Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Northern New Mexico
July 5, 2016 10:41 pm
Bug found in northern New Mexico.
Signature: William

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

Dear William,
This is a female Dobsonfly, a common summer sighting in eastern North America.  Though BugGuide does not report any sightings from New Mexico, sightings from nearby Texas are quite common.

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Subject: Small yellow and black bug with stripe down back
Location: San Diego, California
July 5, 2016 11:13 pm
We found a small bug with a shield like body with a triangle like head, 6 legs, antennas as long as the legs and a yellow stripe down its back. It was found near the shower in an upstairs bathroom. What could this be??
Signature: AE

African Painted Bug

African Painted Bug

Dear AE,
This is an African Painted Bug,
Bagrada hilaris, an invasive, exotic Stink Bug that we first reported on our collard greens back in 2009, a year after they were first reported in California.  They feed on plants in the cabbage family, including wild mustard.

Subject: Bug id
Location: Virginia Beach VA
July 6, 2016 8:05 am
I am looking to identify this bug I have seen on my Threadleaf coreopsis. Can you help me figure out what this is and if he is a good bug? I am thinking some kind of thread waisted wasp.
Signature: Stacey Allin

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Dear Stacey,
This is a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae, but we are not able to provide you with a species identification.  Thread-Waisted Wasps are solitary wasps and they are not aggressive.  Adults take nectar, but females prey upon insects to feed to the young.  They are considered beneficial.

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Subject: Just curious
Location: Dayton, Ohio near the Miami River
July 5, 2016 7:10 pm
This bug was on my car door after I parked at a riverside park during lunch just south of downtown Dayton, Ohio today. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was about 3/4 of an inch long, less than 1/4 inch wide. Yellow-orange with ‘flowers’ of round white petals trimmed in brown. Can you tell me what it is? Thanks!
Signature: Deb

Ailanthus Webworm

Ailanthus Webworm Moth

Dear Deb,
This pretty little native Ermine Moth is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.  Though the moth is native, the namesake plant,
Ailanthus or Tree of Heaven is not.  Sadly, the feeding of the caterpillars has no negative impact on the invasive Tree of Heaven.

Subject: Yellow/Black Bug
Location: Central Virginia
July 5, 2016 4:54 pm
What’s this bug?
Signature: Rebecca

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Dear Rebecca,
This is one of the most beautiful images we have ever received of an American Carrion Beetle,
Necrophila americana, a species that lays its eggs on the putrefying flesh of dead creatures.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults consume fly larvae (maggots) at carrion, as well as some carrion; larvae eat carrion, maggots, and beetle larvae, may prefer dried skin, bits of flesh after maggots have departed.”

Subject:  Moth ID
Location:  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
July 4, 2016
San Juan Del Sur nica
Taken by Kryss Castle in Nicaragua.
Allison Jones

Melipotis fasciolaris

Melipotis fasciolaris

Dear Allison,
We first located a matching image to Kryss’ Moth on The Moth Photographers Group where it is identified as Melipotis fasciolaris.  We cross checked that name on BugGuide and found this image of the male.  We learned on BugGuide that this species is sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females look like different species, and that is has the common name Bewitching Melipotis.  It ranges from the Southern US to Uruguay.