Subject: Looks like a bee but with strange antennas?
Geographic location of the bug: Southwest Michigan, U.S.
Time: 05:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I saw this bee on 8-26-2018 in my backyard and have never seen another like it? Has the stripes like a bee but unique antennas??
How you want your letter signed: Nancy G.
What you have mistaken for antennae are actually the elytra or wing covers of a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, a common species that feeds on the pollen and nectar of autumn flowers. Larvae are beneficial predators.