Subject: Black Hairy Insect nesr White Pine Beetles
Location: California in Sequoia
March 19, 2017 6:43 am
Cannot identify the hairy black and white insect on this pine tree. The two pine beetles I could identify. This is taken at Wishon Camlground near Doyle Springs/Sequoia, in California.
Signature: Emily

Checkered Beetle and Red Turpentine Beetles

Dear Emily,
We believe your Pine Beetles are Red Turpentine Beetles,
Dendroctonus valens, a species pictured on BugGuide and found in California.  According to BugGuide:  “Primary host: Pinus.”  Your unidentified beetle is a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae.  A similar looking species is the Red Bellied Clerid Beetle, Enoclerus sphegeus, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the species if found in California.  Of the Checkered Beetle family, BugGuide notes:  “predaceous on other insects, larvae mostly on wood- and cone-borers; some adults feed on pollen; a few species are scavengers” so it is possible that the Checkered Beetle you found was preying on the adults and larvae of the Red Turpentine Beetles.

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Subject: striped moth
Location: northern thailand
March 11, 2017 6:55 pm
found this moth at night…about 2 inches across. It looks like a tiger moth or maybe a wasp mimicking moth? Something else? ? Thanks!
Signature: ash

Tiger Moth

Dear Ash,
We agree that this is a member of the group of Tiger Moths known as Wasp Moths.  We have found several similar looking images online.  There is a similarity between your individual and this moth identified as
Amata sperbius that is posted to FlickR, but we believe a closer match is this image identified as Syntomoides imaon also on FlickR.  Here is another member of the genus also pictured on FlickR.

Subject: Mylabris (blister) beetle in Kenya
Location: near Malwea River, Rift Valley, Kenya
March 13, 2017 2:22 am
Dear Bugman
Attached, some photos of a blister beetle found near the Malewa River in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Can you identify the species?
Many thanks!
Signature: Rob

Blister Beetle

Dear Rob,
According to iSpot, the genus
Mylabris is now classified as Hycleus.  We do have several images on our site from Kenya that we identified as Mylabris (now Hycleus) oculata, and though they are similar to your individual, they do appear to be a different species.  We have not had any luck with a species identification for you, but perhaps one of our readers will provide a comment with a clue.

Blister Beetle

Dear Daniel
Thank you for your help.
Best regards

Blister Beetle

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: My room, Los Angeles, California, US
March 16, 2017 5:09 pm
Hi, I was hoping you would be able to help me figure out what bug this is. They appeared in my room, specifically on my walls and my bed. Quite a few of these bugs appeared in my room before, at least around half a year ago or so, but then disappeared. They are very tiny like 1 or 2 mm. We are currently in the Winter season, heading into Spring, though it has been feeling like Summer this week.
Signature: Concerned Evelyn

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Concerned Evelyn,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest, and your letter is the third we opened today for a Varied Carpet Beetle identification, so we are posting your letter to assist folks visiting our site who are also troubled by Carpet Beetles.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, but larvae will eat a wide variety of organic items in the home.

Subject: Unknown egg pod.
Location: Shelby county alabama usa
March 18, 2017 7:26 am
Hello my name is Aaron. I found this particular pod on my porch about 2- 3 months ago. I think it may be of a preying Mantua. I am not sure and would like to know. If from bad bugs. Need info to relocate to wooded area
Signature: Thank you

Tiger Moth Cocoon, we believe

Dear Aaron,
We are pretty certain this is not an egg case.  It looks to us like a moth cocoon, possibly the cocoon of a Tiger Moth from the subfamily Arctiinae.  See this Isabella Tiger Moth Cocoon from BugGuide for comparison.

Subject: Biggest Bumble Bee I Have Ever Seen
Location: Glendale, CA
March 17, 2017 5:04 pm
Dear Bugman,
I near Los Angeles, CA and saw this HUGE and distinctly colored Bumble Bee outside my door today. It’s orange color, big bristly fur, and yellow head were too cool not to go outside and get a closer look. Can you help me in identifying what species of Bumble Bee I got the pleasure to see today?
Signature: Teacher Todd

Male Valley Carpenter Bee

Dear Teacher Todd,
This is not a Bumble Bee.  This is a male Valley Carpenter Bee, a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism.  Even larger females are black and look like a different species.  The golden male Valley Carpenter Bees are usually seen only in the spring, though the females that live much longer are found at other times of the year.  Here is an image of a mating pair of Valley Carpenter Bees from our archives.

Male Valley Carpenter Bee