Subject: Huge hornet
Location: Blythewood, SC
July 21, 2017 8:19 pm
We live in Blythewood, SC and tonight this hornet came on our deck and then 4-5 others after it was killed. I need to know what kind of hornet as I have small children and am now terrified to let them go outside.
Signature: Jessica Brasy

European Hornet

Dear Jessica,
This is a European Hornet,
Vespa crabro.  According to BugGuide:  “Woodlands. Paper nest is built in hollow trees, or in human structures such as attics. Adults come to lights.”

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Subject: Large, black beetle in NY
Location: NY, Westchester County
July 21, 2017 6:21 pm
Thanks in advance for your ID help! Notes:
– length = est. 1.25″ – 1.5″
– Westchester County, NY
– found outside
– July 21, 2017
– est. 86F, sunny, est. 65% humidity
Signature: McBeetleus

Hermit Flower Beetle

Dear McBeetleus,
The Hermit Flower Beetle is also known as the Odor of Leather Beetle, according to BugGuide:  “for strong odor of ‘Russian Leather.'”

Subject: Pretty spider
Location: Stillwater OK
July 22, 2017 6:07 am
Found this spider in my dining room this morning. I’ve never seen one like this before.
Signature: Angela

Ant Mimic Ground Sac Spider

Dear Angela,
This is one of the Ant Mimic Ground Sac Spiders in the family Corinnidae, and we are confident we have identified is as a species with no common name,
Castianeira amoena, thanks to images on BugGuide.  According to SpiderBytes:  “Some Castianeira species are thought to mimic velvet ants (Mutillidae), rather than ants. Mutillids are not actually ants but wasps, and the females are wingless and brightly coloured, with extremely painful stings. In this case, harmless Castianeira spiders might benefit by looking like the much more dangerous velvet ants, and thus be avoided by predators (this is called Batesian mimicry).”

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Subject: moth
Location: Northern Arizona
July 21, 2017 4:02 pm
what kind of moth is this?
Signature: Connie

Possibly Oculea Moth

Dear Connie,
This is probably a Polyphemus Moth, a beautiful moth with startling eyespots on the underwings.  If your submission had come from any state other than Arizona, we would be very confident with that identification, however, parts of Arizona and New Mexico are the range for the Western Polyphemus Moth or Oculea Moth, that is described on BugGuide as being:  ” similar to A. polyphemus, but darker and with more markings around the eye spots. ‘Upperside of wings is tan, sometimes with a yellowish or reddish tint. Forewing margin is the same color as the basal area; submarginal line is black. Rings around the eyespots are orange, blue, and black. Underside has contrasting rust, brown, and white markings.'”  We would need to see an image of the open wings to make a more definitive identification.

Thank you for your prompt response.  After studying the pictures of each, I believe the Oculea Moth is the closest match. He is gone now so I cannot get anymore pictures. I live in Show Low, Arizona which is located in the White Mountains.  The elevation here is 6350.
Again than You,

Thanks for the additional information Connie.  Oculea Moths do tend to be found at higher elevations.

Subject: Help identify
Location: Northern Va
July 21, 2017 11:48 am
Found on car
Looks like a leaf, was crawling
Can find no info on any bug search site
Signature: Wendy

Monkey Slug

Dear Wendy,
Though it is atypical looking, the Monkey Slug is actually a caterpillar.  Handle with caution.  Monkey Slugs can sting.

Subject: Strange Dragonfly
Location: Macdonald Township, Echo Bay, ON Canada
July 21, 2017 12:37 pm
This little fella looks sort of like a Dragonfly of some kind. I’ve never seen one quite like this though, has me curious. Any thoughts?
Signature: -Mick

Stump Stabber

Dear Mick,
This is NOT a Dragonfly.  This is a female Giant Ichneumon,
Megarhyssa atrata, commonly called a Stump Stabber, and she is in the act of laying eggs.

Thanks so much for the speedy reply, been in the maple bush a lot of years and myself or my father have never seen these little gaffers.