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Subject:  Bugs? on sanitary napkins
Geographic location of the bug:  India, in a semi humid to dry enviornment, near bloo
Date: 11/04/2021
Time: 02:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
This is going to be a bit disgusting, graphic and tmi.
I had a lot of very bad weeks in terms of mental illness and as a result of that, I accumulated bloody disposable sanitary pads.
Yes I know what a bad idea that is. I managed to clean and sanitize all of my pad shelf today (yay)
There were insects on it. (Not insects since they did not have legs but maybe to-be insects since maybe they were early stages).
They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least. I collected them and sprayed the whole thing with sanitizer, is there something else you’d recommend doing?
Do you know what it might have been?
How you want your letter signed:  A harangued person

Puparia on Sanitary Napkin

Dear harangued person,
This appears to be a fly pupa, commonly called puparia.  Fly larvae known as Maggots feed on a multitude of different foods, and many species of flies are associated with rotting organic matter.  When the maggots have finished feeding, they often wander away from the food source to transform into the puparia.  The insects you described:  “They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least” sound very much like maggots.  So, if it is any comfort, the puparia did not emerge from the sanitary napkin, but rather the sanitary napkin seemed like a dry, comfortable place for metamorphosis.

Puparia on Sanitary Napkin

Subject:  Insect Identification REquest
Geographic location of the bug:  Erowal Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 09:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I photographed these insects on a fully grown adult Eastern Grey Kangaroo’s tail, in February, 2020. Do you have any idea what they are, please?
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Unknown Flies found on Kangaroo’s tail

Hi Nick,
Other than believing that these are Flies in the order Diptera, we have not had any luck with further identifications, but we can’t resist posting your adorable image of a group of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  We hope to investigate this further.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos

Subject:  Bee Fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Casa Grande, AZ
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 01:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little bug on the screen outside my indoor plants. Between 1 to 1.5 cm. in size. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I’ve looked through all kinds of sites, but little true info is out online. I can’t identify any that look quite like this.
Please help?
How you want your letter signed:  Chris in Casa Grande

Bee Fly

Update:  I just sent photos of a little bee fly id been unable to identify. Looked through this site as well as BugGuide.net. Just after sending my request, I believe I found it – gray bee fly – Anastoechus melanohalteralis. Sorry for the unneeded request. Still love this site!

Dear Chris,
This is indeed a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae.  We are uncertain of the exact species.

Subject:  Unknown flies
Geographic location of the bug:  Nolan,Tx
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There was a paper wasp posted outside this hole so I assumed there was a nest inside. I am in the business of killing bugs, so I treated in the opening expecting wasps to come pouring out. To my surprise it was these flies. About 15 to 20 of them. I’ve never seen this species before.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

What’s That Fly?

Dear Scott,
These are crazy looking Flies and the circumstances surrounding their discovery in a hole seem quite specific, but alas, Daniel’s initial perfunctory search turned up nothing.  Daniel must attend to some personal matters at this time and he will return to do additional research into the identity of these interesting flies.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some luck and write in with a comment.

Subject:  Psychodidae larvae
Geographic location of the bug:  Riudeboix creek (UTM: 41.81305 2.34131), Collformic, el Brull, Catalonia-Spain
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 11:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
This larvae was sampled in Riudeboix creek (UTM: 41.81305 2.34131), Collformic, el Brull, Catalonia-Spain on May 9, 2019.
Since then it has been preserved in alcohol 70%.
Can anyone help with the genus ID?
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  iraima

Suspected Psychodidae Larva

Dear Iraima,
The editorial staff at What’s That Bug? does not have the necessary expertise to answer your question, however, we can post your images and enlist our readership to assist.  We would urge you to post a comment to this posting so people can contact you directly through our comment section.

Suspected Psychodidae Larva (detail)

Suspected Psychodidae Larva (detail)

Subject:  Help with vespid ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Morgantown West Virginia
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 07:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Had this insect in my home. Looks like a vespid of some kind. Can’t really match it to any photos we see online. Your help is appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  Dana

Virginia Flower Fly

Dear Dana,
This is not a Vespid nor any other type of Wasp.  This is a Fly in the family Syrphidae, commonly called Flower Flies or Hover Flies.  Many species in the family Syrphidae are effective mimics of stinging wasps and bees which helps to protect the harmless flies from predators who mistake them for a stinging creature.  We will attempt a species identification for you if we have time.  There are extensive archives on BugGuide should you decide to attempt your own research.  We believe we have correctly identified it as a Virginia Flower Fly,
Milesia virginiensis, on Insect Identification for the Casual Observer.

Wow! Thank you for the prompt reply and your expertise!
Your time is much appreciated!