Subject: what bug is this?
Location: north west england
January 18, 2017 4:21 am
hi mr bug man can you help me with what this bug is and how to get rid of them they are in my bathroom and kitchen???
Signature: thenks rebecca

Grain Weevil

Dear Rebecca,
This is a Grain Weevil and there are many species that will infest stored grains and grain products, including rice and bird seed.  We would suggest that you begin by investigating the pantry, or that bargain bag of bird seed or pet food that you are storing to find the source of the infestation.

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Subject: Insect identification
Location: Kanchanaburi province Thailand
January 18, 2017 3:14 am
Can you please try and identify this insect from a photo I took. Location – Kanchanaburi province Thailand. Season – January. IIt was a flying insect, body length approx 50 mm. Black and furry looking. Many thanks, Clive.
Signature: Clive Ambrose

Carpenter Bee

Dear Clive,
Based on this image from Borneo in our archives, we are very confident this is a Carpenter Bee.

Thank you for your quick response, however I think you may have misidentified, as the carpenter bee does not have a furry body and legs, or fox-like ears, as is shown in the photograph.
Many thanks, Clive

Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Marlborough sounds
January 17, 2017 2:00 pm
Hi bug man hope your having a good day.
I have found a bug with a furry tail usually appearing on my wetsuit or wood outside at night.
Signature: Jamie

Immature Planthopper

Dear Jamie,
This is an immature Planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea, but immature specimens can be very difficult to identify to the species level.  Images on the Brisbane Insect site look very similar.  According to TERRAIN:  “The nymphs are wingless and are informally known as fluffy bums. When sufficiently aroused they will hop off their plant ‘with a snap’.  Like all planthoppers they suck plant sap.”  We are amused by the common name Fluffy Bum and it is very descriptive for many nymphs in the superfamily.  According to Getty Images:  “the wax secreted from behind may serve to conceal this tiny creature from predators.”

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Mississippi
January 16, 2017 5:16 pm
I cannot ID this very small bug. 5mm maybe.
I think it might be a midge? It was taken in Mississippi in April.
Signature: Stephen Kirkpatrick

Male Midge

Dear Stephen,
We wanted to be certain this male Dipteran was indeed a Midge, so we contacted Mosquito expert Angel van Gulik who wrote back to us:  “That is a rather beautiful midge. ”  We will attempt a species identification for you.  We believe based on this BugGuide image, that it is in the genus
Ablabesmyia.  The genus is described on BugGuide as being:  “A distinctive genus, with hairy, dark-spotted wings; three or more brown bands on each tibia; acrostichal hairs diverging around a more or less prominent circular spot in front of the scutellum; and cubical fork sessile (M-Cu intersects C at or after fork).”

Subject: Butterfly/Moth
Location: Indiana
January 17, 2017 7:36 pm
Found this butterfly/moth unable to fly. I tried to offer it some sugar water and fruit, but it didn’t live long after I found it.
Signature: Eliza

Deformed Tiger Swallowtail

Dear Eliza,
This is a Tiger Swallowtail, and for some reason its wings failed to expand after emerging from the Chrysalis.

Subject: Unknown Species
Location: Manila, Philippines
January 14, 2017 7:14 pm
Hello i just want to ask what kind of species is this. I just need it for my project in ecology and i hope you answer this question immediately. thank you and god bless
Signature: ecology

Possibly Mealybug

Dear ecology,
This may be the first time we have received an identification request from an entire scientific discipline as opposed to a request from an individual.  This appears to us like it might be a Hemipteran because of its similarity to the Giant Snowball Mealybug from Australia.  Based on Project Noah, Giant Scale Insects from the genus
Monophlebulus are found in the Philippines.  Your image is not distinct enough to be certain.