From the monthly archives: "October 2018"
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Subject:  A New bug ?
Geographic location of the bug:  France
Date: 10/29/2018
Time: 04:32 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
i round this bug in my house (burgondy) ans i never Saw this insect before.
Can u help
How you want your letter signed:  I don’t know

Plume Moth from France

This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Subject:  Bug in TN
Geographic location of the bug:  Nashville TN
Date: 10/29/2018
Time: 05:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this thing?? It’s huge!
How you want your letter signed:  Melissa

Wheel Bug

Dear Melissa,
This is a predatory Wheel Bug, the largest Assassin Bug in North America.

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Subject:  Orange bug with wing-like things on legs
Geographic location of the bug:  NAYARIT MEXICO
Date: 10/26/2018
Time: 12:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hello, I am on the Pacific coast of Mexico and have recently encountered a special bug that ive never seen before. There are many enjoying my passionfruit vine, can you help me identify please.
How you want your letter signed:  Katie

Flag Footed Bug

Dear Katie,
This is a Flag Footed Bug, probably
Anisocelis flavolineata, though your ventral view does not show the pattern on the wings.  Also, the color on your individual appears light, causing us to suspect it might have just molted and it has not yet darkened in tone.

Flag Footed Bug

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario, Canada
Date: 10/28/2018
Time: 02:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what type of bug this is, I am tore on distinguishing it between a tick or Pthirus pubis. Found on my significant other. We found about 30 in total. All located on inner thighs, stomach, bum and public area, also two on his arms.
How you want your letter signed:  Trina

Crab Louse

Dear Trina,
This sure looks like a human Crab Louse,
Pthirus pubis, to us, especially when compared to this BugGuide image.  Finding 30 on your significant other indicates this is a problem that has gone unchecked for some time, and the number would indicate that these Crab Lice are reproducing on the host.  Also, you might want to check other members of the household to see if these external parasites have spread beyond the body of your significant other.

Thank you, I have checked myself and the remaining family members and we did not find any on us. I have cleaned my house top to bottom and washed all bedding and clothes throughout the house.

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Subject:  caterpillar ID
Geographic location of the bug:  St Petersburg FL
Date: 10/27/2018
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I was just hoping you might be able to help me identify this large caterpillar found on my fence this morning
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, NAS

Unknown Hornworm

Dear NAS,
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  Though your individual reminds us of the Hornworm of a Ficus Sphinx, it is not one of the typical color variations we see in that species.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a species identification

Unknown Hornworm

Update:  November 1, 2018
We received several comments indicating this is a member of the genus Erinnyis, and Cesar Crash provided this BugGuide link to the Alope Sphinx larva.

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Subject:  Unidentified Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 10/28/2018
Time: 11:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was just walking on our carpet and I thought it would be easy to identify.  Ah, nope.  I have looked at hundreds of pictures and can’t spot it.
It is black, with 2 yellow dots and some small yellow stripes on the tail.  6 legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Lee

Green Stink Bug Nymph

Dear Lee,
This is not a beetle.  It is a Green Stink Bug nymph,
Chinavia hilaris, and it is pictured on BugGuide

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