Subject:  What kind of bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern NC
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 11:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My friend saw this while tending her plants.  Wanted to know if anyone knew what it was.  Do you?
How you want your letter signed:  Keith Driscoll

Wheel Bug

Dear Keith,
This Wheel Bug is a beneficial, predatory Assassin Bug.

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Subject:  Curious
Geographic location of the bug:  Brimfield, Ill.
Date: 07/05/2018
Time: 12:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of bug is this?
How you want your letter signed:  Nikole

Grapevine Beetle

Dear Nikole,
Each summer we get several requests to identify a Grapevine Beetle.  Yours is the first we are posting this summer.

Subject:  Strange Spider in Tanzania
Geographic location of the bug:  Moshi, Tanzania
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 08:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I am staying in moshi Tanzania and came across this spider, so I took a photo of it and want to know what it is, if you could help that would be great 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Email

Spiny Orbweaver

This is a Spiny Orbweaver in the genus Gasteracantha.  Based on this FlickR image, it appears to be Gasteracantha versicolor. though the individual pictured on EcoTourismus has much longer spines.  There it is called the Long-Winged Kite Spider.

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Subject:  Hornet?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greenville, SC
Date: 07/03/2018
Time: 03:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  It looks like a very large beetle with a bee’s abdomen, about 2″ long. Wings are purple – ish.
Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Gerri Johnston

Mydas Fly

Dear Gerri,
This is not a Hornet.  It is a Fly, and because of the clubbed antennae and the orange band on the abdomen, we are pretty confident it is a Mydas Fly, most likely
Mydas clavatus.  According to BugGuide:  “With the black-and-orange pattern, it resembles a wasp and fools the casual observer.”

Subject:  horsefly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 07/05/2018
Time: 09:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a horsefly?
How you want your letter signed:  uh

Deer Fly

Dear uh,
This is a Deer Fly, not a Horse Fly, but they are in the same family Tabanidae, so they share many similarities.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Chrysops, and according to BugGuide:  “100 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area.” Alas, we haven’t the necessary skills to provide a conclusive species identification.

Subject:  Help to identify bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Pine Valley campground near Belmont NV
Date: 07/01/2018
Time: 08:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  While we were camping, these bugs came out at night. They were somewhat slow moving, flew into the lantern and then crawled on the ground. Their sound when flying was somewhat like the sound of a bee. They were a little over an inch long.
Thank you,  Gary

Ten Lined June Beetle

Dear Gary,
This is a Ten Lined June Beetle and they are currently active in many western states.  Pine Valley is an appropriate location as adults feed at night on the needles of conifers, including pine.