Ten Lined June Beetle

Subject:  Beetle-type insect? Geographic location of the bug:  NE Tacoma WA Date: 08/02/2022 Time: {current_time} EDT Your letter to the bugman:  Hi.  Came across this one just under the soil next to my house foundation in NE Tacoma.  Could you identify it, and is it dangerous to my home?  Thank you. How you want your … Read more

Red Spotted Purple and Viceroy

Subject: Red Spotted Purple on Butterfly Bush Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio Date: 07/20/2022 Time: 11:40 AM EDT Gentle Readers, Daniel is thrilled to be spending an entire summer in the yard where he grew up for the first time since the late 1970s, and he is well aware of changes that have … Read more

Ceanothus Moth Caterpillar

Subject :  Caterpillar identification Geographic location of the bug:  Bonners Ferry ID Date: 08/01/2022 Time: Your letter to the bugman:  Found this climbing on a hardy kiwi we introduced this year, under birch, surrounded by ocean spray, serviceberry, and thimble berry. How you want your letter signed :  Idaho homestead Dear Idaho homestead, We are … Read more

Bug of the Month August 2022: Monarch Butterfly

Subject: Male Monarch Butterfly visits wildflowers in the garden Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio Date: 07/29/2022 Time: 11:08 AM EDT Gentle Readers, There are some changes happening to What’s That Bug? including Daniel finally relinquishing some of his megalomaniacal editorial control by allowing a staff to take over much of the incoming mail … Read more

Prickly Pear Borer

Subject:  Unknown bug (caterpillar) Geographic location of the bug:  Lexington County, South Carolina Date: 07/21/2022 Time: 09:22 PM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  I found these guys on my prickly pear cactus. They were in the process of spinning silk. No one has been able to ID them. Our local extension suggested prickly pear … Read more

Mydas Fly

Subject:  What type of bug is this? Geographic location of the bug:  Southern New Jersey Date: 07/20/2022 Time: 05:50 PM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  Found this very interesting.   It’s about a little more than an inch long and has a red bottom. How you want your letter signed:  Not sure This is a Mydas … Read more