Subject:  Identify red flying insect Geographic location of the bug:  North florida Date: 07/11/2020 Time: 03:51 PM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  Red flying insect with legs like a mosquito and a curved back end with what looks like pinchers and tiger like wings:  Rudy caramadre Dear Rudy, This unusual looking insect is commonly … Read more

Wingless Scorpionfly

Subject:  this bug  is totally weird and awesome Geographic location of the bug:  Sonoma county northern California Date: 05/20/2018 Time: 12:12 AM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was on a rose in my garden. Seems totally harmless, my son and I held it for a while, very cool little bug. Really want … Read more


Subject:  Unknown Flying Insect Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Worth, Texas Date: 10/24/2017 Time: 09:38 PM EDT I came across this insect in the woods near Fort Worth.  I tried to find it on insect identification sites without success.  Please help How you want your letter signed:  Steven Autry Dear Steven, Your images of … Read more

Scorpionfly rescued from dogs

Subject:  Just rescued this from my dogs… Geographic location of the bug:  Girard KS Date: 09/26/2017 Time: 05:04 PM EDT Just found my dogs trying to eat this little thing, so I rescued it. It’s approx 1.5″ long & about an inch wide. Looks like a tiny & very colourful dragonfly. Any idea what it … Read more


Subject: WHat kind of bug Location: Canadian, Oklahoma October 12, 2016 2:55 pm Not sure I’ve ever seen one like this before. Signature: G Lynn Dear G Lynn, This is a marvelous image of a harmless Scorpionfly.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults feed mainly on dead/dying insects, rarely on nectar/fruit.”

Scorpionfly or Caddisfly???

Subject: Help! Location: Central Texas March 26, 2016 4:48 pm Can you please help us identify this bug? Signature: Abby Dear Abby, We believe this is a Scorpionfly in the order Mecoptera, but we cannot find any images of individuals with black wings and an orange body on BugGuide other than Panorpa lugubris, which is … Read more