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Insects are prone to unnecessary slaughter, be it from an overzealous homemaker who doesn't want to see bugs, or from a strapping he-man who is a closet arachnophobe, or from a youngster who likes to torture. At any rate, we get a goodly amount of photos of poor arthropods whose lives ended prematurely. In an effort to educate, we present Unnecessary Carnage. This page is not intended for the squeemish.
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Subject:  Large beetle in W. Montana
Geographic location of the bug:  Outside Missoula, MT
Date: 06/03/2019
Time: 12:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m very sorry to have to send you a “carnage” picture as my first submission but am very curious what kind of insect this is. It was stepped on by someone ahead of us on the trail in early June and is nearly two inches in length.
How you want your letter signed:  Dylan

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Dylan,
We much prefer images of living Western Sculptured Pine Borers than crushed ones.  We are always amazed that people who claim to enjoy outdoor activities can have so little regard for life.  Here is a BugGuide posting for reference.

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Subject:  Beetle identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Perth- western australia
Date: 09/01/2018
Time: 02:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bug was found in lawn when removing african beetles.
Is over 6mm in length.
Wondering what the beetle is and if it is destructive to plants or harmful to pets
How you want your letter signed:  Regards, Daniel Jones

Devil’s Coach Horse

Dear Daniel,
Because of its red head, this is an amazing looking Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, and we identified it as
Creophilus erythrocephalus, commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse, thanks to images on Wild South Australia.  According to Museums Victoria:  “Devil’s Coach Horses eat maggots (fly larvae) and are usually found living in rotting animal carcasses.”  While that might seem unsavory, we would consider them beneficial as they help to control Fly populations.  The species is also pictured on Atlas of Living Australia.  The common name Devil’s Coach Horse is also used with a European species of Rove Beetle that has naturalized in North America.  This Devil’s Coach Horse does not look like it died of natural causes, so we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Devil’s Coach Horse

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Subject:  Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Orleans
Date: 08/15/2018
Time: 06:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy in my apartment, tried to get him to an open window but got spooked when he flew at me. I looked up other wasps in the area but none of them seemed quite right.
How you want your letter signed:  Hbb

Great Golden Digger Wasp Carnage

Dear Hbb,
The Great Golden Digger Wasp is not an aggressive species, and what you mistook for aggression was likely it desperately trying to get back outside.

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Subject:  What is this bug!?
Geographic location of the bug:  Glen mills, pa
Date: 08/12/2018
Time: 10:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What it this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Katie

Hanging Thief Carnage

Dear Katie,
This magnificent predator is a Hanging Thief, a Robber Fly in the genus
Diogmites, and they are not aggressive towards humans, but we suspect a bite might occur if a person tried to catch one with bare hands.  The Hanging Thief captures large flying insects, often on the wing, and then the Hanging Thief hangs from one leg to feed.   The prey are frequently Wasps as images here and here in our archives illustrate.  In our opinion, your image documents what we consider to be Unnecessary Carnage, and we hope any future encounters you have with a Hanging Thief will end differently now that you have learned a bit about this amazing creature. 

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Subject:  Insects
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 08/09/2018
Time: 08:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a flying bug in Trenton Florida has wing’s eye lashes Orange and black with a big stinger
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa

Male Glowworm

Dear Melissa,
This is a male Glowworm, and unlike Fireflies that have bioluminescent adults, it is generally only the larval Glowworms that give off light.  What you have described as “eye lashes” are actually antennae, and there is no stinger.  Glowworms are entirely harmless to humans.  We try to promote tolerance of the lower beasts, and it appears this Glowworm met an untimely death, so we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Male Glowworm

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Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Tracy, California
Date: 08/09/2018
Time: 02:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please identify this insect. I found a few (~5) in my house over a few days this summer at night around my lights. They are 1/4-3/8 inch long
How you want your letter signed:  Sfigurac

Webspinner

Dear Sfigurac,
This is a benign Webspinner, and sometimes winged males are attracted to lights in great numbers.

Thank you very much for the quick response.
Your information has been very informative and helpful.
Your website seems like an excellent resource which I definitely share with others.

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