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Subject:  what is this bug ?
Geographic location of the bug:  quebec, canada
Date: 12/26/2018
Time: 08:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  just found 2 of those in 2 min, live in quebec (canada), just want to make sure this is nothing to be alarmed about. thanks a lot for the help
How you want your letter signed:  what is this bug ?

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Your image is lacking visual sharpness so an exact species identification might not be possible, but this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  It appears that it might be a member of the genus Neoclytus.  Regardless of the species, the larvae of members of the family Cerambycidae are wood borers.  Do you have a fireplace?  Do you store firewood indoors?  We suspect the indoor heat has caused these adults to emerge early from firewood.  They will not infest milled wood or furniture in your home.

thanks a lot Daniel, i do have a fireplace and store my firewood just besides it. so nothing to be alarmed about as they will only eat firewood and nothing in the house right ? thanks again and happy holidays to you
Happy Holidays to you as well Etienne,
You are correct.  The emerging Longhorned Borer Beetles may be a nuisance, but they will not damage your home.  Adults often feed on pollen or other substances, but they do not eat wood.  Only the larvae feed on wood.  According to BugGuide:  “Many adults (esp. the brightly colored ones) feed on flowers. Adult feeding habits variable; some species take nourishment from sap, leaves, blossoms, fruit, bark, and fungi, often not associated with larval hosts; others take little or no food”

Subject:  What are these?
Geographic location of the bug:  All over my apartment.
Date: 10/30/2018
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bugman,  I wake up early in the morning, with sharp pinch, or sting, then burning itching.  I haven’t seen any bugs, but these are all over me, my counters in the kitchen, etc.
How you want your letter signed:  Please help, if you can in identifying them.


We do not recognize the debris in your image and we are saddened to learn it is all over your apartment. 

Subject:  Black and orange wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Orlando FL
Date: 10/18/2018
Time: 10:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was watering part of a community garden when I noticed this bright, beautiful insect. Is it a banded net-wing  beetle? Seems more fly-like.
How you want your letter signed:  Mandy

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Mandy,
This is a Large Milkweed Bug and here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  When milkweed is not available, Large Milkweed Bugs have been reported on oleander, another plant with a toxic milky sap.

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. 

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.

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

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