From the monthly archives: "October 2018"

Subject:  Small, Green, Clear wings, kind of Frog head
Geographic location of the bug:  La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico
Date: 10/16/2018
Time: 10:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Have no idea what this is. Our cat seemed interested in it…..on our curtain this afternoon. Quite small.
How you want your letter signed:  Dave W.


I posted it on our local message board in La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico. Someone found what it was:
Rhynchomitra microrhina
Dave W.
Dear Dave,
Thanks much for getting back to us with the information you found.  According to BugGuide
Rhynchomitra microrhina is a Dictyopharid Planthopper in the family Dictyopharidae.

Subject:  Big bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Mallorca
Date: 10/17/2018
Time: 05:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw this giant bug on the window of our flat and we just don’t know what it is! Please help!
How you want your letter signed:  Daniel Jones


Dear Daniel,
This is a predatory male Mantis.  Most sources call them Praying Mantids, but we prefer the more secular name Preying Mantids.

Subject:  Creepy thing in garden
Geographic location of the bug:  on my citrus dwarf mandarin tree
Date: 10/17/2018
Time: 09:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m assuming it may be some kind of moth maybe? But it looks so reptilian it’s creeping me out. Do you know what this is? Is it a beneficial creature to the garden?
How you want your letter signed:  doesn’t matter

Orange Dog

Dear doesn’t matter,
Please provide us with a “geographic location of the bug.”  According to Sciencing:  “Geographic location refers to a position on the Earth. ”  Other online sources give similar definitions.  While it is helpful to know that it was found on a “citrus dwarf mandarin tree,” we can’t say for certain that this is an Orange Dog, but that is our opinion provided your sighting was in North America.  The loss of leaves from a single caterpillar will not compromise the health of your tree.  The Orange Dog is the caterpillar of a Giant Swallowtail.

Subject:  A great shot of Ditch Jewel Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Ranip, Ahmedabad City, Gujarat, India
Date: 10/17/2018
Time: 02:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi , great to notice a wonderful site like this. I have taken this wonderful snap of probable ” Ditch Jewel Dragonfly” at my home garden. I want you to confirm its species indetity. You can freely use it on your website.
How you want your letter signed:  SHDNEURO


We agree that this is a beautiful image of a Dragonfly, and based on images posted to Odonata of India, it might be a female Ditch Jewel,
Brachythemis contaminata.


Subject:  A bee like bug I can’t identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Washington state
Date: 10/16/2018
Time: 07:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am a 5th grade science teacher who has her students collect and identify bugs as part of our insect unit.  This is the second time in three years this insect has shown up and I have not been able to figure out what it is with any of the North American guides we use. (Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, and others specifically dealing with the Pacific Northwest).  The bug pictured is about 1 inch long with a wingspan of 2 inches.  I hope you can help me identify it.  Not knowing is driving me crazy!
How you want your letter signed:  Rebecca Swier, Ebenezer Christian School

Elm Sawfly

Dear Rebecca,
Perhaps if this individual had a head, identification might have been easier for you.  This is an Elm Sawfly,
Cimbex americana, and here is a BugGuide image for reference.  Sawflies are non-stinging members of the order Hymenoptera, a group that includes wasps and bees.  They have larvae that look like caterpillars

Subject:  we’ve named him ricardo….
Geographic location of the bug:  central texas
Date: 10/16/2018
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  this guy has been hanging out recently and we have admired him. can you tell me what type of moth this is?
How you want your letter signed:  aggie moth watcher

Tersa Sphinx

Dear aggie moth watcher,
Ricardo is a Tersa Sphinx.