From the monthly archives: "May 2018"
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Subject:  Bug on a dwarf navel orange tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Central California
Date: 05/01/2018
Time: 10:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this beautiful critter eating my tree or eating what’s eating my tree
How you want your letter signed:  John

Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear John,
This is a Bush Katydid nymph in the genus
Scudderia, and they are generalist feeders that will eat the leaves of many different plants.  You can always relocate it if your tree is very small.  If it is a larger tree, the loss of some leaves will not adversely compromise the health of the tree. 

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Subject:  found on back
Geographic location of the bug:  Boise, Idaho
Date: 05/01/2018
Time: 11:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hello, I was sitting in my bed going though my phone when I felt something on my back. I immediately picked this bug off and took a picture. only found one but I am interested in what it’s called.
How you want your letter signed:  Joesph


Dear Joesph,
Do you have a cat or dog that goes outside?  Were you tramping about in the fields lately?  This is a Tick and here is a BugGuide image of an American Dog Tick for comparison.  Ticks feed on blood.

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Subject:  What bugs are these
Geographic location of the bug:  Bellevue ohio
Date: 04/30/2018
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was cleaning out a small section of dirt near my house spring time and lifted a rock and noticed these bugs. I’m not sure what they are and would appreciate the help identifying them.
How you want your letter signed:  Zack

Citronella Ants

Dear Zack,
We began our research on the Ohioline page Ants In and Around the Home and we found a reference to Larger Yellow Ants and no scientific name with the following information: “These ants are often mistaken for winged termites since the winged adults swarm through cracks in basement walls or floors, crawl around, and are attracted to lights. They live in the soil next to the building foundation, under basement floors, in concrete voids or in rotting wood, and feed on honeydew of subterranean aphids and mealybugs, which live on the roots of shrubs planted near residences. Winged forms are dark brown or blackish-brown with brownish, somewhat clouded wings and bodies measuring 3/8 to 1/4 inch long to the wing tips. Workers are pale yellowish-brown, about 5/32 to 3/16 inch long. They cluster around cracks and crevices and, when crushed, give off a strong odor, smelling like “citronella” or a certain kind of toilet soap. They are smooth, shiny, quite hairy, have 12-segmented antennae, one node petiole (long, pointed segment), small eyes on the head, uneven thorax profile, and the anal opening at the end of the abdomen is circular surrounded by a fringe of hairs. Workers stay underground during the day and forage at night.”  Then on BugGuide we found Lemon Ants or Citronella Ants from the genus
Lasius (subgenus Acanthomyops) and we believe that is a correct identification for your sighting.  We have selected your submission as our Bug of the Month for May 2018.

Citronella Ants

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Subject:  3 inch pink larva with scales
Geographic location of the bug:  Sweden
Date: 04/27/2018
Time: 10:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Most likely not native to Sweden, what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Weird Pink Thing

Dear Curious,
Please provide us with additional information.  Did you take this image?  Are there any other angles?  Where (habitat) in Sweden was it found?  Did it move?

Ed Note: This is not the first time we have received an image of a rubber or plastic creature that the submitter insisted was alive, and most are spiders like this  rubber Tarantula, or this plastic Spider, and fishing lures like this blue worm often fool people into believing they have seen an unusual creature.

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brasilito, Guanacaste Costa Rica
Date: 04/29/2018
Time: 12:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hola! I see some weird bugs here daily. But this was a first. He was on the drivers side window of my car and about 1 – 1 1/2” long. My friend said it was a stink bug, but I can’t find an image online that matches it.
How you want your letter signed:  Sandra

Big Legged Bug

Dear Sandra,
This looks to us like a Big Legged Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala.  They are in the same order as Stink Bugs, but in a different family.

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Subject:  Melipotis indomita – Indomitable Melipotis Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern tip of Big Island, Hawaii
Date: 04/21/2018
Time: 08:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Aloha Daniel,
A couple of moth photos, different moths, different times, but similar location at the northern end of the Big Island, Hawaii. I think they’re male and female Melipotis indomita – Indomitable Melipotis Moth. BugGuide ( shows similar male and female markings in their identification. Also found a photo from the Big Island ( that’s identified as this moth (looks like a male). Checking your site I didn’t find any Melipotis indomita to compare. So I’m punting this your way to see if you agree with the identification and to possibly add new moth photos to your vast treasure trove.
Mahalo, Graham
How you want your letter signed:  Graham

Indomitable Melipotis (male)

Dear Graham,
We are sorry for the delay.  We wanted to more thoroughly research your very well prepared submission and we got busy.  According to Pacific Northwest Moths (which pictures an individual from Maui):  “It is sexually dimorphic. The male forewing ground color is somewhat variable, usually dark brownish gray with a blue gray terminal area. A prominent pale brownish white mark borders the oblique antemedial line and extends sligthly beyond the thin median line. The postmedial line balloons laterally near the black reniform spot and this portion of the line is also filled with brownish white. A black bar is present in the cell proximal to the reniform spot, and a small black spot is present at the apex. The hindwing is brownish off-white, with a broad dark gray marginal band that is interrupted by white near the cubital vein. The hindwing fringe is pure white with a black segment midway between the anterior margin and the anal angle. The female is similar but the base of the wing is gray followed by rusty brown. The head and thorax of both sexes are gray. The antenna is simple, ciliate in males.  This rare migrant can be recognized by the sharply defined oblique mark with straight borders across the forewing in association with a black and brownish off-white hindwing.”  BugGuide has images of male and female and they seem in agreement with your own identification but no Hawaii sightings are mentioned.  Hawaiiscape does picture it and list it as a defoliator of Monkeypod trees.

Indomitable Melipotis (female)

Hi Daniel,
No worries about any delay (I should be the one apologizing for being slow to respond here). I’m always appreciative of the work you do and thank you for the great amount of information on this moth. I’ll probably post at least some of this info on my blog ( if that’s OK with you – with a link to your site of course, though I’m not exactly overrun with followers.
Mahalo, Graham

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