What Weird Bug Is This?!

June 15, 2012

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I heard this muted buzzing sound while at my desk today. I looked over to my window and spotted this bee or beetle or something buzzing around. What the heck is this?!

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Anybody know? It looks like a cross between a bee and a box alder beetle. ?? I’ve never seen anything like it. My son through it was a beetle, but when I flipped the bug upside down, it “played dead,” curled up its body, and ejected a stinger. A yellow bubble of venom oozed out.

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What is this thing? I’ve never seen anything remotely like it. Is it a mutant honeybee?

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Please leave a comment if you know what it is. My curiosity is bursting!

Identification:
Head: Black and shiny. Jaws like an ant.
Thorax: Yellow fuzz, like a honey bee. The underbelly has a thin ring of yellow fuzz, too.
Abdomen: Black and smooth covered by two black wings with red stripes, like a beetle.
Legs: black and smooth. Front legs have feathery ends.

The bug is about 3/4-inch long, 1/8-inch wide. Moved somewhat slow. Could not fly, although wings lifted and buzzed a bit.
Has a stinger from which it ejects venom.

He was somewhat aggressive and distressed. When threatened, did not run away but instead stuck out his stinger.

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3 Responses to “What Weird Bug Is This?!”

  1. Marg Says:

    I have no idea what that is. Sure looks like a bee to us. Have a great week end.

  2. Nic Says:

    I saw this bug today on my front porch. I’m in Northeast TN. Did a google search for “beetle that looks like a bee” and found the answer: Nicrophorus tomentosus, the Gold-Necked Carrion Beetle!

  3. Erika E Says:

    Just found one in my window sill this morning. Thanks for posting your post, so I could figure out what it was!