Subject:  spider looking bug on curtain
Geographic location of the bug:  singapore
Date: 04/02/2020
Time: 05:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  i found this egg cluster on my curtain and there were a few bunch of eggs surrounded by insects with 8(?) legs and i’m scarred.
How you want your letter signed:  –

True Bug Hatchlings

These are newly hatched True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  Though there are some True Bugs like Bed Bugs and Kissing Bugs that will bite humans, most True Bugs are not directly harmful to people, though many are considered plant pests.  We cannot identify these True Bug hatchlings more specifically, but in our opinion, you have no cause for alarm.

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Subject:  What is it
Geographic location of the bug:  Yarra glen 3775
Date: 03/24/2020
Time: 12:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Whats this bug please
How you want your letter signed:  Jen

Hairy Flower Wasp

Dear Jen,
This is a Flower Wasp or Scarab Hunter in the family Scoliidae, and based on the image posted to Museum Victoria Collections, we are relatively confident it is the Hairy Flower Wasp,
Austroscolia soror.  The site states:  “Austroscolia soror (previously in the genus Scolia is the most frequently seen species of Flower Wasp found in Victoria back yards. During the summer months Museums Victoria’s Discovery Centre receives many enquiries from people who are curious about a largish blue wasp. These wasps are usually identified as this species. These wasps will most likely be seen flying just above ground level and in particular flying near or around compost heaps, wood heaps or dead stumps of trees where the female wasps are looking for beetle larvae, (usually scarab beetles but sometimes weevils). Unlike the European Honeybee, European Wasp, and some native species, the Hairy Flower Wasps do not make a nest or form colonies. If several are seen flying around a compost heap or tree stump it simply means that several wasps are investigating for beetle larvae at the same time. The wasps are strong burrowers and when they find a beetle larva they sting and paralyse it and lay an egg on it. On hatching the young wasp has a live, paralysed food source waiting for it. Adult Hairy Flower Wasps drink nectar and so are frequent visitors to flowers where their size and colour make them easy to see when sitting on a flower. Nectar provides them with food energy in the form of sugars that they use to power their wing muscles. Hairy Flower Wasps do possess a sting, but they do not have a communal hive to defend and so tend not to be aggressive.”  Here is an image from our archive with a female Hairy Flower Wasp and her Scarab grub prey.

Subject:  Termite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Anaheim California
Date: 04/01/2020
Time: 08:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I took this picture March 25, 2020 not sure what that bug is,
Hopefully someone can tell me.
How you want your letter signed:  Ken O

Mealybug

Dear Ken,
We are relatively certain this is a Mealybug based on this BugGuide image.  According to the University of Wisconsin Master Gardener Program:  “The citrus mealybug (
Planococcus citri) is the most common species found on plant foliage. It feeds on a wide variety of plants, and especially likes soft-stemmed and succulent plants such as coleus, fuchsia, croton, jade, poinsettia and cactus. In my greenhouse I also find them consistently on rosemary, citrus, and bird of paradise. ”  You did not indicate where you found it.

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Subject:  Lots of these hovering in yard with sandy soil about 20 feet from our pond
Geographic location of the bug:  Chesapeake, VA
Date: 03/26/2020
Time: 03:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These act like Scoliid wasps, but don’t look like them.  What are they?
How you want your letter signed:  Ruth

Digger Wasp

Dear Ruth,
The family Scoliidae contains several species of Flower Wasps or Scarab Hunters that resemble your individual.  The long antennae leads us to believe this individual is a male, and it looks like it might be
Dielis plumipes which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Unknown red bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Namibia Waterberg
Date: 03/27/2020
Time: 06:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, we saw some of those bug in Namibia located at the Waterberg plateau. These bug were able to fly (very uncontrolled) and had an pulsating rump. Do you know what it is or what it will be some day after the final development?
Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Max

Sausage Fly

Dear Max,
This is a male Driver Ant in the genus
Dorylus, commonly called a Sausage Fly.  Of the genus, Springer Link Encyclopedia of Entomology states:  “Driver ants are those army ant species in the afrotropical subgenus Dorylus (Anomma) that hunt by massive swarm raids on the forest floor and up in the vegetation. Any animal capable of moving fast enough and lacking other effective protective mechanisms flees from such an advancing swarm of hundreds of thousands or even millions of ant workers in search of prey. Hence the raid swarm ‘drives’ many animals before it.”

Dear Daniel,
thank you very much for enlightening me!
Kind regards,
Max

Subject:  Found beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Golden Shores AZ
Date: 03/28/2020
Time: 12:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’d like to know what kind of beetle this is
How you want your letter signed:  Please and thank you

Inflated Beetle

We have identified your beetle, Cysteodemus armatus, on BugGuide.  It is commonly called a Desert Spider Beetle or an Inflated Beetle.