Subject:  Eggs on a hand
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma  United States
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 01:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:n  A bug laid eggs oon my friend’s hand. Creepy but cool too.  Can you identify the bug egg?
How you want your letter signed:  Lee walker

Lacewing Eggs

Dear Lee,
When we initially read your subject line, we really didn’t have much hope we would be of any assistance, however, the eggs of Lacewings are so distinctive, we had no trouble.  The Lacewing has adapted to lay its egg on a stalk so that when each egg hatches, the larval Lacewing, commonly called an Aphid Wolf, it has to crawl down the stalk before it can begin to forage for prey.  Lacewing larvae have ferocious appetites and they will eat any small creature they encounter.  This adaptation helps to prevent cannibalism.  We are curious though, how this managed to happen without your friend noticing the insect, because no description of the Lacewing is included in your request.

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Subject:  Grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Jackson, Texas
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 04:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy is hanging out on my back door. I’m assuming it was attracted to the patio light. I just took this today 8/4/18 and it’s about 3am. I’ve never seen one like it. It’s definitely large, it would take up most of the palm of my hand if I were to hold it.  Its colors are very vivid. Yellow antennae and strip on the back, forest green body, black strips on legs. It does have wings. I didn’t see any pictures that looked right online.
How you want your letter signed:  T.Tettleton

Obscure Bird Grasshopper

Dear T. Tettleton,
Your Grasshopper is a perfect match to the Obscure Bird Grasshopper,
Schistocerca obscura, pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “top of hindfemur has two black bars; usually has pale yellow dorsal stripe, sometimes lacking in females.”  As with most Grasshoppers, female individuals are considerably larger than males.

Subject:  Black & white moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Ohio
Date: 08/04/2018
Time: 08:59 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Curious as to what this moth is, have tried googling it but no luck.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Rae

Clymene Moth

Dear Curious Rae,
This is a Clymene Moth,
Haploa clymene, and according to Butterflies and Moths of North America:  “Conspicuous on leaves during the day; active both day and night.”

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Subject:  Is this bug harmful?  My family members are afraid of it.
Geographic location of the bug:  Bangladesh
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 03:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This type of bugs I found on my floor for the first time. They moves here and there and all over my home.
A larva outs it’s head frequently and moves.
How you want your letter signed:  Please let me know is it harmful or not including its name and species. Thanks in advance.

Household Casebearer Moth Larva

This is a Household Casebearer Moth Larva in the family Tineidae, a cosmopolitan household intruder that is a nuisance, but it is not dangerous.  According to Featured Creatures:  “Many species in this family are casebearers and a few are indoor pests of hair fibers, woolens, silks, felt and similar materials.”

Thanks a lot for your kind and quick reply.
I’m greatful to you.

Subject:  Inhuman Centepede
Geographic location of the bug:  Bloomington, Indiana U.S.
Date: 08/02/2018
Time: 04:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am just curious as to what this is. I found it in the stairwell outside of my kids bedroom.
How you want your letter signed:  Mista Jay

House Centipede

Dear Mista Jay,
Though this is only our second posting of a House Centipede this year, it is still one of our Top Ten identification requests.  We were amused by your sly reference to the cult film The Human Centipede, but because we try to run a family friendly site, we will not be linking to any articles on one of the most luridly gross horror films ever made.

Thank you for the information! You set my mind at ease. I apologize for the R rated reference. I could submit a more family friendly version if you wanted me to.

Heavens no.  We don’t mind the reference, and as we stated, we were amused.  We just won’t link to any reviews or articles about The Human Centipede.

I see haha awesome. Thank you! Again, thank you for the information. If I wanted to keep this lil dude as a pet how should I go about building a habitat for it to live?
As the name implies, the House Centipede has adapted quite well to living with humans.  A small terrarium with a secure lid should suit is nicely.  It will eat crickets from the pet store as well as most any insect or arthropod you introduce into the terrarium.

Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Dublin, Ireland
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 01:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I just found the attached on my kitchen floor and I was wondering if you could identify it please? I think it may have dropped onto the floor from an open Velux window directly above. I currently have it under a  large upturned glass.
It does have wings and occasionally tries to fly. It’s about 2 – 3 cm long. The rear legs are markedly longer and wider than its other limbs.
The temperature here is currently 25 Celcius, in case that matters?
Many thanks for any information you can give me!
Kind regards,
How you want your letter signed:  Mark Walsh


Dear Mark,
This is an aquatic True Bug commonly called a Backswimmer, and like many aquatic True Bugs, it can fly quite well, an adaptation that is quite helpful in the event a pond or swamp it is living in happens to dry out.  Based on images posted to Nature Spot, it appears it is the Common Backswimmer,
Notonecta glauca, and the site states:  “Up to nearly 2 cm in size, and commonly called backswimmers because they swim upside down and are often seen at the surface of the water. Notonecta glauca is light brown in colour with a number of dark markings and large reddish eyes. It often looks silvery as air becomes trapped in a layer of bristles covering the lower surface. The powerful oar-like hind legs are modified for swimming; they are long, flattened and fringed with hairs”  The site also states:  “Backswimmers are predators that attack prey as large as tadpoles and small fish, the forelegs, which are short and strong, are used for grabbing prey.”  Like other predatory True Bugs, they have mouths adapted to piercing and sucking fluids from prey, but they are also capable of biting unwary swimmers, leading to common names like Water Bees or Water Wasps, according to the North American site BugGuide which also notes:  “Come to lights; may invade swimming pools and become a nuisance.”  According to UK Safari:  “Adult Backswimmers are able to fly.  They hunt their prey by floating motionless on the water surface.  When they detect movement in the water they swim towards it to see if it is worth catching.  The bite from a Backswimmer can be painful as their saliva is toxic.” 

Hello Daniel,
Thank you very much for all that information and also for your time, much obliged.
We have had a much warmer and drier summer than usual in Ireland this year, so that really makes sense that a pond may have dried out somewhere…
Anyway, thanks again!
Kind regards,
Mark Walsh,
Lucan, Dublin, Ireland.