Subject:  Chrysalis
Geographic location of the bug:  South Florida (Punta Gorda)
Date: 02/19/2019
Time: 03:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There is a group of about 15 of what appear to be butterfly chrysalides, but I have no idea what they are. They are about 3/4 inch long and found on the south side of the house attached to the gutter. The house borders on a canal. I found them on 2/19/19.
How you want your letter signed:  Sharon 1015


Dear Sharon 1015,
This is not a butterfly chrysalis.  It is the cocoon of a Bagworm, a moth in the family Psychidae.  The larvae are known as Bagworms because they construct a shelter, the bag, and they enlarge it as they grow, eventually pupating inside the bag.

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Subject:  Carpenter bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bluff Durban South Africa
Date: 02/20/2019
Time: 06:08 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a carpenter bug? 2nd time submitting first  gave me an error just incase you get twice
How you want your letter signed:  Charlene Boock

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Wasp

Dear Charlene,
Your Food Chain image is magnificent.  Thanks for taking the time to ensure it was properly submitted.  It does appear to be a Carpenter Bee Robber Fly and the prey appears to be a Paper Wasp.

Subject:  Grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug:  Napier Western Cape SA
Date: 02/20/2019
Time: 03:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please can you ID this fella, have tried various other sites and nobody is sure….thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Don’t mind.

Grasshopper Nymph

This is definitely a Grasshopper in the family Acrididae, and it is an immature nymph.  We will attempt to provide you with a species identification.

Grasshopper Nymph

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Subject:  What type of moth is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Date: 02/20/2019
Time: 03:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My niece found this interesting specimen in her garden today. Can you help,to identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Best regards, Nancy Viscofsky

Oleander Hawkmoth

Dear Nancy,
This beautiful moth is an Oleander Hawkmoth.  The caterpillars feed on the leaves of oleander, a plant commonly grown in gardens and used in landscaping.

Thank you Daniel, I will pass this information to my niece. It is very kind of you to respond to my query.
Best regards,

Subject:  Large moth on the coast of Ecuador (2/20/2019)
Geographic location of the bug:  Manabi Province, Ecuador (Santa Marianita)
Date: 02/20/2019
Time: 02:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman, thanks for all the resources you’ve provided on your website! I live at sea level, (actually a 2 minute walk to the beach) and after the rains I’ve been trying to figure out what sort of giant moths are taking over. On my own I just can’t seem to pin it down (I checked a taxonomy website and the only other google search like them is an captioned stock photo.
They’re all around the same size, maybe varying by an half an inch or so and come in various shades of brown to silvery gray, with what look like shaggy fur on the backs, shared features being the sort of half-moon markings and band across the bottom from what I an tell.
Here’s some photos (one with a standard usd quarter next to it) and I’ll try and answer anything if you need more info!
How you want your letter signed:  Ada

Giant Silkmoth

Dear Ada,
This is a Giant Silkmoth in the family Saturniidae.  Members of this family do not feed as adults, so they only live about a week, long enough to mate and reproduce.  We believe your individual might be in the genus
Arsenura, which is well represented on Bold Systems.  There are several species from the genus found in Ecuador.  We will attempt to contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can provide a species identification.

Giant Silkmoth

Bill Oehlke Responds
Hi Daniel,
This is a Caio species, either harrietae or championi.
It is quite dark in either case, but that might just be the lighting. I favour harrietae.
Please see if I have permission to post to website as harrietae? And check to see if photographer wants to be credited?
Thanks for thinking of me.
Bill Oehlke

Hi, thank you so much for getting back to me!
The pictures were all taken in late morning (11am) in indirect (overcast), I agree, they look unusually dark but the pictures are as accurate as they appear in real life as far as color goes, I would agree that the one was unusually dark in color.

Of course you can use the pictures, I after looking around I would agree just on at a glance that it belongs as harrietae.
They’re amazingly beautiful (and as big as a bat!), usually I only see the wings on the sidewalk, to see alive specimens during the day was very awesome.

Subject:  Fuzzy reddish/orange, black and white caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Date: 02/19/2019
Time: 08:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this caterpillar inching along the ground today (feb 19, 2019) and haven’t had any luck figuring out what type it it! I thought maybe in the Tussock family?
How you want your letter signed:  Emily

Shag Carpet Caterpillar

Dear Emily,
This is a very distinctive and impressive looking Caterpillar.  Our first hunch is the superfamily Noctuoidea which includes the Tussock Moths.  We will attempt to provide you with a species identification, and perhaps our readership will be able to provide some information.

Facebook Comment from Karla Thompson
Prothysana felderi.
Shag Carpet caterpillar.

We learned the Shag Carpet Caterpillar is in the family Apatelodidae, the American Silkworm Moths.  According to All About Butterflies:  “The larva of 
Prothysana felderi varies in appearance from instar to instar. It also occurs in various colour forms across its geographical range. Some varieties have a buff or olive ground colour, with tussocks of red setae on the thoracic and anal segments, while others are deep red, with ribbons of black or white setae along the backs.  The larvae feed on Philodendron, Heliconia, Welfia, Aegifila, Chamaedora, Piptocarpha, Pentaclethra, Piper, Stigmaphyllon, Neea, Lycianthes, and Heliocarpus.”