Subject:  Rare in my garden
Geographic location of the bug:  Abejorral, Colombia
Date: 06/11/2018
Time: 12:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, this handsome guy come to visit on November to February to my house. What is that?
How you want your letter signed:  Claudia

Lichen Katydid

Dear Claudia,
The beautiful lacy pattern on this Lichen Katydid,
Markia hystrix, allows it to be perfectly camouflaged on mosses and lichens that are often found growing in its habitat.  You can view additional images on Project Noah.

Lichen Katydid

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Subject:  Is that spider with 6 legs ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Yemen
Date: 06/10/2018
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I read that all spiders has 8 legs
This one has 6 legs and it  was the biggest one i have seen .
it was very fast when moving .
How you want your letter signed:  Basim farhan

Huntsman Spider with missing legs

Dear Basim,
You are correct that Spiders have eight legs, but often accidents occur and Spiders lose one or more legs.  This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae, and we believe it might be a male
Heteropoda venatoria, a species that has spread to many parts of the world because of the importation of bananas.  Huntsman Spiders seem more prone to losing legs than many other families of Spiders, or perhaps they are just better adapted to survival after losing legs.  We have examples of six-legged Huntsman Spiders in our archives, including this individual from Florida and this individual from the Philippines.

Subject:  Large bright red beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Limbe, Malawi
Date: 06/10/2018
Time: 06:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, my mother found this beetle a few days ago. I cannot find a similar one on the Internet. It was long with large mandibles and scarlet.:  Allnutty

Blister Beetle: Synhoria testacea

Dear Allnutty,
The first thing we have to say is WOW, that is one impressive beetle.  Interestingly, as we began our research, we found this very beetle pictured on the Travel Malawi Guide site, but alas there was no identification.  Though its appearance is not typical of the family, the antennae caused us to ponder if this might be a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, and there is one North American species that has a similar large head and mandibles, the Big Eared Blister Beetle,
Cissites auriculata, which is pictured on BugGuide, so we started our more thorough search with the subfamily Nemognathinae.  That led us to the Researchgate and Meloidae of Namibia where Plate #6 pictures Synhoria testacea.  We verified that identification on iNaturalist where there are several wonderful images.  It is also pictured on What Species?


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Subject:  Giant Leopard Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  St. Louis, MO
Date: 05/30/2018
Time: 04:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this giant leopard moth in my basement, May 29, 2018.  I don’t recall ever seeing one of these before, and in my research I discovered  some of the “wooly worms” I see in the fall turn into these beautiful moths.  A successful catch and release to get her back into the outdoors and on her way.
How you want your letter signed:  Cara

Giant Leopard Moth

Dear Cara,
Thanks for sending in your wonderful image of a Giant Leopard Moth.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site later in June while our editorial staff is away from the office on holiday.

Subject:  Velvet Wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Central North Carolina
Date: 06/10/2018
Time: 04:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Kitty discovered this inside our house. I got to it before she did and found your site that identified 8t. I hadn’t found an orange one. My question is, is it beneficial (if so, I’ll release it), and how do we prevent others entering our house? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Prefer red velvet cake

Velvet Ant

You are correct that this is a Velvet Ant, a female wasp in the family Mutillidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it as Timulla euterpe thanks to images posted to BugGuide, though BugGuide only documents two sightings, one from Louisiana and one from Tennessee, indicating this is not a commonly encountered species.  We would urge you to release her.  The best way to ensure no further encounters in the home is to seal gaps in windows and doors.  Female Velvet Ants wander in search of suitable hosts to serve as food for her brood, and we believe she accidentally entered your home, so you most likely will not need to worry much about further intrusions.  According to BugGuide:  “Ectoparasitoids of immature insects, esp. bees and solitary wasps (also flies, limacodid moths, beetles, and cockroaches)”  and predatory species help to control numbers of other insects, so we would consider this native species to be beneficial.  As is characteristic of members of the family, female Velvet Ants are known to deliver a painful sting.

Subject:  Is this a grasshopper? Katydid? Hybrid? Help!
Geographic location of the bug:  Boynton Beach, Florida
Date: 06/10/2018
Time: 07:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I have a lovely bug who lives in my little patio lime tree, and I cannot figure out what it is! It is currently in the process of growing wings, but it had a very broad, flat back with what looks like a plate of armour. Please help!
How you want your letter signed:  Cheers, Jenna

Giant Katydid Nymph

Dear Jenna,
Based on this BugGuide image, we believe this is a Giant Katydid nymph,
Stilpnochlora couloniana.  According to BugGuide:  “Largest katydid in U.S, over 65 mm long.”  The Singing Insects of North America, a site credited to the University of Florida Entomology Department, has nice images of the life cycle of the Giant Katydid.  Keeping Insects has a nice article on the Giant Katydid.

Hi Daniel!!
Thanks so much for getting back to me! I just looked at the links you sent and I believe you are correct, those look exactly like it! And oh my gosh I didn’t know giant katydids were an actual thing, they are HUGE!!!
Thanks again 🙂