Currently viewing the category: "Administrative"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Lack of Images
July 26, 2013 12:57 pm
I must say that the new design is not user-friendly.  I type, for example, “small yellow bug” into the search field and only links come up.  I then have to click on every link to see an image.  Find myself using your site less and less.  So sorry to complain.  Anna Carreon
Signature: Anna Carreon

Monarch Caterpillar by Anna

Monarch Caterpillar by Anna

Dear Anna,
We are really sorry to hear that as you have been such a faithful contributor over the years.  We will bring this to the attention of our webmaster to see if we can return to the former way the search engine worked.  Our editorial staff doesn’t particularly like the way the search engine is currently working either, and we have taken to using google and selecting images after typing in what we want to find, followed by “” if we want to search our own archives.  Again, thanks so much for your input and we will try to remedy this problem.

UPDATE:  July 27, 2013
We just learned the problem has been corrected.  Images are once again appearing when using the search engine.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

We will be away on holiday for ten days and we will not be responding to any of your numerous submissions and identification requests until we return.  We expect much backlog at that time and our already overworked staff might not be able to respond to your requests during that period.  Please use our archives and attempt to identify your creatures using our excellent search engine.  We hope we are lucky enough to see a Luna Moth on our trip.

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Update:  June 12, 2013
We have returned from holiday, and though we did not get to see any Luna Moths or any Fireflies, we did see several Red Spotted Purples, arguably one of the loveliest North American Butterflies.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

March 30, 2013
We are on holiday, visiting family out of town.  We have postdated some interesting submissions so that new posts will go live each day of our absence, however, we will not be checking nor responding to any emails, which means we expect to have a huge backlog when we return.

Update:  April 4, 2013
We’ve returned to the office to a slew of identification requests and comments.  We will do our best to catch up, but other responsibilities also demand our attention.  Please be patient with our tiny staff.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

We will be undergoing a Metamorphosis
February 21, 2013
We are planning some upgrades for the next 48 hours that we hope will improve your abilities to use our services in the future.  With more and more of our users communicating to us on phones and iPads, we wanted to create a more user friendly platform for our mobile readership.  We do not anticipate any major interruption to our services, but we anticipate emerging from this transition with a shiny, new appearance that doesn’t differ too radically from the aesthetic we have developed over the years, albeit with more flexibility in the way we can reach you.  Please bear with us through this transition.  We will not be creating any new posts during this transition, however, we will still be receiving your mail.  Thanks for your understanding.
The Bugman

Update:  February 23, 2013
Well, we appear to have gotten through our transition intact, and we hope that you like the subtle changes to the design and functions of our website.  This posting has already gotten its first comment from some facebook fan who felt compelled to tell the world that Alex “saw big bug” and we now anticipate even poorer grammar and syntax in the ever shorter communications that will come our way.  We wish breathalizers could be installed on cellular telephones and other mobile communication devices because then perhaps communication from afar would be so much more civil once again.  What’s That Bug? does not want to get left behind as the digital revolution makes us ever so more out of touch with reality, but we promise our readership that we will continue to make our postings and comments from an office desktop computer even though that might be considered too old fashioned by all the techies and hipsters now clogging the information superhighway.

Subject: love the new mobile version
March 7, 2013 9:58 pm
Thank you thank you thank you for the new mobile version of your website.  My children and I can now enjoy whatsthatbug when we find ourselves with a few free moments and are away from our home computers.  Bravo!!
Huskers Kim, Rachel and Emma
Signature: Kim


What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

September 10, 2012 8:27 am
I wonder if you would mind if I “try to” open an identification blog here in Brazil. I’m sure that many people would never send you a request for identification, simply because they don’t know any English. On my other blog I have many visits which I see by Feedjit who came looking for “Is the jewel wasp dangerous to humans?” or “garden spiders”. I also have many contacts on Flickr that occasionally take pictures and I give them an identification. The most interesting pictures, I could ask them if they would like to send it to you.
Another reason that makes me want to do this, is that here there is no good source for identification, any site that tries to bring together in one place our species, and it’s a real loss because our fauna is very rich.
I promise I’ll try not to make mistakes in identifications, reaching only to the family or order in case of doubt, that would be a detriment, I know that misidentifications can become a snowball of mistakes. (Sorry if this is a duplicate message).
Signature: Cesar Crash

Hi Cesar,
We think your idea is a marvelous one, but we are confused as to why you would request our permission.  We are not internet fascists.  We believe in the rights of free speech and freedom of the press, and to that end, we welcome more resources on the internet.  We have noticed that reputable Brazilian identification websites are noticeably absent on the internet.  We already receive more mail than we can respond to so we cannot promise that any requests that come our way will get identified or published.

