Monday Night Mystery: The Case of the Yellow Tips

Tonight’s challenge is a series of questions about the following insect:


Points will be awarded for the first correct answers to following:

  1. Is this insect an adult, or a juvenile? (1 point)
  2. What is the name of the structure with the bright yellow tips? (1 point)
  3. To what order does this insect belong? (2 points)
  4. To what family does this insect belong? (3 points)
  5. To what genus does this insect belong? (3 points)

The cumulative points winner across all mysteries for the month of June will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my insect photography galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

18 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery: The Case of the Yellow Tips”

  1. Usually one uses the singular when naming a structure, e.g. the structure in a sense a wing, not a wings, but better in this case an elytron

    I hope your readers aren’t among the illiterati that call a single maggot a ‘larvae’ (or a single exuviae an ‘exuvium’ or ‘exuvia’).

  2. Way late, but: 1) Adult (has wings) 2) elytra, 3) Coleoptera, 4) Cantharidae, 5) Trypherus

    I’ve seen these all over. Striking looking insect.

  3. Left my better insect books at work…
    But I too would see these all over, sitting out on top of leaves along forest margins. Given that behavior and their color patterns, I suppose they are advertising that they taste bad.

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