From the monthly archives: "December 2018"

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma, USA
Date: 11/30/2018
Time: 03:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug on my head after doing yard work yesterday.  What is it, can it hurt me.  Thought it was a katydid at first but don’t think it was.
How you want your letter signed:  Sammie B

Assassin Bug nymph

Dear Sammie,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, probably in the genus
Zelus.  This is a genus that is prone to biting folks when the insects are carelessly handled or accidentally encountered, and you are lucky you did not encounter a painful bite.  Though painful, the bite is not considered dangerous.  Because of your timing, we have selected your submission as our Bug of the Month for December 2018.

Subject:  A bronze lucanid species
Geographic location of the bug:  Seoul, Korea
Date: 11/25/2018
Time: 03:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little bugger last month. Our security guard attempted to kill it, but I saved it just in time. I think it’s a Prismognathus dauricus because I saw a picture of that in my insect encyclopedia. Here is my picture with my Nippondorcus rubrofemoratus and another pic only showing himself. I heard that they only live for 1~2 months so I decided to keep it.
How you want your letter signed:  William Hong

Stag Beetle

Dear William,
Thanks for sending in your images of two species of Stag Beetles from Korea.  We located an image of
Prismognathus dauricus on Insect Collectors Shop and it does look similar as does the image on Projects Biodiversity.  Also, many thanks for your comments on images in our archives that we identified as probably being Scarab Beetle grubs that you believe are Stag Beetle grubs.

Two species of Stag Beetles