From the yearly archives: "2018"

Subject:  Found four of these in my house
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern westchester.  South salem new york
Date: 12/22/2018
Time: 03:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found one dead on A sweater in my drawer, another on the steps and two more. They are hard shelled. Please see if you can identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Roberts

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Roberts,
While your image is quite blurry, we are confident this is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an Invasive Exotic species from Asia that is now established across North America.  Invasive Exotic species often proliferate as they have no natural enemies.  They are also Household Pests since they seek shelter indoors to escape our cold winters.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs pose a significant threat to agriculture since, according to BugGuide, they are “Highly polyphagous, reported on ~300 plant spp. in its native range; feeds mostly on fruit, but also on leaves, stems, petioles, flowers, and seeds. Damage typically confined to fruiting structures.”  Indoors they are a nuisance, but they will not damage your home nor its furnishings.

Thank you so much!

Subject:  Weird bug found in bedroom during winter
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 12/25/2018
Time: 07:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We keep getting these bugs in only one of the bedrooms but only during winter. They are mostly seen at the window and on the bed but we don’t know where they come in from.
How you want your letter signed:  Micheal

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Micheal,
This is a Carpet Beetle larva, a common household pest that feeds on many organic materials in the home, including organic fibers like wool and debris like shed pet hair.

Subject:  what is this bug ?
Geographic location of the bug:  quebec, canada
Date: 12/26/2018
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  just found 2 of those in 2 min, live in quebec (canada), just want to make sure this is nothing to be alarmed about. thanks a lot for the help
How you want your letter signed:  what is this bug ?

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Your image is lacking visual sharpness so an exact species identification might not be possible, but this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  It appears that it might be a member of the genus Neoclytus.  Regardless of the species, the larvae of members of the family Cerambycidae are wood borers.  Do you have a fireplace?  Do you store firewood indoors?  We suspect the indoor heat has caused these adults to emerge early from firewood.  They will not infest milled wood or furniture in your home.

thanks a lot Daniel, i do have a fireplace and store my firewood just besides it. so nothing to be alarmed about as they will only eat firewood and nothing in the house right ? thanks again and happy holidays to you
Happy Holidays to you as well Etienne,
You are correct.  The emerging Longhorned Borer Beetles may be a nuisance, but they will not damage your home.  Adults often feed on pollen or other substances, but they do not eat wood.  Only the larvae feed on wood.  According to BugGuide:  “Many adults (esp. the brightly colored ones) feed on flowers. Adult feeding habits variable; some species take nourishment from sap, leaves, blossoms, fruit, bark, and fungi, often not associated with larval hosts; others take little or no food”

Subject:  Not sure what this bug is…
Geographic location of the bug:  Kennesaw, GA
Date: 12/26/2018
Your letter to the bugman:  Not super urgent, but was working on a roof and this guy came crawling around the corner. He’s missing a leg. The lighter is for scale. Its a standard size Bic.
How you want your letter signed:  Solar electrician

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear Solar electrician,
This is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus

Subject:  Can you identify this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Jamaica, West Indies
Date: 12/26/2018
Time: 10:51 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  The insect is about 1cm in size, found in a dead tree stump in the backyard of a residential community. The insect was found in Jamaica,  West Indies.
With Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Ijah

Longicorn from Jamaica

Dear Ijah,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle from the family Cerambycidae, and the larvae of members of this family are wood boring insects.  It might be
Oreodera glauca jamaicensis which is pictured on Cerambycidae Catalog Search.

Hey Daniel,
Thank tou so much for your early response. You have busted my bubble on hoping to have found a new species of bug , but atleast i and my neighbors are now more educated on this matter. We were very fascinated by the interesting look and fearlessness of the insect.
With thanks

Subject:  What are these strange pods?
Geographic location of the bug:  NSW, Australia
Date: 12/26/2018
Time: 03:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have these brown pod things in my cupboard outside. They’re about as wide as my finger and are stuck to the underside of a shelf lengthways. They appeared a few days ago. It is summer.
How you want your letter signed:  Should I be afraid?

Probably Katydid Eggs

Dear Should I be afraid?
Though your image lacks critical sharpness, we nonetheless believe these are Katydid Eggs.  Here is an image from Bower Bird of Australian Katydid Eggs.  Katydids are similar to Grasshoppers, and they will feed on plants in the garden, but they should not cause you any fear, though large individuals, especially predatory species, can have powerful mandibles that could conceivably deliver a painful bite, so they should be handled with caution.