Subject:  What in the world is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Myrtle Beach, SC
Date: 06/15/2021
Time: 07:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bug man. My son found this creature out on the beach after a small storm came through. Nobody in our hotel has ever seen anything like it. What could it be? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  A. Page


Dear A. Page,
This is a Giant Water Bug, the largest true bug in North America.  It is an aquatic predator that can fly from pond to pond should its home dry up.  Though it can swim and fly quite well, it is clumsy on land.  Many a swimmer and wader has been bitten after stepping on a Giant Water Bug, earning it the common name Toe-Biter.

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Subject:  Great Golden Digger Wasp
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 06/15/2021
Time: 6:53 PM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Readers,
It has been several years since Daniel has seen a Great Golden Digger Wasp in the garden, but like in years past, they show a preference for blooming onions.  This was an impressive specimen, and Daniel hopes to be able to get a sharper image in the next few days.  There is a healthy Katydid population in Daniel’s garden, so the Great Golden Digger Wasps should have no problem hunting for prey to feed her brood.

Great Golden Digger Wasp


Subject:  Large moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Colorado, Monument, close to the mountains
Date: 06/15/2021
Time: 04:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman, my friend found this moth resting on his window and I got to take some photos. I searched several archives of known moths in the area and I found similar moths but nothing that was quite right. Can you please identify this moth for me? The date is June 15th and the moth was found around 1pm. It has been very wet the past few weeks which has been followed by high 80 to mid 90 degree weather for the past three or four days.
How you want your letter signed:  BigMothus

Male Polyphemus Moth

Dear BigMothus,
This impressive creature is a male Polyphemus Moth.  When disturbed, it flashes its large eyespots, often frightening a potential predator with the possibility of getting eaten.

That’s amazing! I had heard of them but I had no idea I was in the presence of such a distinguished creature. Thank you for responding so quickly, not knowing was eating at me!
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Subject:  Spotted, long antennae six legged bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeastern Illinois
Date: 06/07/2021
Time: 08:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
We saw this bug on our house and do not recognize it.  Would you please help identify it and determine if it is a hazard to the vegetable garden.  If invasive, and remedy?
How you want your letter signed:  Alison Holtz

Longicorn: Hyperplatys aspersa

Dear Alison,
This is a native Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  Thanks to BugGuide, we have identified it as
Hyperplatys aspersa, a species with no common name.  It will not harm your vegetables, and according to BugGuide:  “Reported to breed in poplar (Populus) and Juneberry (Amelanchier ) (2); “under bark of various hardwoods”, also moonseed vine (Menispermum), burdock (Arctium).”

Subject:  Longhorn Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Worcester, MA, USA
Date: 06/13/2021
Time: 01:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! Today I was sitting out on my deck when I heard this beetle  land. It looks to me like a species of Longhorn, I was concerned it might be an invasive. Can you help identify it? Also, got to enjoy watching a Four-toothed Mason wasp search for the right spot under the railing too while out.
How you want your letter signed:  Adrienne

White Spotted Sawyer

Dear Adrienne,
The White Spotted Sawyer,
Monochamus scutellatus, which is pictured on BugGuide, is a native species.

Subject:  Gorgeous red dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Albany Pine Bush, Albany, NY
Date: 06/10/2021
Time: 08:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Susan B. here with yet another dispatch from the Albany Pine Bush! Karner Blue season is ending, but I’m looking forward to more of them in July. Meanwhile I discovered a great wetland area with several ponds, and numerous dragonflies zipping about and skimming over the water. There were quite a few familiar species, but also a few of these dragonflies that I’m not sure about. Finally one landed on a nearby twig and let me get some photos.
I thought they were Red Saddlebags dragonflies at first, but when I got home I realized there doesn’t seem to be a record of Red Saddlebags in my area on iNaturalist, and the photos I found seem to have more light brown on them. For the record, the dragonfly is a bit more vivid and red than it appears in the photo–it’s in silhouette.
For what it’s worth, there were several Black Saddlebags dragonflies flying around as well, and the two or three of this species were similar in size, shape, and behavior, but much more vivid red.
Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Susan B.

Red Saddlebags

Dear Susan,
Just because there is no record of a Red Saddlebags,
Tramea onusta, on iNaturalist does not mean they are not present in Albany.  We believe based on this and other images on BugGuide that your initial impulse is correct and that this is a Red Saddlebags, though BugGuide does not include any New York sightings, but BugGuide does indicate the range is:  “Eastern half of US .”  Insect Identification does include New York sightings.