Subject:  Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 03/22/2018
Time: 08:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Would appreciate help with the ID of this  interesting Grasshopper. Have tried several websites but no luck.
How you want your letter signed:  Grasshopper

Rain Locust

Dear Grasshopper,
We believe this image on iSpot and this image on iSpot are good indications that your Grasshopper is a Rain Locust in the genus

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Subject:  Crickets or Grasshoppers
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Arizona
Date: 03/13/2018
Time: 10:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were in southern AZ in October birding, and there were a lot of bugs about. Birding is my thing and those I can ID, but not so much bugs! These guys were all intriguing for their color, their armor, or behavior (some were eating each other). Thanks for taking a look!
How you want your letter signed:  Tina

Female Straight Lanced Meadow Katydid

Hi again Tina,
We are finally getting to the third image of an Orthopteran you submitted previously.  Though two were Grasshoppers, this third individual is a female Straight Lanced Meadow Katydid,
Conocephalus strictus, a conclusion we reached upon locating this image on BugGuide.  Most of the individuals pictured on BugGuide are green or brown, but Katydids often appear with unusual colors including pink and yellow.  The most obvious difference between Grasshoppers and Katydids is that Grasshoppers have short antennae and Katydids, which belong to the suborder Ensifera, have long antennae.

Hi Daniel,
Just spotted this (so to speak) on Daily Kos: a Chinese lanternfly that has turned up in Pennsylvania, which feeds on Ailanthus.
Full detailed, informative, article here:
And here’s a pic of the critter from that post:

Thought What’s That Bug might be interested.
Best Wishes,
Julian P. Donahue

Spotted Lanternfly

Thanks Julian,
WTB? has gotten about five reports of Spotted Lanternflies or White Cicadas from Pennsylvania in the past year.  The oldest posting is from January 2017.

We did not know they fed on ailanthus.  unfortunately, we do not believe their diet is limited to Ailanthus.  Even if that were the case, we doubt they would have much effect on that invasive tree.  The Daily Kos states:  “Both nymphs and adult SLF cause damage when they feed, sucking sap from stems and leaves. The adult SLF prefers the invasive tree of heaven (
Ailanthus altissima) as its primary host. The nymph stages will use numerous plants as hosts.”

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Subject:  Large, strange bug!
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast Florida
Date: 03/21/2018
Time: 03:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Letting my dog out and noticed this guy in a forgotten container. Looks like it has wings but doesn’t seem to be able to get out.  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn

Mole Cricket

Dear Dawn,
Because of their large size, unusual appearance and nearly global distribution range, we get identification requests for Mole Crickets from many different countries and continents.  Some Mole Crickets are capable of flight, but they are basically subterranean dwellers that dig beneath the surface of the ground.

Subject:  Honey Bees gather pollen from California Black Walnuts
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 03/18/2018
While working in the garden Sunday, Daniel noticed a Honey Bee flying around the catkins of an endangered California Black Walnut.  He thought this was unusual since the male flowers have no nectar.  Upon doing some research, Daniel learned on several sites, including Bee Spoke Info and Beeginner Beekeeper, that Honey Bees gather pollen from such trees as alder, hazel and willow, but no mention of black walnuts.

Honey Bees gather pollen from Walnut Trees



Subject:  little guy crawling by
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeastern Michigan
Date: 03/20/2018
Time: 02:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman,
Can you help identify this for me. This bug was crawling across my wooden desk. The body was about 1 cm in length, not including the antenna or tail. This is the second one I’ve seen in the past couple of days.
How you want your letter signed:  Bug Curious Bill


Dear Bug Curious Bill,
This Silverfish is a common household pest that will eat many organic substances and materials found in the home, including the glue used with wallpaper.