Subject:  Beetle with long banded horns
Geographic location of the bug:  Texas
Date: 10/17/2017
Time: 06:25 PM EDT
A friend just posted this from Texas and wondered what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Steve

oooh – I just saw the page for the Long-Jawed Longhorn Beetle – I think that’s what it is.

Longjawed Longhorn Beetle

Dear Steve,
You are correct.  This is a Long-Jawed Longhorn Beetle,
Trachyderes mandibularis, and according to BugGuide:  “Hosts: Citrus, Parkinsonia, Salix, Celtis (Hovore et al. 1987).”

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Subject:  Egg display
Geographic location of the bug:  Gulf Coast
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 06:37 PM EDT
Found this lovely little display on my patio today. Any chance you know who may have left it?
How you want your letter signed:  A.

Lacewing Eggs

Dear A.,
These are Lacewing Eggs.

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Subject:  What is this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Battery Park City, Manhattan NYC
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 06:25 PM EDT
I saw this insect in NYC on 10/14/17. I can not identify it with my insect field guide or any online resources. It is about ⅞ inch long, with two sets of veined wings, smallish eyes, and a proboscis type mouth. The legs are rather long.
How you want your letter signed:  Gerry LaPlante

Giant Conifer Aphid

Dear Gerry,
Based on this BugGuide image, this looks like a Giant Conifer Aphid to us. There is some helpful information on Influential Points where it states:  “This aphid has an entirely jet-black head, thorax and abdomen.”

Right on!!!
Thank you so much!
Looking at the photos available online, I agree with your assessment.

Gerry LaPlante
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Subject:  Beetle lava in oak?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tarn region, South West France
Date: 10/16/2017
Time: 05:48 AM EDT
I found a lot of my woodpile is being attacked. The bark is eaten away and there are lots of holes in the wood. I split a log and found the bugs inside – they are about half an inch long. They have only attacked the oak, so far, but I am a bit worried in case they attack any other or structural wood and cause damage. Hopefully they are just big beetles, but please identify them if you can. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Phil

Longicorn Pupa

Dear Phil,
This is a pupa of a Longicorn Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  These beetles will attack weakened trees and freshly cut firewood, but they generally do not infest milled lumber, unless the larvae were developing in the wood when it was cut.

Longicorn Pupa

Subject:  stinging caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Malaysia, Kuala-Lumpur
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 05:56 AM EDT
Hi, recently I was in Kuala-Lumpur and had a trip to forests. Occasionally I grabbed a tree on my path, but on other side of the tree there was a bunch of hairy caterpillars. They stinged my hand with their small pikes. And now fingers of my hand swallowed and itching. Do you know is that specie dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  Dorzhi

Possibly Lappet Moth Caterpillars

Dear Dorzhi,
These sure look like Lappet Moth Caterpillars in the family Lasiocampidae to us.  According to the University of Auburn agriculture page:  “Larvae of some groups within the family are reported to cause irritation when handled, apparently from contact with urticating setae.”

Skin irritation from Caterpillar contact

Subject:  Fuzzy Catapillar
Geographic location of the bug:  East Texas
Date: 10/16/2017
Time: 12:34 PM EDT
This caterpillar fell on to our picnic table out of the Sycamore tree yesterday…we were curious as to what kind it was… Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Susan Strawn

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Susan,
Based on this BugGuide image, we feel pretty confident that this is a Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar, which is further reinforced by your observation that it fell from a sycamore tree.