Well, it’s not like a permission, I just wanted your opinion about this, my idea is not something like a “What’s that bug Brazil” (Whahaha) or something, but it’s really inspired in your job. I’ll tell many people about this project such as Enio Branco (that “Brutamonte” of Ampulex compressa) they might help, because I’m not that good with identification, he’s much better than me, and we can start to make this.
Friday was our Independance Day, so when I turned on the computer today WTB page was on the browser with the message written ready to send, then I was in doubt if I sent Thursday, and I sent it again, now I saw on my e-mail box that I recieved the confirmation.
Today night I’ll upload my images and ask them for some pictures.
Many thanks for the answer!

Good Luck with the Blog Cesar.

Update from Cesar:  October 8, 2012
Well, I think it’s not that ready, but here is the link:

Hi Cesar,
Though we don’t understand Portuguese, your blog is very nice.  Considering the wealth of wildlife in Brazil, there is a dearth of internet information.  Your blog will fill an important niche and we hope you are able to sustain it into the future.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

September 7, 2012
Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California

Gentle Readers,

I spoke of this wildly imagined theory to Julian this evening and I want to spread the word to you cat owners.

This morning, as the sky was dark and moonless and the stars abounded, around 5:30 AM, I took out the compost pile from the kitchen and heard a cat in the treehouse.  I heard a cat, but it wasn’t quite like a cat.  It sounded vaguely birdlike, but definitely like a cat.  I sat in the Adirondack chair in my robe and listened over the course of several minuets.  During that time, the sound of the cat slowly evolved into a more birdlike raptor sound.  Eventually as the call came to sound like a lone owl, a large bird flew off into the lightening sky, neatly silhouetted and bigger than a raven.  I believe the bird was a Great Horned OWL.

Several weeks ago when my mother was visiting, we heard a pair of owls calling from the large pine over the roof.  When I went out, I also heard a cat mewling on the ground, but I couldn’t see it.  One owl flew into another tree and they had the forlorn cat between them.  Later the owls were in the neighboring ash tree with the tree house where I heard the lone cat cry this morning.  Below was the now pathetic meow of a harried cat.
I believe that owls have adapted to attack cats at night by attracting them through imitation.

Julian, upon hearing this, reported that he read that in an owl vomitorium, where pellets are deposited, there was a pile of cat collars.  Julian did not say if that pile was in Mount Washington.

Domestic Shorthair on London Roads quilt

First, better classify your conjecture as a hypothesis rather than a theory–the latter being based on a set of facts, the former a supposition of a possible outcome.

Although I couldn’t find a specific documented instance of Great Horned Owls killing domestic cats, there are plenty of mentions of the possibility of owls killing small cats–but I could not find anyone who spoke from personal experience or observation (and I don’t want to spend more time searching on Daniel’s behalf).

There is a documented instance of an owl attacking a 4-pound Chihuahua (who escaped) at:

And, Daniel, you should check out the owl sound recordings at:
to see if any of them sound like what you heard.

An alternative hypothesis is that you really heard an actual cat and an actual owl, and saw one or more owls depart the scene and did not see the cat. The fact that you didn’t see a cat doesn’t mean that a cat was not present (Schrodinger, anyone??).

If we want to investigate this further, I suggest that we look for owl roosts and search the ground underneath for owl pellets and remains that might belong to cats, including cat collars (no, I couldn’t find the original source for that tale, and it wasn’t on Mt. Washington anyway).

Be safe out there,

Thanks Julian,
During the first instance several weeks ago with two owls, there was definitely a cat involved.  The morning call from Friday morning was definitely the call of a bird that sounded like a cat and eventually evolved into sounding like an owl.  I did see the owl fly away and the call stopped.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination