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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  El Sereno, Los Angeles
Date: 10/06/2018
Time: 06:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This is hanging from my citrus tree. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Emily

Bolas Spider Egg Sacs

Dear Emily,
These are egg sacs of a Bolas Spider,
Mastophora cornigera, a harmless Orbweaver.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  BugGuide also contains this bit of fascinating information:  “When egg sacs hatch they release immature females and *mature* males! Presumably an adaptation to avoid inbreeding. Males are short-lived and much smaller (obviously) than females.”  The eggs will hatch in the spring. 

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Subject:  Weird creature found at my school
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Kentucky
Date: 09/23/2018
Time: 01:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I recently found what resembles a bug in my university’s shower and I would love to know what type of insect it is, or if it is even an insect.
How you want your letter signed:  A concerned student

Thing found in University Shower

Dear Concerned Student,
We do not want to speculate on the possible number of things that might come off of or out of a university student’s body in a communal shower only to be left behind for the next person to discover, but we can say for certain this is not an insect.

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Ed. Note:  Though we have heard that in the field of education, there are no dumb questions, this anonymous submission from points unknown, with its incoherent language, does come close to disputing that claim.

Subject:  Bug leg
Geographic location of the bug:  To embarrassing to say location.
Date: 09/02/2018
Time: 03:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug leg and wanted to see what kind it was. I hope its nothing to serious to worry about.  I nk tr sure how to dicrip it it keeps showing up out of no where.
How you want your letter signed:  I don’t know

Unknown Leg

Our editorial staff is unable to help you.

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Subject:  Creepy security camera footage
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle, Washington
Date: 08/27/2018
Time: 11:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
My parents recently invested in a security camera for their front porch which starts recording whenever it detects motion. While most of the footage is of deer, rabbits, and birds, we couldn’t help but be a bit creeped out by this one. It only has 6 legs, so it’s not a spider, but no antennae?  Seems strange. It probably looks a lot more ominous than it actually is, but what it looks like is the stuff of nightmares, so seriously… what the hell is it???
How you want your letter signed:  More curious than concerned

Security Camera Bug

Dear More curious than concerned,
Security cameras have wide angle lenses, meaning they distort perspective by making objects closer to the camera appear disproportionately larger than they actually are.  There is not enough detail for us to be able to provide you with a definitive identification, but our initial guess is possibly an Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus.  We can think of a few other possibilities, but we thought it might be fun for our readers to write in and take a guess, either by posting a comment or writing back to us using the subject line “Security Camera Bug”.

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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.
https://www.insetologia.com.br/2018/07/insetologia-10000-postagens.html
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,
Cesar.

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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