Subject:  What is this??
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern california
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I keep finding these in my soil when I am planting. They are usually a couple inches under the soil. Lived here 23 yrs and never saw them. This spring I’ve already found about 40. Should I be worried??
How you want your letter signed:  Worried gardener

Scarab Beetle Grub

Dear Worried gardener,
Though we cannot provide you with a definitive species, this is definitely the grub of a Scarab Beetle.  Many species of June Beetles have grubs that feed on the roots of grasses. 

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kauai, Hawai’i
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 11:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi and good day. I found this guy and was able to get a video of him on my leg at 90x magnification.
I thought he was a tick, at first but he doesn’t seem to be classified that way.
How you want your letter signed:  Samn


Dear Samn,
This sure looks like an Aphid to us.

Subject:  Weird worm like creature found in water
Geographic location of the bug:  Petersburg, Tennessee
Date: 04/29/2019
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was going outside catching tadpoles to grow and I can across this worm like thing. I scooped him up and put him in with the tadpoles. Maybe he wasn’t originally in the water and he fell in? But I didn’t want to take the chance. I’ve looked up tons of worm like creatures and even asked my parents to no avail. It would be appreciated greatly if you could help figure this mystery out. Thanks in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Sierra

Horse Fly Larva

Dear Sierra,
We believe this is a Horse Fly larva.  According to Quora:  “
Most horse flies are associated with water, and the carnivorous larvae can be found therein. I have collected black horse fly larvae while searching through the muck and mud at pond edges. [T]Here’s a Colorado State University photo by Jennifer Bonnell of what is probably a black horse fly larva eating a small frog; they’ll also eat other insects, and, while I’ve never seen it, I’m sure they’ll eat any weakened or trapped minnows they might be able to.  Through the summer, the larvae grow in the water through 6–9 instars, and ultimately spend the winter in the the mud in their last instar. In spring, still in the muck and mire, they pupate and a few weeks later, the adults emerge.”  You might not want to keep this predatory Horse Fly larva with your tadpoles.

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Subject:  Green spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Everglade City Florida
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 09:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there,
Friends of mine in Everglade City sent me this image of a very cool spider. It’s the size of a pinky fingernail. It was seen on their kitchen counter (eek??) in Everglade City Florida…Any help you can give is truly appreciated. (I’m better with insects than arachnids)
How you want your letter signed:  Katja

Green Orbweaver

Dear Katja,
The best we can do at this time is to provide a general family name.  This is a harmless Orbweaver in the family Araneidae.

Thank you Daniel,
They will be happy to hear it is harmless, since they turned it loose in their yard! Any further information would be appreciated…it really is a cool looking spider,

Subject:  Be? Fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oroville California
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 08:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this insect? Bug? I found this on my bush today.
How you want your letter signed:  Sharry

Bee-LIke Robber Fly

Dear Sharry,
This is a Bee-Like Robber Fly in the genus
Laphria, and there are two similar looking species found in California.  We believe you encountered Laphria sackeni which is pictured on BugGuide and which flies from April to July, though we would not rule out that it might be the similar looking Laphria astur, which is also pictured on BugGuide and which has a similar flight season.

Hi Daniel, thank you so much for identifying the robber fly. I noticed it on my white  flowering Oleander  bush today.  From a distance I thought it was a black bumble bee, a small one. However when I got closer to take a picture of it  it was obviously not a black bumble bee . It has kind of a cute face  but very strange-looking .
Why do they call it the robber fly?
Hello again Sharry,
Robber Flies are predators in the family Asilidae, and according to BugGuide, they are also known as Assassin Flies, which might be a more appropriate common name.  Both common names probably arise from their stealth hunting tactics.  The etymological origin of the name Robber Fly is uncertain, however, they are not really robbing anything except perhaps robbing its prey of life.  According to Galveston County Master Gardeners site:  “Robber flies are among the few insects that catch their prey in mid-flight. An individual establishes a perch zone. From there, it swoops out to snatch the unsuspecting victim that is often larger than its aggressor and may even include spiders, large predatory insects, and, sometimes, other robber flies.”

Subject:  Beetle, red, yellow, black
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 04/30/2019
Time: 05:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this in our back rose bed. Could not find anything like it online.
How you want your letter signed:  Puzzled in Phx

Iron Cross Blister Beetle

Dear Puzzled in Phx,
The first time we ever received an image of gaudily colored Iron Cross Blister Beetle, we thought we were looking at a toy bug.  They would seem to be right on time based on our posting five identification requests of Iron Cross Blister Beetles at the beginning of May 2010.  Populations of individuals will vary from year to year.