Geographic location of the bug: Northeast NE.
Time: 05:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi, I found this “bee” on the leaves of my rose bush while trying to figure out what’s been munching leaves. It’s bright lime green just like the photo, almost half an inch long and has a rather flat shaped abdomen with cool black designs. Not metallic like a sweat bee, if it is indeed a bee, but can’t find any info or pix that match.
How you want your letter signed: Lois Colvin
This is not a Bee. It is a Soldier Fly and we have identified it as Hedriodiscus binotatus thanks to images posted on BugGuide.
Thank you! First time I’ve seen one in the 17 yrs since moving to NE.