Subject:  Weird spiders on hotel balcony
Geographic location of the bug:  Cancun, Mexico
Date: 12/07/2017
Time: 04:08 PM EDT
Found this earlier today, on the outside of the sliding doors to our balcony at a hotel in Riviera Maya, near Cancun Mexico. My daughter was playing outside here a bit before I noticed this. Couldn’t find much info on them. I assume the little pods are eggs? Thank you very much in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Lucas

True Bug Hatchlings

Dear Lucas,
These are not Spiders.  They are hatchling True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  We are not even certain of the family.  We will attempt additional research on this identification.

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Subject:  Caterpillar ID
Geographic location of the bug:  North East India , Mizoram
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 09:06 AM EDT
Love this  site and finally have a good bug!
How you want your letter signed:  Gautam Pandey

Indian Moon Moth Caterpillar

Dear Guatam,
Thanks for the compliment.  This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar from the family Saturniidae, and because of its resemblance to the North American Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar and Luna Moth Caterpillar, we are speculating it is in the same tribe, Saturniini.  It might be a Moon Moth Caterpillar, Actias selene, which is pictured on Shutterstock and on FlickR.  An adult Indian Moon Moth is pictured on RockSea.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks so much!!! Always feels good to put a name on it 🙂
Love the work!!

Subject:  Mystery Beetle in Australia
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 04:50 PM EDT
I am a highschool senior who is very fascinated by insects. I plan to study entomology in graduate school. So, naturally all of the members of my family send ME bug questions and want bugs identified. I usually can do well on my own, but the latest bug has me stumped.
My uncle’s friend took the picture attached. Unfortunately, the beetle is facing away. They said it was the size of a quarter. Locals called it a “Christmas Beetle”, but I don’t think that is true because Christmas beetles (like  Anoplognathus) don’t have the pointed abdomen and long antennae pictured.
If you need more specific geography, I can probably get more details from my uncle, so just ask. Hope you can help!
How you want your letter signed:  Confused Nephew

Unknown Beetle: Possibly Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Confused Nephew,
Can you please ask your uncle if there are any images showing the front of this unusual beetle.  Our best guess at this time is that this might be a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae, and we are basing that on its shape and the antennae.  The humpback is a characteristic shared with other Pleasing Fungus Beetles from North and South America.  The golden green, metallic coloration of your individual is beautiful.  This is NOT a Christmas Beetle, members of the Scarab Beetle family.  Our second guess is that it might be a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae or a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  Perhaps one of our astute readers will be able to assist in this identification.  More specific geography might help.

Thanks for the response! I am in the process of getting more information from him right now. I am so glad that I was right about it not being a Christmas beetle. I hope we can figure this out!

Update:  December 9, 2017
Cesar Crash led us to this eBay posting that has an obviously misidentified family, but Cesar believed the genus might be correct because of this South American posting on Coleoptera Neotropical and a noting that the family is Chalcodryidae.  The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand indicates that is a new family designation, and if members of the family are found in New Zealand, there is a good chance there are members in Australia.  iNaturalist has some images of family members in New Zealand, and Wikipedia indicates the family is classified in the superfamily Tenebrionoidea.

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Subject:  Curious
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia in a Home wardrobe
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 06:23 AM EDT
Just curious (:
How you want your letter signed:  However

Elephant Weevil

We used Oz Animals to verify the identity of your Elephant Weevil.  The site states:  “The Elephant Weevil is pest to the wine industry as it feds on grape vines.”

Subject:  Some kind of Mantis
Geographic location of the bug:  Colombia, South America
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 06:37 PM EDT
Hey bugman!
Once again, another bug fella just flew through my window, but this is the rarest (for me, at least) yet! I know it’s some kind of Praying Mantis but it is really small. Like less than one inch.
P. S. Sorry for the low quality pics, the little guy was flying really fast.
How you want your letter signed:  Stranded, Daniel

Mantis or Mantispid???

Dear Daniel,
Had you not mentioned the small size, we would have agreed that this is a species of Mantis, and we are still categorizing it as such, but we now question that it might be an unrelated predator that resembles a Mantis that is known as a Mantispid or Mantisfly.  Your individual appears as though the wings are in the rest position with only one upper wing on top, covering the other three wings.  Mantispids generally have two upper wings that meet in the middle when at rest.  Perhaps Cesar Crash will have knowledge of South American Mantids that are very small.

Mantis or Mantispid???

Subject:  What is this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Sydney Australia
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 05:20 AM EDT
This insect falls from the roof of the house in the bathroom and we have also found it near the kitchen…are these termites,and if so, should we be concerned, if we found say ten or fifteen?
How you want your letter signed :  Omasr


Dear Omasr,
You are correct.  These are Termites.