Subject: Bug
Location: Battle Ground WA
June 28, 2017 8:19 pm
Can you please tell me what is this bug? Found in my backyard.
Signature: How ever you it

Parasitic Wasp

This is some species of parasitic wasp, and based on BugGuide images, we believe it is in the genus Megischus, a group that includes the Crown of Thorns Wasp, but according to BugGuide the range is:  “Eastern United States. (Taber reports this species occurs from ‘coast-to-coast’.) ”  Your individual has white marks on the legs and the images of the Crown of Thorns Wasp lack that feature.

Parasitic Wasp

Mr Marlos
Thank you for the information. I have never seen a bug like it. It’s tail was really long, black and white.
Jeanene Reeser
Dear Jeanene,
What you have called a “tail” is the female’s ovipositor that she uses to lay eggs.
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Subject: PLEASE tell me This I said not a bedbug
Location: Florida
June 29, 2017 2:39 pm
I found this bug in my living room and shined a light on it and it didn’t move. I’m hoping it was a dead cockroach. My apartment has an exterminator that sprays for cockroachs but not bed bugs.
Signature: Sleepless girl

Bed Bug

Dear Sleepless Girl,
We are sorry but we cannot allay your fears as this is a Bed Bug.

Subject: What is it
Location: North Central Alabama
June 29, 2017 11:58 am
I took this on the sidewalk In front of my gym, what is it?
Signature: Cathryn

Puss Moth

Dear Cathryn,
This interesting moth is a Puss Moth.

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Subject: green caterpillar
Location: NE corner of WA state.
June 27, 2017 1:53 pm
I’d like to identify the caterpiller (and it resulting moth or butterfly) in the attached photos. It seems to act like a tent caterpiller but spins a strand and drops down to earth. Most strands get wrapped around each other forming a much larger strand (1/4″ dia) that reaches the ground. This site was on a forest road in NE Washington.
Signature: John McMillan

Caterpillar Swarm

Dear John,
Since it is green and appears to be hairless, this is most definitely NOT a Tent Caterpillar.  Our web searching for caterpillars exhibiting this behavior in Washington has not produced anything significant, however we did find this interesting article Daily Mail concerning millions of green caterpillars on a single tree.  The site states:  “Stuart Edmunds, from Shropshire Wildlife Trust, said he believed the moths could be the larvae of the aptly named ash moth: ‘It is incredibly rare, when there is a limited supply of trees like there is in this area the ash moth mothers could have decided to lay their eggs all in one place. Usually the caterpillars would be distributed over many more trees and with this many on a few trees there is a danger it could weaken the trees'”  Was the phenomena you observed limited to a single tree?  We feel certain this is a moth caterpillar.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to help us solve this mystery.

Caterpillar Swarm

Thanks, Daniel.
The site in the photos was all in one tree (which looked rather dry and somewhat bare of leaves).
However, we did see smaller versions of this in two other trees along that same patch of forest. We did not identify the trees the ash moth caterpillers were hanging from.
Maybe others will give us more firm data to add to yours.

Caterpillar Swarm

Subject: Badlands NP Beetle
Location: Badlands NP; South Dakota
June 26, 2017 4:29 pm
We saw this awesome beetle while hiking along a bison trail in the Sage Creek Wilderness portion of the Badlands NP a couple weeks back. Looks like a scarab beetle (?) We also saw dung beetles along the way 🙂
Signature: D & M Coulter

Rainbow Scarab

Dear D & M Coulter,
This Rainbow Scarab is actually a species of Dung Beetle.  The male Rainbow Scarab has a horn and the female Rainbow Scarab does not.  We cannot tell from your image if this is a male or female as the grass is obscuring the Rainbow Scarab’s head.

Subject: Whats is this?
Location: Rhode Island
June 28, 2017 6:44 pm
Located in the house near the window. Crawls most of the time, but did flap wings.
Signature: With a pen?

Female Longicorn: Graphisurus fasciatus

This female Longicorn is Graphisurus fasciatus.