Subject:  Spiny caterpillar for ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia, USA
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 12:59 PM EDT
Early autumn in Virginia — mid-September
Found this caterpillar on an Eastern Bluestar (Amsonia) plant in my garden
About 1.5 inches long
How you want your letter signed: VirginiaGardenGal

Long Winged Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Virginia Garden Gal,
We suspected this to be a Dagger Moth Caterpillar from the genus
Acronicta, a large and diverse genus with several spiny caterpillars.  We eventually identified your caterpillar as that of a Long Winged Dagger Moth, Acronicta illustris, thanks to this and other BugGuide images.  It appears as though this caterpillar might be capable of stinging.

Long Winged Dagger Moth Caterpillar

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Subject:  What is THIS?
Geographic location of the bug:  Buenos Aires
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 08:58 AM EDT
I want to know what is this and if its dangerous . Its almost 15cm long
How you want your letter signed:  Natalia

Toe-Biter

Dear Natalia,
This is a predatory Giant Water Bug, commonly called a Toe-Biter in North America.  Though it is not considered dangerous, the common name Toe-Biter is a reference to the number of waders who have accidentally stepped on a Giant Water Bug in the shallows and the painful bite that resulted.

Subject:  who is THIS?
Geographic location of the bug:  solvang California
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 04:34 PM EDT
this bug invaded our high school girlfriends weekend reunion in cali & caused lots of screaming & near-wetting-of pants
How you want your letter signed —
queenie & lulu

Potato Bug

Dear Queenie & Lulu,
Just out of curiosity, was the high school that inspired the girlfriends’ weekend reunion from elsewhere?  The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is a real Southern California icon, and most children who grow up in the southland know about them.  Based on your images, it appears that it headed to the pool.  That might be a sign it has been parasitized by a Horsehair Worm or Gordian Worm, an internal parasite that causes the Potato Bug to seek water, at which point the long, hairlike worm burst out, killing the Potato Bug.  Seeing that might have caused some actual “wetting of pants.”

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Subject:  Devilish looking bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Thailand, Koh Tao
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 04:36 AM EDT
Hi there!
I put word out into our community here on Koh Tao to identify this bug but no one seems to know. There were 4 bugs on the floor and about 8 in a group on my fly screen a bit hidden. Outside i found a dead dragon fly + big beetle. They didn’t move at all and as i swept them outside once on their back their legs moved. What are these things? Thank you so much
How you want your letter signed:  Naomi Klein

True Bug Nymphs

Dear Naomi,
These are True Bug nymphs in the suborder Heteroptera, but we do not recognize the family.  We did not locate any matching images online, so we will post them as unidentified True Bug nymphs.

Subject:  bee or wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Baltimore Ontario
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 10:11 PM EDT
I found this little guy walking back and forth on a milkweed plant. I did not realize (until I reviewed my photos) that one of his wings is damaged. I feel sorry for the little guy. I don’t know if this is a bee or wasp. I am leaning towards a bee. Hope you can tell me would be great to know. Thanks
p.s. may have sent this twice computer issues.
How you want your letter signed —
terri martin

Square-Headed Wasp

Dear Terri,
The head-on view you provided made it easy for us to identify your Square-Headed Wasp in the subfamily Crabroninae, and though it is not the same species, it looks very similar to this BugGuide image.  Because of the striping pattern on the abdomen, and the yellow legs and antennae, we suspect your individual is in the genus
Crabro like this BugGuide image.

Square-Headed Wasp

Subject:  Velvet Ant
Geographic location of the bug:  San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, CA
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 01:20 PM EDT
Found this furry guy (actually a gal as she is wingless) crawling along the ground while I was out taking bird photos this past weekend. Thankfully, I was alerted to her presence before she had a chance to crawl up my leg! After a circle around my chair leg, she moved on. Thanks for helping me identify her and many other species!
How you want your letter signed:  Suzanne

Velvet Ant

Dear Suzanne,
The only Velvet Ant in the genus
Dasymutilla with a velvety black body and a red abdomen reported from California on BugGuide is Dasymutilla magnifica.  Your images are gorgeous.

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant