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Subject:  Black wasp with red wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Polyjoke, Crantock, UK
Date: 06/23/2021
Time: 12:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Saw lots of these on a coastal walk. Never seen before. Interested to know what they are? Possible Tarantula Spider Wasp?
How you want your letter signed:  Kellie

Six Spot Burnet

Dear Kellie,
Though it resembles a Wasp, this Six Spot Burnet is actually a diurnal moth.

Hi Daniel
Thank you for your reply.
I did later have a good look online and realised what it was but really appreciate you getting back to me.
Kind regards

Subject:  Beautiful black bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Illinois, USA
Date: 06/19/2021
Time: 10:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  This bug was on my car today and I found it sooo neat! I’ve never seen something like this before! It body from head to tail? Butt? Ending? Was about at inch at most. I didn’t get to see it fly but it almost looks like it has a second smaller set of wings under the large ones.
How you want your letter signed:  Alicia

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

Dear Alicia,
This is a Grapeleaf Skeletonizer moth, and you may compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Found on flowers in fields, etc. Adults are diurnal and nocturnal, and come to light.”

Subject:  Bug to identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Gettysburg, PA
Date: 06/17/2021
Time: 08:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, Danny!!  Gordy found this bug on his window screen.  It looks prehistoric!  I hope you can tell us what it is!  Not a very good pic I know ;(
How you want your letter signed:  Kerry Morgan

Spotted Apatelodes

Kerry Joyce Morgan, how nice to hear from you.
This sure looks like a Spotted Apatelodes,
Apatelodes torrefacta, a moth found in much of the eastern United States.  According to BugGuide it is:  “An odd-looking species, easily mistaken for a sphinx moth.”  I just booked a ticket and I will be in Campbell from late July until late August.  Stop by for a visit.  Say hi to your brother.

Subject:  Large moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Colorado, Monument, close to the mountains
Date: 06/15/2021
Time: 04:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman, my friend found this moth resting on his window and I got to take some photos. I searched several archives of known moths in the area and I found similar moths but nothing that was quite right. Can you please identify this moth for me? The date is June 15th and the moth was found around 1pm. It has been very wet the past few weeks which has been followed by high 80 to mid 90 degree weather for the past three or four days.
How you want your letter signed:  BigMothus

Male Polyphemus Moth

Dear BigMothus,
This impressive creature is a male Polyphemus Moth.  When disturbed, it flashes its large eyespots, often frightening a potential predator with the possibility of getting eaten.

That’s amazing! I had heard of them but I had no idea I was in the presence of such a distinguished creature. Thank you for responding so quickly, not knowing was eating at me!

Subject:  Are these moths? And if so, what kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 12:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
I found these two moths (possibly) today while I was photographing Dragonflies along the wet lands of Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Since I have never seen one like these, I am very curious to know what they are.
Thank you for your assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  Asrat (Bahirdar Photography)

Mating Tiger Moths

Dear Asrat,
These are mating Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we found a matching image on Africa Wild that is identified as the Maid Alice Moth,
Amata alicia.  The indicated range on African Moths includes Ethiopia.

Subject:  Black Wasp with Orange Wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Tampa Flodisa
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 08:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a Tarantula Wasp?
How you want your letter signed:  Please help to identify, thanks Bug Guru

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Though it effectively mimics certain wasps, notably Tarantula Hawks, Empyreuma affinis, is actually a harmless Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth which does not sting, but benefits from looking like an insect with a powerful sting.