Subject: Carpenter bee?
Location: Albuquerque, NM
July 10, 2017 12:48 pm
Hi – This bee was climbing in a hole the size of my pinkie in a wooden overhang. It was painted, but im not sure if the bee created this hole or the prior owner had drilled a hole leaving exposed wood. It was striped and where he was chewing, the wood began to swell. he never went fully in, just around the edge. I filled the hole with caulk and he went away. Thia is in Albuquerque, NM at about 5500 ft elevation in the hills. It was taken in June.
Signature: KJ

Mason Bee

Dear KJ,
This looks to us like a Mason Bee in the family Megachilidae, possibly
Lithurgopsis apicalis which is pictured on BugGuide.  Of the family, BugGuide notes:  “Some are leaf-cutters, nesting in ground, in cavities, wood. Tunnels are bored in wood or in the ground. Cell is provisioned with pollen (and nectar?), an egg laid, and cell is sealed over with circular pieces of leaves, clay or other materials that fit tightly into cavity.”

Mason Bee

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Subject: What is this thing?
Location: Buffalo MN
July 9, 2017 2:13 pm
I found this under the soil in my shade garden. It has big red orange eyes. It looks like a slug of some sort but has legs that look almost like spider legs. Can I feed it to my son’s pet toad???
Signature: John and Nessa

Periodical Cicada Nymph

Dear John and Nessa,
This is a Cicada nymph, and immature Cicadas spend their juvenile lives underground feeding of fluids from plant roots.  We believe the red eyes are evidence that this is the nymph of a Periodical Cicada, commonly called a 17 Year Locust in northern states where the nymph survives underground for 17 years, emerging in late spring with 1000s of other Periodical Cicadas.  Here is a FlickR image of a Periodical Cicada nymph.  This year we documented an unusual Brood X emergence of stragglers.  You may enjoy the information on the Minnesota Gardener page.

Periodical Cicada Nymph

Subject: Please identify
Location: Albany NY
July 10, 2017 10:08 am
1/48to 3/8″ long
In fkower bed near Alany NY
First appeared in June. WHole bunches clustered on edging.
Signature: Ann

Eastern Boxelder Bug Nymph

Dear Ann,
This is an immature Eastern Boxelder Bug nymph, and immature individuals are known to aggregate in tremendous numbers with adults, leading to the use of the common name Democrat Bug.  Other similar looking, closely related insects that also form large aggregations include the Western Boxelder Bugs and Red Shouldered Bugs.

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Subject: mosquito or fly
Location: shamong nj
July 10, 2017 9:42 am
was bitten by this bug several times – came home and about 12 hours later a welt appeared and itching badly. Woke me up from a dead sleep at 4am . what is it?
Signature: itchy

Deer Fly

Dear itchy,
This is a Deer Fly, and females are blood-sucking biters.

Thank you.  I felt the bites but a few family members did not but we all woke up with itchy feet in the middle of the night – so it started a debate as to what it was, I managed to kill one the next day and take a picture of it so we will know  how to treat the bites so it was effecting the family dogs also.


Subject: Little unknown beetle
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
July 9, 2017 2:37 pm
Got a close up of this little dude. Maybe 12-15MM long, and jumps. Any ideas?
Signature: Thanks!

Broadheaded Sharpshooter

This is NOT a beetle.  It is a Leafhopper commonly called a Broadheaded Sharpshooter which you can verify on BugGuide.

Subject: Female broadnecked root borer?
Location: Bedford MA
July 9, 2017 2:52 pm
So, this is from my woodsy backyard in Bedford, MA. I saw her with her ovipositor all the way out. She was on a brick in the back yard. You can probably see from the pics she is at this weird angle with her held tilted down and the back end of her body higher in the air, like 45 degrees. The weird thing about the ovipositor, if this is a broadnecked root borer, what is she doing with it out here? No tree around – I think you told someone else maybe putting out some pheromones? But in the photo you can see there is this light yellowish/green thing midway on the ovipositor, extending up and kind of wiggling around there. Almost looked like a tiny inch worm the way it was moving. What the heck is that thing?
Signature: Minnie

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer

Dear Minnie,
Your identification of a female Broad-Necked Root Borer is correct, but alas, we cannot with any surety respond to your questions.  It seems female Broad-Necked Root Borers are frequently sighted with extended ovipositors though they are not actually in the act of laying eggs.  We are not certain how the female’s egg-laying apparatus actually functions.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply some answers.