turqoise with purple wings (Flower longhorn beetle)
(Regina, SK., Canada)
looks like a large flying ant with beetle legs and a head like a wasp. has purple wings
Moni says The photo looks like a Cerambycidae beetle known as a flower longhorn beetle.
So far I can not figure out the genus species.
These beetles are found on flowers, feeding on pollen or nectar. The larvae feed on the moist dead wood of various trees and various man-made structures like wooden poles, cross-ties, and fences that are not treated with insect-resistant chemicals.
Note to Anonymous - Juvenile beetles are larva or worms. Fireflies are beetles of which the larva look like plated wireworms.
Weird Little Blue Bug (iridovirus on Pill Bug)
(Freeport, L.I., N.Y.)
Weird Little BLUE Bug
This looks exactly like those little grey bugs found under flower pots that roll up in a ball when they see you, except this one is bright blue.
I was washing birdcages with the hose when I spotted this guy on the edging. It happened last month (Sept) and I live on Long Island, N.Y.
Moni says This pillbug is so blue it looks fake! The iridovirus makes for an interesting critter.
It is so neat that you got to see one!
The pillbugs and sowbugs(two different Genus/species) are also called woodlice and are Crustaceans not insects.
They are in the same Phylum - Arthropoda, but in different classes Pillbugs are Crustacea while insects are Hexopoda(or Insecta).
Purple winged long tail (Giant ichneumon wasp female)
by Danny Bolch
(Lucas, Texas, USA)
Looks like a grasshopper with purple wings and a long tail.
Moni saysYour photo is of one of the giant ichneumon wasp females.
The long tail is the ovipositor - used to lay eggs inside of a tree. The eggs are laid near a host larva of the horntail wasp that bores into wood.
The males do not have the long narrow tail. See this photo on the Insect ID page for photos of the males.
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Blue, white and black insect (Banded alder borer)
(Campbell River BC Canada)
blue insect 1
I noticed this insect as it was struggling to manoeuvre through fairly long grass. In the pictures it is on a blackberry leaf but it fell there when I bumped it. Its body and head are about 1 1/2 inches long and the antennae are about the same length. It has 6 long legs - there appears to be wings but it never opened them. I found this insect in a 15 year old Douglas Fir plantation, so the area has lots of vegetation, trees, grass, bushes and all sorts of plants. I live in Campbell River British Columbia. I have seen insects like this one before but have been unable to identify them. The over powering feature about them aside from their fairly large size is the bright blue colour.
Moni saysThis is a banded alder borer.
It is found in the western United States plus British Columbia and Alaska, from California and New Mexico north. Larvae feed in dead hardwood trees: maple, alder, oak, willow. It does not harm healthy trees.
These longhorned beetles are confused with the eastern Asian longhorn, but if you look at photos of the two, the banded alder has much more distinct black and white bands while the asian has spots that are not in a certain pattern. They are both in the Cerambycidae or longhorn beetle family.
Blue and orange caterpillar-like critter. (Lady beetle larvae)
by Joe Azzato
This is a new critter to me. He's blue and orange and has about 14 segments with four black bumps on each. His legs appear much longer than any caterpillar I have seen. He also was eating a fly. Once he was done eating he moved very quickly, unlike any caterpillar.
Location is Austin, Texas. Sighted 25 April 2011.
Thanks so much for your help and the great web site.
Moni saysThis is a lady beetle larva.
It is a good bug of the garden.
It feeds on aphids, caterpillars, and other bad bugs of the garden. There are a few stages of the larva as they grow larger and before they turn into pupae and then into adults.
The adult lady beetles are also great helpers in the garden.