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Subject:  Flying insect identification.
Geographic location of the bug:  Patagonia Az
Date: 09/07/2021
Time: 03:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw this creature clinging to the wall of a public restroom. It is about 2.5 inches long
How you want your letter signed:  Tommy and Julia

Antlion

Dear Tommy and Julia,
This is an adult Antlion.  The larvae known as Doodlebugs bury themselves in the sand at the bottom of a pit waiting for ants and other hapless insects to tumble into waiting jaws.

Subject:  Bug ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Puerto Rico, Caribbean
Date: 08/16/2021
Time: 12:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Vivian

Lacewing

Dear Vivian,
This is a Lacewing, a beneficial predator that eats Aphids and other small insects that plague gardeners.  You can find Lacewings pictured on Alfredo Colon’s Puerto Rico Wildlife.

Subject:  Strange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  North Central Mississippi
Date: 07/25/2021
Time: 05:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Thank you for ID from your website
How you want your letter signed :  D Castle

Debris Carrying Lacewing Larva

Dear D Castle,
This is a beneficial, predatory Lacewing Larva.  The Debris Carrying Lacewing larvae of some species cover themselves with debris for both camouflage and protection.

Subject:  Weird bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia
Date: 11/05/2019
Time: 03:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this tiny bug outside while rooting through my garage, never seen it before and curious as to what it is. In the picture is the bug with a small paperclip to show size. The season is autumn, early November.
How you want your letter signed:  Curiosity

Lacewing Larva

Dear Curiosity,
This is a Lacewing larva, sometimes called an Aphid Wolf.  Lacewings are one of the most agriculturally important predators because of the large numbers of Aphids and other plant pests that an individual will consume over its lifetime.

Subject:  What in the world?
Geographic location of the bug:  TN
Date: 08/24/2019
Time: 02:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! Just sitting around with my daughter looking out the window and saw this thing crawling outside. I googled 4 ways to upload the picture to identify it I don’t do it often just curious as to what this is. Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  S.

Debris Carrying Lacewing Larva

Dear S.,
This is a Debris Carrying Lacewing larva.  Some Lacewing larva construct shelters constructed of plant refuse, the carcasses of prey and other debris that helps to protect the larva.

Oh my gosh! You are amazing

Subject:  Metallica meets dragonfly or damselfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Shenandoah Valley VA
Date: 08/09/2019
Time: 10:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello. I cannot Google up other photos to help me identify this insect with the body of a dragonfly but wings that fold back. The wings start clear but then end with a bold black and white pattern.
How you want your letter signed:  C in VA

Antlion: Glenurus gratus

Dear C in VA,
Your subject line really caught our attention.  This gorgeous Antlion is
Glenurus gratus, which you can verify on BugGuide.

It’s an ant lion really?! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given how many “doodlebug” pits there are in the dirt floor of the shed and barn at this property we visited. I’ve just never had the fortune to see an adult. How lucky I am to have had this brief encounter. He? She? is an elegantly gorgeous insect. Thanks for lending me your expertise.

Hi again C in VA,
While you are correct that the larvae of Antlions are commonly called Doodlebugs, and that many Doodlebugs lie in the bottom of sandy pits with only their mandibles exposed waiting for luckless insects to fall in, of
Glenurus gratus according to BugGuide:  “Larvae found in tree holes among sawdust and in burrows of Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus.