From the monthly archives: "December 2017"

Subject:  Assassin bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Mata Atlantica SE Brazil
Date: 11/27/2017
Time: 06:35 AM EDT
I think this is an assassin bug ( rhino)  Can you get it down to species for me please ?
How you want your letter signed:  GP

Assassin Bug

Dear GP,
This is a beautiful image of an Assassin Bug.  The closest match we were able to locate online is an image posted to FlickR that is only identified as being in the subfamily Harpactorinae.  Perhaps Cesar Crash who runs the Brazilian site Insetologia will have a suggestion.

Subject:  Can you ID this beauty in Miami,FL ?
Location:  Miami Florida
Date:  December 16, 2017 12:26 PM
I could sent a picture of this lovely geometric designed red,black and white outlined elongated bug for identification ?
Signature:  Robin

Cotton Stainers

Dear Robin,
These Cotton Stainers sometimes form aggregations with both winged adults and immature nymphs as your image documents.

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Brazil
Date: 12/07/2017
Time: 04:24 PM EDT
Can you identify this?
How you want your letter signed:  Manuela

Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Manuela,
This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar in the family Saturniidae.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply a species identification.

Subject:  Black & blue striped flying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Durban, KZN, South Africa
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 05:03 AM EDT
Hey bugman, I took a pic of this beautiful flying bug chilling on some mint leaves with his homie.
Is he a goodie or a baddie? What’s his name?
How you want your letter signed:  Farmer Budge

Blue-Striped Leafhopper

Dear Farmer Budge,
This is a Leafhopper in the family Cicidellidae, and it looks exactly like the individual pictured on Earth Touch News Network, but alas, it is not identified to the species level.  We believe it might be the Blue-Striped Leafhopper,
Poecilocarda cosmopolita, which is pictured on Photographs from South Africa.  The species is also pictured on iSpot.

Ok cool, thanks bugman. Just to be clear though, these guys definitely didn’t jump. They will only fly away when disturbed.
Thanks again.

Subject:  Odd bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Washington State, USA
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 08:07 PM EDT
Weird looking bug, body shaped like a T with the head just above the cross section. I believe 4 legs, which is odd for an insect like thing, two antennae I think, and two small extensions off the end of the main body. It’s about the area of a quarter and has been hanging out on my door frame for at least 24 hours. It’s December 15th, about 4:30pm when I took the photos.
How you want your letter signed:  Tim Davis

Plume Moth

Dear Tim,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and based on this and other BugGuide images, we believe it is a Morning Glory Plume Moth.