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Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern California
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 12:08 PM EDT
Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern California
Your letter to the bugman:  I keep finding these tiny bugs on my patio, they bite and cause itching, everything says silverfish or pincher bug , the pinchers are in front , it’s definitely not either of those , it’s the size of a flea , I blew up pics to see better, please tell me what these bugs are?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks!

Aphid Wolf

This is a predatory Lacewing Larva.  They are often called Aphid Wolves because of the large numbers of Aphids they are able to consume in the garden.  We often get reports of bites from Lacewing Larvae.

 

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.

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