Subject: First time I have ever seen this
Location: Ashton, ID.
September 25, 2014 11:39 am
Hi, Stepped outside and almost stepped on this caterpillar? Since I have never seen this type before, just wondering what it could be. It is 3″ to 3.5″ long. It is Fall here with record high temps. Tomorrow we are headed downhill as far as temperatures and rain go. We are at about 5400 feet above sea level, just outside of Yellowstone.
Signature: Maggie

Gallium Sphinx Caterpillar

Gallium Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Maggie,
This striking caterpillar is a Gallium Sphinx Caterpillar or Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Hyles gallii, and you may read more about it on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

 

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Subject: Hong Kong Beauty bug
Location: Stanley, Hong Kong
September 25, 2014 3:58 pm
Hi
Recently moved to HK, and found this in my Hibiscus yesterday, 24 Sept. It is the tail end of summer, about 33C. About 1 inch long. We are quite close to the beach, although this bug appeared on a plant that I recently purchased and moved here from Kowloon. I have had the plant about 3 weeks.
Would love to know what it is, and if I should remove it to another plant to spare my garden. (There is a nearby undeveloped, jungley lot for the bug to emigrate to.)
Thanks
Signature: Margaret

Cotton Stainer

Cotton Stainer

Dear Margaret,
This is a Cotton Stainer or Red Bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae and we located a matching image on FlickR that is identified as 
Dysdercus cingulatus.  We then found a reference where it is called a Hong Kong Stink Bug and the information:  “Found mating and feeding on Ipomea on September 11, 2002 at Braemar Hill, North Point, and on Hibiscus.on August 10, 2003 at Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung, Hong Kong SAR.”  The latter link is not very accurate as the family is listed incorrectly.  It is also pictured on iNaturalist.

Cotton Stainer

Cotton Stainer

Subject: Tortoise Bug?
Location: Western Australia
September 24, 2014 12:03 pm
Hi There, We’re on the South Coast of Western Australia and found this little fella in our kitchen- it’d obviously flown in.
At first we thought it was a Ladybug/Ladybird but after some research now think it’s some kind of Tortoise Bug but don’t know for sure.
After taking a couple pics we let him go outside. :)
Signature: Jo

Tortoise Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Dear Jo,
We agree with you that this is some species of Tortoise Beetle, but we had no luck attempting to identify it to the species level.  We could not find any matching images on the Insects of Brisbane website.
  Perhaps one of our readers will have more luck.

Update:  Cesar Crash provided a comment with this FlickR link of a Leaf Beetle in the genus Paropsisterna that looks like it is correct.

Tortoise Beetle

Leaf Beetle

 

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Subject: Not a clue what it is.

Location: Natural Bridge, VA
September 24, 2014 4:06 pm
Our family found this “caterpillar” walking across a trail near the Natural Bridge in Virginia. We don’t know what it is. It’s about 5 1/2 half inches long and as big around as a grown man’s thumb.
Signature: VS

Hickory Horned Devil

Hickory Horned Devil

Dear VS,
The Hickory Horned Devil is the largest North American Caterpillar.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Spring Grove, Pa (south central PA)
September 24, 2014 5:25 pm
We found several of these in a pile of firewood in our backyard. They have bored many holes in the logs.
Signature: Michele

Stump Stabber

Stump Stabber

Hi Michele,
This Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa is commonly called a Stump Stabber.  The female lays her eggs in wood that is infested with the wood boring larvae of Wood Wasps and the larval Stump Stabber parazitizes the larvae of the Wood Wasps.

Subject: Tailless whip scorpion eating millipede
Location: South Mexico – Jungle
September 23, 2014 4:46 am
I have been reading (and loving!) your site for many many years and have never had anything to submit because I live in the UK where we do not have an abundance of large and/or exotic insects and where, due to my interest in all things bug, I tend to already be able to identify many critters. In fact I’m a little bit of a “bugwoman” myself, to my family and friends at least, who often save photos to ask me about. I have learnt much of what I know from your amazing site.
However, I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Southern Mexico where I spent much time in the jungle and encountered many wonderful creatures of the six, eight, and more legged variety.
I thought you might enjoy this picture of a tailless whip scorpion eating a millipede for your food chain series? Apologies for the photo quality I took these with my camera phone (the macro lens being shamefully hogged by my less insect-loving companion!).
Signature: Long time avid WTB reader

Tailless Whipscorpion eats Millipede

Tailless Whipscorpion eats Millipede

Dear Long time avid WTB reader,
Thanks for sending us your excellent image of a Tailless Whipscorpion feeding on a Millipede.  The quality of your image is much higher than most images we receive.  Regarding your comment about the fauna of the UK, we are surprised as there are many interesting creatures to be found in your location.  Though it contains some adult content, you may enjoy the film Angels and Insects, an adaptation of an A.S. Byatt Victorian novella.