eating
I think this is an Eastern Pondhawk female devouring a Ruby Meadowhawk- at least all the other Meadowhawks around were Ruby Meadowhawks. I never seem the see males with prey- are they less voracious or just less conspicuous? thanks- i just discovered your wonderful site.
Pam Burtt

Wow Pam,
What a great photo. We have always been under the impression that females of the species were better hunters.

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GREAT SITE
Dear Bugman,
Thanks for the great site. I have a cabin in Northern Michigan, and over the past couple of years, I have noticed a very large strange looking insects which I have not been able to identify in any bug book that I have looked at…but I did find it on your site, along with a lot of very informative information. The insects were giant ichneumon. Unfortunate to say though, there were several on the one tree, and with having small kids around, a bug that size that looked like a wasp, was met with a dose of wasp spray. I wish that I had read your articles earlier, and finding out that they are harmless, they could have provided some interesting viewing, expecially after knowing that they did not sting. Thanks for the great site, keep it up and running, as it is definatly one of the most informative bug sites that I have found. Sam

Thanks for your kind letter Sam. Future Ichneumons thank you as well.

I am attaching two photos of a moth that was taking advantage of shade on the side of my house on a very hot day. Perhaps you can help identify it. I suspect it is a species of sphinx moth.
Harvey

Hi Harvey,
Your sphinx is a Small Eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops. We located it on this North Prairie Wildlife Reserch Center site. The moth has a wide distribution.

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Unknown beetle (I think)
Hello… I live in Colorado, and we just recently moved out into the open range lands outside of the city for the peace and quiet, and we noticed these beetle type insects all over the weeds/wild grass that is sprouting up behind our house. They struck me as odd because their front end was sooo small, almost looking like a large ant, and the abdomen was LARGE, like it was engorged, so I figured it was a queen or something, but as I started looking around, I noticed they are all over the place and they all look the same. Small front end, LARGE abdomen. They range in length from baby ones about 1/2 inch to large ones about 1 1/2 inches. Attached is a picture of 2 different views of the same one! My family is ready to start sparying them with insect repelants, but before they do anything, I would like to know what they are. They seem to only be feeding on the weeds/grass themselves, so not hunters.

This is a type of Blister Beetle known as the Oil Beetle, Meloe angusticollis. Be careful, if disturbed, it can exude droplets of liquid from the leg joints that cause blisters.

Bug Identification
I found this bug on our screen door. It is really more of a light pea green instead of yellow as the picture suggests. Help with the identification would be very much appreciated.
Brian Berfield

Hi Brian,
If you think your female Herculese Beetle, Dynastes tityus if big, you should see her mate. And, he has a massive horn to boot.

Could you help me identify this beetle which we found in our office?
Brian from Alabama

Hi Brian,
This is a Male Stag Beetle from the species Lucanus elephus, the Elephant Stag Beetle. Stag Beetles get their name because the large mandibles of the male resemble a stag’s antlers.