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Subject: Bug
Location: Boston, MA
July 12, 2017 12:23 pm
Dear bugman,
We found this insect in Boston, Massachusetts. Any ideas on what it could be? He likes to hang out and rub his backside against the container. Its hard to see, but he has white/gray stripes (2 bands). His wings are yellowish and translucent.
Thank you,
Signature: Curious jr entomologist

Hairy Rove Beetle

Dear Curious Jr Entomologist,
We just posted another image of a Hairy Rove Beetle a few hours ago.

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Subject: Beatle juice ?
Location: Bluffton Indiana
July 11, 2017 7:48 pm
Hello there bugman. Michael here. So this was seen in up state Indians bluffton area. Could you identify it. We have never seen it here before. Thanks much
Signature: Michael

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Michael,
This is the third image of a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle we have posted in just a few days.

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Subject: Beetle with Orange
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
July 12, 2017 8:44 am
I’ve found a few of these bugs in my backyard. They are about one inch long and their abdomen is about 1/4 of an inch in diameter. They are mostly black, but they have some orange on their legs and abdomen. It looks like it have wings. I’ve seen it open the wings a little, but have never seen if fly.
Signature: AL

Flower Longicorn: Pseudogaurotina cressoni

Dear Al,
We believe that this unusual looking Flower Longicorn is
Pseudogaurotina cressoni based on this BugGuide image.  Interestingly, we already have this species represented on our site, but it appears to have a greenish tint.  According to the Insects of Alberta site it feeds on pollen. The one nagging doubt we have on our identification is that BugGuide does not list any sightings as far east as Manitoba.  We will attempt a second opinion.

Flower Longicorn: Pseudogaurotina cressoni

Thanks. This is great info! I tried looking for so long and couldn’t find anything like it. The pictures in the Bug Guide look just like it.

Coleopterist Arthur Evans confirms identification

Daniel,
You are correct on the identification and it is recorded from Alberta in Beetles of Canada.
ART
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Subject: Big flying unknown insect
Location: SE WISCONSIN
July 11, 2017 7:53 pm
I just moved into a new home this month. Today, I have seen 4 (possibly 5, might have seen the same one more than once) of these bugs. I have never seen this kind before and have had no luck with Google. All the ones I’ve seen are rather large, about a quarter size or more. I’m worried there’s some kind of nest or something since I’ve seen so many in one day. Also worries if they sting or anything, as I have 4 small children in the home. I am located in southeast wisconsin, in a rural area with farm fields all around us. Please solve this mystery for me!
Signature: KP

Hairy Rove Beetle

Dear KP,
We identified your Hairy Rove Beetle,
Creophilus maxillosus, thanks to Arthur V. Evans’ excellent book Beetles of Eastern North America where it states:  “Adults appear in late spring, again in late summer;  feed on maggots at carcasses in open, wooded, and coastal habitats;  not uncommon in urban and suburban habitats.”  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide:  “food maggots and adult flies, also other arthropods” and the habitat is “grassy and open forested habitats, lake/ocean shorelines; on carrion (typically, larger carcasses), rarely on dung, compost, or at lights.”  If you are finding them indoors, perhaps there is a dead animal in immediate vicinity of the house.  From the descriptions, we would go on the record that this is a beneficial predator that helps to control populations of flies.  Rove beetles are not venomous, but Evans’ book does state:  “Produce an irritating defensive chemical at the tip of the abdomen.”

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Subject: Female broadnecked root borer?
Location: Bedford MA
July 9, 2017 2:52 pm
So, this is from my woodsy backyard in Bedford, MA. I saw her with her ovipositor all the way out. She was on a brick in the back yard. You can probably see from the pics she is at this weird angle with her held tilted down and the back end of her body higher in the air, like 45 degrees. The weird thing about the ovipositor, if this is a broadnecked root borer, what is she doing with it out here? No tree around – I think you told someone else maybe putting out some pheromones? But in the photo you can see there is this light yellowish/green thing midway on the ovipositor, extending up and kind of wiggling around there. Almost looked like a tiny inch worm the way it was moving. What the heck is that thing?
Signature: Minnie

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer

Dear Minnie,
Your identification of a female Broad-Necked Root Borer is correct, but alas, we cannot with any surety respond to your questions.  It seems female Broad-Necked Root Borers are frequently sighted with extended ovipositors though they are not actually in the act of laying eggs.  We are not certain how the female’s egg-laying apparatus actually functions.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply some answers.

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Subject: Can you identify this bug?
Location: Westfield, Indiana, USA
July 9, 2017 4:39 pm
After our garage door had been opened for a while we went in there to find this bug resting on a rug. It’s about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. 6 legs, 2 large pincher like things and bulgy eyes. Can you identify it?
Signature: Jana McIntosh

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Jana,
We just finished posting our first Reddish Brown Stag Beetle of the season.

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