Subject:  Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  East Berlin PA
Date: 08/20/2018
Time: 04:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you help identify the bug in the attached picture? It looked like it was eating the other bug, and its long body reminded me of a dragonfly.  I really have no idea what it is.  Your help is very much appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Cindy Treger

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats prey

Dear Cindy,
The predator in your image is a Giant Robber Fly in the genus Promachus, and we believe it is a Red Footed Cannibalfly.

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Subject:  Green Cockroach
Geographic location of the bug:  Tarpon Springs Florida
Date: 08/19/2018
Time: 05:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw two of these guys hanging around my compost pile. About an inch long and they fly. Didn’t gross me out like the brown ones present at the time. Is this the Panchlora Nivea? Sorry for the not great photo but he was moving pretty fast.
Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  philm

Green Banana Cockroach

Dear philm,
We concur that this is a Green Banana Cockroach,
Panchlora nivea, a species pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “nocturnal, comes to lights; does not breed indoors; popular as a pet”.

Subject:  A colorful red, black, and white bug
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 11:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found a very colorful dead insect the other day which I wasn’t able to identify (much to my chagrin, since it broke my bug-googling streak). I originally was thinking of it as a beetle, but as you can see, it doesn’t seem to have the wing-cases, just an ordinary pair of wings, overlapped on each other to boot. Any idea what this could be?
Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  A.

Bark Assassin Bug

Dear A,
We just finished posting an image of an even redder Bark Assassin Bug,
Microtomus purcis.

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Subject:  insect id
Geographic location of the bug:  Batesville, AR
Date: 08/19/2018
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  A friend posted this photo on Facebook. Wonders what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Doesn’t matter

Bark Assassin Bug

The red color on your Bark Assassin Bug, Microtomus purcis, is much more pronounced than the more commonly seen white color variation.  This BugGuide image is of a red individual.  Beetles in the Bush calls it “North America’s most beautiful assassin bug” and also states:  “One would think such a conspicuously  marked assassin bug with a bite powerfully painful enough to back up its apparent warning coloration could brazenly venture out during the day with little to fear. To the contrary, this species seems best known for its habit of hiding under bark during the day and venturing out only at night, during which time it is sometimes attracted to lights (Slater & Baranowski 1978, Eaton & Kaufman 2007).”

Subject:  Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Orleans
Date: 08/15/2018
Time: 06:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy in my apartment, tried to get him to an open window but got spooked when he flew at me. I looked up other wasps in the area but none of them seemed quite right.
How you want your letter signed:  Hbb

Great Golden Digger Wasp Carnage

Dear Hbb,
The Great Golden Digger Wasp is not an aggressive species, and what you mistook for aggression was likely it desperately trying to get back outside.

Subject:  Wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Pittsburgh
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 07:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I believe this is a thread waisted wasp, based on info I found on your site.  It has recently shown up in my garden!
I’m sharing this photo and just wondering if that’s what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Urban garden gal

Potter Wasp

Dear Urban garden gal,
This is actually a Potter Wasp in the genus
Eumenes, and not a Thread-Waisted Wasp as this BugGuide image illustrates.  If you hunt carefully in your garden, paying attention to bare twigs, you might locate the pot-shaped nest of the Potter Wasp.