Subject:  Walking through memory lane
Geographic location of the bug:  Colombia, South America.
Date: 11/19/2017
Time: 06:22 PM EDT
Hey! So I was just erasing some pictures on my phone and I came across this giant flying scary bug I once encountered and took a picture of. Maybe a Corydalinae? However, I just can’t seem to get the species right. It was like 3 inches long, as far as I remember. Could you give me a hand?
How you want your letter signed:  So close yet so far, Daniel.

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Daniel,
This is a female Dobsonfly and you are correct that she is in the subfamily Corydalinae.

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Subject:  White Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  The philippines
Date: 11/19/2017
Time: 05:24 AM EDT
Hi, I found this bug of about 1.5cm in one of the clothes drying outside. I was just curious to what it is..It looks like a white  mosquito with wings straight outwards perpendicular to its body.
It is currently the rainy season in the philippines.
How you want your letter signed:  G.L.B

Plume Moth

Dear G.L.B.,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

Subject:  Katydid or something else?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pelham, Ontario
Date: 11/19/2017
Time: 06:44 AM EDT
Hi there,
I photographed what I think is an immature katydid, although I’m not sure if it might be something else. It was very small and transparent – you can see what I believe is its digestive system or something else right through the exoskeleton. I just lucked out with the lighting. Anyway would love to know if you can verify, and I also thought you might like this photo.
How you want your letter signed:  Brad

Immature Meadow Katydid

Dear Brad,
Considering your location, it is very late in the season to get an image of an immature Katydid.  We believe this is an immature Meadow Katydid like the one pictured on BugGuide.

Hi Daniel,
I’m sorry, I should have stated that the picture was taken a few months ago! I was going through my pictures and wanted to choose another cover photo for my Facebook profile and it struck me that I loved that picture and wasn’t exactly sure what it was.
Thank you for the identification!  I love your work.
Have a great week 🙂

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Subject:  Unusual mantid
Geographic location of the bug:  San Antonio, Tx
Date: 11/19/2017
Time: 06:58 PM EDT
We are having unusual weather (albeit weather varies by the hour here!) and a cold front blew through yesterday. I returned home this afternoon to this beautiful specimen outside my garage. This is not the normal plains mantid I am used to seeing around my house, and am marveling at how much larger it appears! Do you have any basic identification to send me to look at so I can tell my son a little about it?
How you want your letter signed:  Bug lover

Texas Unicorn Mantis

Dear Bug lover,
We believe based on this and some other BugGuide images, that this is a male mantis in the genus
Stagmomantis, and there are several members of the genus found in Texas.  This is a native genus, and compared to introduced species like the Chinese Mantis and the European Mantis, it is much smaller in size.  Furthermore, the males are smaller than the females.  We do not know the “plains mantid” to which you refer.  Can you please be more specific about the “plains mantid”?

Correction:  Texas Unicorn Mantis
We received a comment from Michael correcting our initial identification.  Enlarging the head revealed the “horn” we originally missed.

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Port Elizabeth EC
Date: 11/18/2017
Time: 01:03 AM EDT
I love thee beautiful caterpillars and move any I find onto the day Lillie’s where they thrive. What are they?
How you want your letter signed:  Claire El-Jabi

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Claire,
Though most individuals have orange hair, we have found several examples on the internet of white haired Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillars from South Africa.  There are images of white haired individuals on FireFly Africa as well as on iSpot Nature.

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Subject:  What on earth…….???????
Geographic location of the bug:  Fuerteventura Canary Islands
Date: 11/18/2017
Time: 06:13 PM EDT
Hello. We have just found a lodger in our house! We live in a semi arid desert region and the pic was taken 17.11.17.
How you want your letter signed:  Debbie

House Centipede

Dear Debbie,
This is a primarily nocturnal, predatory House Centipede.  In our opinion, they are harmless, and they will help keep your home free of Cockroaches and other unwanted arthropods.

Thats thats great – I would never harm one but would be happier with less legs!!