Subject:  ID of insect please
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas City MO USA
Date: 09/07/2017
Time: 08:38 AM EDT
I have never seen this bug before. Looks like its wearing a combination feather duster/ trident on its head and I just can’t even.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathleen M Henn

Close-up of head of a male Dipteran

Dear Kathleen,
These images are positively puzzling.  This is a member of the order Diptera, and the feathery antennae indicates it is a male, but the “trident” head anatomy is quite the mystery for us.  It is a member of a group BugGuide identifies as “‘Nematocera’ (Non-Brachycera)” that can be identified by “The most distinctive identification feature is the antennae which have 6 or more segments. Most have long and slender antennae, which in some families can be highly plumose. Other families have short, thick antennae (eg. the march flies – Bibionidae). Most of the flies in this group have slender bodies and long, narrow wings.”  This group includes Crane Flies and Mosquitoes.  We have not had any luck with our initial attempt at a species identification, and we are running out of time this morning, so we are posting it as unidentified and we will contact Eric Eaton for his input.  Meanwhile, perhaps one of our readers will be able to research this while we are out gainfully employed and working a 13 hour Thursday.  How big was it?

Male Dipteran with unusual anatomy

Update:  Eric Eaton responded to us pretty quickly “Male mosquito.  Pretty standard anatomy for them, actually.” and we found similar anatomy in this BugGuide image.

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Subject:  What is this??
Geographic location of the bug:  Charleston, WV
Date: 09/06/2017
Time: 08:28 PM EDT
Just want to know what this crazy thing is. It’s in a hydrangea shrub.
How you want your letter signed:  Cynthia

Hickory Horned Devil

Dear Cynthia,
Is there a nut tree near the hydrangea???  This is a Hickory Horned Devil, one of the most distinctive looking North American caterpillars.  Early instars are brown, but as the caterpillars grow and molt, they eventually become spectacular, enormous caterpillars that are green, aqua and red, making the Hickory Horned Devil the largest North American caterpillar.  We have never heard of them feeding on hydrangea, so we suspect this individual was dislodged from a more typical food plant and is crawling around to find something to eat.  If there is a nut tree nearby, you should relocate it so it can continue to feed and eventually mature.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of ash, burning bush, butternut, cotton, gum, hickory, lilac, pecan, persimmon, sumac, sycamore, and walnut” and if it is really feeding on the hydrangea, that would be an additional food plant.  The adult Royal Walnut Moth it will eventually become is equally spectacular.

Update:  September 17, 2017
It is eating the hydrangea. There are not any nut trees nearby, except for huge oak trees.  There is a second one in another hydrangea on the other side of the porch.

Hi Daniel,
I just wanted to share a couple more photos of the caterpillars I inquired about. My mother actually discovered a second one in another hydrangea bush. They have none of the trees you listed nearby, so were not able to relocate them. However, both are eating, growing and changing colors in the hydrangeas.

Hickory Horned Devil eating Hydrangea

Thanks for the update Cynthia. We have not been able to locate any additional information on Hickory Horned Devils eating leaves from hydrangea.

Subject:  winged insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Tioga Co, PA
Date: 09/06/2017
Time: 03:46 PM EDT
I found this bug on the wall of our hunting cabin in Wellsboro, PA….looks kind of like a Snakefly, but wondered if y’all could ID it for me.
How you want your letter signed:  Ginette

Giant Eastern Crane Fly

Dear Ginette,
This magnificent creature is a Giant Eastern Crane Fly,
Pedicia albivitta.  According to BugGuide:  “two distinct flight periods: usually May/June and September/October” so this sighting is right on time.

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Subject:  What is this Jumping/Flying big
Geographic location of the bug:  My Bed
Your letter to the bugman —
I am getting itchy red bites all over my body. Legs, thigh, stomach, Arms, Hands, lower back. I found small jumping or flying bugs. They are tiny and look like a spec of dirt. Is this a flea or a bedbug or something else?
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Dear Adriana,
Between your description and the blurry image you submitted, we are quite certain you are getting bitten by Fleas.  Do you have a pet that sleeps on the bed with you?  You should consider flea treatment for your pet.

Subject:  metalic copper green beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Washington Kennewick
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 12:11 AM EDT
Found this beetle on my driveway end of August and looked at many photos online and can’t seem to find anything quite like it and only found one. Can you identify?
How you want your letter signed:  Gerry Presby

Jewel Beetle: Buprestis viridisuturalis

Dear Gerry,
The beautiful metallic coloration of your beetle, a trait that is shared with many members of its family, has resulted in a familial name of Jewel Beetle, but alas, your individual, 
Buprestis viridisuturalis, which we identified on BugGuide, does not have a common name other than that shared with others in the family.

Subject:  2 bugs I can’t find
Geographic location of the bug:  Blacksburg, Virginia
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 08:56 AM EDT
I have 2 bugs I’ve had trouble finding out what they are. I’ve started recording bugs for my YouTube channel and I need to know what they are before I can upload the content. Thanks for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  Violent Beautiful Nature

Leaf-Footed Bug Nymph

Dear Violent Beautiful Nature,
One of your images is of a Leaf Footed Bug nymph, and we believe that based on this BugGuide image, it is in the genus
Piezogaster.  Your other insect is a Stink Bug Nymph.