Subject:  ID a bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Orange County Southern CA
Date: 07/25/2021
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug crawling in my lawn and couldn’t ID it. It’s about 2 inches long.
How you want your letter signed:  Reegs44

Carolina Sphinx newly emerged

Dear Reegs44,
We suspect you have a nearby garden where you have planted tomatoes in the past.  This is a newly eclosed Carolina Sphinx that began life as a Tobacco Hornworm feeding to the leaves of tomato and related plants, which then burrowed into the dirt to pupate, possibly last fall, only to emerge hours before you encountered it.  Its wings have not yet fully expanded and it is not yet able to fly.  We suspect it is now a fully realized imago of a Carolina Sphinx.

Subject:  Interesting green bug!
Geographic location of the bug:  99163
Date: 07/25/2021
Time: 03:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there! We’ve been scouring all of our resources trying to identify this little fellow and while he looks a bit like a stink bug, his front legs bend more like a praying mantis and he has a ridge to back that gives him a concave appearance. He’s quite tiny, able to perch on my pinky nail with room to spare.
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How you want your letter signed :  Heath B. & Family

Immature Ambush Bug

Dear Heath B. & Family,
This is an immature insect and immature forms of insects are generally more poorly documented online, which complicates identification attempts.  This is an immature Ambush Bug and it uses its raptorial front legs to capture prey the same way the Preying Mantis does.

Subject:  Kolob cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kolob canyon utah
Date: 07/22/2021
Time: 11:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of bug is this? Looks like a type of cricket. Color was almost a neon green and bright red in person. Was eating a flying ant.
How you want your letter signed:  Courtney

Possibly Ovate Shieldback Katydid

Dear Courtney,
We believe we have identified your Shieldback Katydid as an Ovate Shieldback Katydid in the genus
 Aglaothorax which is pictured on BugGuideBugGuide lists the range as “sw. US (AZ-NV-CA)” which is Utah adjacent.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he is able to verify our identification.

Subject:  Large robber fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Pasadena Ca
Date: 07/23/2021
Time: 05:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These photos are taken around a backyard pond in Pasadena Ca. Although I would like to know what species the dragonfly is (it has just emerged and is still clinging to it’s niad shell) my main qestion is in regards to the other photo. What kind of robber fly do you think this is? It’s by far the largest one I’ve seen. The plastic cap of the garden stake next to it is 19 millimeters in diameter.
How you want your letter signed:  Roy

Robber Fly

Dear Roy,
Based on images posted to BugGuide and the reported range, we believe your Robber Fly might be
Promachus princeps.

Subject:  Termites in Edmonton?
Geographic location of the bug:  Edmonton Alberta Canada
Date: 07/25/2021
Time: 10:17 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
We recently purchased some firewood for our indoor fireplace. 2 weeks later we saw (and heard) these bugs in the wood. Edmonton is supposed to be termite free, but these look and sounded like termites to us (we are not bug experts!) Help!
How you want your letter signed:  It’s supposed to be too cold here for bugs 🙂


The insect in your image is a Thrips (singular and plural) and there is information on Gardening Know How.  Based on BugGuide images we believe you have Tube-tailed Thrips in the family Phlaeothripidae.

Oh my goodness, thank you for your quick response. That’s amazing. I’m sure you’re very busy.
Thanks again,

Subject:  Two insects or one?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bend, Oregon
Date: 07/19/2021
Time: 12:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen in the evening, July 19, 2021, Bend, Oregon. Nudged it to see if it was two separate bugs but it didn’t separate.
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Buck Moth we believe

Dear Julie,
This is a Moth but we can’t see enough detail to provide you with a definitive species (or family) identification, but we believe this may be a Buck Moth in the genus
Hemileuca.  One highly variable species, the Elegant Sheep Moth, is pictured on the Moth PHotographers Group site.  It is also possible this might be a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.