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Subject: What is this blue egg-like thing?
Location: Montréal (canada)
December 12, 2016 8:34 pm
Hi
We found these near the heater in the bathroom..saw 5or 6 of them and cleaned them up then a few days later saw 2 more
Looks like they have a tail and are very blue
Is something hatching eggs and should i call an exterminator? I have 2 young kids who are a bit freaked out and so am I ! What are they???
Thank you
Signature: Rita

Decorative Blue Things

Decorative Blue Things

Dear Rita,
We are relatively confident that these blue things are decorative and man-made, and NOT insect eggs.  Did you recently pull out some holiday decorations?  Perhaps these things fell off.  Since we will be away from the office during the holidays, we are postdating your submission to go live at the end of the month.

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Subject: Glowing objects in tree
Location: Long Island
November 29, 2016 7:10 am
This is a similar siting to this post:
https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2015/04/20/glowworms-or-christmas-tree-lights/
It is not a hoax, not Christmas lights, and not any other artificial lights. This happened just after sunset on a chilly evening. The site is on long island. The glowing was steady and not flashing. It was pitch black, and I had to use a 30 sec exposure. For the most part the glowing was green, but some reds came out in the long exposure. My tree had the most activity but you can see some in the neighbors tree as well. The tree was a linden tree. What is this?
Signature: GD

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

This looks like a Laser Lights holiday display to us.

I agree, yet I couldn’t find the source. I will check again tonight.
Thanks,
Glenn Dahl

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Subject: cricket in Spain
Location: Andalucia, Spain
November 21, 2016 11:48 am
Hello,
there are a lot of large crickets here in Southern Spain. The one in photos I found from a walkway in June this year. The body was around 25 mm but legs very long. A special looking creature I think.
If you would be able to identify this would be very nice.
Kind regards,
Signature: Pasi

Katydid:

Katydid:  Thyreonotus corsicus

Dear Pasi,
Though they are related, your insect is a Katydid, not a Cricket.  We found a matching image on FlickR, but it is not identified, so we continued to search until we found another image on FlickR that is identified as
Thyreonotus corsicus.  Here is another FlickR image.  Here is a nice blog with some information and an image and range map on Nature du Gard.

Dear Daniel,
thank you for really great help in identifying this insect! I have today checked also the links you sent, very good.
Kind regards,
Pasi

Katydid:

Katydid:  Thyreonotus corsicus

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Subject: Unidentified wasp
Location: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Southern Quebec
November 11, 2016 11:07 am
Hi again,
I found a wasp at the Ecomuseum, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, southern Quebec, on the third of october. I made some researches and came up with 3 species names. Do you think you could correctly identify it based on the picture?
Thank you so much!
Signature: Camille

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

Dear Camille,
This is a parasitic Ichneumon Wasp, a member of a very large family with many similar looking individuals.  This white striped antennae pattern is common in the family, and there are many similar looking species on the Parasitica, Ichneumon wasps, Ichneumonidae site, including an image identified as
Coelichneumon sinisterBugGuide has an image identified as Coelichneumon barnstoni that also looks very similar.  Alas, we cannot be certain of its species identification.

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Subject: Grig
Location: Leavenworth, WA
October 24, 2016 8:31 pm
I just found this on the side of my house (10/24/16) in Leavenworth, WA. Our area is 90% Ponderosa with a few Doug Fir and fewer cedar. Only just under 1” long. But all info says adults only out until August. Could this be a babe monstrosa?
Signature: cb

Great Grig

Great Grig

Dear cb,
Based on this BugGuide image, we believe you are correct that this is a Great Grig,
Cyphoderris monstrosa.  BugGuide lists sightings until September and according to the information page on BugGuide:  “adults from June to August” and “overwinters as a late-instar nymph or young adult in burrow in ground; one generation per year.” 

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Subject: insect collecting for the squeamish
July 14, 2016 5:46 pm
Hi,
I’ve always been facinated by insects and recently I’ve noticed my son taking an interest too I want to encourage/develop it by starting an insect collection.
However, I’m not keen on the idea of killing them.
I come across many different insects already dead & was wondering if there’s any reason I couldn’t use these specimins instead, and if you knew of or was aware of any information based on collecting already dead insects.
Bit of an odd quetion, I realise, but hopefully you can help me.
Kind regards,
Jess
Signature: Jessica Hanlon

Car Grill Road Kill

Car Grill Road Kill

Dear Jess,
Your letter has been in the back of our mind for a few days now.  Though we do support insect collections as an educational experience, the sad state is that many school project insect collections are not maintained and they are quickly forgotten after the grade has been allocated.  We have a wonderful letter in our archives from Nancy that recounts her school collection that was assembled strictly from insects on a car grill, and we are illustrating your query with an awesome Car Grill Road Kill image we received many years back.  We think creating a collection from already dead insects is a marvelous way to reconcile your reservations.  We also believe that a truly interested youngster can develop a real appreciation for the natural world by beginning a true “capture” collection.  You might enjoy this posting as well from Susanne where we support starting a collection and we do not believe an insect collection is Unnecessary Carnage.  Doing a photo collection is another possibility for folks who do not want to kill and pin insects.

Hi,
Thanks for your reply. It definitely encouraged me to just give it a go.
My 10 year old sister my son and myself went on a hunt round the house today for dead bugs, and although some of them were quite elderly corpses by the time they were manhandled by children it has proved to be an activity that kept them both entertained for hours.
Tomorrow we’ll be trying to identify some of them. Here’s a section of our ‘bug collection for the squeamish’.

Insect Collection for the Squeemish

Insect Collection for the Squeamish

Dear Jess,
That is one impressive collection you have assembled in a very short space of time.

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