Subject:  Bugs? on sanitary napkins
Geographic location of the bug:  India, in a semi humid to dry enviornment, near bloo
Date: 11/04/2021
Time: 02:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
This is going to be a bit disgusting, graphic and tmi.
I had a lot of very bad weeks in terms of mental illness and as a result of that, I accumulated bloody disposable sanitary pads.
Yes I know what a bad idea that is. I managed to clean and sanitize all of my pad shelf today (yay)
There were insects on it. (Not insects since they did not have legs but maybe to-be insects since maybe they were early stages).
They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least. I collected them and sprayed the whole thing with sanitizer, is there something else you’d recommend doing?
Do you know what it might have been?
How you want your letter signed:  A harangued person

Puparia on Sanitary Napkin

Dear harangued person,
This appears to be a fly pupa, commonly called puparia.  Fly larvae known as Maggots feed on a multitude of different foods, and many species of flies are associated with rotting organic matter.  When the maggots have finished feeding, they often wander away from the food source to transform into the puparia.  The insects you described:  “They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least” sound very much like maggots.  So, if it is any comfort, the puparia did not emerge from the sanitary napkin, but rather the sanitary napkin seemed like a dry, comfortable place for metamorphosis.

Puparia on Sanitary Napkin

Subject:  Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Florida
Date: 11/01/2021
Time: 02:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Can you help me ID this guy. He looks like a red wasp but his wings look black
How you want your letter signed:  Lin

Fine-Backed Red Paper Wasp

Dear Lin,
This is a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Fine-Backed Red Paper Wasp, Polistes carolina, thanks to images on BugGuide.  Based on the BugGuide information page, there are several species that look similar.
Now we must take the time to apologize to you for the delay in our response and we want to let our readers know that Daniel’s hiatus has hopefully ended.  Since his last posting on October 30, he ended a month stay in Ohio, took the train back across country, and completed teaching fall semester.
Daniel never had an opportunity to declare a Bug of the Month for November 2021, and though the month has long ended, this Paper Wasp is a perfect candidate for that distinction since BugGuide indicates they are commonly sighted in “Summer-fall.”

Subject:  Unknown bug in NC
Geographic location of the bug:  Havelock, Eastern North Carolina
Date: 10/30/2021
Time: 12:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This is the second time I’ve seen a bug like this. It looks scary. This was taken on my patio around October 26 at approximately 11am.
How you want your letter signed:  Creeped out in NC

Mole Cricket

Dear Creeded out in NC,
This is a harmless, subterranean Mole Cricket.

Subject:  Empower Gun Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Maramarua, TeAroha, Nz
Date: 10/26/2021
Time: 11:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I spotted this moth on the wall of Cafe 77 at Maramarua, near TeAroha, Tuesday 26th October 2021.
How you want your letter signed:  Jenny

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Jenny,
We are thrilled to post your image of a living Gum Emperor Moth.  A few days ago we posted an image of one that was found dead in New Zealand.

Subject:  Unknown insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Princeton Jct., NJ
Date: 10/16/2021
Time: 05:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On a tomato in my home garden, my photo 10/14/21.
Two stages of same, obviously.
How you want your letter signed:  Jan

Unidentified Leaf Footed Bug nymphs

Dear Jan,
We are relatively certain these are Leaf Footed Bug nymphs in the family Coreidae, but we are having difficulty nailing down the species. 

Subject:  Mystery beetle on my window in Bali
Geographic location of the bug:  Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Date: 10/18/2021
Time: 10:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this bug, it is maybe a longhorn beetle of some sort? I’ve never seen one before!
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy

Longicorn from Bali

Dear Tommy,
This is indeed a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  We will continue to research its identity.  The very long antennae
seem to indicate this is a male.