Subject: Hummingbird moth? Oregon
Location: Grizzly Mountain, Ashland OR
July 12, 2017 6:44 pm
Dear Bugman,
I photographed this insect on Grizzly Mountain near Ashland, Southern Oregon, on July 3rd. Is it a hummingbird moth? If so, what species? I would be very grateful for an ID. I did not get any other angles on the insect, it moved so fast.
Signature: Emma

Bee Fly

Dear Emma,
This is not a Hummingbird Moth.  This is a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, and your image of it nectaring while hovering is awesome.  Most images of Bee Flies on our site picture them at rest.  Though we are able to provide a family classification, we cannot see either the markings on the body or the wings, so we cannot provide you with a species identification.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much – I did not expect such a quick response! If it’s a Bee Fly, that explains why I could not find a picture of it online, since I was looking at hummingbird moths. D’oh.
There were thousands of them up on the mountain, as well as many kinds of actual bees, hover flies, other flies, butterflies and moths.
Thanks again

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Subject: Biting insect
Location: Tipperary, Ireland
July 12, 2017 9:48 am
I was bitten by an insect last week that left a red itchy mark that seemed to get infected. I was outside at the time in Ireland (July). I killed the insect when brushing it off me. The only way to stop the itching and make the spit go away is to apply iodine. Luckily today I saw one of the bugs crawling on my table outside. Im almost sure its the same thing.
Signature: Any help would be appreciated

Possibly Damsel Bug

Your image does not have the critical detail we would like to get for identification purposes, but this is definitely a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera.  They have mouths designed to pierce and suck fluids, but we don’t believe this is a blood-sucker.  It might be a predatory Damsel Bug, and there are some images on the British Bugs site that look similar, but not similar enough for us to make an identification.

Subject: Grasshopper or what?
Location: Guadiaro, Cadiz
July 11, 2017 11:44 am
This little creature is sitting in the sun on the railings. Is unusual in size and colouring. Any ideas as to species?
Signature: Ken

Female Bush Cricket

Dear Ken,
This is a flightless female Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae, commonly called a Bush Cricket in Europe, but we are having a problem narrowing down the genus and species.  You can tell she is a female by her ovipositor on the tip of her abdomen, but the position of that ovipositor oriented under her body is very unusual.  Most female Bush Crickets have the ovipositor extending past the end of the body.  We cannot locate any similar images online at this time with this unusual backward ovipositor.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide an identification.  Perhaps as in this FlickR image, the Katydid in your image has curved her body because she is in the act of beginning to lay eggs, though we don’t believe that is the case because this image on Minden Pictures of a Saddle-Back Bush Cricket from the genus
Ephippiger laying eggs does not have such a backward facing ovipositor.

Female Bush Cricket

Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification.
Hi Daniel,
This is a female of Uromenus (Tettigoniidae: Ephippigerinae). The forward facing ovipositor means that she is simply probing the substrate to find a good place to lay eggs. At all other times the ovipositor is held in a typical, back-facing position.

Ed. Note:  Grasshoppers of EuropeBased on Piotr Naskrecki’s identification, we were able to locate this image from Cadiz on Invertebrados Insectarium Virtual.  When it comes to Katydids, there is often much color variation within a species.  Members of this genus are also represented on .

Dear Daniel
Many thanks for your comments and I am looking up the various links to understand a little more.
Thanks again

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Subject: Identify please
Location: Virginia
July 11, 2017 10:54 am
Found dead in motel room in Virginia
Signature: No


Dear No,
This is a Firefly or Lightning Bug, and they are much more impressive alive, outdoors, providing a summer light show than they are when found dead in a motel room.

Subject: Bug
Location: Boston, MA
July 12, 2017 12:23 pm
Dear bugman,
We found this insect in Boston, Massachusetts. Any ideas on what it could be? He likes to hang out and rub his backside against the container. Its hard to see, but he has white/gray stripes (2 bands). His wings are yellowish and translucent.
Thank you,
Signature: Curious jr entomologist

Hairy Rove Beetle

Dear Curious Jr Entomologist,
We just posted another image of a Hairy Rove Beetle a few hours ago.

Subject: Furry bug
Location: Bay Area, San Francisco
July 11, 2017 6:16 pm
Dear bugman,
This furry little bug landed on my foot, stayed for a bit and then gently flew away. What do you think it is? Thank you!
Signature: Melissa S.

Bee Fly

Dear Melissa,
This is a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae