Subject:  Creepy cray fish looking wasp bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Logan ohio
Date: 10/08/2019
Time: 02:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this weird looking thing while hiking in Hawking Hills. What is this thing!?
How you want your letter signed:  Erin k

Mole Cricket

Dear Erin,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that often surprises folks who encounter it on the surface.

Subject:  What kind of moth/butterfly ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cuba, Cayo Coco
Date: 10/08/2019
Time: 12:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I’ve searched as much as possible but I really cannot find anything on this kind of moth. It doesn’t look like it has antennas so I would assume it’s more of a moth than a butterfly. It has a very specific wings shaped like the “helicopter seed” and they really looks like leaves, a nice camouflage. It was found hanging on a wall, early afternoon on the island of Cuba at the start of October.
How you want your letter signed:  Phil

Streaked Sphinx

Dear Phil,
This is a Streaked Sphinx,
Protambulyx strigilis, and we identified it on Sphingidae of the Americas where it states that it:  “flies in tropical and subtropical lowlands from Florida and throughout Central America.”

Subject:  Polyphemus
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 10/06/2019
Time: 01:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this almost becoming prey to a bird when I came outside. Luckily I scared the bird off but the moth was struggling to get up. I put the dog inside and came back out to find it waddling up the tree to safety. Can you tell if it’s a female, pregnant, or going to be ok? Is there anything I can do?
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned neighbor

Female Polyphemus Moth

Dear Concerned neighborh,
This is indeed a Polyphemus Moth and she is a female moth.  Since all Giant Silkmoths, including the Polyphemus, do not feed as adults, they only have a few days to mate and produce a new generation, so virtually all female Polyphemus Moths are “pregnant”.  You should let nature takes its course, but your kind actions in rescuing this individual from a bird has earned you the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Subject:  Big wasp looking thing
Geographic location of the bug:  Frederick County Maryland
Date: 10/06/2019
Time: 04:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this big bee/wasp eating a fig in my garden. Much bigger than anything I’ve seen here.
How you want your letter signed:  Garden Guy

European Hornet

Dear Garden Guy,
As you can see by comparing your image to this BugGuide image, you encountered a European Hornet.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Eurasia,
V. c. germana introduced to e. N. Amer. (1800s).”

Subject:  large emerald grasshopper?beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  crested butte co
Date: 10/06/2019
Time: 08:17 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  thanks for your help! i saw several of these in the mountains above crested butte-they were about 2″ across
How you want your letter signed:  kris

Mormon Cricket

Dear Chris,
Though it is commonly called a Mormon Cricket, your insect is actually a large, flightless Katydid. According to BugGuide:  “Though flightless, this species can form migratory swarms or “bands” that travel on foot, eating almost anything (both plant and sometimes small animal) in their paths, and have been significantly destructive to rangeland and crops at times. Swarming occurs primarily in the Wyoming Basin, Colorado Plateaus, Great Basin, and Columbia Plateau. In the Sierras, Rockies, and other higher mountain areas, and on the northern Great Plains, individuals average smaller, are usually non-migratory, and coloring is commonly of lighter colors (often tan or green). Individuals in bands are most commonly of a deep brown, often nearly black color.”   The ovipositor indicates your individual is a female.

hank you so much!  what a treat to learn the name of this katydid!

Subject:  Orange Dog
Geographic location of the bug:  Francestown, NH
Date: 10/04/2019
Time: 02:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This is in reference to my 2012 post of a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly here:
After 7 years finally noticed half a dozen or so on a Gas plant(Dictamnus albus).
How you want your letter signed:  alf

Orange Dog

Dear alf,
Thanks so much for providing documentation of Orange Dogs in your New Hampshire garden seven years after first seeing an adult Giant Swallowtail, a species reported in Vermont on BugGuide, but not in New Hampshire.  According to the Missouri Botanical Garden site, Gas Plant is in the citrus family Rutacea, which is consistent with BugGuide information on larval food plants.