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Subject:  Help identify Hamish
Geographic location of the bug:  Priest Lake, Idaho
Date: 07/08/2018
Time: 08:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this big creepy crawly on one of the docks on the lake. We asked a few Park rangers and even they couldn’t tell us what he was. We’d love to know what kind of creature Hamish Armadeus Thompson III is.
How you want your letter signed:  Simpson Cousins

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Simpson Cousins,
This is the aquatic larva of a Dragonfly known as a naiad.

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Subject:  Wild Lookin Turtle Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Upstate NY
Date: 07/03/2018
Time: 06:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Earlier this week (6/29) came across a bug that I have never seen before, and neither has anyone else that I have talked to!
I was on a beach by a lake in the Adirondacks, and in the sand I saw what I believed to be a very small turtle shell. Upon picking it up, I realized that it was not a turtle, but a large insect! It was about 1.5 inches long, the front 1/3 of the insect looked like a large ant or beetle , and the rear 2/3 looked exactly like the shell of a small turtle.
I did not have a camera or phone with me so I do not have a picture, and I have been unable to find anything close online.  I know that you have said that it is unlikely that you can ID the bug without a picture, but I just had to ask.  I attached a drawing if that is of any help.
Any ideas you have would be great, thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Drawing of a Dragonhunter, we believe

Dear Chris,
At first we thought your drawing resembled a Spider, sans a pair of legs, but your excellent written description, including finding it on the shore, leads us to believe this is a Dragonhunter naiad, the aquatic larva of the Dragonfly
Hagenius brevistylus.  It is thought that its shape causes it to look like a submerged leaf, helping it to capture prey.

Thanks for the quick response and great identification, that is exactly what I saw! I am super impressed with both your insect knowledge and amazing “customer service”!

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Subject:  Very strange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Wakulla River, Florida
Date: 06/28/2018
Time: 12:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug dead on the side of a river while kayaking. It was approximately 3 inches in length give take half an inch. Im not sure if it is some kind or beetle or spider missing legs. Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Trent Smith

Dragonhunter Naiad

Dear Trent,
This looks like a Dragonhunter Naiad, the larva of the Dragonfly,
Hagenius brevistylus.  We just received a drawing to identify and we believe it is also a Dragonhunter naiad.

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Subject:  Bug found in water
Geographic location of the bug:  Choctaw Lake Ohio – man made lake
Date: 06/24/2018
Time: 03:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi. My grand daughter found this bug while playing in our beach area. It looks a little like a tadpole when i it swims, but, it has 6 legs like a bug. We  caught this bug in a bucket then realized it after we took the photos.  If you can tell us what kind of big this is, we would appreciate it.
How you want your letter signed:  Lori McKinley

Damselfly Naiad

Dear Lori,
This is a naiad, a general term for the aquatic larva of a flying insect.  More specifically it is a Damselfly naiadDamselflies are beneficial insects related to Dragonflies, and they are predatory in both the larval form and the winged adult.

Thank you, Daniel. I can’t wait to share this information with my granddaughter. I really appreciate you taking the time to research this. Thanks again.

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Subject:  Strange bug appears on my boat dock
Geographic location of the bug:  Odessa Florida
Date: 03/05/2018
Time: 07:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
this is one strange caper, lol/ This thing really looks strange to me. I have tried to identify him/her, with no success. I swept one away before, then realized it was hollow… zoom in. It does not appear to be a locust of any kind… but what do I know.
How you want your letter signed:  My daughter refuses to visit till I give her the all clear

Dragonfly Exuvia

Dear MDRTVTIGHTAC,
All Insects, and other Arthropods as well, shed a hard exoskeleton during each stage of metamorphosis, and the cast-off exoskeleton is called an exuvia.  This is the exuvia of a Dragonfly.  The nymphs of Dragonflies are aquatic and they are called naiads.  When the Dragonfly naiad approaches maturity, the nymph leaves the water and climbs up a vertical feature, like a dock post or a reed, and it molts for the final time, eventually flying away as a winged adult Dragonfly.

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Subject:  Bright Red Orbweaver Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  West Palm Beach, Florida
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 03:21 PM EDT
Greetings What’s That Bug!
Okay, I know this is an orbweaver spider. However, I’m not sure which one. Is it Eriophora ravilla? Is it Neoscona crucifera? Is it something completely different? Whatever it is, that bright red color sure stands out. This picture was taken at approximately 8:30 a.m. at Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach, Florida. Most of the web was down, whether that was from the dragonfly tearing it apart or the spider was doing some housekeeping. Thanks for shedding some light on this colorful spider.
How you want your letter signed:  Ann Mathews

Orbweaver eats Dragonfly

Dear Ann,
Your Food Chain image is stunning, but alas, we are not comfortable providing a definitive identification, but your individual does resemble several orange
Neoscona crucifera individuals pictured on BugGuide.

Thanks for trying to identify this spider. Sometimes I wish these guys came with name tags! J
Ann Mathews

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