Subject:  What’s that bug?
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:42 PM
Found it on my cannabis plant.
It’s sticks to a surface very well and is not easy to detach

Scale Insect

Dear az-j,
Though we have not had any luck locating any images that look exactly like the creature you submitted, we can’t imagine it is anything but a Scale Insect.  Beyond the Human Eye has some nice Scale Insect images.
Continued searching might have resulted in an identification.  Thankfully your situation has not escalated to this stage pictured on BugGuide of Chinese Wax Scale.  According to BugGuide the Chinese Wax Scale is  “Non native. Introduced from Asia.”

Scale Insect

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Washington State
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
I found this in Kitsap County, a mile or two from salt water, walking along a boardwalk in a wetland surrounded mostly by grasses, red alders, poplars, willows, and a few conifers (Douglas fir, western red cedar, Sitka spruce, western hemlock), so I can’t associate it with any particular plant. There were also a few wild roses and snowberries around. I only found one caterpillar. Any idea what it might be?
How you want your letter signed:  gardenjim

Fingered Dagger Caterpillar

Dear gardenjim,
After a considerable internet search, we finally identified this Fingered Dagger Caterpillar,
Acronicta dactylina.  Fingered Dagger is a curious name, and BugGuide indicates:  “from the Latin ‘dactylus’ (a finger); the origin of the common name but it is not clear how that name applies to this species.”  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on alder, birch, poplar, hawthorn, willow”, and you mentioned three of food plants listed in the vicinity of the sighting.  BugGuide also states “uncommon, but widely distributed” and this BugGuide posting may indicate its range is expanding into areas that had previously been too cold, causing us to speculate “Global Warming?” 

Subject:  I think i may have a new type of bug i found on the sidewalk and carefully took it home
Geographic location of the bug:  Slovenia, Logatec
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 08:33 AM EDT
Is it a new type it looms like half a ladybug ( the head) and some kind of black and bage stripes
How you want your letter signed:  However you want

Colorado Potato Beetle

This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  It looks to us like a Colorado Potato Beetle, which is native to the Rocky Mountains in North America.  This amusing BBC News article begins with “In 1950 the East German government claimed the Americans were dropping potato beetles out of planes over GDR fields in an attempt to sabotage their crops. Was it true, or an example of Cold War propaganda?”  According to BugGuide:  “before the introduction of the potato in the US, was confined to Colorado and neighboring states feeding on native Solanum species; now occurs in most potato growing areas both in NA and Europe has become a serious pest in Europe.

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Subject:  What’s that bug?!
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Cyprus
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 08:01 AM EDT
Hey bug man, what’s this bug?!
How you want your letter signed:  Jade


Dear Jade,
This Neuropteran is commonly called an Antlion, and the larvae of many species are subterranean predators that wait buried at the bottom of a pit for ants and other insects to tumble into their waiting mandibles.  Larvae are called Doodlebugs.

Subject:  Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Moosehead Lk. Area in Maine
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 09:55 AM EDT
I like to post photos of nature but I always want my identification to be accurate. Photo may not be as clear for what you need. At first I thought Aeshna species and now after 3 days of looking I now lean towards Swamp. I just don’t know….Help please! Who knew there are so many varieties!! 🙂
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Karen

Swamp Darner in Flight

Dear Karen,
Based on BugGuide images, we agree that this might be a Swamp Darner, and we concur that identifying Dragonflies is a challenge.

Swamp Darner in Flight

Subject:  What is this ????
Geographic location of the bug:  Lehighton Pa
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 03:57 PM EDT
This flew up to my front porch and was recorded on our security system.
This is a still of it. In the video it flew off
How you want your letter signed:  Jerry

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Dear Jerry,
Your security camera recorded a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae, and there are several species that use houses as places to construct nests.  Grass Carrying Wasps often nest in the tracks of sash windows and Mud Daubers frequently make mud nests in the eaves of homes.

Thanks so much Daniel !
Been looking forever.