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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.

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

Subject:  What kind of big is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Flying bug home
Date: 01/31/2019
Time: 03:36 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What big is this
How you want your letter signed:  Don’t matter

Blurry Bug

Dear Don’t Matter,
We don’t know.

Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Bayswater, Western Australia
Date: 01/28/2019
Time: 03:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would like to know if can assist me with identifying this insect please
How you want your letter signed:  With ink

Mole Cricket

Our identification requests for Mole Crickets come from many places on the planet, not just Australia.

Ed. Note:  We received an early telephone call from our neighbor Lisa Anne who used our personal email address to submit these images

Subject:  Worm invasion
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Date: 01/07/2019
Time: 09:53 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What are these?????
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa Anne

Leatherjacket

Dear Lisa Anne,
These are the larvae of Crane Flies, commonly called Leatherjackets.  Expect to see a robust population of adult Crane Flies this spring.

Leatherjackets

Subject:  wHATS IS THIS BUG?
Geographic location of the bug:  FRANKLIN NC
Date: 12/27/2018
Time: 01:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I FOUND THIS UNDERNEATH A PIECE OF WOOD
How you want your letter signed:  HOFF

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Pupa

Dear HOFF,
This is the pupa of a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  Based on the look of the proboscis casing (what looks like a handle on the pupa) we are confident that this is the pupa of a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth when compared to this image on BugGuide.  The adult Pink Spotted Hawkmoth should emerge this spring provided it survives the winter.  To help ensure its survival, you should gently replace the wood.