Subject: Large Mosquito
Location: Southern Kentucky
July 3, 2016 9:39 pm
We were sitting outside and had these biting us. They are huge. They could bite us through our jeans and shirts. Never seen any mosquitos this big. What kind is it? And are they native to this area?
Signature: Zach

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Gallinipper

Dear Zach,
This large Mosquito is a Gallinipper and according to BugGuide:  “The word gallinipper originated as a vernacular term in the southeastern US referring to ‘a large mosquito or other insect that has a painful bite or sting’ and has appeared in folk tales, traditional minstrel songs, and a blues song referencing a large mosquito with a ‘fearsome bite’ (McCann 2006).”  BugGuide also notes:  “Females bloodfeed day and night and are able to bite through heavy clothing. “

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Gallinipper

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Subject: Some kind of moth
Location: Pretoria south africa
July 3, 2016 1:19 pm
Hi this moth hatched in the tree outside in my garden.
Signature: Peter

Variable Prince

Variable Prince

Dear Peter,
We believe we have correctly identified your Giant Silkmoth as a Variable Prince,
Holocerina smilax.  According to African Moths, it has been reported from:  “DRCongo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.”  Colnect indicates a drawing of the Variable Prince appeared on a stamp from French Colonies and Territories Afars and Issas which is present-day Djibouti.

Subject: A new red insect
Location: Ocean County, New Jersey
July 4, 2016 12:57 pm
Hi,
While checking up on my little garden patch today I noticed a bright red insect (wasp? – photo attached) flying around my zucchini plant, and frequently alighting on its leaves. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it before, and am curious what it might be. Your input would be appreciated.
Signature: George the Curious

Squash Vine Borer

Squash Vine Borer

Dear George the Curious,
This is a Squash Vine Borer, a harmless moth that mimics a stinging wasp quite effectively.  Squash Vine Borers lay eggs on squash and related plants.  The larvae are stem borers that will reduce the yield of plants, and in a worse case scenario, their feeding may result in the plants withering and dying.

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Subject: Red desert spider or insect?
Location: Golden Valley,AZ
July 3, 2016 11:05 pm
We found this in a wash in Golden Valley Arizona. Could you please tell us what it is? It looks like it has eight legs but I’m not positive
Signature: P P

Velvet Mite

Velvet Mite

Dear P P,
Did it rain right before this sighting?  Velvet Mites in the family Trombidiidae often appear in large numbers immediately after a desert rain.

Yes it sure did! Thank you!

Subject: Skinny lime green insect with long legs and black and white antennae
Location: America, Texas
July 4, 2016 12:55 pm
Heya, I’m Daniel I was doing some photography of a blueberry when i came across this bug in my photo, its quite strange and i couldn’t find any pictures or identification of it, so i checked out your website. if possible define the type if possible (it likes blueberries)
Signature: Daniel

Bush Katydid Nymph

Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear Daniel,
This is an immature Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia.  Though they eat leaves from shrubs and other plants, they do not do any lasting damage to the plant.

Subject: Green insect
Location: New Jersey
July 4, 2016 5:15 am
I have some type of insect nesting in my house window tracks. Have been seeing them for four years. This is the first time we have seen the actual insect.
Signature: Paula

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest

Dear Paula,
While you are correct that this is a nest, the green insects, which are immature Orthopterans, are not constructing the nest.  This nest was constructed by a Grass Carrying Wasp in the genus
Isodontia, and the female has provisioned the nest with paralyzed Orthopterans, generally Crickets and Katydids, that serve as a fresh food supply for her developing larva which is visible on the far right of your image.  It is a whitish-gray grublike creature.  We frequently receive reports of Grass Carrying Wasps nesting in window tracks.

Daniel,
Thank you! How interesting! I do not know much about the Wasp at all. Is it OK to leave them to keep nesting in the track or will they somehow harm the window/house? I love your website and rely on it frequently for insect identification. Thanks for your quick response.
Paula Truax