Subject:  Ctenucha brunnea Photos
Geographic location of the bug:  Laguna Beach, California
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 03:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
I came across your website while trying to identify the moth I saw today. I’m pretty sure it’s a  Ctenucha brunnea. I only saw one photo on your site so I figured I’d pass on my photos for your use.
Thanks for the great reference site!
How you want your letter signed:  Rachelle

Brown Ctenucha

Dear Rachelle,
Thanks so much for adding to our digital archives with your wonderful image of the Brown Ctenucha.  Our only image of this species dates back to 2006.  According to BugGuide, the range is “Coastal areas of central to southern California.”

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Subject:  Callipogon Barbatus
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Amatitlan, Guatemala. C.A.
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 10:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I got to your wonderful site doing a Google Image Search of a bug we found inside our house. We live waterfront on Lake Amatitlan, about 18 miles (by road) from downtown Guatemala City. I just wanted to share the pictures with you, perhaps you want to use them. Thanks for helping me identify this beetle.
How you want your letter signed:  Manuel Ralda

Callipogon barbatus

Dear Manuel,
Thanks for sending in your wonderful images of what does appear to be
Callipogon barbatus.

Callipogon barbatus

Subject:  Black insect with white spots
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeastern Pennsylvania
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these on my azalea. We live in the woods and have never seen anything like it. It doesn’t seem to have a hard shell like a beetle but maybe it’s in the early stages of life.
How you want your letter signed:  Nikki

Spotted Lanternfly Nymphs

Dear Nikki,
These are Spotted Lanternfly nymphs, an invasive species recently introduced from Asia.

Comment from Annette on Facebook:  OP, you need to report this. I don’t condone killing insects, but this one is a threat to our state. Google what to do if you find spotted lanternfly.

Update:  Report sightings to Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Thank you for the quick response! I’ve seen them in their full grown state and should’ve figured it was them with the spots. I’ll take care of the destroying and reporting. Have a great day!
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Large egg-laying beetle on fallen tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Pollock Pines, California
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 07:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bugman, I spotted this large-ish beetle on a fallen tree, sticking its ovipositor in crevices in the wood.  What is this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  John

Jewel Beetle

Dear John,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, but we are not having any luck determining a species for you.  Do you know what type of tree you sighted it upon?

Hi, Daniel.
Sorry, I wouldn’t have known the tree type but I do have footage of the beetle probing about the wood.Metallic Borer or Jewel beetle – are they bad?
I ask because this photo was taken at a lake where hundreds of dead trees have been cut down apparently due to a beetle invasion
Thanks all the same.
I looked about for the beetle responsible for tree deaths at the local lake. It’s a bark beetle.
Although the beetle’s destruction of trees may not be a terrible thing?
Hello again John,
You are correct.  The Bark Beetles are responsible for the tree die-off.  Jewel Beetles have larvae that bore in wood, but they are rarely numerous enough to create a problem. 

Subject:  beetle ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Banks of Green River in western washington, near Auburn Washington
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 04:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this little guy on the bank of the green river in western Washington (June). Runs very fast, I only got picture while one was stopped. Appears to be tan or gold. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Larry Silsbee

Northwest Hairy-Necked Tiger Beetle

Dear Larry,
This is a beneficial, predatory Tiger Beetle in the subfamily Cicindelinae, and based on images posted to The Xerces Society and BugGuide, we believe it is the Northwest Hairy-Necked Tiger Beetle,
Cicindela hirticollis siuslawensis.  According to BugGuide:  “Almost always in close association with a body of water i.e., sandy beaches of streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans.”

Subject:  Pool rescue
Geographic location of the bug:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 06:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I pulled this cheerful little critter out of my pool today (June 19). It spent 15 minutes cleaning the water off itself and another 15 crawling around on my hand since rescue. I would love to know what it is.
I have never had a pool before and I swear I spend as much time rescuing bugs and spiders, and watching them after, as I do swimming!
How you want your letter signed:  Stephanie in PA

Dogwood Spittlebug

Dear Stephanie,
Because of your bug rescue program, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  This is a Dogwood Spittlebug,
Clastoptera proteus, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Common on dogwood and Vaccinium in the Midwest.”  Spittlebugs are so called because the nymphs secrete a frothy substance that acts as a refuge and the substance resembles spittle.

Dogwood Spittlebug