Subject:  European peacock butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Regensburg Germany
Date: 10/11/2021
Time: 01:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found in garden in Germany
How you want your letter signed:  Mark

European Peacock Butterfly

Dear Mark,
Thanks so much for submitting your lovely image of a European Peacock Butterfly.

Subject:  Weirdest bug I have ever seen
Geographic location of the bug:  Roan Mountain, TN
Date: 10/11/2021
Time: 06:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have never seen anything like this.  The front legs are thick with little appendages on the end.
How you want your letter signed:  Kimberly Koontz

Mole Cricket

Dear Kimberly,
This is a subterranean Mole Cricket and it uses its front legs to very effectively tunnel underground.  They spend most of their lives underground, so though uncommon, they are not rare, and they are found all around the world, including Namibia, Iraq, South Africa and Australia as well as the continental United States.

Subject:  Strange insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Grain Valley MO
Date: 10/02/2021
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were coming home from independence we live in in grain valley this was on our windshield
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa Gerlt

Giant Ichneumon

Dear Lisa,
This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa, probably Megarhyssa macrurus.  Because of the long ovipositor which the female uses to lay eggs beneath the bark of deciduous trees infested with wood boring larvae, they are sometimes called Stump Stabbers.  You can read more about this parasitoid wasp on BugGuide.

Subject:  Grey mystery bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Potosi, Wisconsin
Date: 10/03/2021
Time: 01:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I found this critter in a shed in Wisconsin.  It’s about an inch long (maybe more).  It doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen, and it was able to hop, almost like a cricket.
How you want your letter signed:  Mark Beshel

Jumping Bristletail

Dear Mark,
This is a Jumping Bristletail in the family Machilidae which we identified on BugGuide.  Bristletails are primitive insects and according to BugGuide the habitat is:  “outdoor grassy or wooded environments: under bark, in leaf litter, rock crevices, or under stones; not normally found in homes, does not breed indoors, and not considered a pest”

Subject:  Moth caterpillar?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Mexico
Date: 10/03/2021
Time: 08:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello bugman! I found this beautiful guy while sweeping the back porch. I know he must turn into something gorgeous 💚 so I’m wondering what he is, what he eats, and where would be the best place to put him?
How you want your letter signed:  Emma

Hornworm

Dear Emma,
This is a Hornworm in the family Sphingidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  We will attempt additional research but we are posting your image in the hopes that one of our readers (Bostjan are you reading?) can provide a species identity.  We suspect this individual is pre-pupal and that it was searching for an appropriate location for pupation.

Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Maryland back yard Harford co
Date: 10/04/2021
Time: 08:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this dead bug in the yard never seen one before looks like it came from nars
How you want your letter signed:  G8R8RALL

Dead Male Dobsonfly

Dear G8R8RALL,
Your image of a male Dobsonfly corpse is quite impressive, but living male Dobsonflies are even more impressive.  Despite their fierce appearance, they are perfectly harmless, though the female Dobsonfly can bite (no venom) with her considerably smaller mandibles.  The larvae of Dobsonflies are known as Hellgrammites, and they might also bite.  They are considered prize bait by fishermen.

Thank you so much are They prevalent in Maryland literally this is the first one I’ve ever seen definitely never seen a live one how do they where do they hang out and how can you find them and thank you very much again

Hello again G8R8RALL,
Our original response contained links to additional postings on our site that should answer your questions.