Ed. Note: Though it is nowhere near as virulent as other nasty emails we have received, we have decided this posting needs to be tagged with our Nasty Reader Award nonetheless. Perhaps we are being overly sensitive, but the followup communication from M R just rubbed us the wrong way by implying that our personal (and originally unposted) response was not sufficient. First, the original email we received did not even include a question, and by all appearances, including the use of abbreviations, this was a hasty submission. We are a free internet service and we do not have the time to do extensive research on every request we receive. The image is out of focus, and it is not attractive. We choose requests with catchy subject lines, attractive images, interesting anecdotes or rare sightings for posting purposes because we find them more interesting, and we believe our readership will also find them more interesting. We responded to MR the same day the submission was made, and it took MR more than a day to put a species name to the Cicada. Exact species identifications are frequently time consuming, as MR learned, and we had no clue from the information we received that a species name was even desired. Granted, our identification was general, but it was correct. Getting what seems to be a snotty reply that “I figured that a bug id ‘What’s That Bug’ would have at least figured out that it was a Cicada” seemed totally unnecessary and crafted to demean our site. So, after a hiatus of more than three years, we are finally awarding our Ninth Nasty Reader Award. We are also linking to BugGuide for information on Neotibicen dorsatus, the Bush Cicada.
August 18, 2015 1:53 am
Don’t know what this bug is called
Signature: M R
On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
August 20, 10:02 PM
It’s a Cicada ( Tibicen Dorsatus) Took some time but I was able to locate it.
I figured that a bug id “What’s That Bug” would have at least figured out that it was a Cicada.