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Subject: black long legs big head beetle?
Location: Miami Florida
November 14, 2013 9:26 pm
Dear whats that bug,
I just found this visitor in our bathroom in the morning in November in Miami Florida.
Is not as beautiful as other bugs that i see in this website but I am just move by curiosity.
I could not found any picture online exactly as this guy . I think is a beetle
I took the pic with my cell phone and the animal was very high in the wall so i couldn’t get closer.
Thank you in advance
Signature: vlad

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

Dear Vlad,
This is an Ensign Wasp, and you should probably welcome it into your home.  The female Ensign Wasp parasitizes the ootheca or egg case of a Cockroach, and the developing Ensign Wasp larva feeds upon the eggs and developing Cockroaches, helping to control the population of an insect that very few people, even the most tolerant, will relish having in their homes.

Dear Daniel Marlos,
Thank you for your fast reply. I need to work in my id skills! Good that I leave it alone as I normally do with insects (with the exception of cockroaches).
Vlad

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Subject: Grasshopper Like Fly
Location: Brewton, Alabama
October 14, 2013 12:28 pm
I’ve never seen this type of bug before it’s like a cross between a grasshopper, a fly, and a wasp all at the same time. Can you please tell me what this is?
Signature: Erica C.

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

Dear Erica,
We guessed correctly from your subject line that you were inquiring about an Ensign Wasp.  Ensign Wasps are parasitic and they prey upon the ootheca of Cockroaches, which means they are a natural means of controlling the household pests.

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Subject: What’s this?
Location: North of Iran (Khazar sea)
July 27, 2013 12:43 am
It’s tail actually moving and it’s prickle is too painful. Please look at it’s photos.
Signature: ?

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

Your Ensign Wasp is a beneficial creature that parasitizes the ootheca or egg case of Cockroaches, helping to control the populations of that household marauder.

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Subject: HELP
Location: San Angelo, Texas
May 26, 2013 3:05 pm
I found several bugs in my apartment that have a body of an ant with fly wings and back legs like a cricket. What is it? Do they bite?
Signature: Thanks

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

This is a beneficial Ensign Wasp.  The female lays her eggs in the ootheca or egg case of cockroaches and the larval wasps feed on the developing cockroach eggs, helping to control the populations of the household pests.  We have postdated your submission to go live during our absence from the office in early June.

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Subject: Insect identification
Location: Miami, FL
April 11, 2013 4:35 pm
Hi, I was wondering if you could help me identify this insect I found inside my home, flying near a window. The end of its abdomen was wiggling around quite a bit and was even folded back a few times. I’ve attached a few photos I took with my phone.
Thanks a lot.
Signature: Kevin

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp

Hi Kevin,
This is an Ensign Wasp, and you should probably welcome it into your house as they lay their eggs in the ootheca or eggcases of Cockroaches.  The larval wasps then feed on the developing Cockroaches.

Ensign Wasp

Ensign Wasp


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What type of fly is this?
Location: South Central Texas
October 28, 2011 9:22 pm
Mr Bugman,
I notice these flies mainly during the summer months…they’re not prolific, nor do they sting or bite…I’ve always just been curious as to what name and type of fly they are.
Signature: Mark Warfield

Ensign Wasp

Hi Mark,
The Ensign Wasp, as its name implies, is not a fly.  These parasitic hymenopterans lay their eggs in the ootheca or egg cases of cockroaches, helping to control the numbers of the infesting insects.

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