Subject:  Winged bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodbury CT
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 09:32 PM EDT
Can you please tell us what this bug is? It was out at night by our front porch light.
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy

Fishfly

Dear Nancy,
This is a Fishfly, and considering the season, we speculate it is a Summer Fishfly,
Chauliodes pectinicornis. According to BugGuide:  “Antennae pectinate in both sexes”

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Subject:  butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  lane county oregon
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 07:44 PM EDT
Rocky cliff face by a large reservoir in full sun April 28
How you want your letter signed:  Dave Stone

Probably Silvery Blue

Dear Dave,
This looks to us like a Silvery Blue,
Glaucopsyche lygdamus, a species that is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Unknown catepillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Pennsylvania
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 01:22 PM EDT
Can’t figure out what kind of catepillar this is, can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear Sarah,
This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar, and the orange color indicates it is pre-pupal.

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Subject:  What type of fly is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, California
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 11:28 PM EDT
Hello, Bugman
Can you tell me what type of fly this is? Luckily it stayed on my hand long enough for me to take a somewhat clear image. I found this near my garden in Los Angeles.
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Dear Nancy,
Were you in Los Angeles in the 1980s?  This is a Mediterranean Fruit Fly, the dreaded Med Fly that caused so many millions of dollars to be spent on aerial spraying of malathion with helicopters.  We identified your Med Fly thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “One of the world’s most destructive fruit pests, and the most economically important fruit fly species. Each infestation detected in FL and CA triggered massive eradication and detection effort. In CA, large numbers of sterile males are released and are not uncommon in some places. A female would be a sign of an infestation, and should be reported immediately. Females have a visible ovipositor on the rear tip of the abdomen and lack the ornamented hairs on the male head.”  We do not see an ovipositor and it appears your individual has hairs on the head, so we suspect it is a male.  Though it is not identified as a female, this BugGuide image appears to be of a female.

Subject:  Flying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Shirley, NY
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 12:48 AM EDT
Can you identify this bug I found on my flowers?
How you want your letter signed:  Diane L

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Dear Diane,
This is a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the genus
Ammophila.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults visit flowers. Larva feed on caterpillars and sawflies provisioned by the adult female.”

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Cordes-Sur-Ciel, Southern France
Date: 09/19/2017
Time: 01:21 AM EDT
Hi Mr Bugman,
I saw this on my patio yesterday, I’ve never seen anything like it. A friend tells me it is a Wolf spider, carrying her babies, is this correct?
Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Curly

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Curly,
Your friend is correct.  This is a female Wolf Spider with her brood of spiderlings.