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Subject:  Found bug claw in clean laundry
Geographic location of the bug:  North Florida
Date: 04/01/2018
Time: 06:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a brown 1″ long pincer claw hanging onto a sock in my laundry. Any help figuring out what bug it could have belonged to is appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Grace

Crayfish Claw

Dear Grace,
This looks to us like the claw of a Crayfish, a small, freshwater Crustacean that resembles a lobster.

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Subject:  Very large cicada-like, wingless insect found (dead)
Geographic location of the bug:  New Bern, North Carolina
Date: 02/18/2018
Time: 11:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this nearly 3 inch (dead) insect on our golf course in New Bern, NC. It seems to be cicada-type, but much larger, with a bright blue “saddle” dorsal pattern in thorax area. Several legs were gone, but the remaining ones seemed to belong to an original six, and have beetle characteristics.
How you want your letter signed:  Cindy Pellegrini


Dear Cindy,
Commonly called a Crayfish, Crawfish, Crawdad or Clawfish, this is actually a freshwater Crustacean, not an insect.  When not missing its legs, a Crayfish looks like a small lobster.

Thank you, so much, Daniel!  No wonder I couldn’t find it on the insect charts!  I suppose a gull must have dropped it.  We are near creeks and the Neuse River, but not near enough for a crayfish to crawl.
My friends are awaiting your answer.  Thank you, again!

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Subject:  Identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Juneau, ak
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 06:09 AM EDT
Found this in my bathroom. Can u tell me what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Albert Dick


Dear Albert,
We always love getting submissions from Alaska.  This is a Woodlouse or Sowbug, a terrestrial Isopod in the suborder Oniscidea.  According to BugGuide, they are found:  “wherever cool, dark, moist places are available to shelter woodlice from dryness and heat during the day” and they feed upon “Plant material, usually dead. If live plants are soft and moist enough on the outside, they will eat them and sometimes do damage.”

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lakeland florida
Date: 10/01/2017
Time: 08:15 AM EDT
I’ve found 2 of these in the backyard. The first was dead and this one is walking. My dog brought it to me.
How you want your letter signed:  Brian


Dear Brian,
This edible, freshwater crustacean is commonly called a Crayfish, Crawfish or Crawdad.

Thank you! That’s weird I’m in central Florida and no water around. It’s was about 3-4” long

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Subject: about 20 of them apear dead each morning.
Location: Cuermavaca Morelos Mexico
July 3, 2017 12:05 pm
Hello , just wondering what this bug is.
Thanks for your help
Signature: Fernando

Lawn Shrimp

Dear Fernando,
These are terrestrial Amphipods commonly called Lawn Shrimp or Househoppers, and they are an invasive species introduced from Australia.  According to BugGuide:  “
These are rarely seen except when flooding or lack of moisture forces them to abandon their home in the soil in search for suitable conditions. At such times they often end up dieing on pavement or in homes and become a nuisance. Once they start appearing, there’s not much that can be done except to sweep them up- pesticides are pointless, bcause by then they’re already dying or dead.  The best solution is to keep the numbers down the rest of the year by keeping the soil from staying too moist- in California, especially, they’re a sign of overwatering. Physical barriers like weather-stripping can also help to keep them out of homes, but their bodies are flat and narrow, allowing them to slip through surprisingly narrow cracks.  Non-native; introduced probably from Australia along with blue-gum eucalyptus trees in the 1800s. First recorded in San Francisco, CA in 1967.

Daniel, thank you very much for the information , indeed they look like small shrimp!!!!
I greatly appreciate your time.

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Subject: Centipede?
Location: Beaufort, SC
June 7, 2017 11:52 am
Saw these mating….what ever they are…. along the inlet area of Beaufort, S.C.
I have looked in all my bug books and I can’t find anything like them. Can you tell me what they are?
Signature: Janet Fox

Mating Warf Roaches

Dear Janet,
Your image is awesome.  Though they are sometimes called Warf Roaches, these are actually Marine Isopods, a type of Crustacean related to the terrestrial Wood Louse.  We are confident that we have correctly identified your mating Warf Roaches as
Ligia exotica thanks to BugGuide where the range is listed as:  “Atlantic coast NJ south to Florida.”

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