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Subject:  Doodlebugs in Western WA?
Geographic location of the bug:  Puyallup/Tacoma
Date: 06/26/2019
Time: 11:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We recently bought a new home and have found these numerous tiny divots all over the bark in the yard. I did some digging and found the culprit to be, what looks like, doodlebugs. Yet, I read that they seem to live in warmer, sandier climates. Should I be surprised to have found these little guys here? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Shannon BH

Doodlebug

Dear Shannon,
This is indeed a larval Antlion or Doodlebug.  Though they are frequently found in sandy soil, that is a generalization.  According to BugGuide data, Antlions are found in all 48 continental United States.

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Subject:  Never seen this bug before
Geographic location of the bug:  Knoxville, TN
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 11:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought this bug looked cool and was trying to identify it! Found it on the bed in my house.
How you want your letter signed:  Jessie

Doodlebug

Dear Jessie,
This is an Antlion larva, commonly called a Doodlebug.  They are generally found at the bottom of a pit in sandy soil where they lie buried with only their impressive mandibles exposed, waiting for unsuspecting prey, often Ants, to fall into the pit right into the hungry Doodlebug’s waiting jaws.  Interestingly, we just posted an image of an unknown larva that the querent mistook for an Antlion larva.

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Subject:  Extinct trilobite found!
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 04:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this out by our pool. I realize it’s not really a trilobite, but it looks like one. Maybe an ant lion?
How you want your letter signed:  Gage

Owlfly Larva

Dear Gage,
We believe this is a Beetle larva, and we also believe we might have a similar image in our archives, but we cannot remember its identity.  Daniel is currently in Ohio, using pirated and very slow internet connections, and research is time consuming.  We are posting your marvelous submission as Unidentified and we hope our readership will come to our rescue and provide comments as to its identity.
  We would not rule out that it might be some species of Woodlouse (see BugGuide).  Can you perhaps provide an image of the ventral surface or tell us how many legs it has?

Update:  Owlfly Larva
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we researched Owlfly larvae on BugGuide and located this matching image.  Mystery solved.

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Subject:  A nymph of some kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Sappemeer, Netherlands
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 08:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
This looks to be a nymph of some kind. But I have no clue what it is. At first I thought it was a ladybug nymph until I saw the picture enlarged on my computer. This was taken just a couple days ago, on June 10, 2019.
How you want your letter signed:  Lizzie

Aphid Wolf

Dear Lizzie,
This is a beneficial Lacewing larva, sometimes called an Aphid Wolf after its preferred prey.

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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast texas
Date: 05/12/2019
Time: 03:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Almost sat on it in car
How you want your letter signed:  holly

Aphid Wolf

Dear Holly,
This is a Lacewing Larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf.  Many folks experience unprovoked bites from Lacewing larvae, and the irritation from a bite might last a week or longer, so in that sense, you are lucky you did not sit on it with exposed skin.  Though it causes some irritation, the bite of a Lacewing larva is not considered dangerous.  We are incredibly amused at the composition of your image.

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Subject:  Dragonfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Abruzzo, Italy
Date: 05/09/2019
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, again
Wandering through the woods, today, when I spotted, what I thought was a butterfly.
After checking out all Italian species, with no joy, I checked the image again.  It was then I noticed what appears to be claspers on the end of the abdomen.  Thought – Dragonfly?
Checked for Italian dragonflies but nothing looking like this and with such a short abdomen?
Would really appreciate an ID for this, whatever it is.
Regards
How you want your letter signed:  Fof

Owlfly

Dear Fof,
The first time we ever saw an image of a European Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae, we had no idea what we were looking at as it seemed to have characteristics of so many different insect orders.  Owlflies are classified with Lacewings and Antlions in the order Neuroptera.  Based on this Minden Pictures image, we believe your Owlfly is
Libelloides coccajus.

Owlfly

Hi Daniel
Thank you.  I have never heard of Owlflies before. I am glad I was not the only one a bit confused with this little beastie.
When I first saw it, its flight pattern looked like a butterfly.
Looking at the images, I noticed pterostigma on the forewings and claspers.  However the claspers looked way too big and the abdomen way too small for a dragonfly.
On top of that, there are no ponds or lakes in the vicinity, only the River Mavone.  That would not be suitable for dragonflies, as it is a fairly fast flowing river, even now when it is at its lowest, with a very rocky bed.  In full flood, in the winter, it is not unusual for boulders the size of small cars to come smashing their way down from the Apennines.
I love to learn something new each day – today was definitely a bonus day.
Regards
Fof
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