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Subject:  Unidentified Flying Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Gauteng South Africa
Date: 01/22/2019
Time: 02:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi.
I found this beautiful insect on our patio upstairs close to a light source at night.
Any idea what it might be?
It doesn’t look like a Dragonfly though.
How you want your letter signed:  Damian

Antlion

Dear Damian,
Though it resembles a Dragonfly, this gorgeous insect is actually an Antlion, and it is more closely related to Lacewings and Owlflies.  We believe it is
Palpares speciosus, a species that is pictured on iSpot.

Antlion

Thank you so much for the info!

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Subject:  Tan Winged Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Tujunga, CA
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 11:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve been seeing these bugs in my house recently hanging out in the corners where the ceiling meets the wall.
How you want your letter signed:  James

Brown Lacewing

Dear James,
Though your image lacks critical sharpness, we are relatively certain this is a Brown Lacewing, a beneficial predator.

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Subject:  What’s this egg on my woody plant
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/19/2018
Time: 07:32 AM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Harvest time is fast approaching, and I am inspecting my colas for dreaded Budworms, and I have learned to recognize their eggs, but I noticed a few different eggs I would like identified.  They are on a stalk.
Thanks for your time.
How you want your letter signed: Constant Gardener

Lacewing Egg

Dear Constant Gardener,
We suspect we will get a few comments from our readers regarding the content of your image, but the stalked egg in the lower left corner was laid by a Green Lacewing.  Green Lacewings are predators, and their larvae are commonly called Aphid Wolves.

Mel Frank Comments
Yes, they are all over my plants, every year. It’s one of the reasons I have had only very minor insect infestations and is a main reason I don’t use insecticides–I don’t want to kill the biological helpers.

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Subject:  Green mantis looking bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Oregon coast
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 04:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Me and my friends have ran into these a few times now. Even though I’ve spent a while looking I can’t figure out what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Your help is very much appreciated

Green Lacewing

The Green Lacewing is sometimes called a Golden-Eye.

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Subject:  What is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Ocean City Maryland
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 09:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw this insect or bug on a fence post on the dunes August 14, 2018. Do you know what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Dee Lis

Antlion

Dear Dee,
This is an Antlion in the family Myrmeleontidae.  Larvae are called Doodlebugs.

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Subject:  Eggs on a hand
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma  United States
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 01:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:n  A bug laid eggs oon my friend’s hand. Creepy but cool too.  Can you identify the bug egg?
How you want your letter signed:  Lee walker

Lacewing Eggs

Dear Lee,
When we initially read your subject line, we really didn’t have much hope we would be of any assistance, however, the eggs of Lacewings are so distinctive, we had no trouble.  The Lacewing has adapted to lay its egg on a stalk so that when each egg hatches, the larval Lacewing, commonly called an Aphid Wolf, it has to crawl down the stalk before it can begin to forage for prey.  Lacewing larvae have ferocious appetites and they will eat any small creature they encounter.  This adaptation helps to prevent cannibalism.  We are curious though, how this managed to happen without your friend noticing the insect, because no description of the Lacewing is included in your request.

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