Subject: Flying insect
Location: Franklin, Wv
February 15, 2017 10:26 am
We live in a frame house with redwood siding. It is located in Franklin WV, in the mountains. The inset in the attached photo has shown up during the last two spring seasons. We typically see them between the screen and window in several rooms. It would seem that they must be coming out of the walls somehow, Once there was a swarm of perhaps 100 on the outside of the house under a kitchen window and just above the deck. While is is winter here with many sub-freezing days some of these insect appeared afrer a warm spell when it was 60-65F for a few days.
Signature: Pete Tuckerman


Dear Pete,
These are members of the order Hymenoptera, the insect group that contains Ants, Bees and Wasps, and our initial impression is that they are most likely Parasitoid Wasps that prey on other insects, possibly an Ichneumon or Brachonid, but we would not rule out that they might be grouped with the Symphyta that includes Sawflies, Horntails and Wood Wasps.  We will continue to research this, and we will contact Eric Eaton for his valuable input.

Eric Eaton provides Family identification.
Those are definitely ichneumon wasps.  May have nothing to do with any host living in the redwood siding.  Many species of ichneumons overwinter as adults, often in large numbers, so this is not an unusual phenomenon.  I suspect the wasps are hibernating in the walls, or nooks and crannies in the siding.  They don’t sting, so no worries there, either.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

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Subject: Grasshopper Id
Location: Zone 8b
February 17, 2017 3:44 pm
Hi I would like to do a little post on this insect on my blog.I think it’s some kind of grasshopper,I snapped this picture in my state of Oregon zone 8b.I have never seen another so I only have one picture.Thank You Lindsey
Signature: Lindsey Hightower

Steindachner’s Shieldback

Dear Lindsey,
We are pretty confident we have correctly identified your Shieldback Katydid as Steindachner’s Shieldback thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Woodlands, meadows, deserts”, the food is “Foliage of trees, shrubs” and “Eggs laid in late summer, cemented to plant stems, these overwinter; one generation per year.”

Subject: what is this bug?
Location: Vancouver, WA
February 16, 2017 11:53 am
Found this bug in our classroom. what is it?
Signature: Mrs. Clark’s class

House Centipede

Dear Mrs. Clark
This predatory, beneficial House Centipede will help keep the house (or classroom) free from undesirable or potentially harmful spiders and insects.

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Subject: Unknown household insect
Location: Winter Park Fl 32792
February 17, 2017 8:35 am
Dear Bugman,
I find this bug in copious numbers on the floor and along the baseboards in my home. They are in multiple, nonapproximateing rooms and are almost always dead. Please identify them for me and tell me what, if any, action I can take to rid my house of this population. Excuse the lack of magnification, this is as close as I can come with my iPad.
Signature: Frederic Bryant

Grain Weevils

Dear Frederic,
These are Grain Weevils, and you need to locate the source of the infestation.  Start with rice in the pantry or that big bag of bird seed you have stored somewhere.  They will also infest bargain bags of pet food.

Mr. Marlos,
Thanks for your prompt reply! I will get right on the case and see if we have any of those items you mentioned lying around loose.  I will also lace the areas with a residual insecticide. Thanks again for your prompt service.
Frederic Bryant

Subject: Bright pink eggs?
Location: KwaZulu-Natal
February 16, 2017 5:35 pm
Can the small bright pink bubbles be an egg of some kind. They appeared in my garden overnight. They were found above the soil. They appear to have areflectors tough but soft exterior with bright pink liquid centre. Comparable to a paintball bullet but small in size.
Signature: Jolene

Slime Mold

Hi Jolene,
In our opinion, this looks like fungus and not eggs.  We found this similar FlickR image and a link to this Slime Mold posting on the Field Guide to the Fungi of New England.  This FlickR image identifies the Slime Mold as
Lycogales epidendrum.  Based on iSpot, this Slime Mold, also called Pink Bubblegum Fungus, is found in South Africa.

Thank you so much for your help and clarification.
What an excellent response time and service.

Subject: x bug
Location: Indonesia
February 17, 2017 3:59 am
hi, just recent weeks ago i found this strange bug. it’s very uncommon to have that kind of bug (which i don’t know what kind it is) in here.
i hope you can give me more information about this bug, because it scares people away.
thank you
Signature: x bug

Tiger Moth from Facebook

The moth in this image is a Tiger Moth, and the named file indicates it was lifted from Facebook.  Tiger Moths are harmless.  We have no idea what the X thing is, but it is not part of the moth, so this is either an internet hoax (the term we have long used for “fake news” on the internet) or an object merger similar to a photo showing a tree growing out of someone’s head.

We stand corrected.
Thanks to everyone who sent us corrections and links through our comments section.  We are going to contact Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to have him provide an explanation.

Arctiid Expert Julian Donahue provide some input.
Hi Daniel,
Not a humbug, but apparently the widespread Asian Creatonotos transiens displaying his coremata (androconia are specialized scent scales usually confined to the wings).
You can see images here:
and also if you Google the congeneric Creatonotos gangis you will see images of similar coremata.
The Mt. Washington weather station is still down (apparently since about January 3), so I can’t track how much rain you’re getting–except on the news. Hope the hill doesn’t wash away. Your storm is just now beginning to hit Tucson, but we’re only expecting 0.5 to 1 inch of rain.
Stay dry,