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Subject:  Bug identified – Ichneumon wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  California – Yolo County
Date: 04/02/2018
Time: 10:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:
“I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent & omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice.” -Darwin
I recently asked about this insect I found in my laundry room. I thought it some type of crane fly at first, but the head was very different, no proboscis. Thought it pretty awesome that Darwin had mentioned it in a letter, makes me happy that he and I shared curiosity over the same insect.
How you want your letter signed:  TobyG

Short Tailed Ichneumon

Dear TobyG,
You are correct that this is an Ichnuemon, more specifically a Short Tailed Ichneumon in the genus
Ophion based on this BugGuide image, and not a Crane Fly.  Though most Ichneumons cannot sting humans, it is our understanding that this particular genus is capable of stinging, and we suspect that the reports we have received of stinging Crane Flies are actually Ichneumons.  We will be featuring you submission as our Bug of the Month for April 2018.

Short Tailed Ichneumon

Short Tailed Ichneumon

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Subject:  What´s that bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Portugal
Date: 12/16/2017
Time: 10:31 AM EDT
Can you please help on identify this bug ?
How you want your letter signed:  Pedro Santos

Ichneumon

Dear Pedro,
This is a parasitoid Ichneumon and it looks similar to
Ophion luteus which is pictured on Wildscreen Arkive.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while we are away from the office for the holidays.

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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:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  lebanon
Date: 10/18/2017
Time: 10:05 AM EDT
I just need to know the bug so I can tell my pest control company
How you want your letter signed:  I don’t

Ensign Wasp

This is an Ensign Wasp, a species that parasitizes the ootheca or egg sac of Cockroaches, helping to control their populations.

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Subject:  Red-yellow-black winged ant?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ottawa, Ontario
Date: 10/13/2017
Time: 01:01 PM EDT
Hi, Bugman! It’s starting to get cold out and I’ve been seeing occasional coniferous seed bugs around inside, but today I found this striking creature. What beautiful colours she has! Despite the distinct pattern and yellow mark on her back, I’m not sure what she is. Not like the paper wasps I’ve seen. Some sort of wasp or flying ant (because of the way the wings sit)? She wasn’t hostile but flew back to the windowsill when I attempted to move with a paper.
How you want your letter signed:  With a casual interest in entomology, Dannie

Ichneumon, we believe

Dear Dannie,
We believe this is a parasitoid Ichneumon, a relative of bees and wasps.  According to BugGuide:  “They vary greatly in size and color; many are uniformly colored, from yellowish to black and others are brightly patterned with black and brown or black and yellow; many have middle segments of antennae yellowish or whitish.  The majority resemble slender wasps but differ from the stinging wasps (Scolioidea, Vespoidea and Sphecoidea) in having longer antennae with more segments (usually at least 16). Many have long ovipositors, often longer than the body.  Ichneumonids are notoriously hard to identify: aside from the sheer number of species, there are numerous cases of distant relatives that appear almost identical. Any identification based solely on comparing images should be treated as suspect unless an expert has said there are no lookalikes for the species or group in question.”

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Subject:  Tiny and Friendly… Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greensboro, North Carolina U.S.A.
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 01:19 PM EDT
I found this small, winged insect in my bathroom sink this morning. At first I thought he was dead, but when I put my finger in front of him he crawled onto my fingernail. I took him outside where he cleaned himself off, investigated my hand, and eventually flew away. To give you an idea of his size, that’s my pinky finger that he’s perched on. I’ve tried to identify him for the past hour with no luck. He seems to have the body shape of some of the spider wasps I’ve found on the Internet, but his size and coloring doesn’t match. Any help putting a name to my new “friend” would be wonderfully appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you so much, Corey

Ichneumon

Dear Corey,
This is a Parasitoid Ichneumon Wasp and it looks like
Sphelodon phoxopteridis which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts include various leafrollers (Tortricidae).” 

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