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Subject:  Yellowjacket or Cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 09/22/2019
Time: 08:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug landed on me and later seemed to “fly” away like a grasshopper. It wasn’t behaving like a wasp and it’s head and body shape don’t look wasplike. What is it???
How you want your letter signed:  Libby

Locust Borer

Dear Libby,
This Locust Borer is actually a beetle that is a very effective Yellowjacket mimic.  Locust Borers are often found on Goldenrod.

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Subject:  What is this creature?
Geographic location of the bug:  Richmond, BC Canada river front
Date: 09/11/2019
Time: 06:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little guy scurrying on the basement floor of our house. For a moment I thought it was a caterpillar and was going to stomp on it, but I realized he was not going to become a moth and took some pics. I’m pretty sure this is some sort of beetle but I’ve never seen one like this before! And FYI once I took these pics I let him go outside. I am of the same mind with respect to most bugs 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Dan

Devil’s Coach Horse

Dear Dan,
This interesting Rove Beetle is commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse.

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 09/06/2019
Time: 03:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These photos were taken on 07/31/19 in the parking lot of a suburban park. The body of the insect shown was about 1 inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Amanda T.

Longicorn:  Neoclytus mucronatus

Dear Amanda,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus
Neoclytus, and it has no common name.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Neoclytus mucronatus thanks to this image on BugGuide.  It is one of the species that mimics a stinging wasp like a Paper Wasp for protection as the beetle does not sting, but potential predators are put off by the warning colors.

Longicorn: Neoclytus mucronatus

Thanks for the swift response! I’m glad you were able to ID this for me. The markings on the wing casings kept me from seeing that it was any kind of beetle. I guess mimicry works to fool amateur entomologists too.
-AT

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Subject:  invasive Longhorn beetle or native?
Geographic location of the bug:  South Texas
Date: 08/26/2019
Time: 12:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this beetle and i was wondering what kind is it and if it is native of Texas
How you want your letter signed:  Gabe

Flat Faced Longhorn is Neoptychodes trilineatus

Hi Gabe,
Your images are quite artful.  This is a Round Headed Apple Borer, a native to North America.  According to the Michigan State University Integrated Pest Management System:  “Attack apples mainly, but most deciduous tree fruits are susceptible. The larvae dig tunnels, most often at the base of the tree trunk. The roundheaded borer leaves accumulations of reddish frass at the entrance of galleries. Infested trees have a sickly appearance, producing sparse, pale-colored foliage (C). Continued yearly attacks can kill the tree or weaken it so that it is broken off by the wind. Young trees that have been girdled will often bloom profusely and set a heavy crop of fruit and then die in the process of bringing it to maturity.”

Neoptychodes trilineatus

Correction: Neoptychodes trilineatus
We just received a comment from Brady Richards correcting this misidentification.  According to BugGuide:  “Although Ficus is the primary host, larvae also develop in Alnus, Morus, Salix, Celtis. ”

Neoptychodes trilineatus

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Subject:  Bug Mimics Wasp Colours
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario, Canada
Date: 08/25/2019
Time: 11:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just curious to know what this is.  I couldn’t find anything online with the same markings.
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa

Sugar Maple Borer

Dear Melissa,
This gorgeous beetle is a Sugar Maple Borer, and it is a very effective mimic of Yellowjackets.  Sugar Maple Borers have become increasingly rare in recent years, so your sighting is significant.

Sugar Maple Borer

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Subject:  Lion beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Bremerton Washington
Date: 08/25/2019
Time: 12:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was trying to figure out what it was but your site helped with that. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  JbTv

Lion Beetle

Dear JbTv,
Thanks so much for submitting your excellent images of a Lion Beetle, even though you did not require an identification.  We are happy to learn our site was helpful to you.  What we especially like about your Lion Beetle images is that the individual has curled up its abdomen into what is commonly regarded as a threat position that would be assumed by a stinging insect, and which we frequently see in Rove Beetles like the Devil’s Coach Horse.  This posture is especially effective in insects that mimic stinging insects, like your Lion Beetle.

Lion Beetle

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