Subject: Need to know…
Location: Stoddard, New Hampshire
October 14, 2016 6:03 am
one of these little guys was walking on my pup yesterday… and today…. he is on my kitchen table… catching a couple of “straggler” flies that have got in threw a broken screen… (thank god, because i hate flies)…. WHAT IS IT? I was thinking a baby praying mantis…??? but the head? and has no front little arms like a mantis…he had a hold of that fly though………. one thing for sure….. he made me smile…. he’s adorable. his little feet!!!
Signature: Patty Marotta

Assassin Bug nymph eats Fly

Assassin Bug nymph eats Fly

Dear Patty,
This is an Assassin Bug nymph in the genus
Zelus.  Though they are not aggressive towards humans, they can deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.  Their mouths are adapted to piercing the exoskeleton and sucking the fluids from prey.  You can try capturing this Assassin Bug nymph in an overturned glass and transporting it back outside.  We will be post-dating your submission to go live to our site while we are away from the office at the end of the week.

thank you so much for the info. I’d kinda like to put him in an insect habitat….. seems everything i’ve been reading… they live 1-2 years in captivity… do you know if that is correct?
I have a couple of lady bugs in with him (DUG) right now… but he doesn’t seem interested. I’m thinking they might be too big for him? No?… i gave him a small spider yesterday… and he skawfed it RIGHT UP!!!! will he eat small crickets and meal worms?

Since Assassin Bugs are predators, we would expect them to eat any insects that move.  Perhaps the Lady Bugs are foul tasting.

thank you…. I bought him(DUG) a new home today….. complete with baby crickets and tiny meal worms…….. hope to see him eating soon! How long do you think he’ll live in the right conditions? He fascinates me… and made his appearance in my life at a very chaotic time, definitely something to keep my mind occupied…
Thanks again.

Perhaps a year in captivity.

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Subject: Large and Strange
Location: Boise, ID foothills
October 15, 2016 2:04 pm
I found this in the foothills of Boise, ID. I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s quite large, bigger than any crawling or flying insect I’ve ever seen here.
Signature: ?

Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket

This is a Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bug in the genus StenopelmatusSouthern California sightings of Potato Bugs are quite common, but in your area, Potato Bugs  are not as well known.  Since we must leave the office for several days, we are post-dating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the week.

Subject: mystery beautiful aztec print back bug
Location: Deal Kent
October 14, 2016 10:38 am
Hello bugman, got a bit scared by a bug today, over a 50p size, brownish but with amazing detail on it’s back, like Aztec designs, all symmetrical and red and goldy un colour. We let him go out of the front door after taking a photo. Can you help identify him?
Signature: Eve Hudson & family

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Eve Hudson & family,
Despite the lack of clarity in your image, we are quite certain this is a Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, a Pacific northwest North American species that was introduced to Europe at the beginning of the 21st CenturyWestern Conifer Seed Bugs seek shelter indoors to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.  Because we must travel away from the office, we will be post-dating your submission to go live during our absence at the end of the week.

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Subject: Which “Blue” is this butterfly?
Location: Swarthmore, PA
October 15, 2016 2:24 pm
Hello Bugman,
Am I crazy, or did I just find a pair of Dusky Blue Groundstreaks in PA? A bee came along and startled them before I could really focus well, but the pattern is pretty distinctive. Butterfliesandmoths.org says they range from Venezuela to South Texas, and can stray to Kansas. Unless I’m mistaken these guys are doing some serious exploring.
Signature: Tam Paulits

Red Banded Hairstreaks

Red Banded Hairstreaks

Dear Tam,
Based on images posted to BugGuide, we are going to go with Red Banded Hairstreaks,
Calycopis cecrops, a similar looking species in the same genus as the Dusky Blue Groundstreak.  According to BugGuide:  “Underside of both wings is dark grey with a red band crossing postmedian (i.e., more towards the back edge of the wing than the body). Above, some bright blue is visible in flight.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Eggs are laid on fallen leaves. They feed on detritus and on leaves of plants in the families Fagaceae, Anacardiaceae and Malvaceae. They feed on Mango (Mangifera indica), Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius), Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina), and other trees.”  According to the Butterflies and Moths of North America, the range is:  “Southeastern United States from Long Island south through Florida, west through entire area to southeast Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and eastern Texas. Strays to eastern Nebraska, northern Illinois, and Michigan.”  We only have two images of Red Banded Hairstreaks in our archive, and both were submitted in 2007.  Because we must be away from the office for several days, we will be post-dating your submission to go live at the end of the week.

Thanks so much!  Proof that I’m an amateur.  Thanks for providing the expert input!
Tam

Subject: What will this cool caterpillar be?
Location: Md
October 18, 2016 2:51 pm
How do you guy feel of this bug? Its size just like baby’s fingers. It moves very slow. Could you bug mans find out what it is?
Signature: BG

Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear

Dear BG,
This pretty Woolly Bear will become an Isabella Tiger Moth.

Subject: Sweat Bee/Hover Fly
Location: Linn Co., Oregon
October 18, 2016 11:06 pm
These photos were taken near the end of July on Browder Ridge, Oregon. I would appreciate an
identification.
Signature: D. Gudehus

Bee

Bee

Dear D. Gudehus,
We do not recognize this pretty and distinctive Bee.  We are posting it as unidentified and perhaps we will be able to research its identity when we return to the office.  We are leaving for the airport in two hours.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with an identification.  It does not appear to be on Common Bee Pollinators of Oregon Crops.

Bee

Beeuni