Subject:  Found it
Geographic location of the bug:  Carthage, MO
Date: 07/20/2019
Time: 11:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Knowest caterpillars in my area, but have no idea what this one is. It’s a little bigger around then a pencil.
How you want your letter signed:  Clarissa

Pre-Pupal Prominent Moth Caterpillar

Dear Clarissa,
This is a Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Heterocampa, and there are several similar looking species.  These Caterpillars are green most of their lives, but when pupation time nears, they often turn pink or purple, so your individual is pre-pupal.

Subject:  Handsome Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern lower peninsula MI
Date: 07/19/2019
Time: 09:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this caterpiller eating the Gopher Spurge that’s been growing in our garden. He’s really pretty, and we’re not going to bother him but we would really like to know what kind of moth or butterfly he will become. I cant find anything like it in searches.
How you want your letter signed:  Observer

Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Observer,
We confirmed the identification of your Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Hyles euphorbiae, on Sphingidae of the Americas where it states:  “The leafy spurge hawk moth,  Hyles euphorbiae (length: 2-3 cm, wingspan: 5-7 cm), was the first classical biological agent released against leafy spurge in the United States, with approval for introduction granted in 1965. Populations of this insect are present in several western states, including Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota and Oregon, and now Washington (Spokane County). The moth was also introduced from Europe into Ontario, Canada, and then into Alberta where specimens are occasionally still taken. “

Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Subject:  Strange fly with funky antenna and cricket legs
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California
Date: 07/20/2019
Time: 10:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this little bug?
Can’t identify it in any list of insects in southern California
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks

Mirid Plant Bug on Cannabis

This is not a Fly. It is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, but we are not certain of the species. We are currently having problems searching BugGuide, our go-to site for North American sightings, but we know from the past that many members of this family are predators and some feed on plants.  There many species of Mirid Plant Bugs pictured on The Natural History of Orange County, and the one that looks most like your individual to us is Dicyphus hesperus, and according to the Natural History of Orange County:  “Dicyphus hesperus is widely distributed over North America. It is a predator on pest insects including many species of whitefly, aphids, lepidopterans and mites. It is therefore used all over the world for control of pests on greenhouse and field vegetable crops. It has been especially successful for control of whitefly on greenhouse tomato crops.”  We also did a web search with the key words “Miridae” and “Cannabis” and we located this Wikipedia page on the Potato Capsid, Closterotomus norvegicus, which states:  “It can be found feeding on nettle, clover, and cannabis, as well as Compositae, potatoes, carrots and chrysanthemums. They prefer to feed on the flowers, buds and unripe fruit.”  The same claim about the Potato Capsid and Cannabis is also posted on Photos of Insects in Cambridge.  According to Cannabis Pests by J.M. McPartland:  ” True bugs, like the Homopterans (aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies), have piercing-sucking mouthparts and feed on plant sap.   They feed predominately on leaves, but also suck on stems, flowering tops, and unripe seeds.  Bugs, unlike most Homopterans, are outdoor problems.  The southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula) feeds on marijuana in India (Cherian 1932), hemp leaves in Europe (Sorauer 1958) and hemp seeds in the USA (Hartowicz et al. 1971).  Other examples include the tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris), false chinch bug (Nysius ericae), and potato bug (Calocoris norvegicus). Liocoris tripustulatus has become an emergent pest in the Netherlands, where it feeds on pollen.”  It is our observation that plant feeding True Bugs tend to aggregate while predators tend to hunt solo.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to confirm this identification.  We are sorry we cannot say for certain if this is a predator or a plant feeding species.

Subject:  Flourescent Green Bee Fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas
Date: 07/18/2019
Time: 03:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!  This bug is truly flourescent green.  The head appeared to be orangish in color and does not match with any of the images I’ve found online as it is opposite the coloring of sweat bees, and doesn’t match the orchid bees.
How you want your letter signed:  Flourescent Green Bee Fly Finder

Green Soldier Fly

Dear Flourescent Green Bee Fly Finder,
This fluorescent green fly is actually a Soldier Fly.  There are several green genera with numerous similar looking species.  We believe your Soldier Fly might be a male
Hedriodiscus binotatus based on this BugGuide image.  Males have larger eyes with no space between them.  We would not discount that it might be a male Odontomyia cincta based on this BugGuide image.

RE: Identification Request – Is this bug safe to let go?

Your submitted question:  What is this bug? Is it safe to let go, or is it an invasive species?

Our Immediate Automated Response
On Wednesday, July 17, 2019 What’s That Bug? wrote:  Thank you for submitting your identification request.

Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

That bug laid eggs in the jar that I put it in. Why bother having a websight like this, if you can’t do the work? I needed to know if this beetle will kill the trees around my house, and you ended up being completely useless! So, I’ll just let it die in that jar! It’s death, and all those eggs, are on your head!
missk1963@aol.com

Ed. Note:  We searched through all submitted requests since July 16, and we could not locate any requests from missk1963@aol.com, nor could we find any requests with the subject line “Is this bug safe to let go?”   We are well aware that our tiny editorial staff does not have the resources to respond to the hundreds of identification request we receive each week.  We offer a free service on the internet and we do not punch in a timeclock.  We are also gainfully employed and we do community activism, especially in matters of land use, so some days we cannot even devote ten minutes to responding, and most posts take approximately ten minutes to compose.  We feel missk1963 is rude and demanding, but we acknowledge that she is welcome to her opinion that we are “completely useless.”  Because of her rudeness, we are awarding missk1963 with our 14th Nasty Reader Award.  We are also amazed at how the results of her own actions, the death of a living creature and its offspring, is being blamed on a third party, a childish justification to the lack of accountability that missk1963 has likely used in the past to make up for her own inadequacies and shortcomings.

UPDATE:  July 21, 2019
It took me a bit longer, but I found that bug. It was most definitely a dangerous bud. It was a root borer beetle, and would have eventually killed the already, gypsy moth caterpillar damaged trees around my house. Sorry that you think I was rude, but I was actually trying not to kill that bug, if it was safe to let go. The trees in my area have been decimated by many invasive, and dangerous insects, so I needed to be careful. I believe ALL of nature is to be respected, but I will not allow the trees to be destoyed further. I sent the original email last evening, and felt I needed information quickly. Especially if the bug was safe to let go.

Thank you for letting us know.  Responding to our automated response system does not allow us to track original submissions, which we tried to do upon reading your obviously desperate communique.  As we stated, we could not locate a previous submission from you that included the image.  We are happy to learn you were able to eventually identify your Root Borer, which we suspect was likely a female Broad Necked Root Borer, but without knowing your location, that might not be correct.

Subject:  Cedar beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Barrie Ontario Canada
Date: 07/19/2019
Time: 10:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just wanting to know what this cool looking, moose antler, beetle is.
How you want your letter signed:  Stacey

June Beetle

Dear Stacey,
Though it looks similar, this is not a Cedar Beetle.  It is a Lined June Beetle, probably a Variegated June Beetle,
Polyphylla variolosa, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs are laid on soil near host plants. Larvae hatch, burrow down and feed on roots of shrubs, trees, require 2-3 years to reach maturity. Pupation is in underground chambers. Adults come to lights.”