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Subject:  Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Florida
Date: 11/01/2021
Time: 02:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Can you help me ID this guy. He looks like a red wasp but his wings look black
How you want your letter signed:  Lin

Fine-Backed Red Paper Wasp

Dear Lin,
This is a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Fine-Backed Red Paper Wasp, Polistes carolina, thanks to images on BugGuide.  Based on the BugGuide information page, there are several species that look similar.
Now we must take the time to apologize to you for the delay in our response and we want to let our readers know that Daniel’s hiatus has hopefully ended.  Since his last posting on October 30, he ended a month stay in Ohio, took the train back across country, and completed teaching fall semester.
Daniel never had an opportunity to declare a Bug of the Month for November 2021, and though the month has long ended, this Paper Wasp is a perfect candidate for that distinction since BugGuide indicates they are commonly sighted in “Summer-fall.”

Subject:  Late Season Paper Wasps on Goldenrod
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 02:22 PM EDT
Gentle Readers,
Daniel has been attempting to post as many of your identification requests as possible, but he has also been enjoying the mild October in Northeast Ohio where there has still not been a major frost.  The insects are still active, and the night sounds still serenade.  These two Paper Wasps in the genus Polistes were nectaring from late flowering Goldenrod.

Paper Wasps on Goldenrod

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod

Subject:  Trying to identify what this bug is
Geographic location of the bug:  Tennesse, Knoxville
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 06:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can someone pls tell me what this bug is, I’m low key a little scared.
How you want your letter signed:  Nick Cooper

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear Nick,
Fear not this beautiful metallic Cuckoo Wasp.  They do not sting.  Cuckoo Wasps are often found dead indoors near window sills.  They get trapped indoors accidentally and eventually die while being attracted to the view outdoors.

Subject:  I got stung by a swarm
Geographic location of the bug:  In my yard Norfolk in Virginia
Date: 10/14/2021
Time: 10:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  I’m trying to find out what the bug is that stung me and I was hoping you could help me identify it
How you want your letter signed:  On the front

Yellowjacket

You were stung by a Yellowjacket, a social wasp that typically nests underground.  Yellowjackets will defend the nest from the perceived threats.

Subject:  Strange insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Grain Valley MO
Date: 10/02/2021
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were coming home from independence we live in in grain valley this was on our windshield
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa Gerlt

Giant Ichneumon

Dear Lisa,
This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa, probably Megarhyssa macrurus.  Because of the long ovipositor which the female uses to lay eggs beneath the bark of deciduous trees infested with wood boring larvae, they are sometimes called Stump Stabbers.  You can read more about this parasitoid wasp on BugGuide.

Subject:  Not sure what kind of bug this is?
Geographic location of the bug:  Airway Heights,WA
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 05:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi my co worker and I were wondering what kind of bug this is? We found it outside of our work which is in airway heights,off the geiger blvd exit.
How you want your letter signed:  Hillary&Celeste

Spider Wasp possibly Calopompilus pyrrhomelas

Dear Hillary & Celeste,
This is a Spider Wasp and it sure looks like a Tarantula Hawk, and when we began research, we discovered
Calopompilus pyrrhomelas on BugGuide and learned that it preys on a species of Trapdoor Spider.