Subject:  Moth ID needed
Geographic location of the bug:  Rolla, Missouri
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 03:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This little guy is about 1.25″ long for Head to Tail.  Found in Rolla, Missouri.  Can you help me ID him/her?  thank you  PS:  I’m presuming it’s a moth just because of its looks.
How you want your letter signed:  BugAppreciator

White-Blotched Heterocampa Moth

Dear BugAppreciator,
This is a Prominent Moth in the family Notodontidae, and we had imagined hours of fruitless research in determining its identity when we originally knew it was part of the enormous superfamily Noctuoidea, but we got lucky when we found the White-Blotched Heterocampa,
Heterocampa umbrata, pictured on the Moth Photographers Group website.  According to BugGuide:  “The larvae feed on oaks (Quercus).”

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Subject:  What bug is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Newport News Virginia
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 08:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen this bug outside, my friend said it was a roach but I don’t think it is
How you want your letter signed:  Jordan hammond

Click Beetle

Dear Jordan,
Your friend is mistaken.  This is a Click Beetle in the family Elateridae.  Click Beetles have gotten their common name because they are able to snap their bodies if they find themselves on their backs, and the snapping propels them into the air so that they land on their feet, producing a clicking sound during the action.

Subject:  Looks like a lobster but really small
Geographic location of the bug:  Chicago, Il
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 09:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Any help would be appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  Thank You


This is a freshwater Crustacean known as a Crayfish, and they are classified in the same taxonomic sub-phylum as Crabs and Lobsters.

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Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Lampeter PA
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 01:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of beetle is this. It makes a hissing noise. It digs and buries itself in mulch.
How you want your letter signed:  Derek

Bess Beetles

Dear Derek,
These are Bess Beetles or Patent Leather Beetles,
Odontotaenius disjunctus, and they make sound by rubbing body parts together, a behavior known as stridulation.  Bess Beetles are among the most interesting Beetles in the world because of their unique care giving behavior toward their young.  According to BugGuide:  “Lifestyle of this family is unique for beetles: live in small colonies where larvae are cared for by adults of both sexes. Long life cycle, apparently more than one year. Larvae eat a rotting wood pre-chewed by adults. (Some references state larvae eat feces of adults as well.) Larvae and adults also cannibalize injured larvae.
Adults reported to fly very seldom, however they are capable of flight, contrary to statements in some sources. Adults are found at lights on occasion. They may disperse by walking, but have been observed flying under lights, and they are sometimes taken in light traps (MacGown and MacGown, 1996). A nuptial flight has been observed in Mississippi, with a group of 12-15 individuals flying at dusk, and one pair even mating in flight (MacGown and MacGown, 1996). Mating is also observed in the tunnels,…
Both adults and larvae stridulate, and this is said to serve as communication between them. Adults also stridulate when picked up, and especially, blown on. Adults stridulate by rubbing abdomen against the wings. Larvae stridulate with reduced third pair of legs–these scratch against other legs.

Bess Beetle

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Winfield, Missouri
Date: 06/12/2018
Time: 06:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I grew up in Winfield, Mo and have never seen this bug ever in my 44 years. What is it? Should we be worried? Is it dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  Tracy C.

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Tracy,
This is a female Eastern Hercules Beetle, the heaviest North American Beetle, and it poses no threat to you.  Instead of being worried, you should feel lucky to have sighted her.  Male Eastern Hercules Beetles are even larger and have horns.

I am a true country girl and love nature. This type thing interests me a great deal. I do feel lucky. It took me 44 years to see one. She is neat looking. Thank you for your response. Now I know who to go to whenever I find bugs I don’t know about.

Subject:  Cockroach or no!??
Geographic location of the bug:  Seabrook New Hampshire USA
Date: 06/12/2018
Time: 09:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! Found this little bugger in the corner of my bedroom.. he didn’t scatter away when the light was turned on and didn’t move when I got close. Please help me relax! Is this something I should be worried about infesting my home? Thank you for your time.
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned home owner

Male Wood Cockroach

Dear Concerned home owner,
This is a male Wood Cockroach, and it will not infest your home, but they are attracted to lights.  We suspect it is a Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach,
Parcoblatta pennsylvanica, based on this BugGuide image.  According to the Colonial Pest Control Blog:  “You may have already figured out that you are more likely to be visited by wood roaches if you live in a wooded area. These cockroaches are common in woods where they feed on decaying organic matter. Around homes, wood roaches can sometimes be found in gutters, potted plants, under cedar shake or other wood siding, or in firewood. Wood cockroaches are seldom seen except during their mating season which lasts from late May into June in our area.”