From the monthly archives: "November 2017"
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Subject:  What is this? A horsefly? A bee? Or a hybrid maybe?
Geographic location of the bug:  Huntsville, Texas
Date: 11/24/2017
Time: 05:30 PM EDT
Hi. I found this at Sam Houston State University to be more specific. I’m not sure if it’s a bee or a fly, or even a new species. I’m in Forensics and our class needs to catch 20 bugs so that’s why it’s in two ziploc baggies. I was afraid it might bite or sting me through one bag. It looks sort of mean. While I don’t need to know, it would be cool if I knew what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you, Sadie

Tachinid Fly

Dear Sadie,
Normally we do not feel compelled to provide identifications for class projects, but something about your request resonated with us.  This is a parasitoid Tachinid Fly in the family Tachinidae, and this is a very large family with many similar looking species.  We believe based on images posted to the Flies of Goodwell and Texhoma, Texas Co. OK site that it is in the tribe Blondeliini.  BugGuide has four pages of genera in that tribe, so a more specific identification might require an expert in the family.

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Subject:  What kind of insect is this???
Geographic location of the bug:  Jacksonville Florida
Date: 11/24/2017
Time: 11:43 AM EDT
We have seen a few of these bugs in our yard mainly on the house like this one in the photo but this is the largest one we’ve seen so far. We’re just very curious to know what they are! Thanks for any info!
How you want your letter signed:  April Crawford

Wheel Bug

Dear April,
This is a predatory Wheel Bug, a common species in the eastern portions of North America.  Though not aggressive toward humans, like other Assassin Bugs, they might bite if carelessly handled or if they feel threatened.

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Subject:  Haven’t seen this before
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle
Date: 11/24/2017
Time: 04:40 PM EDT
Found a bunch mostly dead outside in a plastic bin that had contained firewood a week ago (early in November) and just now spotted this one in the basement.  They’re about a cm long including legs and antennae.
How you want your letter signed:  Liz

Mediterranean Seed Bug

Dear Liz,
Despite the lack of clarity in your image, the Mediterranean Seed Bug, an Invasive Exotic species, it still recognizable. 

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Subject:  Yellow and Orange they say it is called the Executioner
Geographic location of the bug:  Costa Rica
Date: 11/24/2017
Time: 09:45 AM EDT
How venomous is it
How you want your letter signed:  Aidan

Costa Rican Executioner

Dear Aidan,
Unless the automobile in the image you attached was created by Q for a Bond film, we can’t imagine it came from the manufacturer equipped with venom.

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Subject:  Large bug found on the road
Geographic location of the bug:  Loleta CA
Date: 11/23/2017
Time: 01:03 PM EDT
My friend found this bug on the road in front of our houses. It had been run over but still able to identify it.  It is a huge bug for our area.
Is this of the Cockroach family?
How you want your letter signed:  darlene

Giant Water Bug

Dear Darlene,
This aquatic predator is a Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter.  It is not related to a Cockroach.

Wow, is that from our area?

They are native to California as well as the rest of North America and many other parts of the world.

Thank you! Good to know these things.It was so big it was just a surprise to see one that big in the road.
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Subject:  Is this is a scorpion
Geographic location of the bug:  Kerala,India
Date: 11/22/2017
Time: 06:49 AM EDT
I found a scorpion like insect and it is almost 2mm it has no pincers but has hand
How you want your letter signed:  Vivek

Jumping Spider

Dear Vivek,
This is not a Scorpion.  It is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.

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