From the monthly archives: "August 2019"

Subject:  Cool Guy
Geographic location of the bug:  Park in Mpls, MN
Date: 07/31/2019
Time: 10:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My kids and I found this cool looking guy yesterday in the grass at a park. It reminds me of the bad guy in A Bug’s Life but I’m not sure what it is exactly. We enjoyed our time with him and then sent him on his way happily. Just curious what kind of insect it is. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Andrea

Grasshopper Nymph: Genus Trimerotropis???

Dear Andrea,
This is an immature Grasshopper, and we believe based on this BugGuide image and this BugGuide image, it is a member of the genus
Trimerotropis.  According to BugGuide, there are “43 North American species.”

Grasshopper Nymph

Thank you so much for your response! My kids were excited to learn about their buddy. 🙂

Subject:  round bug with “eye”
Geographic location of the bug:  Honolulu in an industrial area
Date: 07/31/2019
Time: 11:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug landed on my leg at work while i was eating lunch outside.   There is a canal nearby about and 1/8 of a mile. I was startled and it almost appeared as if the “eye blinked” i could not see any legs on it……i have NO CLUE what this is…….it was moving i just don’t know WHAT was moving……the entire bug seemed to move……i am unsure if it flew away or what…….i grabbed my camera and got this shot  ……THANKS TONS
How you want your letter signed:  Tony Seymour

Possibly a Tick

Dear Tony,
Your image is lacking significant detail, and our best guess on this is that you encountered a Tick.

Wow…..thanks a lot for getting back from yesterday so quickly.
That picture of a tick looks about right……I just didn’t see any legs on mine…..but that is the closest to an explanation as I need.
I was using an old flip phone to take the photo……..
Tony Seymour

Subject:  HI, is this tomato worm?
Geographic location of the bug:  SW Michigan
Date: 08/01/2019
Time: 09:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi is this a good ol tomoato worm or? Thanks so much!
How you want your letter signed:  Jules

Cecropia Caterpillar

Dear Jules,
Your submission was perfectly timed to be selected as our Bug of the Month for August 2019.  We suspect your “tomoato worm” is a Tobacco Hornworm, the caterpillar most commonly associated with tomatoes.  This Cecropia Caterpillar is a member of the Giant Silkmoth family Saturniidae.  It most likely left its food plant to search for a suitable site for pupation.  The adult Cecropia Moth is a gorgeous creature.

Yay, thank you! that was a quick response too.

Subject:  What is this beauty?
Geographic location of the bug:  Granger, Indiana
Date: 07/31/2019
Time: 03:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beauty chillin’ on my snowball bush.  Seemed like a friendly guy.  I loved the red making on its back and it reminded me a bit of a grasshopper. What do you think it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Alida

Katydid Nymph

Dear Alida,
Thinking your submission was of a beauty significantly affected our desire to view what you were describing.  This is an immature Katydid, possibly a Lesser Angle-Winged Katydid based on this BugGuide image, and according to BugGuide, Indiana is well within the range of this species.  Katydids and Grasshoppers are both classified withing the same insect order, Orthoptera.