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Subject: Big Bee-Horsefly hybrid – What are you?
Location: Boreal Forest, Northern Alberta, Canada
June 19, 2012 9:20 am
I saw this big bug when I was at work in the Boreal Forest in Northern Canada. I have never seen anything like it before. Know what it is?
Signature: Jamie

Elm Sawfly

Hi Jamie,
The Elm Sawfly,
Cimbex americana, is surely an impressive insect.  Though it does not sting, it is related to bees and wasps.  The larvae of the Elm Sawfly feed on leaves and they are frequently mistaken for caterpillars.

Subject: BIG flying ants
Location: Atenas, Costa Rica
May 16, 2012 5:07 pm
These big critters swarmed our open-air ”ranchito” last night. Their bodies are 25mm +/-. Four wings of translucent amber with two main veins on the main wing. Abdomen and thorax are globular, dark brown with a slight ”velvety” look. Abdomen is smooth to the anterior and then terminates in segmented area to posterior. Relatively small head, compared to the other body sections. Prominent pincers. Bent antennae.
Signature: Newtonian in Atenas

Leafcutter Ant Alate

Dear Newtonian,
Your swarming monarch is a reproductive Leafcutter Ant and they are considered delicacies in Mexico and parts of Central and South America.  After mating, a queen will set up a new colony. 

Leafcutter Ant royalty

Subject: Enormous June bug?
Location: San Marcos, Texas
May 18, 2012 12:38 am
Hey Bugman! I saw this gigantic beetle in a parking lot this evening. It was moving very slowly and I never saw it attempt to fly, but it looks like a huge June bug. I’ve never seen one so big, so it made me curious about whether or not it’s actually a June bug. Thoughts? Thaaanks!
Signature: Brittani Wray

Grapevine Beetle

Hi Brittani,
You are very astute to observe that this Grapevine Beetle belongs in the Scarab Family with June Beetles, the more correct common name for the June Bug.  We can’t imagine what this Grapevine Beetle is going to do with that quarter.

IDK what it is
Location: Tampa
March 22, 2012 9:41 pm
It was found in tampa Florida in march on a car
Signature: Andrew W

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Andrew,
WE have no shortage of Wheel Bug photos in our archive, but we cannot resist adding your photo to our site because of its dramatic simplicity.  Wheel Bugs are Assassin Bugs and they might bite if carelessly handled.

the other Michigan invader?
Location: Lansing, Michigan
October 5, 2011 7:11 pm
Since early spring, I’ve seen a certain species of insect that I’ve never seen in MI. It’s some sort of beetle, loves windows, walks extremely slow and flies when necessary. There’s been a lot of talk regarding the Stink beetle but I don’t think this the same insect. I’ve seen big ones and little one and they are everywhere. What is it?
Signature: paw print

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear paw print,
We love your photo that reminds us of a scene from a 1950s era science fiction film of giant bugs terrorizing the world.  The culprit is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, and though it is a Leaf Footed Bug that is not in the same family as the Stink Bugs, they are members of the same suborder Heteroptera.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug is native to the Pacific Northwest, but since the 1970s, it has been expanding its range to the east and in the early 21st millenium, it was accidentally introduced to Europe where it has naturalized.

You have solved my year-long mystery!

crazy looking bug
Location: atlanta georgia
August 24, 2011 10:57 am
On a rainy summer day in Georgia, I find two of these fast flying bugs in my car. The other was larger than this, but I managed to get it to fly out a window.
Signature: dj

Robber Fly

Hi dj,
Crazy Bug?  What about the crazy photo.  It is truly an awesome photo of a Robber Fly.