From the monthly archives: "October 2017"

Subject:  Caterpillar like black bug with red spots
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 09:22 PM EDT
Saw this in the bathroom on the floor at work today. Never saw one before and was curious to see what it was exactly. It appered to only have 6 legs and drag its rear behind. Took the pics and it was relocated outside where it belongs.
How you want your letter signed:  Gin


Dear Gin,
Had you turned out the lights, you would have seen this Glowworm phosphoresce with green light.  A glowing Glowworm, also known as a Railroad Worm, is an impressive sight.

Subject:  What type of insect is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Rico
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Hi, we have just experienced a large hurricane in Puerto Rico and all sorts of bugs I’ve never seen before are coming out, but this one is really interesting it was aprox 2 inches long. Can you help identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Mike


Dear Mike,
We on the mainland are well aware that Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and we also understand that aid is progressing at a glacial pace.  Hurricanes frequently blow insects, as well as birds and other even larger creatures, to remote locations, so we researched if there are any local Giant Water Bugs or Toe-Biters native to Puerto Rico.  On page 35 of Insectos de Puerto Rico, we found an image of
Lethocerus annulipes, so unless the creature in your image is a different species that looks very similar, you encountered a local species.  Toe-Biters are aquatic, but they can also fly if their ponds dry out.

Subject:  Unidentified Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles County
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 12:58 PM EDT
Looking to identify this insect that we’ve been seeing a lot lately here in Los Angeles. Both at the beach as well as inland in yards. Any idea what it is?
Thank you in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin


Dear Kevin,
These are Thrips in the order Thysanoptera, and the same word is used to name the insect in both singular and plural situations.  According to BugGuide:  “Thrips can often be found on flowers, they are especially visible on light colored flowers like daisies. Be aware that though they are very tiny, they can give a slightly painful bite.”


Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Please tell me what bug is this and if is dangerous thanks i (burnt the back have kids and couldn’t risk it)
How you want your letter signed:  Mr Jack

Pink Leafhopper

Dear Mr Jack,
This Pink Leafhopper, which might be
Gyponana gladia based on images posted to BugGuide, does not pose a threat to your children.  It is a plant feeding species.

Subject:  Whats this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 09:41 AM EDT
Hi Bugman
Just wondered if you could help us identify our bug. This is the second one we’ve found in our pool. Its about 2 inches long, with quite nasty pincers.  Thanks so much
How you want your letter signed:  Darren


Hi Darren,
This is a Centipede.  Centipedes are predators that are venomous, but though their bite can be painful, there is usually nothing more than local swelling and tenderness.  Some species grow as large as eight or more inches, and their bite is reported to be considerably more painful, but rarely results in a health crisis.

Subject:  Scorpion Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Welkom, Free State
Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 07:26 AM EDT
Hi. I caught this scorpion spider. Still alive just a few minutes ago. I would like to know if you want it for examination?
Otherwise I will just throw him outside in the garden.
How you want your letter signed:  Cilliers H. Schultz

Scorpion Spider

Dear Cilliers,
Thank you for your generous offer, but we don’t accept specimens.  Shipping living creatures to remote locations may lead to the introduction of invasive, exotic species into an ecosystem that will not have natural predators to control numbers, potentially creating environmental threats.  This Scorpion Spider is better suited to being released into your garden.