From the yearly archives: "2021"

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Western New York
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, saw this crawling on the ground October 21 in western  New York. I have never seen a spider of this color here in New York and I was hoping to get it identified! Thank you for the wonderful site as well!
How you want your letter signed:  Scott Szafranski


Dear Scott,
This is a harmless Orbweaver, probably in the genus
Araneus.  Orbweavers rarely leave their classic orb webs, so we suspect this lady was dislodged from her web or perhaps her web was destroyed.

Subject:  Strange Large Grey Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas City Missouri
Date: 10/12/2021
Time: 06:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello.  I am 43 and have lived in this area my whole life.  I saw a strange bug the other day twice in the same day that I never saw before or after.  1st sighting was at my home the next 25 miles north.  It was very large and could still fly with no immediately visible wings.  It looked like there was a red hook for its nose/snout.  It was very similar to the pictured wheelbug but not the same an no wheel on its back
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Ken Davis

Wheel Bug

Dear Ken,
This beauty is a predatory Wheel Bug, our featured Bug of the Month for October here and here.

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Chile
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 07:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hola from Chile! Here is a lovely fellow we found in our Valdivian rainforest climbing a laurel tree. He is probably around 2 inches long. I’m thinking he is in the Io moth family but he has no racing stripes. Identifying insects in Chile is difficult as there is little information available on line. Many thanks for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  Chile Expat Family

Unknown Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Chile Expat Family,
This is indeed a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar and it does resemble the caterpillar of an Io Moth, and you are likely correct that it is in the same genus
Automeris.  It does look remarkably similar to another Chilean caterpillar that Bill Oehlke identified as likely a member of the genus Ormiscodes.

I guess that entomology course I took 30+ years ago came in handy!

Subject:  What is that bug
Geographic location of the bug:  San diego CA
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 10:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was in my garden for a few days in the same spot. But now he is gone. what happened?
How you want your letter signed:  San Diego

Possibly California Darner

Dear San Diego,
We believe your Dragonfly is a California Darner,
Rhionaeschna californica, and based on the images posted to, it is an immature male.  Additional images can be found on BugGuide.  We suspect it is gone because it flew away.

Thanks so very much! Since he didn’t have any blue I wasn’t sure but makes sense if immature. And so odd he was in same spot for days before disappearing. Hope he finds a better spot than my vegetable garden.

Subject:  Insect Identification Request
Geographic location of the bug:  Booderee National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 12:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I photographed this in February, 2020, and would love to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Unidentified Grasshopper

Dear Nick,
We are having difficulty identifying your Grasshopper.  It looks similar to the Giant Green Slantface pictured on Brisbane Insects and it looks similar to the Matchstick Grasshoppers also pictured on Brisbane Insects. Your individual has a greater distance between the eyes and the antennae.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with some assistance.

Thanks for the reply. I didn’t even know it was a grasshopper, so that’s great to know. I have another query relating to some insects that I photographed in a kangaroo’s tail. Shall I submit a form for that too?

Unidentified Grasshopper

Update:  October 25, 2021
Thanks to a comment from Matthew Connors, we have been able to identify this as Musgrave’s Psednura (Psednura musgravei).  Here is an image from Atlas of Living Australia and on Project Noah.  Interestingly, we missed it on Brisbane Insects because we did not suspect it was in the family Pyrgomorphidae as it does not resemble other Milkweed Grasshoppers.

Subject:  Large 6 legged spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mesquite, Texas
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 01:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this critter? Large – size of my palm including the legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Wolf Spider missing two legs

Dear Curious,
We believe your Wolf Spider is in the genus
Hogna, and it is missing two legs.  It is not unlike this individual posted to BugGuide

Thank you Daniel. Strange that it would lose the same leg on each side of its body. But I can see possible nubs where that might have happened. But the ridge formation on the rear section doesn’t look like the smooth Wolf Spider. Has a definite raised pattern.