From the monthly archives: "June 2021"

Subject:  What is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Texas
Date: 06/25/2021
Time: 10:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this on its back and decided to spray it as it looks mean! It has a long needle-like nose and long thin wings, only two though.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Russell

Green Eyed Robber Fly

Dang Russell.  That is one large Robber Fly.
We are quite confident you encountered the Green Eyed Robber Fly,
Microstylum morosum, and according to Zoo Safari USA: “Very little is known about this species, but it is the largest of the Robber Flies in North America.”  Here is a BugGuide image.  You might want to contact your local natural history museum to see if they want the specimen.

Subject:  What is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Washington, Maryland
Date: 06/24/2021
Time: 04:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I found this bug in my living room and it’s vibrant green and yellow caught me attention. It has a green body as well with yellow spots and brown towards the tail
How you want your letter signed:  V

Red Legged Buprestis

Dear V,
This beauty is a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  It is a Red Legged Buprestis and your ventral view nicely shows the reddish legs.

Red Legged Buprestis

Subject:  What the hell?
Geographic location of the bug:  Connecticut
Date: 06/25/2021
Time: 07:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Found this in our yard, near our woods.
How you want your letter signed:  Dogmom

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Dogmom,
Because of their large size and frightening appearance, Dobsonflies are one of our most common summer identification requests.  Despite his scimitar-like mandibles, this male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.  The much smaller mandibles on the female Dobsonfly are more functional and she can produce a painful pinch that might even draw blood.

You rock!!!
Thanks so much!

You are most welcome Ellen, and thanks for acknowledging that we rock.

Subject:  Flame Skimmer rests on tomato cages
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 06/24/2021
Time: 11:04 AM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Readers,
As Daniel’s final days as a full time college professor near an end, he is easing into retirement, including spending large portions of the day in the yard just puttering around and observing the wealth of wildlife, including numerous insects.  As the years pass, patterns begin to emerge and species begin to make their annual appearances, somewhat on schedule.  For years, Daniel has observed Dragonflies in his yard that he thought were Flame Skimmers, but thanks to this BugGuide description, he now believes they have been Neon Skimmers which means updating numerous old postings with the corrections.  Though originally identified as Flame Skimmers, Daniel now believes he has been observing both male Neon Skimmers and female Neon Skimmers near the stagnant fountain that serves as a nursery for the naiads, the Dragonfly nymphs that live in the fountain and eat the mosquitoes.

Male Neon Skimmer

Daniel suspects this beauty recently metamorphosed into a winged adult.  It was not at all shy, allowing Daniel to get quite close with his magicphone to capture a series of images, but in this final shot, the Neon Skimmer rotated its head, very much aware that Daniel was staking it with the camera, but it did not fly off for nearly an hour.


Subject:  what is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Arlington, VA
Date: 06/23/2021
Time: 12:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen on bike trail by a neighbor
How you want your letter signed:  Cyrelle

Eyed Tiger Moth

Dear Cyrelle,
This beauty is an Eyed Tiger Moth or Giant Leopard Moth,
Hypercompe scribonia.

Subject:  Big black smth on the beach
Geographic location of the bug:  Montenegro, Herceg Novi
Date: 06/22/2021
Time: 05:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I noticed this strange creature on the beach the other day, maybe not even a bug but possibly it is. It was on the beach in the evening, mid June. Quite big in size, about 6-8 cm.
I’d appreciate if you could help identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  Elena R

Great Capricorn Beetle

Dear Elena,
This is a Longicorn Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and we believe it is
Monochamus sartor.  According to Cerambycidae, the range is “Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.”  It is also pictured on BioLib.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much for the reply and clarification.
Have a wonderful day!
Elena Romanova
Correction:  June 28, 2021
Thanks to a comment from Ando Vaan, we are updating the posting.  We originally considered that this might be a Great Capricorn Beetle, Cerambyx cerdo, but we thought the body on the pictured individual looked too broad.