Subject:  Bee Fly, Villa lateralis
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
September 13, 2016 5:20 PM

Bee Fly:  Villa lateralis

Bee Fly: Villa lateralis

Late this afternoon, I noticed one more brown Bee Fly and two other black and white Bee Flies, that all looked quite similar except for the coloration, in a sunny area getting the late afternoon light.  The two black and white individuals were buzzing one another near the blossoming chives.  By the time I returned with the camera, only one individual remained, and we are pretty certain we have correctly identified it as Villa lateralis, first on the Natural History of Orange County site and then on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Widely distributed in North America including Puerto Rico and South to Panama.”  Upon viewing the other members of the genus on BugGuide, we can’t help but to wonder if the brown Bee Fly we saw was the related Villa miscella.  Though we did not get an image, our memory was of it having brown on the wings.

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Subject: Wasp?
Location: Skippers, VA.
September 12, 2016 10:04 pm
I found this in our woods in southern Virginia July 30th. It was constantly moving it’s wings and legs while sitting on this leaf. The colors almost look neon orange to me on it’s antennae. I’m new to photography so I hope this photo is okay. Can you please tell me what kind of bug it is?
Signature: thedogzoo

Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp

Dear thedogzoo,
We have identified your beautiful Spider Wasp as
Entypus unifasciatus thanks to this BugGuide image.  Female Spider Wasps provision nests with paralyzed Spiders as food for her brood.  According to BugGuide:  “This species is a typical late summer-early Autumn species in the east (nominal subspecies). July-September (North Carolina). In Ohio (and probably most of the northeast) some adults appear in late June, but most in early July. Most females are seen provisioning from mid-July to September. Out of all individuals seen from Ohio the peak in numbers of captures was from the last half of August.”

Subject: Hoverfly,
Location: Columbus Ohio
September 12, 2016 5:33 pm
Found this on a brick wall outside our middle school in Columbus Ohio. It was big, like a horsefly. The picture looks smaller.
Signature: Thanks, S Zuza

Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

Dear S Zuza,
Though many Hover Flies mimic stinging bees and wasps, this Bald Faced Hornet is the real deal.

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Subject: ID this!
Location: Johns River, Australia
September 12, 2016 2:11 am
Found on the Mid North Coast, Australia. Just came into Spring on a sink with water.
Sorry for the low quality pics
I look forward to your reply!
Signature: Tom Galati

Antlion Larva

Antlion Larva

Dear Tom,
This is the larva of a Neuropteran, probably an Antlion, which you can verify by comparing your individual to this image on The Brisbane Insect website.  In North America, Antlion larvae are known as Doodlebugs.

Oh thank you so much for the reply!
Couldn’t ID it myself yay

Subject: identify bug
Location: Bedfordview, Gauteng, South Africa
September 12, 2016 9:15 am
Hi There,
Please see attached pic.
I saw it on my balcony and took a pic as really not sure what it is, to my surprise I had a broom on the balcony when I moved it there were a lot more of them in the brush.
Please be so kind as to identify and provide more info.
Much appreciated
Signature: Adele Beukes-de Lange

Red Headed Cockroach

Red-Head Roach

Dear Adele,
Thanks to this iSpot image and this iSpot image, we at first speculated that this is a Red Headed Cockroach,
Deropeltis erythrocephala, though we had some doubts as to the species as your individual has black legs and the wings seem different, both of which are contrary to the other iSpot images.  We continued to search and we believe we found a better match with the Red-Head Roach, Oxyhaloa deusta, on Roach Crossing.  This iSpot image is a much closer match.

Subject: id please?
Location: bologna, italy
September 12, 2016 5:27 am
Hi, a friend saw this bug and would like to identify it.
Signature: alexa

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Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

I understand, no problem.  it looks like a kind of wood boring beetle but I can’t find any information on native Italian species.
many thanks and love your site!

Longicorn:  Morimus funereus

Longicorn: Morimus funereus

Dear Alexa,
You are correct that this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, and we identified it as
Morimus funereus on the Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery.  In a posting from Macedonia earlier this year, we learned it is a Red Listed Species on the IUCN site devoted to threatened species.