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Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  San Diego CA
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
I found this moth today at work. 11-14-17. I was wondering what it was.
How you want your letter signed:  Doug

Erythrina Borer

Dear Doug,
This very distinctive moth is known as an Erythrina Borer,
Terastia meticulosalis.  According to BugGuide:  “The only species in the genus found in America north of Mexico.”

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Subject:  Bug, egg sac, what?!
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Elsinore, CA
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 12:44 PM EDT
I found this on my husbands pillow. I don’t know if it’s dead, alive, a bug, an egg sac? It doesn’t seem to have legs from what I could tell. Please help!
How you want your letter signed:  Bugging out

Thing on Pillow

Dear Bugging out,
There is not enough detail in either your image or in the Thing you want us to identify for us to make an accurate identification.  We do not believe this is an Egg Sac.  It looks to us like it might be an immature stage of an insect, or it might be the remains of a creature that lost its legs, antennae, wings and other diagnostic features, perhaps because the family cat got it.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide more information for you.

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Subject:  What’s this
Geographic location of the bug:  South Louisiana
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 08:06 PM EDT
Can someone tell me what this is . Show up on a  Tabasco pepper plant today
How you want your letter signed:  Ricky

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Ricky,
These are plant-feeding, immature Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae, probably the genus
Leptoglossus.  According to BugGuide:  “most of our spp. are considered economically damaging” to agricultural and garden plants.

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Washington State
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
I found this in Kitsap County, a mile or two from salt water, walking along a boardwalk in a wetland surrounded mostly by grasses, red alders, poplars, willows, and a few conifers (Douglas fir, western red cedar, Sitka spruce, western hemlock), so I can’t associate it with any particular plant. There were also a few wild roses and snowberries around. I only found one caterpillar. Any idea what it might be?
How you want your letter signed:  gardenjim

Fingered Dagger Caterpillar

Dear gardenjim,
After a considerable internet search, we finally identified this Fingered Dagger Caterpillar,
Acronicta dactylina.  Fingered Dagger is a curious name, and BugGuide indicates:  “from the Latin ‘dactylus’ (a finger); the origin of the common name but it is not clear how that name applies to this species.”  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on alder, birch, poplar, hawthorn, willow”, and you mentioned three of food plants listed in the vicinity of the sighting.  BugGuide also states “uncommon, but widely distributed” and this BugGuide posting may indicate its range is expanding into areas that had previously been too cold, causing us to speculate “Global Warming?” 

Hi Daniel. Thanks for your diligent research on this!
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Subject:  California trapdoor spider.
Location:  Hoodsport Washington State
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 04:46 PM EDT
I found this very large fellow above my bed during the night. Caught him in my hat box and put him out in my woodsey rain forest today. So silly question, will there be more? And is he a agrressive bitter?
Signature:  dena williams

Male California Trapdoor Spider (from our archives)

Dear dena,
We do not believe you encountered a California Trapdoor Spider as BugGuide data only indicates a range within California.  We suspect you might have encountered 
Antrodiaetus another member of the same family that we found pictured on BugGuide, and that is reported from Washington by a BugGuide contributor.  Trapdoor Spiders are not aggressive, though we suspect the female may attack to protect her brood.


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Subject:  Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Alabama
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 11:27 AM EDT
I am doing a bug project and I need to have this bug identified
How you want your letter signed:  Evan

Bug Collection

Dear Evan,
Your attached image is not of a bug, but of a collection that contains 15 creatures or creature parts that we suspect you are requesting us to identify for you.  Additionally, we are presuming your “need” is in some way related to credit for a course of study for which you will be receiving a grade.  Many years ago we posted a submission we titled What’s That Bug will not do your child’s homework and we still stand by that policy.  We fully understand the pedagogy of teachers assigning an insect collection as a learning exercise in a science class, but we are appalled at the disregard shown by many desperate students who request (and often demand) our assistance as their deadlines approach.  We suspect there was some lecture material on the taxonomy of identification provided to you in class, and that there is perhaps even a text book for your class that has some information that you could use to begin searching for the information you need to complete your bug project.  
You may search our extensive archives, or find other sources on the internet including BugGuide where you should be able to find the answers you desire within a few hours.  We graciously decline your request for us to do your homework for you.  If we have misinterpreted your request, please let us know. 

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