Subject: What is it?
Location: Kent uk
July 16, 2016 11:50 am
My kids asked me what this is. I don’t know!
Signature: Karen

Rove Beetle:  Staphylinus caesareus

Rove Beetle: Staphylinus caesareus

Dear Karen,
This colorful Rove Beetle is
Staphylinus caesareus.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Castle Rock, CO
July 15, 2016 3:48 pm
Dear Bugman,
My daughter found this bug on her neck while driving. She thinks it bit her and she does have a mark on her neck.
Can you tell me what it is?
Thanks!
Signature: Mary

Red Shouldered Pine Borer

Red Shouldered Pine Borer

Dear Mary,
Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae have very strong mandibles and the larger members in the family might even draw blood if they bite, but the bite is not considered to be dangerous.  Though your daughter got a bite from this Red Shouldered Pine Borer,
Stictoleptura canadensis, it sounds like it did not break the skin.  The Red Shouldered Pine Borer is a highly variable species, and some individuals have very discreet shoulder patches while others have mostly red elytra.  This BugGuide image is a good match for the markings on your individual.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for the speedy reply!  She doesn’t have any marks on her neck today, so if it did bite it must have just started before she grabbed it.
Thanks again for all the information and references.
Mary

Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Canada
July 15, 2016 5:15 pm
Hi there,
Wondering what this bug is… Found it in the grass. It looks sort of like a bumblebee but it only looks to have one wing on the back.
Signature: S.G

Rodent Bot Fly

Rodent Bot Fly

Dear S. G.
Many folks mistake Rodent Bot Flies for Bumble Bees.

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Subject: Strange Bug
Location: East Windsor, NJ
July 15, 2016 12:28 pm
My daughter and I were looking around the garden and we found this strange bug. I was thinking it was a type of grasshopper, but I’m not sure.
Signature: Thanks, Robb & Paige

Immature Male Katydid

Immature Male Katydid

Dear Robb & Paige,
This is an immature male Katydid, and the best way to distinguish Katydids from Grasshoppers is that Katydids have much longer antennae.  Your nymph looks exactly like this image from our archives that we tentatively identified as a Round Headed Katydid in the genus
Amblycorypha.

Subject: Moth-like looking insect with pitcher-like antenne
Location: McNeill, Mississippi
July 15, 2016 12:49 pm
I Have NEVER seen any insect like this one on my porch right now. I have lived in the South my entire life. What is IT?!!! When I go near it, it points it’s pincher looking antenne towards me in defense!!! It is about 3-4 inches long!
Signature: Shantell L.

Male Dobsonfly

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Shantell,
This is a male Dobsonfly, one of our most common summer identification requests.

Subject: Indian Mantis species
Location: Gujarat, India
July 15, 2016 11:27 pm
This mantis looks like a blade of grass. Antenna are aligned straight with the body to look like a blade of dry/dead grass. What species is it? Not sure if it is Indian Stick Mantis.
Signature: Nitin Solanki

India Grass Mantis

India Grass Mantis

Dear Nitin,
In a previous posting of this species, we identified it as a Giant Stick Mantis or Indian Grass Mantis,
Schizocephala bicornis.  According to Project Noah, both common names are used.  Bug Nation has some very nice images of the species.

India Grass Mantis

India Grass Mantis

India Grass Mantis

India Grass Mantis