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Subject:  Strange insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Grain Valley MO
Date: 10/02/2021
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were coming home from independence we live in in grain valley this was on our windshield
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa Gerlt

Giant Ichneumon

Dear Lisa,
This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa, probably Megarhyssa macrurus.  Because of the long ovipositor which the female uses to lay eggs beneath the bark of deciduous trees infested with wood boring larvae, they are sometimes called Stump Stabbers.  You can read more about this parasitoid wasp on BugGuide.

Subject:  Moth caterpillar?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Mexico
Date: 10/03/2021
Time: 08:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello bugman! I found this beautiful guy while sweeping the back porch. I know he must turn into something gorgeous 💚 so I’m wondering what he is, what he eats, and where would be the best place to put him?
How you want your letter signed:  Emma

Hornworm

Dear Emma,
This is a Hornworm in the family Sphingidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  We will attempt additional research but we are posting your image in the hopes that one of our readers (Bostjan are you reading?) can provide a species identity.  We suspect this individual is pre-pupal and that it was searching for an appropriate location for pupation.

Subject:  Unidentified bug
Geographic location of the bug:  China, Hong Kong, Tseung Kwan O Village
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 07:17 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have this huge bug, or maybe two bugs with sixteen legs in all on top of each other, rising and falling. I don’t know if the strands are cocoon silk or legs. The top has bristly hair, dark grey.
How you want your letter signed:  Unidentified bug

Thing

We have no idea what this thing is, but it is not an insect.  We somehow suspect humans were involved in the creation of this thing.  Perhaps our readers will be willing to speculate on its identity, and perhaps someone with some knowledge about this thing will write in with information.  Is this thing on the wall, on the ceiling, on steps or on the floor?  The location in your image is quite ambiguous.

Subject:  Strange Bug in Malaysia
Geographic location of the bug:  Malaysia
Date: 09/30/2021
Time: 05:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – friend of mine sent a video of this strange creature – suspect it’s 2 one of top of the other – but we can’t ID it
How you want your letter signed:  Kate Adkins

Dear Kate,
You are the second person to send us this image.  The first submission claims the creature was in China, Hong Kong, Tseung Kwan O Village.  We suspect this is a new internet hoax.

Subject:  hair like insect
Geographic location of the bug:  maui
Date: 09/19/2021
Time: 12:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My mom swears these are insects that she keeps finding in her house.  She apparently is having an ant and mite problem, but I have no idea what these images are.  Are they insects? The pest control guy told her to scotch tape the insects, so that is one of the photos. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan

Hair or Hairlike Insect?

Dear Megan,
We do not believe these are hairlike insects.  We believe that is hair.

Okay, thank you!

Subject:  Insectes à identifier
Geographic location of the bug:  Varennes,Québec,Canada
Date: 08/08/2021
Time: 07:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bonjour, j’aimerais identifier cet insecte qui est dans mon gazon.
How you want your letter signed:  Louise

Translation: Hello, I would like to identify this insect that is in my lawn.

Hanging Thief

Dear Louise,
This is a predatory Robber Fly in the genus Diogmites, whose members are called Hanging Thieves.  Normally we do not attempt species identifications on Hanging Thieves, but your individual has a more robust body and some distinctive markings, and be believe based on this BugGuide image that it is
Diogmites basalis.

 

Subject :  Alien Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Ottawa
Date: 08/09/2021
Time: 09:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looks out of this world!
Scary too!
Can anyone identify?
About 2″ long I think
thx 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  UFO’s are real 😉

American Pelecinid

This is an American Pelecinid, a species of parasitic wasp that preys upon the larvae of June Beetles.  The female American Pelecinid inserts her long abdomen into the dirt when she locates a Scarab Beetle grub feeding underground.  The Wasp eggs hatches and the larval Wasp feeds on the Beetle grub.

American Pelecinid

Hi Daniel,
Wow! Never thought anyone was going to reply. Thanks for identifying. Ottawa is close to NY state – makes sense. Thought I found a rare bug! Well, TY and keep up the good work!
DC