From the monthly archives: "December 2017"

Subject:  bug identify
Geographic location of the bug:  NYC
Date: 11/30/2017
Time: 02:41 PM EDT
These are bugs we have seen at night in our apt
How you want your letter signed :  David

Cockroach Nymph

Dear David,
This is an immature Cockroach, and it sounds like you might have an infestation in your apartment.

Subject:  Coleoptera larva?
Geographic location of the bug:  Serengeti in Tanzania
Date: 11/30/2017
Time: 02:58 PM EDT
Hi!
I’m not sure but possibly it’s a coleopteran larva. I’ve been searching by Internet but it’s been impossible to find any larva like this one.
Can you help me?
It was in may 2016.
Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Larva, probably Beetle Larva

Dear Ferran,
Except for butterflies and moths, there is often not much documentation available on immature insects.  We agree this is probably a beetle larva.  We are posting the image and perhaps our readers will want to take a stab at this identification.

Subject:  what caterpillars are these
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Cape
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 06:24 AM EDT
Please help ID.
How you want your letter signed:  andrew

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Andrew,
The image with a single individual is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar, possibly a Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar.  We will attempt to identify the group of caterpillars later.

Thanks so much. Yes I also got to the lappet moth group. Great help. The multiple ones looked emperor moth family at first glance but then with the tufted spines it threw me a bit
Thanks so much for the efforts.

We agree that your other caterpillars are from the family Saturniidae, but we want to verify the species.