Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eureka Springs, AR
Date: 04/11/2021
Time: 04:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Weirdly beautiful. Is it some kind of moth? Love the bug man!
How you want your letter signed:  Enti Em

Newly Eclosed Tiger Moth

Dear Enti Em,
This is a freshly eclosed Tiger Moth whose wings have not yet fully expanded after emerging from the pupa.  We believe it might be a Salt Marsh Moth female, but we would not eliminate a species in the same genus without a common name,
Estigmene albida, which is pictured on BugGuide.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Bug in pool skimmer basket
Geographic location of the bug:  Stratham, NH
Date: 04/11/2021
Time: 02:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this giant in my pool skimmer basket this morning. Curious to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Pool owner

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Dear Pool owner,
This is a Predaceous Diving Beetle in the family Dytiscidae, probably in the genus
Dytiscus. According to BugGuide the habitat is “permanent or temporary freshwater ponds and pools (D. marginicollis may occur in saline ponds), plus streams and rivers; usually found on or among aquatic plants.”

Predaceous Diving Beetle

Subject:  Cool Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Paradise Mountain, Valley Center, California
Date: 04/11/2021
Time: 11:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m thinking this is a male Glow Worm Beetle that is…
Zarhipis integripennis?
How you want your letter signed:  Bomberojohn79

Firefly

Dear Bomberojohn79,
The Western Glowworm males pictured on BugGuide have orange legs.  We actually believe this is a Firefly,
Pterotus obscuripennis, based on this BugGuide image, and according to BugGuide:  “comes to lights in spring/early summer.”

Thank you so much for setting me straight.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Streaked Sphinx Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Sarasota FL
Date: 04/11/2021
Time: 11:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I think this is a Streaked Sphinx Moth.
How you want your letter signed:  Steven T.

Streaked Sphinx

Dear Steven,
You are correct that this is a Streaked Sphinx, a species that appears to be more common in Florida in recent years.  According to Butterflies and Moths of North America:  “Flight: July in Florida” which makes your individual a bit early.

Subject:  Moth? Butterfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Queensland Australia
Date: 04/10/2021
Time: 10:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey Bugman, spotted this Little critter tonight. Is it a moth? If so, what kind? I’v had a search online but can’t find anything similar.
How you want your letter signed:  LJ

Geometrid Moth

Dear LJ,
This is a moth not a butterfly, and it is in the family Geometridae.  There are many similar looking species and we did a quick search on Butterfly House and could not quickly provide you with a species.  We hope a family identification is sufficient for your needs.

Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Newton, Ma
Date: 04/09/2021
Time: 12:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, we have found one of these bugs inside the house every few weeks.  Slow moving, sitting on the wall (or today, on the headboard).   We catch and have put outside but would like to know if they are pests or not!
How you want your letter signed:  Bernard

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Bernard,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species native to the Pacific Northwest.  Sometime in the 1960s, perhaps an early indication of global warming or possibly due to increased human travel, the Western Conifer Seed Bug began to expand its range and it is now quite common in the eastern portions of North America.  The Western Conifer Seed Bug seeks shelter indoors to hibernate and most of our requests come from folks like you who find them in the home.