Subject:  This bug made our Girl Scout jump!
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Virginia
Date: 06/30/2018
Time: 09:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were on a hike and had to step up onto the path over this bug.  Most of the girls thought it was very cool but some not so much!  When we came through this same area two hours later, this bug was still hanging out.  We’ve had no luck with the identification and hope you can help.
How you want your letter signed:  Bean

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Bean,
Sorry but we can never respond to all the mail we get, but when folks send reminders, we try harder.
This is a male Dobsonfly, and despite his formidable looking mandibles, he is incapable of biting a human.  He is perfectly harmless.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Portland, or
Date: 07/15/2018
Time: 08:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this.
How you want your letter signed:  Bob

Banded Alder Borer

How very exciting Bob,
This is our first Banded Alder Borer of the season.

Subject:  Never seen one of these
Geographic location of the bug:  Central New York
Date: 07/15/2018
Time: 03:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this on my cone flowers.  Looks like a wasp with fuzzy  legs but the mouth parts looked more like a butterfly than a wasp.
How you want your letter signed:  Andy K

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Andy,
Most of the images submitted to our site of Squash Vine Borers are of females laying eggs on squash or pumpkin plants.  It is nice to get an image of one feeding.  Squash Vine Borers are Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae, and many members of the family mimic wasps for protection.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Cloudless Sulphur puddling
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 05:15 PM EDT
Last week when temperatures in Los Angeles reached triple digits, Daniel was watering and he was lucky enough to be able to approach a normally very wary and fast flying Cloudless Sulphur as it puddled at the mud created by the hose.

Cloudless Sulphur

 

Subject:  Tyria jacobaeae moth caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Silverdale, WA
Date: 07/14/2018
Time: 04:22 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought you might like a photo of a Tyria jacobaeae (Cinnabar) moth  caterpillar, a species introduced into North America to help keep it’s host plant, Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy ragwort- flower shown  in photo) from over-proliferating.
Tyria jacobaeae is used in conjunction with Longitarsus jacobaeae (the Tansy ragwort flea beetle) for Tansy population control.
Although Tyria jacobaeae will feed on a couple of native plant species, it is my understanding that the frequency of this occuring does not seem to be of concern.
How you want your letter signed:  Bug aficionado

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Dear Bug aficionado,
Thanks for sending us a new image of a Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar and also thanks so much for the informative description.

Subject:  Biting Dragonfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Fussa, Japan
Date: 07/14/2018
Time: 02:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this big insect at church today. A Japanese man told me they call it a dragonfly and that it bites.
How you want your letter signed:  Ms. Beth

Dobsonfly: Protohermes grandis

Dear Ms. Beth,
This is not a Dragonfly.  It is a Dobsonfly or Fishfly in the family Corydalidae, and females have formidable mandibles that might even draw blood if they bite, but they are not considered dangerous.  We believe we identified the species as
 Protohermes grandis on The Royal Society Publishing site.  We verified that on Minden Pictures.