Subject:  Malformed moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Midway Utah – on the WOW trail
Date: 09/10/2019
Time: 12:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this little guy crawling around while biking. It looks like he didn’t develop properly. Can you tell what species it might be? And what would cause it to grow so poorly?
How you want your letter signed:  JAB

Newly emerged Buck Moth

Dear JAB,
This is a Buck Moth in the genus
Hemileuca that has just emerged from the pupa and its wings have not yet expanded.  There are at least eight species in Utah in the genus.

Subject:  Huntsman Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 09/08/2019
Time: 06:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this rather large spider on my pool fence in summer. Leg span appeared to be around 4 inches or so.
How you want your letter signed:  Ed

Huntsman Spider

Dear Ed,
Thanks so much for sending in your detailed images of a Huntsman Spider in the genus
Olios.

Huntsman Spider

Subject:  Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Huff Lake, Bonner County, Idaho, USA
Date: 09/07/2019
Time: 01:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dragonfly cruising marsh shore of Huff Lake in north Idaho. Apparently mating. Can you identify it from the images?
How you want your letter signed:  Sailortom

Mosaic Darners in mating position

Dear Sailortom,
We believe these are Mosaic Darners in the genus
Aeshna which is represented on BugGuide.  Several similar looking species are found in Idaho, and we do not feel confident providing a species identification.  Though you indicate they were “cruising marsh shore” they do not appear alive in your images.

Mosaic Darner

Thank’s. I am happy with the generic ID. The images are of living Darners. They perched on a dock long enough for pictures. Then they linked up, I assume to mate.

Subject:  Huge moths
Geographic location of the bug:  Brookfield Illinois USA
Date: 09/04/2019
Time: 04:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Encountered this beauty on a sidewalk today. Wings appear hollow … is it just illusion?
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Achemon Sphinx

Dear Chris,
This is an Achemon Sphinx, and you may read more about it on Sphingidae of the Americas.  The markings on the wings and the camera angle have created the illusion that the forewings are rolled, but they are actually quite flat.

Subject:  Spiky caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  New York State
Date: 09/07/2019
Time: 01:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
This was taken today in New York State.  I’ve searched trying to indenting this one but it has me stumped. Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Buck Moth Caterpillar

Dear Kat,
Based on this BugGuide image, your caterpillar appears to be that of a Buck Moth,
Hemileuca maia.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution, caterpillars can inflict painful sting.”

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Winston-Salem, NC
Date: 09/06/2019
Time: 03:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These photos were taken on 07/31/19 in the parking lot of a suburban park. The body of the insect shown was about 1 inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Amanda T.

Longicorn:  Neoclytus mucronatus

Dear Amanda,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus
Neoclytus, and it has no common name.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Neoclytus mucronatus thanks to this image on BugGuide.  It is one of the species that mimics a stinging wasp like a Paper Wasp for protection as the beetle does not sting, but potential predators are put off by the warning colors.

Longicorn: Neoclytus mucronatus

Thanks for the swift response! I’m glad you were able to ID this for me. The markings on the wing casings kept me from seeing that it was any kind of beetle. I guess mimicry works to fool amateur entomologists too.
-AT