Subject: Just for an Information
Location: Sivaganga(District), Tamil Nadu(State), India
February 21, 2017 3:26 am
This bug is like an Ant in the basic view,
But its back legs look like a grasshopper but it does’nt jump like grasshoppers,
Has a lengthy Antenna and the work same like a Cockroach’s antenna,
Slow moving and i saw only one, not a group, and i fount it under a Neem Tree,
The bug looks somewhat shy, unlike other ants it has viewing capability
I found this at a small village in south Tamilnadu, South India
Just Shared this to spread an information and knowledge,
These photos were taken solely by me only.
Thank you
Signature: Arun Kumar

Katydid Nymph

Dear Arun,
We believe this is a Katydid Nymph, and it is an excellent ant mimic.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to get his opinion.  Alamy has an image of an Ant Mimic Katydid from Australia.

Katydid Nymph

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Subject: Caterpillar ID – Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia
February 21, 2017 2:50 am
Hi Folks
This may appear a bit of a long shot, but I’ve been trying to ID a caterpillar that I saw in Ethiopia’s Somali region in December 2015….
Any ideas what it is? The local people didn’t know it’s “English” name, but said it’s hairs were poisonous to cattle and told me not to touch it. It was about 15cm long (5-6 inches).
Signature: Thanks!

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

This sure looks to us like a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae, and it is our understanding that some species in the family have urticating or stinging hairs.  We did find a similar looking Lasiocampidae Caterpillar from Ethiopia identified as Thaumetopoea apologetica on iSpot where the caption states:  “Urticating moth caterpillar causing skin and respiratory problems in cattle.”  An even closer match may be the Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar, Eutricha capensis, that is pictured on Africa Wild where it states:  “Larvae congregate conspicuously on tree trunks, feeding on Acacia, white stinkwood (Celtis), bush willow (Combretum), Bauhinia and other trees in nature, and on trees such as mango, peach and the Brazilian Pepper in gardens.”  The plant it is feeding upon in your image appears to be an Acacia.  More images of the Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar can be found on Hedgie’s Nature Journal.  We cannot state for certain we have the correct species, but we are confident we have the family correct. 

Subject: terrified boat owner.
Location: Mississauga Ontario
February 19, 2017 4:04 pm
I have a boat thats been on the hard in Ontario Canada for 3 years, I have just purchased it and after looking at a video i took of the inside.
I noticed something big and scary, I have done every google search detailing what i can see and i can find nothing and i have to go work on this boat in a week and i am terrified for my life lol
any help would be greatly appreciated.
Signature: David Harvey

Thing on a Boat

Dear David,
We have no idea what this Thing is, but it does not look like an insect.  We also have our doubts that it is a living creature.

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Subject: Tiny guys
Location: Raleigh, NC
February 18, 2017 7:00 pm
Found dozens of these on my porch railing. Very small, maybe 2mm or so. Has been warmer recently, didn’t notice them during the winter.
Signature: Kyle

Slender Springtails

Dear Kyle,
These are Springtails in the class Collembola, probably the family Entomobryidae, the Slender Springtails which are pictured on BugGuide.  Springtails are extremely common Hexapods that are found throughout the world.  We consider Springtails to be benign, but they may become a nuisance if conditions are ideal and they become too plentiful.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: North Carolina USA
February 19, 2017 8:17 pm
Found about 10-15 of these on a wood frame of an art print I picked up at a thrifty store. At first they looked like a clump of dead bugs but when I started to wipe the clump off the art frame, the little bugs started to scatter. We’re in North Carolina and it’s February.
Signature: Thank you! Amy

Smoky Brown Cockroach Nymphs

Dear Amy,
Thanks to this BugGuide image, we feel confident that these Cockroach nymphs are Smoky Brown Cockroach nymphs,
Periplaneta fuliginosa.  According to BugGuide:  “Early instars are black insects with characteristic white markings on the distal antenae, proximal antennae, thorax and abdomen.”

Subject: catepillars
Location: Mpumalanga south africa
February 20, 2017 12:32 am
Hi there
I know the precessionary caterpillars. These ones move like, and obviously mimics a snake. they are much smaller. is it maybe the early stage of precessionary catepillars?
Signature: wetie

Fungus Gnat Larvae

Dear wetie,
We believe these are Fungus Gnat larvae from the family Sciaridae.  According to iSpot, Fungus Gnats are found in South Africa.  According to BugGuide:  “Sometimes abundant enough to form a crawling mass of several inches across and several feet long, similar to armyworm migrations.”

Fungus Gnat Larvae