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Bug of the Week - February 13, 2013

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Bug of the Week - February 13, 2013

Here's your Bug of the Week! Can you identify this insect? If you know what it is, post your answer in a comment. I'll give you the correct identification next Wednesday, when I post the next challenge. Good luck.

As correctly identified by both Moni and Spirula, last week's challenge was the cicada killer wasp, or Sphecius speciosus. This large wasp is found in the eastern U.S., and does indeed kill cicadas. The female cicada killer wasps paralyze cicadas, and uses them to provision their nests.

Photo: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org


February 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm
(1) Moni says:

Believe this is the golden tortoise beetle – Charidotella sexpunctata. Tortoise beetles have a cool ‘clear’ coating looking kind of like a turtle shell.

February 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm
(2) Spirula says:

Golden tortoise beetle Charidotella sexpunctata.

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