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Ed. Note:  Congratulations to our sister site in Brazil

Hello, Daniel, how are you doing?
I just like to share Insetologia numbers, today I published our post #10.000.
Another thing, I don’t think it’s near  you, but maybe… There will be an animal adoption fair in San Francisco and there will be a face-n the-hole-board (tintamarresque) with I drawing I did for them.
Best wishes,

Insetologia hits 10,000 postings!!!

Congratulations Cesar.  That is quite a milestone.
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Subject:  The Mantis on my Woody Plant is growing
Geographic location of bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date:  7/10/2018
Time:  6:46 AM
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I thought you might be interested in a follow-up on the Mantis on my woody plant I wrote about three weeks ago.  Last week I saw a shed exoskeleton (sorry no photo) and after disappearing for the day I made that discovery, the Mantis returned and has been back living on my Sweet Sarah clone ever since.  The Mantis has gotten bigger.  A Green Lynx Spider shared the plant for about a week, but today the Mantis is where the Green Lynx used to be and the Green Lynx is gone.  I have not seen this Mantis eat.  Both the Mantis and my plants survived the heat wave last weekend.
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Immature California Mantis on Sweet Sarah clone

Dear Constant Gardener,
Thanks for the update on the immature California Mantis you found on your Woody Plant.  We suspect it is the product of the female California Mantis you documented last year.

Update:  July 11, 2018
After noticing a Facebook posting by Jason RE who wrote:  “‘woody plant’ silly rabbit that is marijuana, not seeing any buds” we decided we needed to crop the image so the well camouflaged mantis is more noticeable.

Immature California Mantis

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Subject:  3 inch pink larva with scales
Geographic location of the bug:  Sweden
Date: 04/27/2018
Time: 10:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Most likely not native to Sweden, what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Weird Pink Thing

Dear Curious,
Please provide us with additional information.  Did you take this image?  Are there any other angles?  Where (habitat) in Sweden was it found?  Did it move?

Ed Note: This is not the first time we have received an image of a rubber or plastic creature that the submitter insisted was alive, and most are spiders like this  rubber Tarantula, or this plastic Spider, and fishing lures like this blue worm often fool people into believing they have seen an unusual creature.

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Subject:  this bug stung/bit me
Geographic location of the bug:  Center Point Indiana
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 12:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My husband and I went to the exotic feline rescue center to check out some big cats, while we were there I leaned on a tree and got stung bit by this bug. My hand swelled a little and I took a photo
How you want your letter signed:  Jshearer

Wheel Bug

Dear Jshearer,
This is a Wheel Bug, the largest Assassin Bug in North America.  Though we frequently warn folks not to handle Wheel Bugs, we rarely get reports of bites.  Thanks for confirming our suspicions that a careless encounter with a Wheel Bug might result in a painful, but not serious, bite.  We strongly suspect the bite did not occur in February in Indiana.

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Subject:  Name of bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Geilston Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I wonder if you could tell me what kind of bug this is? They range in size from not much bigger than a pinhead to about 5 mms. I only see them for a short period in summer. Usually in small clusters on the road, though this year I have noticed them in the vegetation on the roadside. I have never seen them anywhere except this one small section (approximately 15 ft) of road. Thanks so much for your time
How you want your letter signed:  Ruth Gooding

Immature Jewel Bugs

Dear Ruth,
These are immature Shield Bugs in the family Scutellaridae, and because many members of the family have bright metallic colors, they are frequently called Jewel Bugs.  We located a nearly identical image on FlickR from Tasmania that identifies the species as
Choerocoris paganus creche.  The tripart name stands for genus, species and subspecies.  We found additional information on the genus and species from Australia, which leads us to believe the subspecies C. p. creche is a Tasmanian subspecies.  Geographically isolated populations often form subspecies, and with the passage of time, they might even become distinct species.  The Atlas of Living Australia calls the species the Ground Shield Bug, and the Brisbane Insect site calls it the Red Jewel Bug.  According to Jungle Dragon:  “Adults and nymphs feed primarily on the sappy contents of seeds of hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa), including those which have fallen to the ground.”

Immature Jewel Bugs

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Subject:  South Africa Preying Mantis
Geographic location of the bug:  South Africa, Kruger National Park
Date: 01/17/2018
Time: 05:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I saw this preying mantis a week ago (therefore in early January) near the Satara Camp in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. I have been trying to identify the majestic bug, but wasn’t able to. I would really appreciate your help.
How you want your letter signed:  Thomas


Dear Thomas,
While we cannot provide you with an exact species at this time, we can tell you that the small wing pads indicate this is either an immature individual or a flightless species of Mantid.

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