From the monthly archives: "September 2019"

Subject:  Black wings with yellow wody
Geographic location of the bug:  Middle Tennessee
Date: 09/08/2019
Time: 07:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These are all over my porch , theye are bigger than a knat but smaller that a fly
How you want your letter signed:  Peggy plant

Dark Winged Fungus Gnat

Dear Peggy,
We are so sorry because this has been on the back burner for nearly a week because we thought this was a March Fly but we were never able to find a match in that family.  This is a Dark Winged Fungus Gnat in the family Sciaridae based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Often found in flowerpots. In moist and shadowy areas up to 70% of all Diptera species can be Sciaridae.”

Dark Winged Fungus Gnat

Subject:  Looks like large bee or wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Windsor. Nsw. Australia
Date: 09/13/2019
Time: 03:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi. Just saw this huge bee or wasp. Never seen this bug before. Should i report it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks Kim

Hairy Flower Wasp

Dear Kim,
We recognized your Wasp as a member of the family Scoliidae, and we quickly identified it as a Hairy Flower Wasp thanks to images on Backyard Buddies where it states:  “Hairy Flower Wasps are great for your garden. After mating, the female digs into the soil and finds a grub or beetle. She paralyses it temporarily and lays her egg in it. As the larva grows, it uses the host as food. Because of this, Hairy Flower Wasps and their larvae will help your garden by keeping your grub and beetle numbers down.”  According to Esperance Fauna:  “They are solitary insects without a nest, as the female lays a single egg on a paralysed and insensitised (stung) scarab beetle larvae, leaving it to hatch and consume the host. Because these wasps have no nest to protect and fortunately for people are not aggressive and will only sting if physically interfered with.” 

Subject:  Praying mantis (patreon)
Geographic location of the bug:  Lewis Center OH
Date: 09/12/2019
Time: 10:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve never seen such a pale colored mantis.  I supposed it molted recently?  It looks opalescent, so beautiful!  I found it trapped in the vestibule of the Tim Hortons.
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer Huffman

Female Carolina Mantis

Dear Jennifer,
This is an adult female Carolina Mantis.  Though she has wings, she is not capable of flight.  Only the adult males can fly.  Carolina Mantids can be either brown or green, and sometimes a combination.  Though this individual is light, the color does not seem unusually light to us.  Because of your kindness prompting you to release this Carolina Mantis from the vestibule where you found her trapped, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

What an honor!  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my husband, who patiently waits for me to inspect and photograph bugs everywhere we go.

Sorry one follow up question … on your site it seems to be spelled “preying” mantis, but I had always understood the word as “praying” mantis?

Hi again Jennifer.  We know that Praying Mantis is the more common spelling, but we prefer Preying Mantis.  Here is an explanation we gave a reader 13 years ago.

Subject:  What is this creature?
Geographic location of the bug:  Richmond, BC Canada river front
Date: 09/11/2019
Time: 06:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little guy scurrying on the basement floor of our house. For a moment I thought it was a caterpillar and was going to stomp on it, but I realized he was not going to become a moth and took some pics. I’m pretty sure this is some sort of beetle but I’ve never seen one like this before! And FYI once I took these pics I let him go outside. I am of the same mind with respect to most bugs 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Dan

Devil’s Coach Horse

Dear Dan,
This interesting Rove Beetle is commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse.

Subject:  Malformed moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Midway Utah – on the WOW trail
Date: 09/10/2019
Time: 12:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this little guy crawling around while biking. It looks like he didn’t develop properly. Can you tell what species it might be? And what would cause it to grow so poorly?
How you want your letter signed:  JAB

Newly emerged Buck Moth

Dear JAB,
This is a Buck Moth in the genus
Hemileuca that has just emerged from the pupa and its wings have not yet expanded.  There are at least eight species in Utah in the genus.

Subject:  Huntsman Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 09/08/2019
Time: 06:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this rather large spider on my pool fence in summer. Leg span appeared to be around 4 inches or so.
How you want your letter signed:  Ed

Huntsman Spider

Dear Ed,
Thanks so much for sending in your detailed images of a Huntsman Spider in the genus

Huntsman Spider