From the yearly archives: "2021"

Subject:  Bush Cricket in Bulgaria
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Bulgaria/ Stara Planina
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear whoever is reading this,
Today I have found a bush cricket in Bulgaria but I don’t know which type it is. It is in my garden in the mountains near the town of troyan. Hopefully you can identify what type it is.
How you want your letter signed:  George

Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket

Dear George,
We are relatively certain this is a Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket,
Ephippiger ephippiger.  The species has both green and brown forms.  The long ovipositor indicates this is a female.

Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket

Subject:  Unknown flies
Geographic location of the bug:  Nolan,Tx
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There was a paper wasp posted outside this hole so I assumed there was a nest inside. I am in the business of killing bugs, so I treated in the opening expecting wasps to come pouring out. To my surprise it was these flies. About 15 to 20 of them. I’ve never seen this species before.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

What’s That Fly?

Dear Scott,
These are crazy looking Flies and the circumstances surrounding their discovery in a hole seem quite specific, but alas, Daniel’s initial perfunctory search turned up nothing.  Daniel must attend to some personal matters at this time and he will return to do additional research into the identity of these interesting flies.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some luck and write in with a comment.

Subject:  Centapead
Geographic location of the bug:  Cali Colombia
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 10:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this centapead poison
How you want your letter signed:  Mark

Centipede

Dear Mark,
This is a Bark Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha.  Centipedes are predators that subdue their prey with venomous fangs, and though all Centipedes are venomous, most are not dangerous to humans.  Large Bark Centipedes that reach well in excess of six inches might deliver a rather painful and nasty bite.  According to BugGuide:  “
They can bite and also pinch with their last pair of legs. Bites may cause intense pain, swelling, discoloration, numbness, and necrosis, and require medical assistance, although there are no really dangerous, deadly centipedes, and no confirmed human fatalities.”

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 07:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – this cute little bug appeared on my husband’s hand.  After taking a few photos, he gently relocated it.  Is this a species of assassin bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Julie,
This is indeed an immature Assassin Bug and we believe it is in the genus
Zelus.  Though not considered dangerous, Assassin Bugs in the genus Zelus will bite if carelessly handled.

Thank you very much!  My husband gently relocated it to the bushes.

Subject:  Trying to identify what this bug is
Geographic location of the bug:  Tennesse, Knoxville
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 06:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can someone pls tell me what this bug is, I’m low key a little scared.
How you want your letter signed:  Nick Cooper

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear Nick,
Fear not this beautiful metallic Cuckoo Wasp.  They do not sting.  Cuckoo Wasps are often found dead indoors near window sills.  They get trapped indoors accidentally and eventually die while being attracted to the view outdoors.

Subject:  Large Coleoptera larcae
Geographic location of the bug:  Monteagle TN
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found a large beetle larva while walking the dog tonight.
I would like to submit picture for iNaturalist but am stumped on ID. I have seen this species before.
How you want your letter signed:  Chris Waldrup

Railroad Worm

Dear Chris,
This is the larva of a Glowworm Beetle, commonly called a Railroad Worm because of its ability to glow green in the dark as an example of bioluminescence.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Phengodes based on BugGuide images.  Here is a BugGuide image of a Glowing Glowworm.