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Subject: Bug Lovin’ on some QAL
Location: vermont
July 26, 2017 7:03 pm
Hello good bug people,
Whilst picking blueberries today I came upon this lovely couple in the throes of passion (insect-ercourse?) on some Queen Anne’s Lace. What species might this copulating couple be?
Many thanks for all you do — for bugs and the education of humans concerning bug-kind.
P.S. You might enjoy knowing that, upon finding this pair, I exclaimed, to no one in particular, “oh boy! a photo for What’s That Bug!”
Signature: julianna

Mating Flower Longhorns

Dear Julianna,
We love your letter.  Ever since we modernized and created a phone ap so our readership could easily scan our site and submit requests on cellular telephones, the written requests have gotten short, and many can even be called terse.  These are mating Flower Longhorns in the subfamily Lepturinae, and many species do not have common names.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident your individuals are Banded Longhorns,
Typocerus velutinus.  According to BugGuide:  “Pattern usually distinctive: broad yellow bands on a chestnut background. Sometimes bands are weak. Tends to be larger than several of the other common Flower Longhorns” and “Larvae feed on decaying hardwoods such as oak, hickory. Adults usually found in daytime, but do come to lights, so probably somewhat nocturnal.”  Your submission is a marvelous addition to our Bug Love tag.

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Subject: Mating Leptoglossus phyllopus
Location: High Point, N.C.
July 16, 2017 6:35 pm
Thought you might could add this to the Bug Love section, if you still have it. I couldn’t find it while on the site on my mobile phone. Plant: Platycodon grandiflorus
Signature: Susan Coe

Mating Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Susan,
Thanks for sending in your image of mating Leaf Footed Bugs.  Our Bug Love tag is still going strong.

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Subject: Can’t figure out the bug!
Location: South Jersey
July 12, 2017 12:59 pm
Dear Bugman,
My son and I found this bug in Haddonfield, NJ on our door. What is it?
Signature: Jess and Liam

Mating Ailanthus Webworm Moths

Dear Jess and Liam,
These are mating Ailanthus Webworm Moths, a native species that has adapted to feeding on the invasive, exotic, noxious weed tree known as the Tree of Heaven.

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Subject: beetle id
Location: Eldersburg, MD 21784
June 26, 2017 12:23 pm
Distinctive orange beetle(?) with diamond marking. Google brings up lots of orange beetles but not this one.
Signature: Mary

Mating Ironweed Curculios

Dear Mary,
These mating Weevils are Ironweed Curculios.  According to BugGuide:  “Breeds in Asteraceae such as cocklebur (
Xanthium), ironweed (Vernonia), joe-pye-weed (Eupatorium), ragweed (Ambrosia).”

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Subject: possible robber fly
Location: Plainsboro NJ
June 9, 2017 4:54 am
The small eyes and short antenna have me thinking this is some sort of bee-mimic. I saw some pictures of robber flies that look a little like this. Can you tell me if this is correct, and maybe narrow it down to a species?
And I suspect they’re having sex; does that sound right?
Found a weekend ago: June 3.
Signature: jpviolette

Mating Bee-Like Robber Flies

Dear John,
Your request arrived on the first day of our holiday and we are currently trying to post some of the best images that arrived while we were out of the office, and that includes your image of mating Robber Flies in the genus
Laphria, the Bee-Like Robber Flies.  Many species in the genus look similar, but we believe your individuals might be Laphria virginica based on images posted to BugGuide where they are described as:  “Easy to confuse with L. flavicollis. The main gestalt things to look for are the hairiness of the black abdomen, very fuzzy in virginica but somewhat glossy in flavicollis. The golden hair on the top of the thorax looks more swept back and finely constructed in flavicollis. And in virginica, the legs have a reddish brown tone to the fuzz in good light. –Herschel Raney, 4.v.2006.”

Thanks – I’m glad I was on the right track. I’ve gotten fairly good at recognizing some of my area’s more distinctive butterflies/dragonflies, but I have a much harder time with these guys (especially mimics).


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Subject: I’d beetle
Location: St. Paul MN
June 3, 2017 4:45 pm
Weeding my wild flowers. Veggie garden nearby. Saw these in the dirt. I am not having luck on my own. Thanks!
Signature: Connie

Mating Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetles

Dear Connie,
Do you have any milkweed growing in your garden?  That is the preferred food plant of these mating Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetles,
Labidomera clivicollis, and you can verify our identification by comparing to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Often overwinter as adults among leaves, e.g. on mullein (Verbascum). Adults mate on or around milkweed. Eggs are cemented to the underside of leaves. Larvae feed on leaves, and drop to ground to pupate.”  According to Bug of the Week:  “Adult beetles are voracious feeders and they quickly removed large slices of the leaves. Leaf protein is translated into batches of eggs within the female beetle. About a week after eggs are laid, rotund orange beetle larvae hatched from these eggs and grazed mightily on my milkweed. Larvae move to the soil to pupate and by September a fresh batch of adult beetles had emerged and colonized the milkweed. Adults of this generation fatten up on milkweed leaves before finding a protected refuge somewhere in my garden to spend the winter.”  We are post-dating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while our editorial staff is away on holiday.

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