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Subject:  Scary bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia, rainy
Date: 06/09/2019
Time: 10:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I went outside to take my dog out, and outside our garage door were these two bugs and they have been there now for a few hours without any movement
How you want your letter signed:  bugman

Annual Cicada with Exuvia

This is an image of a winged Annual Cicada and the shed larval skin or exuvia it left behind when it emerged from living underground and metamorphosed into a winged adult.  Annual Cicadas are also known as Dog Day Harvestflies and they are considered the loudest insects on earth.

Subject:  Cicadas being decapitated
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Pennsylvania
Date: 05/25/2019
Time: 09:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have found several dozen cicada decapitated very close to their malted skins. What is causing the decapitation?
* Note I lined the bodies up in pic…
How you want your letter signed:  Dirk Rupert

Decapitated Cicadas

Dear Dirk,
Your image is the first one we are posting this year of the emergence of the Brood VIII, the population of Periodical Cicadas, incorrectly called 17 Year Locusts, which has just begun to emerge in western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia according to Cicada Mania.  For years we have been posting images of decapitated Cicada heads, but our images have been of the heads left behind when a predator has eaten the body.  Your case is different because the perpetrator did not eat the nutritious body, so it wasn’t hungry.  We suspect a house cat might be responsible for your mystery.

Subject:  very large fly/ wasp. Jan 2019
Geographic location of the bug:  North Sydney
Date: 02/02/2019
Time: 12:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
This bug had gathered quite a crowd as it sat on the pavement (dead or close to) owing to its size. About 4 cm long, but as you can see from the photo also very fat. Sent friend the photo and he said it is a horsefly, but it seems this one is much much larger and the head doesn’t look right for a horsefly.
How you want your letter signed:  Steve F

Double Drummer

Dear Steve,
This is neither a Fly nor a Wasp, but you are not the first person who has submitted an image of a Cicada to our site thinking it was a giant fly.  Australia has much diversity when it comes to Cicadas, and the sounds that Cicadas produce make them familiar to many folks because of the sound and not because they have been observed.  Australians have also come up with some very creative common names for Cicadas, and your individual appears to be a Double Drummer,
Thopa saccata, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “Double Drummer Cicadas are the largest cicadas in Australia. They make loudest sound in the insect world. They are brown to orange-brown in colours with black pattern. On each side of the males’ abdomen there are the small pockets, the double drums, which are used to amplify the sound they produce. Females do not have the double drums but with longer abdomen tip.   Those large cicadas may not be seen easily because they usually stay on tree top. However, we always know they were there by hearing their loud songs. Their song is loud, piercing, chainsaw-like whine, which fluctuates smoothly in pitch. Singing occurs throughout the day and also at dusk in summer season.”

Many thanks Daniel.
What a wonderful service.
Best regards.

Subject:  Beatle identification
Geographic location of the bug:  On my dying pine tree in wpb fl
Date: 11/06/2018
Time: 05:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this the southern pine bark beetle that is killing my trees just it’s adult form ?
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you Susan

Cicada Exuvia

Dear Susan,
This is the shed exoskeleton or exuvia of a Cicada.  The Cicada nymph lives underground for several years (as long as 17 years for the Periodical Cicada) and then digs to the surface where it molts, emerging as adult winged Cicada and leaving behind the exuvia.

Subject:  Big fly looking insect
Geographic location of the bug:  North america
Date: 09/10/2018
Time: 06:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! I’ve seen this type of bug before but usually they lay on the sidewalk.  I live in chicago illinois but I’m curious as to find what kind of bug it is and info on it.
Thank you :]
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Marlene

Mating Cicadas

Dear Marlene,
These are mating Annual Cicadas.  You list the location of the sighting as North America, and then you state you live in Chicago, but it is unclear if the image was taken in Chicago.  Because of the white spots that are so prominent on these Cicadas, we believe that based on BugGuide images, they are Scissor Grinders.

Subject:  Flourescent green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Central California
Date: 08/29/2018
Time: 12:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this little gem about 1 ft deep. Looks like some kind of crustacean.
How you want your letter signed:  Jwh

Cicada Nymph

Dear Jwh,
This is a Cicada nymph, and we have identified similar looking Cicada nymphs from the west coast in the past as being members of the genus