Subject: Wasp?
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
June 24, 2017 9:46 am
I’ve photographed a few of these small (1 cm) wasps(?) with a blue patch between the eyes. I’m uploading a shot of one eating an Orius insidiosus (I think).
Signature: Jim Elve

Robber Fly eats Insidious Flower Bug

Dear Jim,
Your image is gorgeous and quite detailed.  This is not a Wasp.  It is a Robber Fly (see BugGuide) in the family Asilidae, and we generally only attempt to identify large Robber Flies to the species level as so many smaller species look quite similar.  We agree that the prey is an Insidious Flower Bug based on BugGuide where it states:  “important predator of phytophagous mites and mite eggs, insect eggs, soft-bodied insects”.

Thank you, Daniel. Your prompt reply is very much appreciated.
FYI, I have quite a few more bug photos on my website if you’re interested. I have probably misidentified many. I’ll be correcting a couple of shots of the robber fly. Thanks, again!
Best regards,
Jim Elve
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Subject: Goldsmith Beetle
Location: Western Nebraska I-80
June 24, 2017 9:49 am
We found this beetle in Nebraska and I knew it was something special.
Signature: Candy

Goldsmith Beetle

Dear Candy,
Your image of this beautiful Goldsmith Beetle is a welcome addition to our archives.

Subject: Many At Porchlight Nightly
Location: Fredericksburg
June 23, 2017 9:27 am
These bugs….I gave a measurement scale with my finger. They are at my porch light nightly and seem very dull looking until a photo enlarges them.
This photo was taken June 23 in Fredericksburg, Va. at 2:00 AM or so (When they seem to be more apt to come to the light).
I’m sure that they’re VERY common, I just don’t know what they are…..All my pics are night time porch light pics.
Little fellows are very beautiful.
Signature: susan warner

Brown Lacewing

Dear Susan,
This is a predatory, beneficial Brown Lacewing in the family Hemerobiidae, a group well documented on BugGuide where it states:  “Adults and larvae predaceous. Homopterans, such as aphids, are favorite prey.”

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Subject: Cool bug
Location: St. Augustine, FL
June 23, 2017 7:52 pm
Found this bug in St. Augustine, never seen anything like it!
Signature: Yoda

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Yoda,
This is a female Eastern Hercules Beetle, and just yesterday we posted an image of a horned male.  Male Eastern Hercules Beetles are the heaviest North American Beetles.

Subject: Spiked beetle
Location: Long Beach, CA
June 23, 2017 1:13 pm
Found with ants on a Bell pepper plant. Grouped in clusters on stem. Lots of ants interacting with them. I thought it was an aphid being farmed by ants?
Signature: Rob

Keelbacked Treehopper Nymph

Dear Rob,
This is the spiny nymph of a Keelbacked Leafhopper, and they are classified with Aphids in the order Hemiptera.  Like Aphids, they have mouths designed to pierce and suck, and they rob plants of vital fluids.  Like Aphids, they exude honeydew which makes them attractive to Ants.

Subject: Beetles?
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
June 24, 2017 3:01 am
Hello. I think these might be some type of flea or water beetles. They jumped out of our bathtub drain in Phoenix, Arizona. These 2 were the largest. Some were so small they looked like flecks of pepper. They jump & bite hard! They also seem to be able to swim.
Signature: Fed Up in AZ


Dear Fed Up in AZ,
We are going to contact Eric Eaton to get his opinion on this, but we believe these are Thrips in the order Thysanoptera, but we don’t know what they are doing in your bathtub drain.  These are not Beetles.  You can see images of Thrips on BugGuide, including this image and this image.


Eric Eaton Responds
Ok, two different organisms at play here.  The images are of a small moth, maybe Tineidae for family.  The other creatures she describes are springtails, order Collembola.  They do not bite, though, so maybe yet another insect is to blame, like fleas or something.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

Ed. Note:  There are no Springtails visible in this image.  While we thought the jumping and the drain indicated possible Springtails, the pictured Moth is most definitely NOT a Springtail.  Since Springtails do not bite, we were additionally puzzled.


Interesting!  Thanks. We had mold growing beneath the bathtub and in the walls surrounding the separate shower and in the carpeted areas also. The bugs also came up through cracks in the cement and cracks in the grout of the floor tiles all throughout the house ( likely from a slab leak beneath the home. )
The county extension office identified them as a mix of Beetles and Springtails, yet they didn’t specify any types of beetles or springtails. They did say none of them would be biting people and they were drawn indoors because of the mold.
We were renting and we moved, but whatever they are they must’ve gotten into our belongings because we still live with them. Not as bad,mind you! But they’re still very much present indoors and still biting and making our lives miserable. On the rare occasion we do manage to smash one of the bigger ones mid bite, it’s always plainly full of bright red blood. I just don’t understand it and I’m so sick of it. The tiny ones seem to bore into furniture and even tile and cement! How???
Thank you again