Subject: Unknown Bug Spechie
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
April 18, 2017 1:46 pm
Good Afternoon Bugman,
I did some research to see if I could see what kind of bug my kitty brought me to show his catch. I do not know which part of the house he retrieved this bug from.
I was unsuccessful in finding the answer, but the similarities are between a kissing beetle and a soldier beetle ? Can you help me ?
Thank you have a nice day !!
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Western Conifer Seed Bug

This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species native to the Pacific Northwest that has expanded its range to include much of North America.  It is also recognized as an Invasive Exotic Species in Europe

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Subject: Beautiful wasp
Location: Wylie, Texas 75098
April 18, 2017 10:16 am
I can’t find anything like this on the web. I hope you can identify it!
Signature: Gary Perry

Waved Light Fly

Dear Gary,
This is not a Wasp.  It is a Waved Light Fly,
Pyrgota undata, in the  family Pyrgotidae, and we have one other example in our archives, but it is only classified as a Fly and is not subcategorized.  Thanks to your submission, we are going to create a subcategory for the family Pyrgotidae which does not have a common name.  These flies are parasitoids, and according to BugGuide: “Life history: Female lights on a feeding May beetle, causing it to take flight. Pyrgotid then oviposits into beetle’s back while soft parts are exposed in flight. Flies usually attack female beetles only and may pursue them under lights. Larvae is about 1 cm long, takes about 14 days to kill host beetle and then consumes entire interior. Fly pupates inside host remains and pupates there, emerges following spring.” 

Wow! Thank you so much for the information. What an interesting way to propagate!!
I really appreciate your help and will make a contribution on your website to partially return the favor.
Best regards,
Thanks Gary,
That is very generous of you.

Subject: What’s this thing????
Location: Melbourne. Australia
April 17, 2017 10:00 pm
Hey bugman this photo was taken today in Melbourne, Australia and I have absolutely no clue as to what this creature is. Hoping you can help!
Signature: Mrbug3

Mole Cricket

Dear Mrbug3,
Mole Crickets are one of our most common identification requests, and not just from Australia, but from many parts of the world as far apart as North America and the Middle East.

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Subject: Mourning Cloak
Location: Echo Park near Elysian Park
April 17, 2017 6:28 pm
Hi there!
I found this emerging about 4″ in front of my front door just under the eve of the house. Is it a Mourning cloak? I can’t believe it was hanging out there in the open above my head where I pass through several times a day.
Thank you!
Signature: CLK

Freshly Eclosed Mourning Cloak

Dear CLK,
Even in climates much harsher than Los Angeles, the Mourning Cloak has a reputation for being a butterfly that flies on sunny days in the winter, even when there is snow on the ground.  Mourning Cloaks that mature in the spring, like your individual, will frequently hibernate during the heat of the summer, and the snow, cold and rain of the winter.  They emerge early in the spring when the leaves of preferred trees like willow and elm are just beginning to sprout.  Though many individuals that have overwintered are quite tattered, they are still able to reproduce before dying.  Eggs are laid and caterpillars grow quickly on the spring growth.  Your individual probably hatched from an egg laid earlier this year.
We just witnessed an interesting event in our own, nearby Mount Washington garden.  Tiger Swallowtails have been flying about, with the males patrolling the garden in search of mates and defending territory.  We recently planted several native willows to attract Mourning Cloaks.  Male butterflies will defend territory against different species as well as against members of their own species.  We watched a male Mourning Cloak attempting to chase a much larger Tiger Swallowtail from our garden.  It was quite amusing.

Subject: This bug hurt me. What is it?
Location: Central Kansas (Valley Center, Kansas)
April 16, 2017 8:52 pm
I let my dogs in around 9:45 pm and in came two of these bugs. One stung me, I actually screamed because it hurt. An hour later it still hurts. I need to know what this bug is or my 10 yr old will never go outside again. I live near a pond and I am in Valley Center, Kansas this is located in the central part of the state. 4-16-2017
Signature: C.Waller

Short-Tailed Ichneumon

Dear C. Waller,
This is a Short-Tailed Ichneumon in the subfamily Ophioninae, a parasitoid wasp that we believe is to blame for many reports we receive of stinging Crane Flies.  Short-Tailed Ichneumons are attracted to lights, and that might be the reason they entered your home at 9:45 PM.  Though painful, the sting is not considered dangerous.  You might have to rethink restricting the activities of your ten-year old since BugGuide data has the range of Ophioninae as most of North America, with only four states providing no reports:  Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas.  That does not mean they do not exist there, merely that there have been no BugGuide sightings.

Sting of a Short-Tailed Ichneumon

Subject: Large insect swarm… is my Infant Safe?
Location: Pacific Northwest, Springfield, Oregon
April 17, 2017 3:15 am
Hello, I have a 17 yr old Son and 5 Month old Son at home. My Oldest was working on the yard this weekend. We had a tree fall during a storm about 10 years ago. He was starting to use the Weed-eater around the stump. When a Swarm of these insects flew out at my Son. He didn’t get stung and as fast as they surrounded him they went back in. He said they acted like wasps but they didn’t follow him. I though at first he was just trying to get out of yard work. When I went out there I saw one until I got to close and 20 of them flew out. My son was right they acted like wasps more like pretended to be. I went and grabbed the camera with the long lenses to take the picture. They are very Beautiful but intimidating. I would like to know what they are and if they are safe? Especially because of my 5 month old. The stump is about 6 ft from the Nursery Window. They window is closed now but when summer comes that might be a problem. I don’t want to harm them if we can co-exist I will leave them be. If not are they able to be relocated?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!
Signature: Angie W

Crane Fly

Dear Angie,
We believe we have correctly identified this beautiful, and perfectly harmless, male Crane Fly as
Ctenophora vittata angustipennis thanks to images posted on BugGuide where Eric Eaton provided this comment:  “There is at least one common wood-boring species in the Pacific Northwest. I ran across a log full of the larvae and pupae once, before I knew what they were! Pretty bizarre.”  According to BugGuide, there are two subspecies:  “holarctic: one ssp. along the NA Pacific coast (BC-CA), another across Eurasia.”  We believe the larvae were developing in the rotting wood and that is why they were found near the log.  They are not social insects, but when conditions are correct, there can be large numbers of individuals.  There are currently several species of Crane Flies that are appearing in great numbers in Southern California, and we believe their numbers were affected by the record rains we had this past winter.  These Crane Flies pose no threat to your toddler and there is no need to relocate their rotting log.