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Ryan M Miller wrote:Does anybody have an idea what insect this is?

It looks a little like an antlion.  Honestly, when I don't know, I email someone at entomology department since I work on campus.

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For a split second I thought this was an Asian hornet (which would have been bad news).  Then I realised its face and the way it flew and everything about it was saying "fly" so I went and looked it up.  It is Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly.
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It certainly looks like a hornet Hester, how strange.

Here's a selection of some of our bugs.

Scorpion Fly - Panorpa communis (look at its tail)

Convolvulous Hawk Moth Agrius convolvulis (Wingspan Range - 80-120mm - This is probably a male)

Black-headed Cardinal beetle Pyrochroa coccinea on a Tayberry

White spotted rose beetle (Oxythyrea funesta) Called Drap mortuaire in France (Translates to "Mortuary sheet" in English!)

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth stuck in a Star Jasmine (I ripped the flower open to release the moth once I'd taken the video)

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I went outside this afternoon to a favorite patch of milkweed to find monarch caterpillars. I found more insects in addition to monarch caterpillars:
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Besides monarch butterflies, milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) also specialize in eating milkweed plants for food. The younger nymphs look like they might make good food for ladybugs.
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Eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) on wild Queen Anne's lace
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Monarch caterpillar
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Colorado Potato Beetle
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