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what is this?
Hello – could you tell us what this is? it bit my friend while sitting on a dock along a creek in NIagara Falls, Ontario Canada. Just curious, thanks

This is an Aphid Lion, the larva of a Green Lacewing..

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hybrid praying mantiswasp

Though your non-query is disturbingly bereft of information, we like your photo so much we have decided to give the answer some attention. This is a Brown Mantidfly, Climaciella brunnea, in the Family Mantispidae, Order Neuroptera. The Brown Mantidfly can be all brown, black, or banded with yellow like your specimen. Adults prey on small insects.

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what is this bug?? T_T
I was typing by my computer & this bug was just started walking across my paper. As you can see, it is pretty small. The #2 in the picture is Verdana size 8 font. I was hoping you can tell me what it is. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

Hi Winnie,
Nice photo of a Green Lacewing Larva, also known as an Aphid Lion. They are highly beneficial because of the large numbers of destructive aphids they consume.

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What’s this bug? lol
I got the link to this site from the GardenMessenger Group on Yahoo and have just become so fascinated with your site. Lots of great info. Well, I came looking because I found a bug I’ve not seen before and it seems to frequent my passion flower vine and fuchsias. The passion vine seems to be getting nibbled more so. From looking at your site, I’m guessing it is some kind of Ichneumon Wasp. The photo I managed to get is of one with a slightly thicker body. I’ve seen others that are completely twig thin. The necks are also elongated with the head at the end. Anyway, picture is enclosed, and am wondering if this is the leaf-eating culprit or if it’s good at eating the leaf-eaters. Oh, and I’m in Spokane, Washington if that helps too.
Best Wishes and Thank You-

Hi Andrew,
Your insect is a Snakefly from the family Raphidiidae, within the Nerve Winged Insect Order Neuroptera. Adults are predators, not plant eaters. They are probably helping to control the aphids and scale insects on your plants.

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Is it butterfly, earwig, moth or dragonfly?
Photographed last week in Southern Italy. We’re all stumped. Can you help please?

Hi Andrew,
As always, when we are puzzled, we turn to the guy who knows, Eric Eaton. Here is his identification: “Gorgeous photo of an owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae, order Neuroptera. I don’t have a field guide to European insects, but there are lots of images of this species available in books and online. Owlflies are predatory both as fast-flying adults, and as truly ugly larvae (which resemble flattened versions of antlion larvae). Neat insects. Eric”

Thanks. That’s a relief as aeveryone thought I’d created it in Adobe!

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Help Identify This Bug For Us
Please help. We have about 20 of these bugs digging in the dirt right outside our front door. They are digging these funnel shaped holes in the dirt. I have enclosed a picture. Please let me know if these bugs are dangerous to plants etc. Also, please note these bugs play dead when you capture them. If they are harmless that would be fine. We just want to make sure they are not a nuisance.
Thank you again,
Mark and Erika Blume

Hi Mark and Erika,
Nice photo of a Doodlebug, the immature Ant Lion. They are actually helpful if you have ant problems. The larva dig pits and wait at the bottom for ants to stumble into their waiting jaws.

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