Subject:  Is this a moth?
Geographic location of the bug:
Date: 05/07/2019
Time: 06:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My girlfriend found this weird looking bug in the park near our home, looks like a weird moth to me, any idea what it actually is?
How you want your letter signed:  Edmundo

Flannel Moth

Dear Edmundo,
Though we have not located an exact visual match, we are confident this is a Flannel Moth in the family Megalopygidae, and it looks very similar to a member of the family pictured on the UGA Costa Rica blog.

Update: Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash who identified this as a member of the genus Perola, we were able to find this link on

Subject:  Beautiful beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Ohio
Date: 05/07/2019
Time: 07:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this gorgeous beetle on my arm.  May 7th 2019.  In a lightly wooded area with nearby stream. At first I thought it was an ant, but the antenna look like a beetle.  The texture of the abdomen is like a blister beetle.
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer Huffman

Ant Mimic Longhorn Borer Beetle

Dear Jennifer,
We were impressed with how much this Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae resembled an Ant, so we researched that and located this image of
Cyrtophorus verrucosus on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Ant mimic. Distinctive markings, and note also knobs at base of pronotum” and “Adults take nectar and/or pollen on spring-flowering trees and shrubs.  Larvae feed on a wide variety of hardwoods, including Acer, Betula, Carya, Castanea, Cercis, Cornus, Fagus, Quercus, Ulmus, & Pinus.

Ant Mimic Longhorned Borer Beetle

Wow super cool!   I won’t tell you how many long horned beetles I looked at late last night trying in vain to find something like this.  Too bad I couldn’t get better pictures, maybe I should have chilled him too!
Thanks so much for the fascinating info and for saving my sanity.

Hi Jennifer,
BugGuide does indicate:  “A remarkable ant mimic, this species runs like an ant.”

Subject:  Tarantula?
Geographic location of the bug:  East Bay, California (Danville)
Date: 05/06/2019
Time: 12:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there,
We found this guy at the bottom of the pool in early May, and sadly it doesn’t appear that he was a swimmer. We would love to know what kind of tarantula he was, as it appears most of the local sighting are on Mount Diablo and not down in the valley by us.  The California Ebony tarantula seems to be most prevalent in this region, but the pictures we’ve seen online don’t look like an exact match (ie ours has 4 orange spots on his belly).  Thank you for any help or advice you might be able to give!!
Ps we didn’t get a chance to measure him but the last picture has the hand of a 12-year-old for reference.
How you want your letter signed:  Clueless in Cali


Dear Clueless in Cali,
Based on BugGuide images and the reported range, we believe this is
Aphonopelma iodius.  According tom SF Bay Wildlife:  ” The species in the Bay area has been determined to be Aphonopelma iodius.”



Subject:  Lime green hawk moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Christiana Tn
Date: 05/06/2019
Time: 05:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What type of moth is this? Closest I could find was a lime green hawk moth but they are not known in this area.
How you want your letter signed:  Tiffany

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Dear Tiffany,
The Lime Hawk Moth is a European species in the same family as your Virginia Creeper Sphinx,
Darapsa myron, also known as the Hog SphinxAccording to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “Darapsa myron larvae feed on Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), Grape (Vitis), Ampelopsis, and Viburnum.”  According to BugGuide:  “very common; sometimes abundant.”

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Subject:  Hairy, flying Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan, USA
Date: 05/05/2019
Time: 10:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  this bug was loud as it buzzed by my head. Landed in mulch and burrowed in. I uncovered it to take pics – then it flew away. I regret, i was not able to get a pic while it was in flight.
It is about the size of a large bumble bee. Hairy body and legs beneath an oval shell. Six legs. Flecks of orange and brown on a shell with slight ivory stripes? Red dot above head. Front end and head are Black.
Many thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Ab

Bumblebee Flower Beetle

Dear Ab,
We identified your Bumblebee Flower Beetle,
Euphoria inda, in Beetles of North America by Arthur V. Evans where we learned “Adults often fly close to the ground, especially over piles of grass, edges of haystacks, compost piles, manure, and other plant debris.  They drink sap from the wounds on tree trunks and exposed roots, or feed on various flowers and ripe fruits.  According to BugGuide where it is called the Bumble Flower Beetle:  “Adults emerge in the late summer, overwinter, and then become active in the early spring, thus the bimodal curve in activity.”

Bumblebee Flower Beetle

Subject:  Hundreds of caterpillars
Geographic location of the bug:  Hershey, pa
Date: 05/04/2019
Time: 09:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi, I went out to my garden this evening around 9:30 and found these bugs walking all over my raised beds and up the walls of my house. I didn’t see any on my plants. they are small, very skinny about three-quarter inch to an inch long.What are they?
How you want your letter signed:  Skaterma

Millipede Invasion

Dear Skaterma,
These are not Caterpillars.  They are Millipedes.  Here is an Iowa State University article on Millipedes where it states:  “Millipedes are harmless. They can not bite or sting and they do not feed on structures, furnishings or landscape plants. They do feed on damp and decaying plant material and are ecologically beneficial as “recyclers” of organic matter. They live outdoors in damp areas such as under leaves, needles, plant debris, mulch and similar habitats.

The bad news is millipedes often embark on mass migrations, especially on humid, warm nights in the fall and spring, during which time they wander into garages, basements and other parts of the house. All millipedes found inside have strayed in by mistake from breeding sites in the vicinity. Millipedes can not reproduce indoors.
Millipedes are most active at night. They wander out from their damp hiding places and roam aimlessly, often covering large distances with their slow, steady crawl. They are not drawn to garages and houses nor are they searching for anything in particular (food, warmth, mates, etc.).
Wandering millipedes eventually bump into the house where they find small gaps or cracks. They crawl into these small openings as a shelter from the dryness of the coming daytime. Millipedes hide during the day under the bottom edge of the garage door, in cracks along the house, sidewalk or driveway and in gaps in the foundation. Openings in the foundation allow the millipedes to enter the house, where they continue wandering until they find a place to hide or until they expire from lack of moisture, coiled in the corners of a room.”