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Subject:  Brown, multi-plated, horned with extending proboscis, crawling insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Middle Georgia, USA
Date: 02/05/2018
Time: 04:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I sure hope someone can figure out what this insect is. Only one I’ve ever seen. Early February in a warmer than usual Winter. The Robins are already here for Spring. It is on an exterior polyester rug. Approximately one half inch long. Rolled up, perpendicularly to the concrete floor, almost to a closed circle when I moved it.
Thank you for your time and assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  Dan

Firefly Larva

Dear Dan,
This is the larva of a Firefly, or possibly a Net Winged Beetle larva, but we would favor the former.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  The larvae of many species of Fireflies feed on snails and slugs.

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Subject:  Caterpillar like black bug with red spots
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 09:22 PM EDT
Saw this in the bathroom on the floor at work today. Never saw one before and was curious to see what it was exactly. It appered to only have 6 legs and drag its rear behind. Took the pics and it was relocated outside where it belongs.
How you want your letter signed:  Gin

Glowworm

Dear Gin,
Had you turned out the lights, you would have seen this Glowworm phosphoresce with green light.  A glowing Glowworm, also known as a Railroad Worm, is an impressive sight.

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Subject:  Glowing bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Hopkinsville ky.
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 12:09 PM EDT
After dark , just the other nite. I seen this glow out on the yard, look like a lightning bug glow. Went to investigate it an this is what I found.
How you want your letter signed:  Robert Daniels

Firefly Larva

Dear Robert,
This is the larva of a Firefly and many larval Fireflies are also capable of bioluminescence.  There is a similar image of a Firefly larva on the University of Kentucky Entomology site.

Thank you so much! Never dreamed that a firefly larva would look like this. Looked more like some type of roly poly spiecis.

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Subject: Identify insect?
Location: Troy Michigan
August 22, 2017 6:49 pm
My friend was stung by this bug and became very ill. She feels there was a nest in the ground. She had a severe reaction and ended up in emergency.
Signature: Thank You, Julia B

Firefly

Dear Julia B,
We do not doubt that something made your friend sick enough to end up in the emergency room, but are you certain this is the culprit?  Perhaps it is circumstantial evidence that caused this Firefly to be a suspect, like it was found near your friend after the incident.  Fireflies are actually Beetles, and to the best of our knowledge, no  Beetles are capable of stinging.  To the best of our knowledge, Fireflies are not considered a threat to humans.  We strongly suspect it was something else that caused the reaction in your friend.  This appears to be a Winter Firefly based on this BugGuide page, and despite its name, BugGuide reports sightings in Michigan in July and September as well as other months.

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Subject: Identify please
Location: Virginia
July 11, 2017 10:54 am
Found dead in motel room in Virginia
Signature: No

Firefly

Dear No,
This is a Firefly or Lightning Bug, and they are much more impressive alive, outdoors, providing a summer light show than they are when found dead in a motel room.

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Subject: Found in South Florida. What is it?
Location: South Florida
July 8, 2017 6:43 am
this bug was found by a neighbor in South Florida. Any idea what it is? I have never seen anything like it.
Signature: Kim

Glowworm

Dear Kim,
The angle of this image is quite odd, but this is still recognizable as a male Glowworm, which you can verify by comparing your image to  this BugGuide image.

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