Black with yellow diamond (Longhorn beetle )
by Darrel Norris
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
My sister found this insect in her bedroom at her cottage just south of Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. She thinks maybe it belongs to the Carabidaes. I'm afraid I don't have any other information except that but it's a pretty good picture, I think. Hope you can identify it for her!
Thank you for your time on this!
black 6 leg 2 pinchers insect (Ring-legged Earwig)
I found this black body insect that has 6 legs, a head like an ant with small pinchers in the front, it also has antennas and for the tail looks like bigger pinchers. This was about a half inch in length.
Black biting bug (bettle) with two red stripes (Two-lined spittlebug )
Two red striped biting bug
Never seen this one before and I'm in south Louisiana, Slidell, to be exact. They suddenly showed up in a fair amount about a month ago (early May) and are still around. They deliver a mild, but noticeable bite, almost like what a horsefly would deliver, but only half as painful. They are not boxelders.
Sorry about the photo quality (or bug quality). I had to smash it to capture it and it lost one of his wings in the process.
Black and white broad insect (American Carrion beetle)
(Brogue, Pennsylvania, USA)
bug in box turtle shell
The insect was inside a crushed box turtle shell. Top half (head to middle) is off white with a splash of black, and bottom half (middle to end) is black.
Black Wasp (Four-toothed mason wasp)
by DALE ARMOUR
(DREXEL HILL, PA USA 19026)
This black, whitish-yellow spotted wasp was flying wildly around
me as I sat on the porch in the backyard on a very hot and humid
day. I swatted it down and got it into a jar. A few minutes
later another one did the same thing, but I was unable to knock it down before it retreated.
DATE: Jul 18,2013
SETTING: DREXEL HILL, PA 19026 (JUST WEST OF PHILA.) A WELL-
SHADED BACK YARD WITH LOTS OF TALL TREES AND BIRDS.
WASP ENCOUNTER WAS IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT ON BACK PORCH.
SIZE: APPROX 2 CM LONG
DESC: BLACK WITH A YELLOW-WHITE BAND ON BACK, BELOW WAIST.
TWO SPOTS OF SAME COLOR BEHIND EYES.
BEHAVIOR: AGGRESSIVE AND SOMEWHAT FRANTIC. WAS INVESTIGATING
EVERYTHING ON THE PORCH. IT SPENT SOME TIME PERCHED
ON THE PLAIN WOODEN RAILING, CRAWLING AROUND AND ON
THE UNDERSIDE OF THE TOP PLATE. I THINK I LATER SAW
ONE OR TWO OF THESE WASPS FLYING AROUND THE EDGE OF
THE ROOFTOP, ABOUT 25' ABOVE THE GROUND. I WAS SPRAYING
SOME WATER ON A LOWER PART OF THE ROOF TOO HELP COOL
THE ROOM BELOW. THIS SEEMED TO ATTRACT THEM, OR AT
LEAST EXCITE THEM.
Thanks for your consideration and help.
big black flying bug, transparent and black patterned wings (Tiger bee fly)
These are hanging around my brick house. They are about an inch or a little larger. The body is black with some white on the lower body. The wings are black and transparent patterned. They have a triangular appearance when landed.
I hope these are good bugs because I think there will be more.
Black & Orange Bee type insect. (Wood-boring crane fly)
by Cindy F.
(Fulton, NY. USA)
This photo was taking in May 2011 in Central NY. I have never seen one before, nor have I seen one since. My curiosity has got the best of me, and I have just stumbled upon this page.
~~ This bee-like insect was about 3-3 1/2 inches in length (including the front and rear legs). It appears to have a stinger of sorts. The body wasn't like that of a wasp and it was straight. I am not sure what the 2 things protruding from behind the second set of legs are and the antennae are (for lack of better description) knobby?
I have googled many times, and don't even find anything remotely similar to it. I would be so insanely grateful if you know what exactly this is, as it's been driving me bonkers for a while now. Thank you SO very much in advance!
Moni says this is a Wood-boring crane fly, female
Your insect does look like a wasp, however it is a fly.
This is a large crane fly technically called Ctenophora dorsalis...tho some folks call it the wood-boring crane fly as it does not have a common name.
The knobs you see right behind the wings are called halteres which all flies have instead of a second pair of wings. The knobs help with balance.
For a crane fly this one is large and stocky. The males antenna is even more distinct by being more comb-like and they do not look like the female.
The larvae of this fly develop in soft dead wood. The long rear-end that looks like a stinger is the ovipositor...the female uses this long appendage for inserting an egg into the soft wood where it will hatch and the larvae develop.
These flies are found in open woodlands usually with wet and dry areas.
Cool find! Have not seen one myself so was glad to learn about a new to me insect! Thanks!
Spider with yellow stripes (Black and Yellow Argiope, female)
(East Brunswick, NJ, USA)
Spider Web attached to Day Lilly plant in NJ
My wife Found this spider hanging out in her Day Lilly Patch. Spider had 2 yellow stripes along back from just behind head ending at a rust color round shaped spot. The yellow markings were very bright - seemed to retro reflect flash too much which ruined pic. Photos shot w/o flash.
Spider about 1.5 - 2 inches long ( including legs) body maybe 3/4 inch...? Legs had alternating stripes beginning as brownish orange with lower segments black and white alternate stripes.
Web had strands radiating from center where spider was, to anchor on various leaves. These anchor strand were connected by cross link strands in a semi circle.... hard to see but I don't think there was a complete classic "Cob Web" circular form.
I have discovered that the rainfall has been more than adequate this year, which I assume has a direct influence in boosting the insect population i.e. spider food. I have to use care walking outside after dark to avoid getting a face full of WEB and spider tangle in my beard.
I do not think the spider in question is common to the Central Jersey East Brunswick area, but then I certainly haven't met them ALL yet. My wife and I do not use any insecticides or herbicides or lawn chemical,s fertilizers, etc. NONE. As a result we have a boat load of rabbits and other wild things running around our yard - moles, voles, mice, song birds, possums, chipmunks to name a few - finches love the dandelion seeds even if our neighbors don't.
Our appreciation to Moni for the time and effort to research this for us... it must be considerable labor ...I have spent more than a few hours trying to get info without success.
Doug and Carol Robertson
Moni saysYour spider is officially called a black and yellow argiope...but most folks call it the yellow garden spider.
The shape and color tell us it is also a female.
This spider is common thorough North America...so it is common for NJ. They are usually found in gardens and meadows in late summer to early fall...right about now.
This spider like most spiders eat insects. It will enjoy a grasshopper if you toss one in the web :-). They are very unlikely to bite humans unless really provoked.
The heavy zigzag pattern, called the stabilimentum, is a good ID characteristic for this genus of spiders. They hang their heads down on the web.They overwinter as eggs in a brown round silken egg case.
Sometimes this spider will lose legs, but it can regenerate them!
If you go to that link and click on one of the photos it will tell you a bit about that photo.
So glad you got to see this spider if you have not seen it before! With it being a female, hopefully you will see lots more next year!!
Black crawling bug with white legs (treehopper nymph)
Brownish black tiny bug with white translucent looking legs. Found a bunch on my dahlias. I live near louisville, KY.
4 legs black bug with 2 yellow stripes on back (Southern striped walkingstick)
by Jared, FL
(Poinciana, FL Polk county)
3 to 4 Inches long with 4 legs main body is black with 2 yellow stripes going long ways down the back
Black Fly White Stripes (Hover fly)
by Stanford Jensen
(Price, UT, USA)
This fly was on a hay bale in Gunnison, UT. It was just larger than a house fly. Has clear wings and brown fur.
colorful flying insect yellow white black (Ailantus webworm moth)
by Jim Moore
(Columbus, Ohio USA)
Reminds me of a lightning bug. Very colorful, almost artistic. Probably less than one inch long. Found on my passenger window of my van.
Long black fly like insect (Robber fly)
Long black fly
Black insect with six legs and two antenna. The wings have orange edges and tips. (Boxelder bug)
by Sharon Naylor
Black insect with orange tipped wings
This insect is swarming cars at our auto repair shop in Mooresville Indiana. It is a black insect with six legs and two antenna. The wings have orange tips and edges. We have never seen this activity since the shop was established in 1989. We are curious about the identity and if you have any theories as to its behavior.
black beetle with orange and white strips under wings (Broad-necked root borer beetle)
by Jamie Hillyer
(Dover, Ohio, United States)
all the same bug, one with wings open
This insect is about an inch and a half in length. It is black with orange and white stripes showing when wings are open. There have been appx 10 spotted today on my front porch in Northeastern Ohio (tuscarawas county).
Black Bug with red on back (Florida predatory stink bug nymphs)
Black bugs with red backs on bamboo
I found these on bamboo leaves on the afternoon of 9/23/14. They were there just one day. The leaves are 1.5 inch or less wide.
