Nereis..clam worm pictures
in southeast US in the summer, during a lot of rain. They have a fan-shaped head without visible eyes. They can raise their head up,
We took these pictures of the clam worm, Nereis, this summer and thought you might like them for reference pictures for your readers.

Hi Debby,
Thanks so much for sharing your images. As this is a new species for our site, we are providing a link for more information.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Large flying insect

Though there wasn’t a letter or question here, we love this photo of a Tarantula Hawk.

Dang! I was hoping it would be something new and interesting to your site! Oh well…I’ll keep on the look out for other bugs of interest. 🙂 Thanks for your time, Bugman!

Walking Stick? ….or just a stick!
Hi. Wow! I love your site! First one that I’ve found that shows a variety of pictures of each type of insect/bug. Is this a walking stick….or my imagination? It only has two pair of legs.
Thanks! Linda Denny

Hi Linda,
It is not your imagination, but a for real Walking Stick. The third pair of legs is being carried foreward near the head which adds to the camouflage.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

long horned wood borer with hitchhiker
Hi There,
Love your sight! As an entomologist, can’t get enough bugs 🙂 We took these picture during our vacation in Prince Edward Island, Canada this summer and thought you might like them for your site. Any idea who the hitch hiker is on the long horn?

Hi Debby,
Based on what little we know and the difficulty of seeing details in your image, it appears the hitch-hiker is a weevil of some type. Just what the Weevil was doing on the Monochamus Borer is the real question.

Glorious Beetle?
I just opened the top of the compost bin, and two very large (1 inch length) metallic green beetles with dark stripes flew out. They had dark wings, and maybe a 1-1/2 to 2 inch wingspan. The compost bin had been filled with large leaves from tropical plants (bird of paradise) a few weeks ago. In trying to find out what the beetle might be, your photo of the Glorious Beetle came up as the closest specimen visually. The ones I saw (head on) were possibly a bit more triangular or tapered at the head (wider body, narrower head), rather than being oval like the one shown in the photo. They seemed to have more exposed mandibles. Are Glorious Beetles found in California and the SF Bay Area (San Jose, Sunnyvale), and would they be likely to turn up in a suburban compost bin? Any other thoughts on what they might be? Here’s the beetle I mentioned. It’s very noisy when it flies. In the photos, a portion of the wings (black) are protruding near the rear of the body. Any idea what it is?
Phil Alden

Hi Phil,
This is a Green Fruit Beetle or Fig Eater, Cotinus mutabilis. The eggs are often laid in compost piles and adults eat ripe fruit.

robber fly
This robber fly was perched on the window seal at The Oyster House on Mobile Bay, and was really freaking out the wait staff there. I assured them this was no giant mosquito that would suck them dry in one bite.
Bill Giles
Powder Springs GA

Hi Bill,
This is one of the Robber Flies in the genus Diogmites, the Hanging Thieves.