From the monthly archives: "June 2017"
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Subject: What kind of insect is this?
Location: Northwest Ohio, U.S.A
June 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Dear bugman,
I happened to notice this strange critter while at work today. I work at a greenhouse with flowers and vegetables. Unfortunately I could only get one picture of it before it flew away, rapidly. It has a shiny segmented body and a small, waspish head. The long orange “tail” also appeared segmented, and quite fuzzy. I have looked and found nothing like it on the internet. Please help? Thank you!
Signature: Hanna B.

Clematis Borer

Dear Hanna,
Your description of this insect as “waspish” is spot on because this is a wasp-mimicking Clearwing Moth in the family Sesiidae, and we eventually identified it on BugGuide as a Clematis Borer,
Alcathoe caudata.  The binomial species name is thus defined on BugGuide: “Caudata from Latin caud, meaning ‘tailed.’ Adult males have a long tail-like appendage on the abdomen. ”  Your individual is a yellow-tailed male.  We have no other images of identified male Clematis Borers on our site, but we do have several images of female Clematis BorersBugGuide also states:  “Larva bore into the roots of Clematis and Ribes species.”  According to Las Pilitas Nursery, the genus Ribes includes gooseberries and currants and Clematis is a popular flowering vine used in landscaping in Youngstown, Ohio.  It is the end of the month and we are selecting your submission as the Bug of the Month for July 2017 because we are so thrilled to now have both sexes of the Clematis Borer in our archives.

Thank you so much! I’m glad that it “bugged” me enough to ask! Happy that I have also provided a useful photo, albeit a slightly blurry one!
Hanna B.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
June 29, 2017 3:29 pm
There were two of these on my car all throughout today. Very adamant about not leaving my vehicle. When I brushed one off the butt sorta flared upwards and looked red. The photo is a little bit far but it’s a high quality photo so just zoom in a bit.
Signature: Dylan M.

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Dylan,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug nymph.

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Subject: moth identification
Location: Franklin Ky
June 29, 2017 3:42 pm
Saw this moth on the outside wall of a Pilot gas station in Franklin, Kentucky. On June 29, 2017. What kind is it, it’s beautiful!
Signature: R. Orcutt

Royal Walnut Moth

Dear R. Orcutt,
This gorgeous moth is a Royal Walnut Moth or Regal Moth, and its caterpillar, the Hickory Horned Devil.

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Subject: Longicorn 9pm 1500′ Maui
Location: 20n 156w Pukalani, Maui
June 29, 2017 1:50 pm
Aloha –
This guy was unexpectedly found at 9pm the other night. The paint spot to the right is about 7/16″ in diameter. Longicorn was on its back when I first saw it, flipped over and started moving to the left. Attempted to fly away but didn’t succeed. It was not there when I checked a while later.
Know it is hard to determine just what kind of longicorn it is from one photo. Rare for us to have any bug this size flying at night other than mating American cockroaches or Black Witch moths.
Appreciate all your posts. I start my day looking over the bugs posted to learn more about insect life.
Signature: Eliza

Eucalyptus Borer

Aloha Eliza,
Thanks for your kind words.  Were there eucalyptus trees near the sighting?  This is a Eucalyptus Borer, and we have already received documentation that they are found in Hawaii.  They are covered briefly on page 11 of the Pests of Trees and Palms in Hawai’i article posted to Aloha Arborist.

Aloha Daniel –
Mahalo nui loa – thanks very much. Appreciate knowing what this critter is.
Yes, upwind by about 1/4 mile or so, a stand of old eucalyptus is being removed. One had been laying on the ground for many years, when the leftover winds of a tropical storm knocked it down. Even tho’ it was supine, the tree still had green leaves. The neighboring shorter trees were standing till earlier this week. The pieces of trunk are in the field which gets grass/weed trimmed by goats. Who knows what their next step in their life gets to be. No doubt this borer got evicted suddenly from its home.
Have a pleasant 4th of July holiday.
A hui hou (until we meet again) –

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Subject: Bug
Location: Battle Ground WA
June 28, 2017 8:19 pm
Can you please tell me what is this bug? Found in my backyard.
Signature: How ever you it

Parasitic Wasp

This is some species of parasitic wasp, and based on BugGuide images, we believe it is in the genus Megischus, a group that includes the Crown of Thorns Wasp, but according to BugGuide the range is:  “Eastern United States. (Taber reports this species occurs from ‘coast-to-coast’.) ”  Your individual has white marks on the legs and the images of the Crown of Thorns Wasp lack that feature.

Parasitic Wasp

Mr Marlos
Thank you for the information. I have never seen a bug like it. It’s tail was really long, black and white.
Jeanene Reeser
Dear Jeanene,
What you have called a “tail” is the female’s ovipositor that she uses to lay eggs.
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Subject: PLEASE tell me This I said not a bedbug
Location: Florida
June 29, 2017 2:39 pm
I found this bug in my living room and shined a light on it and it didn’t move. I’m hoping it was a dead cockroach. My apartment has an exterminator that sprays for cockroachs but not bed bugs.
Signature: Sleepless girl

Bed Bug

Dear Sleepless Girl,
We are sorry but we cannot allay your fears as this is a Bed Bug.

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