Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Venice FL
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 04:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  It appears to have a white face shaped like a jack o’lantern on its back
How you want your letter signed:  Betty

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Dear Betty,
This distinctive Spider is a harmless, Crablike Spiny Orbweaver.

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Subject:  What is this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eno River State Park Durham, NC
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 04:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I came across this insect yesterday. I thought this was a moth, but I cannot find a reference to this anywhere (and I’ve looked at over 700+ insects). It was the color of lichen (a very light green/white). As you can see, there are spikes all over the wings, back, and antennae. Thanks for your input.
How you want your letter signed:  Christine Allen

Probably Fungus Infested Moth

Dear Christine,
We agree that this is probably a Moth, but the reason you are having difficulty with an identification is that the insect has been infested with fungus that has covered its body.  There is an image on K.S. Shives site of a different insect with a similar fungus infection.  Here is a similar looking image on Nature Picture Library and one on Alamy.

Thank you, Daniel, for helping me with this.
Kind regards,

Subject:  Beetle from my mulberry tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Midwest Missouri
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 06:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We located a mulberry tree on our property and went to pick the berries. Came across a BUNCH of these little beetles. Looks like the adults are smaller than an eraser on a pencil. On the underside of several leaves we saw white eggs woven together like honeycomb…one of the leaves had hatched beetles alongside the empty eggs. These babies looked the same as the adults but much smaller, the size of a pinhead.
How you want your letter signed:  The Country Bumpkin

Stink Bug Nymph

Dear Country Bumpkin,
These are NOT Beetles.  They are Stink Bug nymphs, but we are not certain of the species.   Based on this BugGuide image they might be Brown Marmorated Stink Bug nymphs, an Invasive Exotic species, or they might be Green Stink Bug nymphs, based on this BugGuide image, or they might be a different species entirely.  Nymphs can be very difficult to identify with certainty.

Possibly Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Hatchlings

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Subject:  Is this an invasive bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Jay Vermont
Date: 06/15/2019
Time: 10:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found today Jun 15, 2019 in short grass along driveway, close to a wooded area of Vermont.
How you want your letter signed:  Heather

Oil Beetle

Dear Heather,
This is an Oil Beetle in the genus Meloe, and it is native, not invasive.

Thanks so much!  This is our new favorite bug.  He did squirt some yellow stuff on my garden tool and I assumed it was hurt so just put it back where I found it.  Awesome.

Hi again Heather,
We would advise you to handle Oil Beetles as well as other Blister Beetles in the family Meloidae with caution because, according to BugGuide:  “Pressing, rubbing, or squashing blister beetles may cause them to exude hemolymph which contains the blistering compound cantharidin. Ingestion of blister beetles can be fatal. Eating blister beetles with hay may kill livestock. Cantharidin is commercially known as Spanish Fly.”

Subject:  Grasshopper fly mix
Geographic location of the bug:  Enschede, The Netherlands
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 08:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What’s the name of this bug? It appears to have two small “fangs” and rainbow colored eye’s, it’s not shy nor aggressive, i could easily touch it. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin Hoekstra

Female Notch Horned Cleg

Dear Kevin,
Though we were confident that this is a female Horse Fly in the family Tabanidae, there were enough features to cause us to consider it might be a member of a different family, but we quickly located the Notch Horned Cleg,
Haematopota pluvialis, on Influential Points  where it states:  “The female Haematopota pluvialis has distinctively patterned hairy eyes – the eye stripes extend over most of the eye.”  The site also states:  “There are of course innumerable accounts of Haematopota pluvialis biting man, especially in upland areas where clegs can turn a pleasant walk into an endurance course. Our own experience in the Scottish Highlands is that when the sun is out, the clegs bite; when the sun goes in the midges bite! Flight (and hence feeding) activity of Haematopota pluvialis is dependent on a sufficiently high humidity and temperature (Krčmar, 2004).”

Yes! That’s it, thank you! In Dutch it appears to be “Regendaas”.
Kevin Hoekstra

Subject:  Beatle (looks like Paul)
Geographic location of the bug:  Venado Beach, Marcovia, Choluteca, Honduras
Date: 06/14/2019
Time: 04:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy came to pay a visit at the sea turtle observation center in the middle of the mangrove forest. It is approximately 7 cm long.
Thank you for your effort.
How you want your letter signed:  Enrik


Dear Enrik,
This is a Root Borer in the subfamily Prioninae.  It has some interesting features, but we are still having problems narrowing this to a species.  Coleoptera Neotropical has images of subfamily members found in Honduras.