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Subject:  Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Ashland, Oregon
Date: 06/28/2021
Time: 06:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This was on a lavender plant in our yard on June 26th. I am wondering if it’s a member of the antlion group of insects – and specifically what species it is. Thanks for your time!
How you want your letter signed:  Roxanna

Snakefly

Dear Roxanna,
This is a beneficial, predatory Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera.  Your image is quite nice, so much so that we would call it a portrait of this Snakefly.

Subjec:  Winged Incect
Geographic location of the bug:  Mt Baldy, Ca
Date: 05/05/2019
Time: 11:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, this website is so cool, anyways had this guy land on me on a hike, never seen him before. No clue what it might be
How you want your letter signed:  Ya boi

Square Headed Snakefly

Dear Ya boi,
Thanks for the compliment.  This is a very exciting posting for us.  Though we immediately recognized this as a Snakefly in the insect order Raphidioptera, we also recognized that is was different from other Snakeflies on our site.  We identified it as a Square Headed Snakefly in the genus
Negha on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “This is the only genus within the family Inocceliidae in North America.”  This is also the first posting on our site of a Square Headed Snakefly.

Subject:  6-legged-slug-bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Davis, CA: basement office
Date: 12/04/2018
Time: 04:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business, when this seemingly friendly but very fast moving little guy came cruising towards my arm. He’s looking for something (dinner?) but I don’t know what and I don’t know what he is or where he came from! There are laboratories in this building, but none that do any work on this kinda critter!
How you want your letter signed:  Worried about bugs with tails

Oh! It’s a snakefly larva 🙂 No further ID necessary!

Snakefly Larva

Dear Worried about bugs with tails.
We are pleased that you were able to identify your Snakefly larva without our assistance.

Subject:  what is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oakland CA, when air quality dangerous due to fire smoke
Date: 11/09/2018
Time: 02:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this in a 2nd story laundry room which is not damp.   It was on a white quilt and appeared to be alone.  it is very very smokey outside due to distant forest fires and we wondered if that may have driven it inside?
How you want your letter signed:  pearl

Snakefly Larva

Dear Pearl,
This is a Snakefly larva, a harmless predator that is not normally found indoors, though we do not believe the fire was a factor in you finding it indoors.

Subject:  Please identify this pretty bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Sisters, Oregon USA
Date: 07/15/2018
Time: 10:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beautiful bug caught my attention because it resembles a dinosaur and seemed to calmly interact with me while I took pictures. Pictures taken today July 15th 2018 at 7pm. Thank you for your time.
How you want your letter signed:  Starla Kay Lajko

Snakefly

Dear Starla,
This primitive looking insect is a Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera.  According to BugGuide:  “Both larvae and adults are predatory, though they are capable of catching and killing only small and weak prey. Snakefly larvae feed on eggs and larvae of various insects, as well as adults of minute arthropods (e.g. mites, springtails, barklice, and homopterans). Adults typically prefer aphids but may eat a wide variety of arthropods. Adults take efforts to clean themselves after feeding. “

Subject:  long necked termite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Chatsworth, California
Date: 03/07/2018
Time: 04:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy on our screen this morning. Looks like an alien termite to me! I’ve never seen anything like it before. Thank you for the help! 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  KC

Snakefly

Dear KC,
Though it resembles a Termite, you encountered a beneficial, predatory Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera.

Thank you so much! You’re awesome! 🙂
Kendall Clark