Subject:  what is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oakland CA, when air quality dangerous due to fire smoke
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 02:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this in a 2nd story laundry room which is not damp.   It was on a white quilt and appeared to be alone.  it is very very smokey outside due to distant forest fires and we wondered if that may have driven it inside?
How you want your letter signed:  pearl

Snakefly Larva

Dear Pearl,
This is a Snakefly larva, a harmless predator that is not normally found indoors, though we do not believe the fire was a factor in you finding it indoors.

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Subject:  Crab spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Killeen, Texas
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 07:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This looks like a crab spider. Found this beauty on my kitchen counter at O-dark thirty! Startled me but then I spent a good 5 minutes trying to get an adequate picture.
How you want your letter signed:  Michelle in Killeen, Texas

Crab Spider

Dear Michelle,
This is indeed a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae, but we are not certain of the species.  Crab Spiders are not considered dangerous to people.

Subject:  Crazy cool bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Kenmore, WA
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 07:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen under a chestnut tree in Sep 2016. Saw two them, they were docile and slow.
How you want your letter signed:  Season

Oak Tree Hopper Nymph

Dear Season,
This is an immature Oak Tree Hopper and we are intrigued that you found it under a chestnut tree.  According to BugGuide:  “Fairly common on deciduous and evergreen oaks,
Quercus spp.”  According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension pdf on the species:  “Essig (1958) reported that he collected a freshly hatched colony from a cultivated chestnut tree (presumably in California).”

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Subject:  Bug from outer space?
Geographic location of the bug:  North central Florida -Alachua Co
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 10:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Unusual fellow here – we can’t Id – help please .  Beneficial bug?
Photo taken late October.
How you want your letter signed:  Always Learning

Big Legged Bug

Dear Always Learning,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, is native to Florida and definitely NOT from outer space.   Because of the orange tipped antennae and your location, we believe it is Acanthocephala terminalis.  You can check BugGuide to verify our identification.

Subject:  Big found in kitchen cabinets
Geographic location of the bug:  New York
Date: 11/10/2018
Time: 06:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
For the last couple of weeks I have had what I thought was an ant problem in my kitchen cabinets but now I am questions the type of insect
How you want your letter signed:  Ellie

Sawtooth Grain Beetle

Dear Ellie,
This is a Sawtooth Grain Beetle, one of the many species of beetles that infest stored foods.  According to BugGuide:  “serious pest of stored grain; presence in household products is incidental and causes little concern.” 

Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  West Virginia
Date: 11/10/2018
Time: 10:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in our cabin in Middlebourne West Virginia
How you want your letter signed:  Jenny

Larder Beetle

Dear Jenny,
This is a Larder Beetle, a common household pest that infests stored foods.  Check the pantry for the site of the infestation.