Subject:  Chrysomelidae?
Geographic location of the bug:  Maple Ridge, BC
Date: 01/26/2018
Time: 07:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I captured this beetle in a pitfall trap near a small stream in a forest near Maple Ridge, BC in August 2013. I’m looking to get help identifying the family, and have offered a few pictures that might help. Any advice would be appreciated!
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Tonya Ramey

Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle

Dear Tonya,
By the time our miniscule staff began researching this Beetle, which reminds us of a Soldier Beetle, we found the vast resources on BugGuide had already identified it as a Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle,
Ischalia vancouverensis, in the family Ischaliidae.

Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle

Hi Daniel,
Yes, thank you! I was really surprised how fast it was answered. I’ve posted a few things on there with no reply, so thank you for checking it out! Ischaliidae was not on my radar.

Broad-Hipped Flower Beetle

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Subject:  Moth identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Costa Rica, pacific side, in the mountians
Date: 01/27/2018
Time: 11:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman. Came across this awesome Critter in Costa Rica at first it look like a strange furry cicada but after having him walk on my hand I do believe he was a moth?
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Wood Moth we believe

Dear Kat,
We believe this is a Wood Moth or Carpenter Moth in the family Cossidae, but we have not had any luck locating a definitive matching image online with a species identification.  We did locate this similar looking individual on FlickR and Butterflies and Moths of North America has some similar looking but not exact images on their site where it states:  “Adults are robust and heavy-bodied, and are typically nocturnal, drab, and mostly gray with black markings. Females are often much larger than males. Eggs are usually laid in crevices or under bark with an extensible ovipositor, and may be produced in vast numbers. Larvae bore into branches or trunks of living shrubs or trees, sometimes causing considerable damage, and require 1 to 4 years to mature.”  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Subject:  White Walking Stick
Geographic location of the bug:  Costa Rica
Date: 01/22/2018
Time: 10:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I spotted this very small (only a few cm) walking stick like insect at Rainmaker Conservatory outside of Quepos in Costa Rica. It looked more like the small white roots around where it was spotted. I was only able to find stock photos of it on google under “albino walking stick,” but with no ID.  Any help would be wonderful.
How you want your letter signed:  Clayton M


Dear Clayton,
This appears to be an immature individual, which might make it difficult to identify.  Additionally, newly molted insects are often white or light in color, and the darken when their exoskeleton hardens, like this freshly molted Earwig or this newly molted Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Thanks for your reply!  I also posted the picture on Reddit, and someone said it might be a very immature Moss Mimic Stick which makes a lot of sense based on the head, antennae, and how it holds its abdomen.

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Subject:  What is this spider.
Geographic location of the bug:  London UK
Date: 01/13/2018
Time: 04:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What’s this one called? Less than size of 5p.
How you want your letter signed:  Steve

Walnut Orbweaver

Dear Steve,
This is a harmless Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, and its black coloration is quite unusual.  We quickly identified it on UK Safari as a Walnut Orbweaver,
Nuctenea umbratica.  According to the site:  “Found mostly under the bark of dead trees, garden sheds, washing lines, and sometimes show up inside houses” and “Walnut Orb-weavers are quite timid and usually only venture out at night.  As the name suggests they catch their prey in a web.”  According to Euro Spiders:  “The Walnut orb-weaver, Nuctenea umbratica, is quite flat. It hides under cracks in the bark of trees during the days and spins a small orb web in the night. It can sustain as low temperatures as minus 19 degrees Celsius.”

Subject:  Is this a bed bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Columbus Ohio
Date: 01/25/2018
Time: 03:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please I’d this bug? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Nervous

Bed Bug

Dear Nervous,
This is indeed a Bed Bug.

Well booger. I was hoping it was not since I could not find any other evidence of them in the house. I appreciate your help. Thank you!

Subject:  Identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia
Date: 01/25/2018
Time: 05:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This has been found in family members hair last few months since my teen sons friend spent the night. Now they have multiplied, mostly in my daughter’s dreads she just started, a two in teen son and a couple in other sons hair. We have used special sprays and shampoos lice combed them out washed all clothing and bedding and still finding them.
How you want your letter signed:  Frustrated family

Human Head Louse

Dear Frustrated family,
This is a Human Head Louse and it sounds like you are doing what needs to be done to eradicate them from your family and your home.