Subject: Cockroach or beetle?
Location: MA
July 20, 2017 9:13 pm
I was walking by dog in the backyard and we have woods, pond, and bogs right in our backyard. I saw this walking on the ground. What is it??
Signature: Jen

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer

Dear Jen,
This is a female Broad-Necked Root Borer, a common summer sighting in the eastern portion of North America.  It appears that she might be laying eggs.

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Subject: Pennsylvania mystery insect
Location: Newtown Square, PA
July 21, 2017 8:50 am
Hello Daniel,
Thank you for your hard work on this superb site. I raise and breed preying mantids. I found two of these insects on my deck table on 07-19-17 in the full sun. One was dead (natural causes), the other nearly expired. As far as I could tell they were identical. Try as I may with my research references, I cannot ID these guys. I’m very curious. Hope you can solve the mystery.
Signature: John Miller

Two Spotted Tree Cricket

Subject: Pennsylvania mystery solved
July 21, 2017 9:09 am
Daniel,
I just wrote you a note with accompanying hi-def image of a “mystery” bug (actually two of them), discovered yesterday.  A mystery no more.  They are:
Female and male Neoxabea bipunctata.   It’s always great fun to unravel a mystery.
Signature: John Miller

Hi John,
You are correct that this is
Neoxabea bipunctata, a female Two Spotted Tree Cricket.  Your beautiful image is a wonderful addition to our archive.

Subject: Bee eating Bug!
Location: Ogden Utah
July 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Hi! My friend in Ogden, Ut found this wee monster making a meal of her bees.
We can’t find a similar looking critter anywhere on Google, so I realize it could be a juvenile of some species or other, but…we’re stymied.
Signature: Philina

Bee Assassin: Apiomerus montanus

Dear Philina,
This is an Assassin Bug in the genus
Apiomerus, a group commonly called the Bee Assassins.  We are relatively confident your individual is Apiomeris montanus based on this BugGuide image.  Is Ogden at a high elevation?  The habitat, according to BugGuide is:  “Mountainous regions. Collected from 1075-2896 meters. “

Daniel, thank you! Ogden is at about 4800 feet, and right up in the foothills. So yeah, mountainous is a good word.
Any suggestions for my friends whose apiary is under attack?
Natural repellents?
Thank you!

Sorry Philina, we do not offer extermination advice.

Oh, she doesn’t want to exterminate them, just keep them away from her hives. I was thinking more like, if she sprinkled cayenne pepper around the hives, they don’t like it and won’t come by it, sort of ideas. But now that i read they can fly that’s not really useful anyway.
Thanks for the help in identifying it though. We were all making good guesses, but couldn’t find any matching pictures.

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Subject: Flying bee- or hornet-like insect
Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia suburbs)
July 21, 2017 6:48 am
These bugs (2-3) fly around my front lawn during the day. They don’t seem aggressive; I just typically walk trough them if they’re flying in my path. They are rather large and bigger (and probably less segmented) than a bee or hornet would be.
Signature: Ken

Cicada Killer

Dear Ken,
This large wasp is a Cicada Killer, and your submission is our first report of the season.  People fear Cicada Killers because of their size and behavior.  Male Cicada Killers are harmless as they cannot sting, but they will patrol an area favorable for nesting and chase other creatures away.  Female Cicada Killers sting and paralyze Cicadas to feed the larva that develop in underground burrows.  Though they are capable of stinging, the female Cicada Killer is not aggressive and she does not defend her nest. 

Subject: Sphix Moth
Location: Northern Wisconsin
July 20, 2017 10:33 am
I photographed this moth in late July (July 19) in Vilas County Wisconsin (northern WI). It looks like a Big Poplar Moth, but it’s coloring is not quite right. Can you help identify it?
Signature: Julie Draves

Modest Sphinx

Dear Julie,
We verified the identity of your Modest Sphinx,
Pachysphinx modesta, on Sphingidae of the Americas.  It is also commonly called the Poplar Sphinx.  A similar looking, related species in the same genus, Pachysphinx occidentalis, is commonly called the Big Poplar Sphinx, but it is a western species not reported in Wisconsin according to Sphingidae of the Americas.

 

Subject: Ia it a “Biter”?
Location: Union, MO, USA
July 20, 2017 11:51 am
Found this guy in my basement. He was just crawling around although it appears he might have wings. Below is a picture of the insect and a picture of my bites. As you can see there are smaller bites around the large ones although those dark spots are only old bites and not any recent ones. Could you please tell me if this is a match?
Signature: -Itchy Itchy Ichabod

Field Cricket (missing jumping legs)

Dear Itchy Itchy Ichabod,
We had to respond to your just because of your signature.  This is a female Field Cricket in the genus
Gryllus and she is missing her rear jumping legs.  Fleas often bite people on the ankles, and our best guess for your bites is Flea Bites and not this Cricket.

Flea Bites, we believe