Subject:  Insect identification
Geographic location of the bug:  N Myrtle Beach SC
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 10:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey bug man I came across this insect on the outside wall  of my garage today, after Hurricane Florence had passed. I’ve never seen this before, nor have my local friends. Just curious to find out what it is and perhaps some information on it.
Thanks for any insight
How you want your letter signed:  Maddy

Camel Cricket

Dear Maddy,
This is a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket, and they are relatively common, though they are generally found in damp, dark places like basements.  Perhaps its home was flooded during the rain brought by Hurricane Florence.

Thank you so much for your rapid response! I’ll have share this with my friends

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Subject:  Yellow Garden Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Bluff, Illinois
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 09:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I work in a landscape garden and we get lots of spiders, mostly cross spiders, so I was happy to come across this beauty.  I grew up having them in my mom’s garden,  so it really did make me smile. Hopefully the pictures are worthy of sharing.
How you want your letter signed:  Karin

Banded Garden Orbweaver

Dear Karin,
Your images of a Banded Garden Orbweaver,
Argiope trifasciata, are beautiful.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Open areas, old fields, etc. with tall grass. Webs tend to be more hidden than those of aurantia, and the preferred habitat is said to be drier.”

Banded Garden Orbweaver

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Superior, Arizona
Date: 09/15/2018
Time: 07:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen crawling on a path in Boyce Thompson Arboretum
How you want your letter signed:  Lucy Lancaster

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Lucy,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar, a species with several color morphs, including a dark variant we just posted.  Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillars are prove to periodical population explosions, especially in areas of the arid Southwest.

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Subject:  Metamorphosis of a Gray Bird Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Date: 09/15/2018
Time: 03:30 PM PDT
Daniel glanced at the carrot seeds that are ready to plant and noticed something unusual from a distance.  The backlighting on the wings of this newly metamorphosed Gray Bird Grasshopper caught the light beautifully.  Sure enough, the cast off exuvia was at the base of the plant.  The next day, after its wings had fully hardened, it was gone.

Metamorphosis of a Gray Bird Grasshopper

Exuvia of a Gray Bird Grasshopper

 

Subject:  Green Lynx Spider eats Cabbage White on Lavender
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Date: 09/16/2018
Time: 03:30 PM PDT
Daniel took the weekend off from responding to the numerous queries that arrived from the public to entertain a friend and to do some gardening.  This drama of a male Green Lynx Spider feeding on a Cabbage White on the lavender was too interesting to ignore.

Green Lynx Spider eats Cabbage White

Green Lynx Spider eats Cabbage White

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeastern South Dakota
Date: 09/15/2018
Time: 09:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of moth will this become?  Is the caterpillar dangerous to my flowers?
How you want your letter signed:  Susan

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Susan,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar, and the adult Whitelined Sphinx is often confused for a hummingbird when it visits blossoms during the crepuscular time of day.  Most caterpillars feed on leaves and they do not do appreciable damage to plants unless they are quite numerous and the plant is already stressed due to other factors.