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Subject:  Lady Bug on my Woody Plant
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 27, 2017 8:58 AM
Last week I found this Lady Bug on my woody plant.  Can you identify it?
Signature:  Constant Gardener

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Dear Constant Gardener,
The white markings on the head and pronotum of this Lady Beetle identify if at a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, which you can verify by comparing your image to this head-on image on BugGuide.   According to BugGuide:  “The adult is highly variable in color and pattern. The base pattern of the species is red to red-orange with 18 spots. These spots may be exaggerated, or eliminated, on an individual basis. The common red form, succinea is dominant in most areas. Melanic forms conspicua (two red markings) and spectabilis (four red markings) are less common, and only starting to establish in the country. Rarely, other forms may appear. Any pattern involving red-orange and black may potentially occur in this species!  Although variable, the combination of large size and specific pattern details generally allow easy identification. Darker forms are most commonly mistaken for other dark species. In these cases, look at the white pattern on the head and pronotum (per. J. Bailey).
”  The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle is an invasive, exotic species that is competing with and beating native species, leading to decreased sightings of native species of Lady Beetles.  For this reason, we must tag this posting as Invasive Exotics.  Your “woody plant” looks quite healthy, and though it is an exotic species, this Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle should help keep your plant pest free.

Subject: Never seen this wasp before?
Location: Tuscaloosa, alabama
July 29, 2017 5:04 pm
Saw this on a basil plant in a garden in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I’ve seen a lot of species of wasps around here, but never this one. Any ideas? Thanks for your time!
Signature: Dave

Amorpha Borer

Dear Dave,
This is not a wasp.  Rather, it is a beetle that derives protection because it mimics stinging wasps.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that this is an Amorpha Borer,
Megacyllene decora, and according to BugGuide:  “Extremely variable.”  This is only the second posting of this species to our site, so we are thrilled to be able to add your image to our archives.

Subject: This bug thing
Location: Southern California, USA
July 28, 2017 10:53 pm
So I was doing dishes, then I saw my cat playing with this Beatle thing, so I would like to know if I should be concerned or not. It sure looks pretty though! And the climate is about 75 degrees at night and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a bug like this before.
Signature: With a signature

Ten Lined June Beetle

This is an impressive Ten Lined June Beetle, and his fanlike antennae indicate he is a male.  Ten Lined June Beetles make an audible squeaking noise known as stridulation when they are disturbed.

Subject: Thought it was ladybug… but don’t think so
Location: Manhattan, NYC
July 28, 2017 4:16 pm
Just found this but in my bathroom and would like to know what it is!!!! (please).
I live in Manhattan. It’s super hot today.
I thought it was a ladybug at first but on closer inspection I don’t think it is…
Signature: Concerned

Polished Lady Beetle

Dear Concerned,
The lack of spots and the white pattern on the pronotum lead us to believe this is a Polished Lady Beetle,
Cycloneda munda, a species pictured on BugGuide where it is also called a Red Lady Beetle, Immaculate Lady Beetle, No-Spotted Lady Beetle or Spotless Lady Beetle.

Subject: Bug Lovin’ on some QAL
Location: vermont
July 26, 2017 7:03 pm
Hello good bug people,
Whilst picking blueberries today I came upon this lovely couple in the throes of passion (insect-ercourse?) on some Queen Anne’s Lace. What species might this copulating couple be?
Many thanks for all you do — for bugs and the education of humans concerning bug-kind.
P.S. You might enjoy knowing that, upon finding this pair, I exclaimed, to no one in particular, “oh boy! a photo for What’s That Bug!”
Signature: julianna

Mating Flower Longhorns

Dear Julianna,
We love your letter.  Ever since we modernized and created a phone ap so our readership could easily scan our site and submit requests on cellular telephones, the written requests have gotten short, and many can even be called terse.  These are mating Flower Longhorns in the subfamily Lepturinae, and many species do not have common names.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident your individuals are Banded Longhorns,
Typocerus velutinus.  According to BugGuide:  “Pattern usually distinctive: broad yellow bands on a chestnut background. Sometimes bands are weak. Tends to be larger than several of the other common Flower Longhorns” and “Larvae feed on decaying hardwoods such as oak, hickory. Adults usually found in daytime, but do come to lights, so probably somewhat nocturnal.”  Your submission is a marvelous addition to our Bug Love tag.

Subject: Blister Beetle?
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
July 25, 2017 5:48 am
Is the beetle in the attachment some sort of blister beetle? What is it?
Signature: Dave Jemiolo

Brown Prionid

Dear Dave,
This is not a Blister Beetle, and we do not believe any Blister Beetles attain this size.  This is a Brown Prionid, one of the Root Borers in the subfamily Prioninae.  According to BugGuide:  “Breeds in poles, roots(?) in contact with wet ground.”