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Subject:  Flying earwig termite??
Geographic location of the bug:  Washington state
Date: 04/02/2019
Time: 07:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy climbing up the wall inside our house after he was knocked off a blanket.. initially thought termite? But the things on his butt made me think earwig. Tried googling to no avail..
Currently April 2nd in Washington state.
Thank you for reading,
How you want your letter signed:  AJ

Springfly

Dear AJ,
This is a Stonefly, a harmless insect that is found not far from a source of fresh water because they develop as aquatic larvae or naiads.  We believe we have matched your individual to this image posted to BugGuide of a Stonefly in the genus
Skawla which is classified in the subfamily Perlodinae, commonly called Springflies, presumably because they fly in the spring.

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Subject:  Insect ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Marseilles, IL, USA
Date: 01/25/2019
Time: 02:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have tried several online insect identification keys to no avail. It kind of looks like a diplura or a grylloblattodea or a collembola but it doesn’t seem to exactly match up with any of the three because of its black color. What do you think it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin

Snowfly

Dear Kevin,
This looks to us like a Winter Stonefly, and because they are frequently found with snow on the ground, they are sometimes called Snowflies.

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Subject:  Beauty and a beast
Geographic location of the bug:  Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: 07/19/2018
Time: 05:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman!
I was recently working on stream habitat assessments and ran into a gorgeous spider. I believe it’s a fishing spider (six-spotted?), but I’m not certain and was hoping for some confirmation. Isn’t she (maybe a he…) a beauty??
…  Here’s hoping!
How you want your letter signed:  Many thanks, Van

Six Spotted Fishing Spider and Stonefly Nymphs

Hi Van,
We are going to split Beauty and The Beast apart for posting purposes.  The spider does appear to be a Six Spotted Fishing Spider, but we are not certain of the species.  The other insects on the rock appear to be Stonefly larvae.

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Subject:  Identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia
Date: 06/11/2018
Time: 04:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Need help figuring out what this is
How you want your letter signed:  William clarke

Giant Stonefly

Dear William,
This is a Giant Stonefly in the genus
Pteronarcys and here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  Also known as Salmonflies, Giant Stoneflies have aquatic larvae known as naiads that are found in freshwater streams, so we suspect you live near a creek or river.

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Subject:  ID for large net-veined winged insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Gardenton, MB (southeastern MB)
Date: 02/16/2018
Time: 04:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This insect showed up on my deck on June 12, 2012, in the tall grass-aspen parkland eco-region. I wish I had more info. None of my searches have come up with anything close.
I sure hope you can help solve this mystery!
How you want your letter signed:  Laura

Salmonfly

Dear Laura,
Giant Stoneflies in the genus 
Pteronarcys are frequently called Salmonflies.  Despite there being no reports from Manitoba listed on BugGuide, since the surrounding provinces have reports, we would deduce that the range of the Giant Stoneflies also includes Manitoba.

Thank-you so much, Daniel! I’ll be looking up more info on the salmonfly now
Laura
Very cool. The Roseau River is only a 1/2 mile away and it has a rocky bottom, so that’s where it came from. I’ll be looking for larvae when the water’s low enough.

Thanks so much for opening another window to the local ecology!
Laura

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Subject: South BC bug, similar to the insect image on your website
Location: South BC
August 19, 2017 6:29 am
Hi there Bugman,
My mate found this insect in the river in south BC.
I’ve been looking everywhere online to find out what this insect is. Not much result! However, the closest thing that has come up is the picture on your website right under “TOP TEN” on the left side bar.
Could you please tell us what it is?
Thanks mucho and much bug love!
Sway
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Stonefly Naiad

The image on our homepage is an Earwig, and though your creature shares some similarities, they are not closely related.  Your insect is an aquatic nymph, the naiad of a Stonefly.   Your individual looks very similar to this BugGuide image submitted from Alberta, Canada.

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