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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

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.

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

Subject:  Insect found inside my house
Geographic location of the bug:  NW Washington. Seattle /Tacoma area.
Date: 11/06/2017
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Good morning!
I found this insect several days ago on  my indoor ,north facing,window sill.  Not sure how long it had been there. Only one specimen observed, have not seen it live outdoors.  I did notice the black triangle markings on the wings.
Many thanks for your help, much appreciated!
I will share the findings with others.
How you want your letter signed:  John Finkas. Master Gardener.


Dear John,
Is there a pond or other water feature in your garden, or is there a natural pond or body of water in the vicinity of your home?  This is a Damselfly, a member of the suborder Zygoptera, that are classified together in the same insect order as Dragonflies.  They differ from Dragonflies in that they are usually smaller, have a more feeble flight, and frequently rest with wings folded together.  Like Dragonflies, they are predators that have aquatic nymphs known as naiads.

Daniel hi.,
Was found near the kitchen sink.  Yes ,several outdoor water features, many thanks for your prompt reply!

Subject:  Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Moosehead Lk. Area in Maine
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 09:55 AM EDT
I like to post photos of nature but I always want my identification to be accurate. Photo may not be as clear for what you need. At first I thought Aeshna species and now after 3 days of looking I now lean towards Swamp. I just don’t know….Help please! Who knew there are so many varieties!! 🙂
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Karen

Swamp Darner in Flight

Dear Karen,
Based on BugGuide images, we agree that this might be a Swamp Darner, and we concur that identifying Dragonflies is a challenge.

Swamp Darner in Flight

Thank you!!!!! I now finally have an ID! So glad I found you and I will be back! 🙂

Subject: big dragonfly
Location: sacramento
August 22, 2017 7:15 am
can you tell me what dragonfly is this
Signature: barb

Saddlebags Dragonfly

Dear Barb,
This is one of the Saddlebags Dragonflies in the genus
Tramea, and based on its color and its resemblance to this BugGuide image, we believe it is a Black Saddlebags.  According to BugGuide:  “Seldom perches.”

Thanks Daniel!  I do a type of hand embroidery called Stumpwork and bugs are one of the things that I like to make.  And as an added challenge, I like to do ones that I find when we travel.

How wonderful.  Please send us some images if you can.

Embroidered Beautiful Demoiselle

Here’s one of my favorites…my version of a Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo).

Thanks Celeste.  Your embroider is beautiful.  We are categorizing this in our Bug Art category.