Subject:  Red Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Denver Colorado
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 05:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Any idea what kind of bug this is? I’m 99% sure it is a caterpillar, but can’t find a similar one online. It is definitely a creature of some sort, it moved when I tried to pick it up.
How you want your letter signed:  Robin

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Robin,
This is a third instar Pandorus Sphinx Caterpillar, and here is a matching image from BugGuide.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “L3: At this stage, the larvae look quite different. The long straight horn now curves and looks strikingly similar to a
Parthenocissus quinquefolia tendril. The larvae can be yellowish, green, brownish or reddish with 5 white eyespots around the spiracles on the sides of the larvae.”  Your individual has not yet shed its caudal horn.

Correction:  Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar
Thanks to a correction from frequent WTB? contributor Bostjan Dvorak, we acknowledge our initial mistake.

 

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Subject:  Strange winged beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Near Raleigh, NC
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 12:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug is stuck between my window and screen. Nocturnal? Difficult to get a photo. Looked like a black beetle until he opened his wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious in NC

Dung Beetle

Dear Curious in NC,
This is an Earth Boring Scarab Beetle in the family Geotrupidae, and it really resembles this member of the genus
Geotrupes pictured on BugGuide.  They are often called Dung Beetles.

Daniel,
Thank you! It was fascinating to watch him. I appreciate the information.

Subject:  Unknown Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern NC
Date: 09/18/2018
Time: 09:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I live in Eastern NC about an hour from the coast. saw this bug on my horse fence after Hurricane Flo blew through. Any idea?
How you want your letter signed:  AH

Wheel Bug

Dear AH,
While weather events like Hurricane Florence have been known to blow exotic insects to distant lands, potentially increasing their range, this Wheel Bug is a native species for you.

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Subject:  Banded Glowworm
Geographic location of the bug:  Wyoming, Michigan
Date: 09/18/2018
Time: 10:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Last night I took a video of a Glowworm I found in my garage. I had mowed my lawn previous to finding it and leaf blew some clippings around. I’m assuming that’s how it ended up there. Here are some screenshots from said video. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Aron Adamczyk

Glowworm Glowing

Dear Aron,
We believe your Glowworm is in the genus
Phengodes based on your location and this BugGuide image.  We were able to increase the highlights in the dark image you submitted which enhances the glow.

Glowworm

Subject:  Insect identification
Geographic location of the bug:  N Myrtle Beach SC
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 10:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey bug man I came across this insect on the outside wall  of my garage today, after Hurricane Florence had passed. I’ve never seen this before, nor have my local friends. Just curious to find out what it is and perhaps some information on it.
Thanks for any insight
How you want your letter signed:  Maddy

Camel Cricket

Dear Maddy,
This is a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket, and they are relatively common, though they are generally found in damp, dark places like basements.  Perhaps its home was flooded during the rain brought by Hurricane Florence.

Thank you so much for your rapid response! I’ll have share this with my friends

Subject:  Yellow Garden Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Bluff, Illinois
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 09:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I work in a landscape garden and we get lots of spiders, mostly cross spiders, so I was happy to come across this beauty.  I grew up having them in my mom’s garden,  so it really did make me smile. Hopefully the pictures are worthy of sharing.
How you want your letter signed:  Karin

Banded Garden Orbweaver

Dear Karin,
Your images of a Banded Garden Orbweaver,
Argiope trifasciata, are beautiful.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “Open areas, old fields, etc. with tall grass. Webs tend to be more hidden than those of aurantia, and the preferred habitat is said to be drier.”

Banded Garden Orbweaver