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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Arizona
Date: 09/20/2021
Time: 11:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr.Shannon Meehl

Longicorn: Megacyllene antennata

Dear Mr. Shannon Meehl,
We recieved an image of this species of Longicorn back in 2016 and Eric Eaton helped us identify it as
Megacyllene antennata. According to BugGuide it feeds on “mesquite (and catclaw?).”  We cannot say for certain why it was attracted to a Cannabis plant, but we will be sure to tag it to include it with other insects found on marijuana.

Subject:  Longhorn what?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia Canada
Date: 09/13/2021
Time: 09:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was on my deck, snapped a photo. Unsure what kind of longhorned beetle this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Scott

Balsam Fir Sawyer

Dear Scott,
Based on this image from BugGuide, we are pretty certain this is a Balsam Fir Sawyer,
Monochamus marmorator.  In researching this identification, we discovered a misidentified Longicorn on our site that we originally identified as a Balsam Fir Sawyer.

Subject:  Weird bug on sunflower
Geographic location of the bug:  Bay Shore, New York
Date: 09/04/2021
Time: 04:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:   Saw this yesterday on my sunflower.
How you want your letter signed:  Jimmy R.

Locust Borer

Dear Jimmy,
The Locust Borer is a Beetle but it is a very effective mimic of a Yellow Jacket, a stinging Wasp.  We often get images of Locust Borers near the end of summer and they are especially fond of goldenrod.

Subject:  Bug from Israel
Geographic location of the bug:  Kfar Saba, IL
Date: 08/29/2021
Time: 03:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks in advance

Mango Stem Borer

The Mango Stem Borer was likely to have been introduced to Israel from Sri Lanka in the 1950’s.  It uses figs, mangos and Papayas as host trees.

Subject:  Need Insect identified
Geographic location of the bug:  Shoreline WA, Boeing Credk Park
Date: 08/18/2021
Time: 06:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just curious what this might be.  It was on a dead log in Boeing Creek Park in Shoreline
How you want your letter signed:  Lesley Bell

Banded Alder Borer

Dear Lesley,
This gorgeous beetle is a Banded Alder Borer.

Thanks Daniel!  It sure is a striking beetle for sure.  I had never seen one before and am happy to know what kind of beetle it is!

Subject:  Weird bug found at work
Geographic location of the bug:  Grays harbor washington
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug while I was at work and it’s massive, was probably 2 1/2 almost 3 inches. kinda think it’s a June bug but it doesn’t got the stripes
How you want your letter signed :  What is it?

Unidentified Prionid

We are only able to provide you with a partial identification on your discovery.  This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and it is a member of the subfamily Prioninae, the Root Borers.  Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with a species name.  Though you submitted three images, one was a red rectangle and one a black rectangle with no insects visible.  The image we posted has many identifying features hidden in the grass.  The gray coloration and lack of thoracic spines are distinctive, but it doesn’t look like any of the species on BugGuide.  Is Grays Harbor a town that gets international ships?  Perhaps one of our readers with more experience will be able to provide a species identification. 

Sorry it wouldn’t let me put anymore pictures on because there wasn’t enough space for 2 pictures but I do have a video and we just got a storage container from China at my work like 4 months ago.