I have never seen them before.
I live in Lancaster, VA.
Thank you so much!!!
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Black and Shiny Blue Ant Like bug (Oil blister beetle)
I found this Ant Like bug on my front steps after I had ripped open a wall in my house that had water and carpenter ant Damage. It is about an Inch long and black in color with a shiny blue Iridescent quality. When touched or moved it plays dead by curling up into a ball and not moving. What is it?
Black and big beetle (Blister or oil beetle, female)
by Otis Curtis
Oil Blister Beetle
I have attached my photo and also added a comment in the section under "Oil Blister Beetle". I pay attention to different types of insects but this was a first for me; thanks for the website!
black bug with distinct red butterfly shape on back (Redcoat seed bug)
close up of bug on wilting succulent
Black bug with distinct, bright red butterfly design on back (not belly), found on a succulent plant in San Diego. This bug is small, about 1/8 or 1/4 inch wide by 1/2 inch long. It has a very exacting red double triangle pattern, like a geometric butterfly shape on its back. I am trying to grow a yard of water wise, fire protective plants in my yard. This summer I had a mealie bug infestation that had me pulling my dying plants from the ground to wash them. The mealie bug issue is passing but one of my plants is not bouncing back like the others. On further inspection and cleaning, this small, odd bug that I have never seen before appeared. It appears to be hard shelled but I did not touch it to guarantee that.
If it helps to know my yard also gets quite a bit of ants, an occasional Jerusalem cricket, other crickets, lots of lizards in summer. Also squirrels, mice, rats, raccoons and bunnies. Oh yeah, we also have a lot of spiders, black widow and brown recluse. After the mealies, ants and squirrels nearly taking out my new succulents I'm on the lookout for new things.
I keep it as organic as possible with water and soapy water but need to be aware. Thank you SO much!!!
tiny black/white/orange flying wasp-shaped insect (Ichneumon wasp)
(West Virginia, USA)
tiny unusual wasp-shaped insect
black/white striped body; one pair of skinny wings; bright orange legs; back legs are similar to a grasshopper in shape and position; has two very very long antennas sticking out of its head that are black, white in the middle, then black again on the end; the antennas are close together to look like only one long feeler but they are actually separate; has a body shaped like a wasp with the tail section separated and held up high, there's the main body and then a skinny little bit connecting the tail section, tail section is tear-drop shaped; has a black skinny thing sticking up out of the tail section but it looks more like what's on a cricket instead of a stinger; I can't see any mouth-parts just big round solid black eyes
body is about half an inch from head to tail; from tip of the really long antenna to the end of the really long back legs altogether is only an inch
this thing showed up after midnight in my house out of the blue, randomly sitting on my finger and I don't know how it got there. I thought it was a bee and knocked it off, looked everywhere for it, then it landed on my shoulder. I knocked it off again and this time it flew straight back toward me and I ducked and ran. I turned on all the lights hoping to lure it out but it didn't go toward them. found it sitting on the wall. killed it with wasp spray.
I'm in West Virginia and have never ever seen anything like this anywhere around my house before.
thanks very much if you can help because it scared me to death. sorry that I don't have a very good camera but it looks very unusual/easy to identify.
black crawling insect with red bottom (Wheel bug nymph)
I found this crawling on my fig tree in the front yard of my home in Williamsburg, VA yesterday...5-21-15. There are several of them and this one is one of the larger ones. It's about 1/2 inch in length. They are mostly underneath the fig leaves and I can't tell if they are eating them or just crawling. They have a thin black body, black legs, black antenna and bright red bottom. I couldn't tell with the naked eye, but noticed something on top of the red bottom when I cropped the picture and made the insect larger. I've never seen anything like this around my home. Any help you can give me is much appreciated. Thank you
Slow moving black bug (Broad-nosed weevil )
Black bug with 2 antennas and 6 legs. It moves very slowly. Have seen a few in my house in last month.
long, black, antlike insect (Rove Beetle)
long black ant like beetle?
This is a tiny insect, about the size of an ant, with an antlike head, except it is longer. It has an elongated back end like a beetle but without any wings, or pinchers. It likes to congregate around my flower pots on the back concrete porch. Any ideas? And are they harmful to my plants?
black/brown, fuzzy, long antenna, (Camel cricket)
by Courtney Jefferson
This insect eats locusts. It appears brown and black in color. It has excessively ling antenna. It is found in Oswego, KS.