Subject:  What bug is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Randburg
Date: 01/18/2019
Time: 02:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there
I have these bugs crawling on and around my front wall, including the electricity meter. Are they Soapberry or Cotton Stainer bugs, or something completely different? Are they hazardous to the garden or pets, and how best would you recommend getting rid of them, or preventing them? Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Gareth, Randburg

Cotton Stainers

Dear Gareth,
Is Randburg in South Africa?  In our opinion, these are Cotton Stainers in the genus 
Dysdercus.  They might be Dysdercus nigrofasciatus which is pictured on FlickR, or possibly Dysdercus fasciatus which is pictured on Project Noah.  There are reported to be several similar looking species in South Africa.  We do not provide extermination advice.

Cotton Stainers

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Caterpillar found in Vietnam
Geographic location of the bug:  Vietnam
Date: 01/20/2019
Time: 03:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you ID this creature?
How you want your letter signed:  Connie E

Baron Caterpillar

Dear Connie,
This is a Baron Caterpillar in the genus
Euthalia.  There is a similar looking image on Jungle Dragon.

Subject:  Weirdest Ant I’ve Seen
Geographic location of the bu:  Tennessee
Date: 01/21/2019
Time: 10:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My brother-in-law in Tennessee asked me to ID this insect for him, but my knowledge of entomology is largely restricted to what’s native to California.  My internet searches have been fruitless thus far.  Can you help?  Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Jessilu

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Jessilu,
This is not an Ant, hence your difficulty determining an identification.  This is an immature True Bug, probably a Leaf Footed Bug nymph from the genus
Leptoglossus based on this BugGuide image.

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Subject:  Borer beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle, WA
Date: 01/19/2019
Time: 07:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I’ve never seen this type of beetle before (I’ve been organic gardening for 10 yrs). It looks like some sort of borer beetle, but I’m having trouble identifying it. Could you help?
Thank you!!
How you want your letter signed:  Rebecca

Western Leaf Footed Bug

Dear Rebecca,
This is not a Borer Beetle.  It is a True Bug, more specifically, a Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, a species native to Seattle and other portions of the Pacific Northwest, though very few reports of this species actually come to us from your part of the country because beginning in the 1960s, the range of the Western Conifer Seed Bug was greatly expanded.  The species is now found over much of North America and beginning in the early 2000s, it was reported from Europe where it is considered an invasive exotic species.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often enter homes to hibernate.

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Knysna, South Africa
Date: 01/17/2019
Time: 02:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this interesting fella on a farm during December. I’d love to know what it is. I spotted it twice. Flies short distances and appeared to stay quite low to the ground.
How you want your letter signed:  Janine

Bee Fly

Dear Janine,
This is a wonderful image of a very striking looking Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, but alas, providing a species identification is proving to be difficult.  We did locate a matching image on Southern Africa Nature Photography and the blogger Selwyn Quan notes:  “The Bee flies (Family Bombyliidae) in South Africa have been very impressive. They are more than double the size of the Bee flies I usually spot in California, USA.  There is however a dearth of resources on the internet regarding identification of Bee flies of South Africa.”  We believe we eventually identified your individual as
Bombomyia discoidea based on this iSpot posting and this iSpot posting.  Encyclopedia of Life has a nice image of a sexually dimorphic mating pair.

Subject:  Beetle Larvae
Geographic location of the bug:  Inside A Rotten Pine Log In Northeast Ohio
Date: 01/09/2019
Time: 09:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beetle larvae was found in a old rotten pine log in northeast ohio. It is almost 1 inch long. I need your help in identifying it.
How you want your letter signed:  yes

Stag Beetle Grub

Based on this BugGuide image, we are pretty confident this is a Stag Beetle larva.