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Subject:  Some Type of Wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Berrima NSW Australia
Date: 12/10/2017
Time: 02:11 AM EDT
Hi, I found a group of these bugs all collected together on some moss. And though I have looked everywhere I cannot identify. I have included a photo of how i originally found them and then one separated. Could you please help me? Thank you so much.
How you want your letter signed:  Celia

Male Flower Wasp

Dear Celia,
We believe this is a male Flower Wasp in the family Tiphiidae, and the aggregation is a common behavioral activity that male Flower Wasps and certain other solitary Hymenopterans engage in, and it is commonly called a bachelor party.  Male Flower Wasps often congregate in large numbers and “roost” on plants as evening approaches.  You may read more about Australian Flower Wasps on the Brisbane Insect site.

Bachelor Party of Flower Wasps

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Subject:  Wasp, maybe a queen
Geographic location of the bug:  20min North of Boston
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 05:33 PM EDT
This was outside in late November temp was probably 45 degrees looks to be a queen … Note the red antennas
How you want your letter signed:  William Mundy

European Paper Wasp

Dear William,
Based on images posted to BugGuide, we are confident this is a European Paper Wasp,
Polistes dominula, and introduced species.  According to BugGuide:  “mostly orange antennae diagnostic” and “Only females are able to overwinter.”  Considering the time of year, this is most likely a female that will overwinter.  BugGuide also notes:  “First reported in North America in 1978 near Boston, MA  Replacing native wasps in some areas.”

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Subject:  Some kind of termite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Colombia, South America.
Date: 11/24/2017
Time: 12:56 AM EDT
Well, I guess you know the introduction to this story: this buddy just came flying through my window. He was acting… weird, I guess. Sort of like dying, lots of pointless moves, really fast though; not being able to climb even a cardboard or use his wings. I just took some pics and immediately set him free. However, I didn’t really know where to start looking to identify him, looks like some kind of hairy termit; so I just came straight to your blog. Not my best quality pictures, I know. Anyways, could you give me a hand, bugman?
How you want your letter signed:  More lost than ever, Daniel.

Male Army Ant Alate

Dear Daniel,
Unfortunately, we do not have a definitive answer for you at this time but we are certain this is NOT a Termite.  At first we thought this might be a flying Ant, one of the reproductive members of the colony, but the antennae just seem wrong to be an ant, but we still believe this is a member of the order Hymenoptera, the Ants, Bees and Wasps.  With that, we are left with this being some species of Wasp, possibly a Digger Wasp in the family Scoliidae, but that is just a guess.  Perhaps one of our readers will have a suggestion or comment.  César Crash of Insetologia might have encountered this species in his Brazilian insect identification history.

Winged male Army Ant

Correction:  Army Ant
Thanks to several comments from dchaves, we agree that this is a winged male Army Ant alate, which is pictured on Arkive, where it states:  “A keystone species,
Eciton burchelliiplays a critical role in Neotropical rainforest ecosystems.”

Male Army Ant Alate

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Subject:  A bug with a red round thing
Geographic location of the bug:  Nazareth, Israel
Date: 11/15/2017
Time: 10:18 AM EDT
Sorry for the not so great picture, I took it around the house with my phone and the bug was too quick and tiny. I would love to know what’s the name of this insect (if it’s clear enough!) and was wondering what is that red round thing attached to it?
I don’t know much about insects so I tried googling a variety of words to do with this that could lead me to similar pictures and maybe more info but no luck.
Thanks in advance for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  Shico

Possibly Ensign Wasp

Dear Shico,
There are enough physical similarities for us to comfortably state that this reminds us of a parasitoid Ensign Wasp in the family Evaniidae,
like the one pictured on BugGuide.  Ensign Wasps prey upon the eggs of Cockroaches.  We have never seen images of an Ensign Wasp with a red abdomen, and the antennae and hind legs also look different than those of a typical Ensign Wasp.  This might be some other closely related parasitoid Wasp.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you very much for the information. Sounds like a useful bug to keep around the house! I’m just surprised I never seen it before, or just probably missed it since it’s tiny.
Thank you again for your help, glad I found the “Whatsthatbug” website.
Have a great day,
Charbel (Aka Shico)

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Subject:  are those eastern Yellow Jackets queens?
Geographic location of the bug:  Malvern, PA 19355 – USA
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 03:19 PM EDT
I found 3 of those inside my house, on inital research it points that they are eastern yellow jackets and with the dots, they are queens, but what are the odds of finding 3 queens in 3 days?
How you want your letter signed:  Thiago Lopes

Yellowjacket Queens

Dear Thiago,
We believe the markings on these Yellowjackets are a closer match to the introduced German Yellowjacket Queen pictured on BugGuide.  Each fall, a nest of Yellowjackets produces multiple queens that mate and find a place to hibernate over the winter.  If your house was the nearest possible location for hibernation, and if it was especially inviting as well as providing an entrance for them, it is very possible that more than one queen would seek out your house as a potential site for hibernation.

Yellowjacket Queen

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Subject:  Is this a hornet?
Geographic location of the bug:  Richmond, va
Date: 10/30/2017
Time: 04:18 PM EDT
On my doorknob. Won’t move. I don’t wanna mess with it. Please identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Frantzis

European Hornet

Dear Frantzis,
This is a non-native European Hornet.  We suspect, because of the season, that this might be a new queen that is searching for a good place to hibernate.  According to the Penn State Department of Entomology:  “The overwintering queens are somewhat larger – up to 35 mm” and “Each fall, the colony produces males and females that mate, and the females become next year’s queens. Only the overwintering queens survive in protected sites such as under loose bark, in tree cavities, and in wall voids of buildings. All other colony members produced in the current year will perish.” 

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