Subject: I can’t tell if it’s a bee?
Location: Seattle Region, Washington
August 1, 2017 5:00 pm
I found this bug already beheaded lying on my bathroom floor.
My first thought was that it was a bee, but the stripe pattern made me question it? I’ve never seen a bee before that only had yellow on its sides
Ive tried a lot of different google searches but I can’t seem to find what this is.
I don’t know about bug identification. But it’s head definitely doesn’t look like on of a fly to me? but it’s body doesn’t seem like the shape of a wasp? So I assume it must be a type of bee?
Im sorry that I don’t have any photos from different angles.
Signature: Sorry to bother you, but thank you so much for your help x

Body of a European Wool Carder Bee

This looks to us like the body of a European Wool Carder Bee.  Here is a BugGuide image for reference.  According to BugGuide:  “Introduced from Europe before 1963; spreading throughout NE. & W. NA.”

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Subject: Is this a bee?
Location: Ohio about 45 miles west from Pittsburgh PA
August 2, 2017 7:46 am
Hi we keep getting these and I think it’s a type of bee but not sure.
It hovers and buzzes really strangely and will even go silent then get really loud!
It can go from hovering to high speeds fast!
Thanks for your help,
Signature: Laura Evans

Good News Bee buzzes no more

Dear Laura,
This is a harmless Yellowjacket Hover Fly or Good News Bee.  We hope future encounters you have will not end with such Unnecessary Carnage.  As an aside, our editorial staff hails from Youngstown, Ohio, just west of Pittsburgh.

Thank you! We thought it was going to sting our dog… now I feel bad. So glad to know because we have had one around us everyday for the last 2 weeks and we will welcome them now! ❤

Thanks so much!
Our mission has always been to educate the web browsing public to have tolerance toward the lower beasts.  Perhaps you should buy a lottery ticket after your next encounter to see if the good luck part holds up.

Subject: Mantid in pond water
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
August 1, 2017 10:09 am
Hello! All summer here in Jacksonville, FL, from May to August so far, I’ve been finding small (2-3″) black insects that look like skinny praying mantises in my green, algae-filled pond. There are no fish, just various kinds of water bugs and tadpoles.
I removed the first couple, thinking they had blown in with the wind, but I keep finding more, every few days. They seem quite at home underwater, swimming around, and if I or my dog’s nose get too close, they calmly dive and swim out of sight.
I’ve been quite baffled. I used to keep fat green praying mantises as pets in southern Georgia as a kid, and got used to finding their egg cases attached to sticks. I couldn’t fathom mantises breeding and/or living underwater…. or laying eggs in water, perhaps going through a nymph phase of some kind, then developing into what you see in the pictures.
Hope you can help me understand what I’ve got, and advise me on whether I should be removing them to the bushes on sight, or leaving them to their business!
Signature: John in NE Florida

Water Scorpion

Dear John,
Though it resembles a Mantid, this Water Scorpion is actually an unrelated True Bug.  Adult Water Scorpions have wings so they can fly from pond to pond.  Handle with caution.  Water Scorpions are reported to have a painful bite.

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Subject: Strange Red Wasp-like Bug
Location: Scotland
August 2, 2017 3:34 am
My mom found this bug flying and buzzing around our kitchen last night, it kept trying to run into our ceiling light, I thought it was some kind of wasp or hornet but I haven’t found anything resembling it on the internet. It’s the first time either of us have seen a creature like this so maybe it’s some sort of migrating species? Any info is greatly appreciated, thanks!! 🙂
Signature: Claire

Burying Beetle with Phoretic Mites

Dear Claire,
This is a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus Nicrophorus, probably the Common Sexton Beetle,
Nicrophorus vespilloides, which is pictured on NatureSpot UK, and it is covered with Phoretic or hitch-hiking Mites.  According to NatureSpot UK:  “These beetles perform an important service in getting rid of carrion (dead small animals and birds). Males and females cooperate to bury this matter, by digging beneath the bodies to provide a food supply for their larvae.”  A more poetic version is available on BugLife where it states:  ” Love at first corpse!  Males and females first meet at corpses of dead and decaying animals such as mice and small birds. When love has struck males and females pair up and fight off any rival couples trying to take charge of the corpse. Once a pair has won the corpse they dig a hole beneath it and bury it, this is where they get their name from.”

Subject:  Grass Carrying Wasp from France
Location:  southwest France
August 1, 2017
Hi Daniel,
Continuing the theme of the grass carrying wasps, there are 3 or 4 of them nesting in the hollow section frame of our aluminium table on the terrace here in south-west France.
They are quite active at the moment and I promised you a photograph if I could get one. Herewith attached.
Sadly, I have missed two great opportunities to photograph them – once bringing in a long piece of grass for the nest and  the other a day or two ago flying in with a young cricket under its ‘fuselage’. Would have been great shots bout just couldn’t get the camera to hand in time. The do seem to be still nesting and feeding so I will do my best to capture this for you sometime and let you have the images.
Whilst writing, I have also attached an image of a spider’s web the like of which I have never seen before. It is fully round in shape (I.e. globe / ball shaped) and  abot 2 ½” – 3” diameter, with what I presume to be the owner sitting quietly in the centre awaiting the arrival of its latest prey. It is on the outside of a window, placed in the angle of the frame and the stone wall. Any ideas on what sort of arachnid this may be?
Kind regards,

Grass Carrying Wasp

Dear Robin,
Because your original submission did not include an image, we posted it as an update to our Bug of the Month for May 2017 posting on Grass Carrying Wasps, but the addition of this image warrants its own unique posting.


Subject: unfortunalety not alive
Location: Ajax, Ontario , Canada
July 30, 2017 10:49 am
Hi, I found this bug on my fence he’s dried up already, from the picture his eyes are in a weird location Thanks for helping identify, Darron
Location, Ajax, Ontario , Canada.Summer, pic taken on 07.30.2017.
Signature: Darron

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Darron,
This is NOT a dead insect.  This is the exuvia or cast-off exoskeleton of a Cicada.  The Cicada nymph spent several years underground, and then tunneled to the surface where it molted of the last time, emerging as an adult, winged Cicada.