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Subject:  Carting off a big prize
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest Ohio
Date: 06/20/2019
Time: 01:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was gardening when I noticed a little spider being dragged through the grass.   I thought at first that an ant was bringing it home, but maybe not.  It was making all sorts of enthusiastic abdominal movements I assumed were pheromone deposits.   Definitely had wings and a more fly-like face.   Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Kitsa

Spider Wasp and Crab Spider

Dear Kitsa,
The predator in your images is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae, and the prey is a Crab Spider, probably a Flower Spider,
Misumena vatia.  The Spider Wasp will not be eating the Crab Spider.  Rather, the Spider Wasp will place the paralyzed Crab Spider in an underground burrow so that the larval Spider Wasp will have a fresh source of food.  The pattern on the wings of the Spider Wasp are rather distinctive, and it appears that it might be Dipogon calipterus which is pictured on BugGuide.

Spider Wasp and Crab Spider

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Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 06/11/2019
Time: 05:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy was crawling around on my patio table, was wondering what it might be!
How you want your letter signed:  Tina

Milkweed Assassin Bug

Dear Tina,
This is a beneficial, predatory Milkweed Assassin Bug, and like other Assassin Bugs, it should be handled with caution as it might bite if provoked.  The bite is reported to be painful, but is not considered dangerous.

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Subject:  What kind of bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Yuba city California
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 12:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I want to know what kind of big this is and if it’s good for my plants or not
How you want your letter signed:  Carol

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Carol,
This is a beneficial, predatory, immature Assassin Bug, probably in the genus
Zelus, and it will patrol your Cannabis plant for plant eating insects.  Exercise caution as Assassin Bugs in the genus Zelus may bite if carelessly handled and the bite is reported to be quite painful, but not dangerous, unlike Kissing Bugs, another group of Assassin Bugs, that are known to spread Chagas Disease, especially in the tropics.

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Subject:  What is this fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central NJ (Linden area)
Date: 06/14/2019
Your letter to the bugman:  What in the world is this bug? They’ve been eating all the leaves of my zinnias!
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks – Ruthie

Long Legged Fly

Dear Ruthie,
You are mistaken about this Long Legged Fly from the family Dolichopodidae eating the leaves on your Zinnias.  If leaves are being chewed, we would suspect a host of creatures, including Caterpillars, Orthopterans like Grasshoppers or Katydids, Beetles or Slugs.  Flies do not have mouths that are capable of chewing.  Long Legged Flies are beneficial predators.  According to BugGuide:  “Mouthparts are for piercing (with a short proboscis). Adults and larvae prey on small insects.”

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much. I’m fairly sure it isn’t slugs but otherwise I’m stumped. Is there a gentle or natural way I can keep bugs away? I don’t want to kill them, just keep them from killing my plants.
Thanks,
Ruthie

Sorry Ruthie,
We have no recommendations for a panacea for deterring insects.

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Gainesville, Missouri
Date: 05/03/2019
Time: 01:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug September 7, 2017 and have not been able to identify it. Any thoughts?
How you want your letter signed:  Samantha

Yellow Shouldered Slug Moth Caterpillar

Dear Samantha,
This is a Yellow Shouldered Slug Moth Caterpillar, and the only image we have in our archive is parasitized.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide, the moth is known as the Ochre-winged Hag Moth
Thanks for letting us know that this was a September sighting.

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Subject:  Rothschildia (?) in Ecuador
Geographic location of the bug:  Umbrellabird Lodge, Buenaventura Reserve, near Piñas, El Oro, Ecuador
Date: 04/04/2019
Time: 02:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello again, Bugman.
I’m pretty sure this fantastic moth is a Rothschildia, but I haven’t been able to work out the species.  (I really like this photo, because it shows the transparent wing panels so clearly – ha!)
How you want your letter signed:  David

Male Rothschildia species

Dear David,
Your image of a female
Rothschildia species is gorgeous, firstly because she is a magnificent specimen, but also because of the image’s tight compositional structure characterized by opposing diagonal lines.  Alas, we don’t have the necessary expertise to provide you with a conclusive species identification, and of that we were assured when we browsed the 15 species and subspecies pictured on the World’s Largest Saturniidae site where the subtle variations in color and markings take an expert to discern.  We will attempt to contact Bill Oehlke for assistance.  If he requests permission to post your image to his site, may we grant it?

Bill Oehlke provides an identification
Thanks Daniel,
Here is id. Please express my thanks to David. Very nice picture.
Rothschildia lebecuatoriana eloroiana  Brechlin & Meister, 2012
The Rothschildia most recently sent to me from El Oro is definitely a male, not a female.
Bill

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