Subject:  9” long insect in PA!
Geographic location of the bug:  Enola, Pennsylvania
Date: 07/08/2018
Time: 05:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – I found this large insect on my exterior house wall early evening, July 8th, 2018. It did not move at all, as I was taking the photo or when I placed the measuring tape next to it. We have 20 acres of woods around us, so our home is pretty shaded. Native? I have lived here 13 years and I have not seen this insect before. I sent the image to my neighbor and he said he saw the same insect, last week, also for the first time,  by his office in York, PA. His office is located in an industrial area. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Anneli

Wrote wrong dimensions in question.
Hi – I submitted an insect ID question this morning, but being European I wrote 9” instead of about 9 cm! Sorry – Anneli

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Anneli,
Even at a more modest four inches in length, the male Dobsonfly startles many folks upon their first encounter, and even subsequent encounters trigger fear, but the male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.  His impressive mandibles cannot harm a human.  They are used during the mating ritual.  Semi-aquatic laval Dobsonflies, known as Hellgrammites, are used as bait by many fishermen.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Nasty looking critter
Geographic location of the bug:  Cyprus
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 03:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What on earth is this and what does it do? He/She was about 6cm long excluding rear ‘feelers’ and seemed quite timid. It ran (quite quickly) rather than hopped or flew. The front ‘feet’ looked like pincers. Is it native to the Middle East and is it a threat to animals/plants?
How you want your letter signed:  David

Mole Cricket

Dear David,
This is a Mole Cricket.  We get reports of Mole Crickets from many places around the globe.  It is not dangerous to animals.  Mole Crickets might damage plant roots.

Dear Daniel
Thank you very much for the identification and comments – I should have tried to capture and remove it as my wife will surely blame him the next time one of her plants dies in mysterious circumstances.

Subject:  Flying
Geographic location of the bug:  Central New Jersey
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 05:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  New to me. Hovering around my zucchini.
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy K in NJ

Squash Vine Borer

Dear Nancy,
The Squash Vine Borer is a moth that mimics a wasp for protection.  The female lays her eggs on the stems of zucchini, squash, melon or cucumber plants and the larvae bore in the stems, sometimes killing the plants.  According to Featured Creatures:  “The larvae complete their growth and development on wild and domesticated species of the genus
Cucurbita. This insect was once considered a nuisance to commercial growers and a problem to home growers of cucurbits. However, with the expansion of cucurbit production in the United States (U.S.) over the last decade, the squash vine borer has become a pest of economic importance (Brust 2010).”

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Subject:  White Banded Fishing Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Montgomery, TX in forest.
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 05:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
Just thought you might like to add this picture to the article you have about the white banded fishing spider. This thing is huge and hangs out on our back porch up on the bricks and assists with bug control. He or she is very white and I found it strange just how white it really is.
How you want your letter signed:  Casey Ellison

White-Banded Fishing Spider

Dear Casey,
Your images of a White Banded Fishing Spider,
Dolomedes albineus, are positively gorgeous.  Not all White-Banded Fishing Spiders have such a light coloration, and BugGuide indicates:  “Generally an ID can be made by the white band along the ‘face’ (clypeus).”

White-Banded Fishing Spider

Subject:  Giant Alien Bug of Texas
Geographic location of the bug:  Sugar Land, TX (Near Houston)
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 02:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Sir,
Can you tell me what kind of bug this is and a brief synopsis about it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Joy Z

Wheel Bug

Dear Joy Z,
This is a beneficial, predatory Wheel Bug,
Arilus cristatus, the largest of the North American Assassin Bugs.  Though beneficial, like other Assassin Bugs, a Wheel Bug might bite if carelessly handled, but they are not aggressive.  We get so many identification requests for Wheel Bugs, the species has been selected our Bug of the Month three times, in November 2008, November 2010 and for Halloween in 2014

It’s one scary looking thing, THAT is for SURE!  Thank you!

This is our favorite image of a Wheel Bug ever.

That’s enough to keep me up at night (hahaha)