Odd Wasp
Location:  Maine USA
September 5, 2010 2:06 pm
Caught a picture of this odd looking wasp in the spring. I’ve been unable to identify it so I thought I would send it your way.
Signature:  D Ramsey Ballard III

Metallic Green Bee

Dear D Ramsey Ballard III,
The reason you have been experiencing difficulty in identifying your insect is that it is a bee, not a wasp, more specifically a Metallic Sweat Bee in the family Halictidae (see BugGuide).  It appears to be a Metallic
Green Bee in the genus Agapostemon which has numerous members that look very similar and which is found “coast to coast throughout United States and southern Canada also occurs in Central and South America” according to BugGuide.  We believe it may be Agapostemon virescens based on the striping pattern of the abdomen, the range of the species, and an image posted to BugGuide.

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What is this bug?
Location:  New Jersey shore bordering pine barrens
September 5, 2010 9:23 pm
I found this beetle (?) fascinating. The curving, segmented antennae are longer than its body, and the area above its eyes looks like it’s got painted-on eyebrows. I can’t believe I have combed the internet and still can’t identify it! I found it on my patio at the NJ shore, in an area that borders the pine barrens. I hope you will find my ”bug” fascinating, too, and will tell me what it is. Thank you!
Signature:  Mary Palmer

Spined Oak Borer, we think

Hi Mary,
We believe this is a Spined Oak Borer,
Elaphidion mucrunatum, based on images posted to BugGuide.  We wish you background was less camouflage and that it showed the details of the femora because according to Bugguide:  “Note very long femoral spines.

Hi, Daniel.
You guys are amazing. I can’t believe you answered my question at all, let alone so quickly. I see exactly what you mean about the lack of detail of the femora in my photo. I’d never seen an insect before with those intriguing “eyebrows” and forgot that to identify any kind of wildlife you need more than color or one interesting characteristic. In future if I find an insect I want to identify with an online “bug” guide, I will attempt to get it into a glass container of some kind so I can view it from every angle.
In any case, armed with information from you, I have searched around online some more. I am thinking that the beetle I saw was a little bigger than a spined oak borer (next time I am photographing any mystery bug, I will photograph it next to a ruler!) and that it might actually be something else, like Parelaphidion aspersum. In any case, this was a good learning experience for me, a reminder that neither I nor anyone else can identify an insect without enough information about it, visual as well as length, etc.
I really can’t thank you enough!
Mary Palmer
P.S. It would not surprise me if “my” insect likes to eat oak trees. I don’t know where you are located, so you may or may not know much about the pine barrens of New Jersey, but the two main trees of the pinelands are pines (no surprise) and oak, with a few other varieties.

Hi again Mary,
Parelaphidion aspersum does look like a very good match and the two species are in the same tribe.

September 5, 2010
The Hens are growing, and when they are not scratching in the compost pile or eating collard greens, they love cuddling together in the dust.

Fuzzy Bottom Gals: Dust Bath

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Imposter on a Poster

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ALERT:  We just found the most beautiful butterfly collection on the planet.
September 5, 3:50 PM.
Nabokov’s Butterfly Collection.  It includes his favorite butterfly, The Red Admirable.

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butterflies
Location:  maryland
September 5, 2010 4:23 pm
I have different (hundreds) of baby and adult butterflies outside. Can you tell me what types these are?
Signature:  Butterflies

Common Buckeye and Two Silver Spotted Skippers

Dear Butterflies,
All of your photos are lovely, but we have just recently posted photos of Red Spotted Purples and Tiger Swallowtails.  We really like your photo of a Common Buckeye and Two Silver Spotted Skippers (See BugGuide) sharing a sedum inflorescence.  Thanks for sending your photos.  Buckeyes along with Red Admirals, Red Spotted Purples, Fritillaries, Morning Cloaks and the other Anglewings are among our favorite North American Brush Footed Butterfly species.  Vladimir Nabokov called the Red Admirals
Red Amirables, and they are also known as the Butterfly of Doom in Russia because of a swarm during the year of some 19th Century Czar (Tsar).  We would love a new photo of a Red Admirable.  We just noticed no one has ever responded to our Who’s On Top? query.  Look at it this way, there is a 50/50 chance you will be right.  Just make up the answer and let us prove you wrong.

ALERT:  We just found the most beautiful butterfly collection on the planet.
September 5, 3:50 PM.
Nabokov’s Butterfly Collection.  It includes his favorite butterfly, The Red Admirable.