Subject:  Can you identify this bug please
Geographic location of the bug:  Ferny Creek, Melbourne Vic
Date: 12/16/2018
Time: 12:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bug man,
Just wondering if you can tell me what this bug was. It was So pretty….
How you want your letter signed:  Tammara

Eucalyptus Borer

Dear Tammara,
While it appears to have met an unnatural end, your indication that “It was So pretty” causes us to speculate that you were not involved in this beetle’s demise.  Though it is an insect native to Australia, most of our images of Eucalyptus Borers are sent from Southern California where the beetle has naturalized because of an accidental introduction in about 1967.  There are many eucalyptus trees in Southern California, so when the Eucalyptus Borer was introduced, it had no trouble finding a food source.  According to Oz Animals:  “The larvae of the Eucalyptus Long-horned Borer attack Eucalypt trees. They mostly attack stressed or damaged trees. Evidence of borers includes holes in the bark and oozing fluid on trunk or branches. In severe cases foliage may wilt and limbs die back. They rarely kill healthy trees.” 

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Gauteng – Benoni, South Africa
Date: 12/17/2018
Time: 09:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there. Please can you identify this worm / caterpillar for me. It is about 10cm long. Also what do I do with it now to keep it alive?
How you want your letter signed:  Christa

Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Christa,
This beauty is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar and the larval foodplants are “
Brugmansia suaveolens, Solanum jacquini, Solanum Jasminoides, Solanum macrocarpon, Tabebuia pallida, Clerodendrum ugandense, Mormordica charantia, Vitex, Jasminum pubigerum, Spathodea, Duranta erecta, Lantana camara,” according to African Moths.  Your individual appears to be fully grown, and it might have been searching for a good place to dig beneath the surface of the ground in order to pupate.  We suspect metamorphosis is near.

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greater Los Angeles
Date: 12/15/2018
Time: 12:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please help me identify this cool looking guy?
How you want your letter signed:  The Panthaky Family

Potato Bug

Dear Panthaky Family,
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, one of our most common Southern California identification requests.  These subterranean dwellers are often sighted shortly after a significant rainstorm when they dig to the surface.


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Subject:  Identify insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Hyderabad
Date: 12/14/2018
Time: 12:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello sir,
Plz tell us the source of this bug
We work at hospital., These bigs are found in operatiom theatre.Which is not at all acceptable..
We would like to know, what kind of bugs are these and why they reside in OT..
Source of these bugs..
Kindly help us.. as soon as possible.
Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Mail


These are terrestrial Isopods known as Woodlice or Sow Bugs, and they are benign.  They are generally found in moist environments where they feed on decaying organic matter.  Though it is a North American identification site, the information on BugGuide is relevant.  According to BugGuide the habitat is “wherever cool, dark, moist places are available to shelter woodlice from dryness and heat during the day” and their food includes “Plant material, usually dead. If live plants are soft and moist enough on the outside, they will eat them and sometimes do damage.”  Is your operating theater on the ground floor or below ground in a basement?  They are likely entering through cracks and spaces in the walls, so sealing off the operating theater from the outside environment should remedy the matter.

Hello sir..
Our operation theatre is located in 3rd floor above the ground..
And we noticed these bugs in OT after a rainy day…
Thank you for your valuable time..
I will revert back to you , when necessary…

Subject:  Heeeeeeelp
Geographic location of the bug:  Morehead Coty, NC, USA
Date: 12/10/2018
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I believe this is what has been biting me. I’m pretty sure it’s a bedbug, but I want to make sure before flipping out. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  TheChamp

Bed Bug

Dear TheChamp,
You are correct that this is a Bed Bug, a blood-sucking insect that will infest homes and feed on sleeping humans.

Subject:  Drowned cricket
Geographic location of the bug:  California Central Coast, USA
Date: 12/14/2018
Time: 01:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I am a huge fan of this site and have used it to help ID several species of insects. I finally found a bug that doesn’t quite fit into any category I can find. This poor unfortunate soul was pulled from the pool during our swim team practice. On approach I thought it was a Jerusalem cricket based on size, but then when I picked it up I saw that it’s abdomen was much more narrow and down-curved. I thought maybe it was some sort of mole or cave cricket, but it’s features don’t quite fit to make it as either of those. We just had our first rains of the season, which drive many critters out on the pool deck. I’d love to know what suicidal bug this is to satisfy my curiosity and to inform those terrified swimmers who suffer from bugphobia and nightmares.
How you want your letter signed:  Coach Jackie

Drowned Orthopteran

Dear Coach Jackie,
Thank you for your kind words about our site.  Alas, we are not able to provide you with a conclusive identification at this time, but we are nonetheless posting your image of this drowned Orthopteran while we continue to research its identity.  We are also appealing to our readership for assistance.  Like you, we acknowledge its resemblance to Camel Crickets or Cave Crickets in the family Rhaphidophoridae which is pictured on BugGuide, but we are not convinced this individual is a member of that family.

Thank you, Daniel! Now I’m bummed I didn’t save it–didn’t think it would preserve well after being soaked. I’ll be looking forward to what you discover!