read more

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillars on Parsley

Subject: Pleasant Surprise! Location: West Losangeles May 26, 2017 11:41 am Hi Bugman, I’ve been planting fennel for years to attract anise swallowtail butterflies with sporadic success. Can’t tell you how surprised I was to see a parsley plant covered with caterpillars. I counted 14, but there are probably more. Did a bit of research … Read more