From the yearly archives: "2021"

Subjec:  Half wasp half ???
Geographic location of the bug:  Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 02:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug came walking up to us while camping.  I have tried to identify and am at a loss.  Any idea?  Seen at night, on the Utah and Arizona border, October.  Thanks!!!
How you want your letter signed:  NA

Potato Bug

Dear NA,
Congratulations on your first encounter with a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, one of the most iconic insects in the American Southwest.  Not true Crickets, Potato Bugs are in a unique family of insects where its closest relatives are in Australia.   Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that are most frequently encountered at night after a rain.  Potato Bugs are not dangerous to humans, but they have very powerful mandibles and they might even draw blood from thin-skinned individuals.

Hey Daniel, thank you so much for getting back to me. I guess I should’ve scrolled further on your website.  And now I know that there is a true potato bug. We called potato bugs those little black bugs that roll into a ball… Another name is it Rolly Polly!!  Thanks again for solving our mystery. We deemed it as half wasp half termite.  Haha

Subject:  I got stung by a swarm
Geographic location of the bug:  In my yard Norfolk in Virginia
Date: 10/14/2021
Time: 10:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  I’m trying to find out what the bug is that stung me and I was hoping you could help me identify it
How you want your letter signed:  On the front

Yellowjacket

You were stung by a Yellowjacket, a social wasp that typically nests underground.  Yellowjackets will defend the nest from the perceived threats.

Subject:  some kind of beatle
Geographic location of the bug:  Austin TXI
Date: 10/13/2021
Time: 12:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found it 09/01/2021 on my porch obviously dying
How you want your letter signed:  Bob McElhaney

Superb Cicada

Dear Bob,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a gorgeous Cicada.  We identified it as a Superb Cicada or Green Cicada,
Neotibicen superbus, thanks to BugGuide where it states that it:  “occupies several habitat types from forested to arid scrub. It is often associated with conifers; however, strong populations of this cicada can be found in areas where hardwoods are abundant.”

AKA Green Cicada

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Upstate NY
Date: 10/12/2021
Time: 05:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These bugs on walls trying to come into the house. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Patrick

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Patrick,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug often enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.

Subject:  Big Hairy Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Lower Hutt Wellington NZ
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, found this moth dead.
Never seen it before.
Please help identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Sophie

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Sophie,
This is a Gum Emperor Moth,
Opodiphthera eucalypti.  According to CitSciHub.NZ:  “The Emperor Gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti, is a large hairy nocturnal species of moth native to Australia and were introduced to the North and South Islands of New Zealand about 1939 .
The moths live for no more than a couple of days and they never eat.”

Thank you! I worked it out in the end.
No wonder it was dead as it has such a short life!

Subject:  Psychodidae larvae
Geographic location of the bug:  Riudeboix creek (UTM: 41.81305 2.34131), Collformic, el Brull, Catalonia-Spain
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 11:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
This larvae was sampled in Riudeboix creek (UTM: 41.81305 2.34131), Collformic, el Brull, Catalonia-Spain on May 9, 2019.
Since then it has been preserved in alcohol 70%.
Can anyone help with the genus ID?
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  iraima

Suspected Psychodidae Larva

Dear Iraima,
The editorial staff at What’s That Bug? does not have the necessary expertise to answer your question, however, we can post your images and enlist our readership to assist.  We would urge you to post a comment to this posting so people can contact you directly through our comment section.

Suspected Psychodidae Larva (detail)

Suspected Psychodidae Larva (detail)