Subject:  Black Bristly Caterpillars
Geographic location of the bug:  San Diego, California
Date: 04/24/2018
Time: 03:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman, I have been finding these black bristly caterpillars every spring for 3 years in my backyard. They don’t have red or Orange bands so they aren’t Leopard Moth Caterpillars (Which is what ice been calling them). They have pale red/Orange bumps under they’re bristles. I have lots if questions so please write back asap!
How you want your letter signed:  Savannah D.

Probably Painted Tiger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Savannah,
This is the caterpillar of a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, the group that contains the Leopard Moth, though that is an eastern species.  Considering your location, we suspect this is the caterpillar of a Painted Tiger Moth,
Arachnis picta, a species that is quite numerous at our Mount Washington, Los Angeles office.  Alas, our go-to site for identifications, BugGuide, has no images of Painted Tiger Moth caterpillars except newly hatched individuals, however, BugGuide does provide this description:  “Larva – covered in dense black and cinnamon-colored bristles.”  The adult Painted Tiger Moth is a lovely insect that is frequently attracted to porch lights.

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Subject:  bug seen on my orchid  leaf
Geographic location of the bug:  inside my house in virginia beach
Date: 04/25/2018
Time: 05:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I saw this  bug on my orchid. I think he is pretty.
How you want your letter signed:  VA bug lover

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear VA bug lover,
In this case, you chose wisely.  This is an immature Assassin Bug, probably in the genus
Zelus, and it is a predator that will help keep injurious insects from your orchid.  We would urge you to exercise caution.  Though not considered dangerous, we have received several reports of people being bitten by Assassin Bugs in the genus Zelus.

Assassin Bug Nymph

Subject:  Orb Weaver
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 04/25/2018
Time: 06:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I found this beautiful spider in the center of its round web. It was in a bog in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, in stand of Cedar Trees. Also growing in the area were Pitch Pine, blueberry, lichen, and a variety of wetland plants.
The spider was small, maybe about a 1/4 inch long.  I found it today, April 25th.
These are my own photos.
Thanks very much!
How you want your letter signed:  Shawn McClure

Possibly Giant Lichen Orbweaver

Dear Shawn,
Our best guess is that this is a Giant Lichen Orbweaver, Araneus bicentenarius, which is pictured here on BugGuide and here on BugGuide.  Exact identification might prove difficult because based on the time of year, your location and the size you indicate, this is probably an immature individual that will mature in the fall.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Woodlands, on trees, among lichens.”

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Subject:  Help!!! What is this bug???
Geographic location of the bug:  Johnson city, tn
Date: 04/25/2018
Time: 05:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Help!!!!   My daughter was infested with lice about a month ago.  She is clear.  In the meantime I’ve treated my head 2 times because I’ve pulled these bugs out of my hair and to be cautious.  This makes it the 3rd one I’ve seen.  Head is itchy in the back and sides.
How you want your letter signed:  Really desperate

Louse

Dear Really desperate,
Either your treatment was not effective or you have been reinfested.  This is a Louse.

Subject:  What ciacada species is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Borneo, Sabah
Date: 04/24/2018
Time: 03:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there, please help me identify the cicada species.
How you want your letter signed:  gurveena

Cicada Metamorphosis

Dear gurveena,
Your images illustrate the metamorphosis of two Cicadas, and we cannot even state for certain they are the same species as they are in different stages of the process.  Furthermore, they have not yet hardened after transformation and they have not yet assumed their final coloration.  Perhaps one of our readers more versed in the Cicadas of Borneo will be able to provide more conclusive identifications.  Your images are awesome.

Cicada Metamorphosis

Subject:  Large beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Ottawa ontario canada
Date: 04/25/2018
Time: 07:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw this bug casually crossing a busy street on April 24 2018. The crab like front legs and bulging eyes kind of creeped us out. We put something in the frame to measure by.
How you want your letter signed:  Gabrielle

Toe-Biter

Dear Gabrielle,
This is not a Beetle.  It is an aquatic True Bug commonly called a Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter.