Hello! It took a few minutes of investigating but I was able identify these as milkweed bugs. It is the heart shaped pattern that made me run to get my camera! Take Care,
Janet

Hi Janet,
Thanks for sending in such a great photo of a Small Eastern Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii.

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What kind of slug is this?
Hi-
I found this slug in my garden in Northern Colorado (on the front range). I’ve never seen a slug this big in this state. Or with those "tiger" markings. What kind is it? Thanks…
Amy

Hi Amy,
Awesome image of a Leopard Slug, Limax maximus. It is commonly found in western gardens. Here is a wonderful site with more information.

is this a mantis
I never saw the butterfly type wings like this before??
John

Hi John,
Very impressive image of a Mantis in a defensive pose. This is definitely the “don’t mess with me” look.

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Flying Insect
Dear Bugman,
I found this insect on a dead tree stump. It is quite large with the dual black tail at least 3" long. The bug itself flies, somewhat laboriously, and its body is about 2" long. I found more than one and they seem to be trying to attract a mate. They are sticking their tail into a 1/8" hole while puffing out some device on the end of their tails. The head sure looks like some kind of wasp but I see no stingers. Any ideas?
GF

Hi GF,
Awesome photo of a female Megarhyssa atrata, the Giant Ichneumon, laying her eggs. She uses that long ovipositor to deposit eggs deep inside trees that are infested with wood boring insects. The eggs hatch and the larvae eat the grubs that are eating the wood.

He fell from the tree
Hi There!
This amazing Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar fell from a tree onto our Brick steps yesterday. Before we actually knew what he was, he appeared quite vicious when probed, but after looking for him on the internet using the words HORNED and CATERPILLAR to search, we knew we had found our bug. Our daughter is facinated with him and so we kept him overnight, making a terrarium in a large bowl for him. He burrowed into the soil last night and she is now very sad. Our question to you is….while we captured him in a jar, he excreted a fairly large amount of brown liquid. Was this natural (excrement) or was this a neccessary fluid for pupation? We are worried that it may have been hurt during the fall. He fell a good bit of the way from the tree above, and like I said, onto BRICK. We don’t know if he is hurt or just pupating. Please help if you can. Thank You.
Lynn
Beaufort, SC

Hi Lynn,
Hickory Horned Devils are rarely noticed until they drop from the trees to bury themselves underground where they pupate.

3 pictures for you
Hi:
Found your site while trying to identify a 2 1/2" long Cicada I photographed while trying out a new digital camera. I have heard them in the trees for years but never saw one up close before until this one landed for a few minutes in my driveway. It took off just after the picture was taken and they are really fast. I have attached a couple of other pictures I took, a Skipper Butterfly/Moth and, a Honey Bee and a Bumble Bee sharing the same flowers. You are welcome to use the pictures if you like. Your site is Great! I have spent many hours enjoying it. Keep up the good work.
Charles Sheffield
Grand Rapids, MI

Hi Charles
We have been getting lots of blurry photos of Cicadas, or Dog Day Harvest Flies lately, with accompanying queries. Your very clear photo is a welcome addition to our homepage right now.