Subject:  Black beetle, red wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Guilford, CT
Date: 04/22/2019
Time: 08:58 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you tell me what this bug is? There are a number of them in our front (southern exposure) garden. I can’t find a good match online.
How you want your letter signed:  Abigail W.

Blister Beetle: Tricrania sanguinipennis

Dear Abigail,
Generally, when we receive an identification request, we have at least an idea to what family a creature belongs, which makes research easier, but in the case of this Beetle, we were not even sure of a family.  We turned to Arthur V. Evans excellent book Beetles of Eastern North America and we eventually identified your colorful beetle as a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae,
Tricrania sanguinipennis, but it is very atypical looking for a Blister Beetle.  We located an image on BugGuide for comparison.  According to BugGuide, it is “A parasitoid of colonial bees, such as Colletes.” 

Thank you so much for replying! I’m glad to have provided a challenge. After contacting you, I remembered about our local agricultural station. They were also able to ID my beetle as the Tricrania. I’m guessing they are thoroughly enjoying my ground bees….
Abigail Wasserman.

Subject:  Beetle identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia, USA
Date: 04/22/2019
Time: 12:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! My name is Jessi and I’m doing a project in my photography course on bugs and I’m having trouble identifying this beetle, maybe you can help me? I found it in the morning at the beginning of april this year. Thank you!!
How you want your letter signed:  Jessica Yeszkonis

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Jessi,
Since this is a photography course and not a biology course, perhaps you do not need species specificity.  This is a Scarab Beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, but we cannot provide a species name at this time.  You can try browsing BugGuide for some possibilities.

Scarab Beetle

Subject:  Winged insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Arkansas
Date: 04/22/2019
Time: 08:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what this is ?
How you want your letter signed:  Terri

Luna Moth

Dear Terri,
This beautiful Moth, quite unique among North American species, is a Luna Moth, and we really enjoy posting images of Luna Moths from throughout its range in the eastern part of the continent.

Luna Moth

Subject:  whats the name of this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  amsterdam, netherlands
Date: 04/22/2019
Time: 07:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  the bug was found in the Hortus Botanicus Leiden in the Netherlands
it was walking on an ant plant
How you want your letter signed:  Rick

Stick Insect

Dear Rick,
At first we were quite puzzled by your image, and then it dawned upon us that this must be an immature Stick Insect in the Order Phasmida.  Beyond that, we are at a bit of a loss.  We are uncertain of the species or even if it is a native or introduced species for you, though we are leaning toward the latter.  Since you discovered this little critter in a botanical garden, the flora is likely from many locations on the planet, and if there is climate control, that flora might even include jungle species from the tropics.  When importing plants, it is quite easy to accidentally introduce insects, especially immature individuals or eggs.  Perhaps one of our readers who knows more about Phasmids will write in with a more specific identification.

Subject:  Looking for source of flies inside the house 🙁
Geographic location of the bug:  Montreal, canada
Date: 04/21/2019
Time: 08:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, please help me identify the source of these flies that started to appear in my house 2 weeks ago. I kill 1-2 per day since but can’t find the source 🙁 what kind of fly is this? What can be the source?? Im searching the kitchen but couldn’t find clues yet
How you want your letter signed:  Lyne

Indian Meal Moth

Dear Lyne,
This is not a Fly.  It is an Indian Meal Moth, a species that infests stored grain products.  We suggest you check your pantry for the site of the infestation.  Perhaps that corn meal you only use at Thanksgiving or that long forgotten oatmeal at the back of the cupboard.  They will also infest spices. The larvae feed on grain.  The adults do not.

Subject:  WTF
Geographic location of the bug:  St. Augustine FL
Date: 04/21/2019
Time: 08:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell us what this is before we leave the state? Have lived in Florida for 17 years and have seen some strange bugs but this one takes the cake.
How you want your letter signed:  Dennis

Orange Dog

Dear Dennis,
This is the Caterpillar of a Giant Swallowtail, commonly called an Orange Dog because they feed on the leaves of orange trees and other citrus.