Subject:  Maybe it’s a katydid?
Geographic location of the bug:  Buffalo NY
Date: 07/28/2021
Time: 09:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this sneaky man on a deciduous tree at an evergreen nursery this July and I think it’s a katydid but I can’t see wings!
How you want your letter signed:  Green bug man

Immature Angle Winged Katydid

Dear Green bug man,
This is indeed an immature Katydid and only adults have wings developed enough to fly.  We believe, based on this BugGuide image, that your Katydid is an Angle Winged Katydid in the genus

Subject:  Whats this Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Oregon (Medford)
Date: 07/30/2021
Time: 01:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These Beetle’s have traveled to the SE, SW sides of our building. They are staying around the door jams and brick stem wall.Black with a thin orange line around their body. I search beetles of So Oregon and these were not listed. Thank you for your help, Darrell
How you want your letter signed:  Darrell

Conchuela Stink Bug

Dear Darrell,
You had difficulty with your identification because this is not a Beetle.  This is an immature Conchuela Stink Bug.

Subject:  bee type  bug
Geographic location of the bug: Halifax, MA
Date: 07/29/2021
Time: 12:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  makes in ground nest every year like an ant hole about a 1/2 inch.
Sandy soil, most nest are by driveway edge a patio edge
How you want your letter signed:  Tony

Sand Wasp

Dear Tony,
This looks like a Sand Wasp in the Tribe Bembicini, and the activity you describe is consistent with Sand Wasps.  Alas, we cannot provide a species identification.  According to BugGuide:  “About three quarters of the species prey on Diptera (Flies including disease carrying House Flies found around garbage), and it is believed that fly predation is ancestral in the group” which makes them beneficial.  Sand Wasps are not aggressive and the chances of getting stung are very unlikely.

Subject:  Flying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Coquitlam, BC
Date: 07/27/2021
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this creepy flying insect while landscaping, never seen anything like it before curious what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Zach Rayner


Dear Zach,
This is a Horntail in the genus Uroceros, a type of Wood Wasp whose larvae bore in wood.  There are three similar looking species in the genus found in British Columbia.  It appears your image was shot in late afternoon sunlight, and when we corrected for the warm golden color that lighting at that time of day imparts to the subject it falls upon, we believe this is the White Horned Horntail Wasp,
Urocerus albicornis, which is pictured on BugGuide.   According to BugGuide:  “hosts include fir, larch, spruce, pine, Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western red cedar.”

Thank you very much for your quick response to my question it is highly appreciated
For a second I thought I had discovered a new species of insect because I had never seen anything like it before in my life
Thanks again!

Subject:  Moths
Geographic location of the bug:  Sylacauga, Alabama
Date: 07/29/2021
Time: 11:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beautiful oleander hawk moth in my porch last night but everywhere I look, I see they’re not native to the US. Is this common to see in Alabama?
How you want your letter signed:  Anna

Pandora Sphinx

Dear Anna,
Though it resembles the Oleander Hawkmoth, this is actually a native Pandora Sphinx.  The Pandora Sphinx is not listed on the Alabama Moths site, so you should consider submitting your sighting.

Subject:  Firefly
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 07/29/2021
Time: 8:51 PM EDT
Gentle Readers,
Daniel has watched the sunset the past three nights in Ohio and as soon as the sun drops below the horizon, the Lightning Bugs start flashing.  Based on the flash patterns, flash colors, and the flying habits, Daniel is certain there are numerous species present, but alas, he does not have the necessary skills to identify them to the species level.


Because it is still light enough to see, Daniel continued to eradicate invasive prickly thistles that have overrun parts of the yard, and he found this shy Firefly flashing from the sedum.  The day before, Daniel tried unsuccessfully to capture the experience of watching hundreds of flashing Fireflies with the camera on his iPhone, but alas, much like photos of the Grand Canyon, it is not the same as being there and experiencing it.  As a side note, it is also nice to watch the bats flying in the twilight catching insects.

LIghtning Bugs Flashing (hard to capture with cellular telephone)