Subject: Flying four legged insect
Location: Bay area
October 15, 2016 10:32 am
It’s fall in Northern California. A storm just ended, and these bugs started popping up all along the neighborhood. Ideas?
Signature: Geoffrey Zhang

Termite Alate

Termite Alate

Dear Geoffrey,
Termite Alates, the reproductive males and females, frequently swarm after rains.  Because we must be away from the office for several days, we are post-dating your submission to go live later in the week while we are traveling.

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Subject: Bee likely inesct
Location: Vienna, Austria
October 15, 2016 11:18 am
Hello, we found this bug in our apartmen and I have no idea what it could be. First I thought it might be a huge butterfly but it is to fat and to big and the wings are not like butterfly wings. It is about 10 cm big (or even bigger) and it is very voluminous. We found it in the city of Vienna in the season of autumn. I hope you can tell me what it is.
Signature: Marina Haller

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear Marina,
This is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth,
Acherontia atropos, a species that was featured in the advertisements for the Oscar winning movie Silence of the Lambs.  Our educational responsibilities are taking us away from the office for a few days, so we are post-dating your submission to go live later in the week during our absence.

Subject: Caterpillar – Manu Reserve Zone, Peru
Location: Manu Reserve Zone, Peru
October 16, 2016 12:19 pm
We found this lovely caterpillar just off a river bank. It was pretty large and eating the plant it was on.
Signature: Andy

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Andy,
This is the Caterpillar of a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus, and because it is a species also found in North America, we quickly recognized it.  The caterpillars of the Banded Sphinx are quite variable, and this is probably the most dramatic color pattern.  We verified its identity by matching it to this BugGuide image, and we verified on Sphingidae of the Americas that the species if found in Peru.  Duty calls us away from the office for a few days, so we will be post-dating your submission to go live during our absence later in the week.

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Subject: Need to know…
Location: Stoddard, New Hampshire
October 14, 2016 6:03 am
one of these little guys was walking on my pup yesterday… and today…. he is on my kitchen table… catching a couple of “straggler” flies that have got in threw a broken screen… (thank god, because i hate flies)…. WHAT IS IT? I was thinking a baby praying mantis…??? but the head? and has no front little arms like a mantis…he had a hold of that fly though………. one thing for sure….. he made me smile…. he’s adorable. his little feet!!!
Signature: Patty Marotta

Assassin Bug nymph eats Fly

Assassin Bug nymph eats Fly

Dear Patty,
This is an Assassin Bug nymph in the genus
Zelus.  Though they are not aggressive towards humans, they can deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.  Their mouths are adapted to piercing the exoskeleton and sucking the fluids from prey.  You can try capturing this Assassin Bug nymph in an overturned glass and transporting it back outside.  We will be post-dating your submission to go live to our site while we are away from the office at the end of the week.

thank you so much for the info. I’d kinda like to put him in an insect habitat….. seems everything i’ve been reading… they live 1-2 years in captivity… do you know if that is correct?
I have a couple of lady bugs in with him (DUG) right now… but he doesn’t seem interested. I’m thinking they might be too big for him? No?… i gave him a small spider yesterday… and he skawfed it RIGHT UP!!!! will he eat small crickets and meal worms?

Since Assassin Bugs are predators, we would expect them to eat any insects that move.  Perhaps the Lady Bugs are foul tasting.

thank you…. I bought him(DUG) a new home today….. complete with baby crickets and tiny meal worms…….. hope to see him eating soon! How long do you think he’ll live in the right conditions? He fascinates me… and made his appearance in my life at a very chaotic time, definitely something to keep my mind occupied…
Thanks again.

Perhaps a year in captivity.

Subject: Large and Strange
Location: Boise, ID foothills
October 15, 2016 2:04 pm
I found this in the foothills of Boise, ID. I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s quite large, bigger than any crawling or flying insect I’ve ever seen here.
Signature: ?

Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket

This is a Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bug in the genus StenopelmatusSouthern California sightings of Potato Bugs are quite common, but in your area, Potato Bugs  are not as well known.  Since we must leave the office for several days, we are post-dating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the week.

Subject: mystery beautiful aztec print back bug
Location: Deal Kent
October 14, 2016 10:38 am
Hello bugman, got a bit scared by a bug today, over a 50p size, brownish but with amazing detail on it’s back, like Aztec designs, all symmetrical and red and goldy un colour. We let him go out of the front door after taking a photo. Can you help identify him?
Signature: Eve Hudson & family

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Eve Hudson & family,
Despite the lack of clarity in your image, we are quite certain this is a Western Conifer Seed Bug,
Leptoglossus occidentalis, a Pacific northwest North American species that was introduced to Europe at the beginning of the 21st CenturyWestern Conifer Seed Bugs seek shelter indoors to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.  Because we must travel away from the office, we will be post-dating your submission to go live during our absence at the end of the week.