Subject:  What is this blue thin but large looking beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Santa Clarita CA
Date: 09/03/2018
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify? About 3+ inches long and on the “slender” vs. full beetle shape
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Dear Kat,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a Steel Blue Cricket Hunter,
Chlorion aerarium, a Wasp in the family Sphecidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Although generally not closely associated with humans, they are found wherever their hosts (Gryllus crickets) are found, which could include close proximity to homes.”  We believe “3+ inches long” is an exaggeration, as BugGuide states:  “~25 mm.”

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Subject:  Catapillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Backyard in Northern Illinois
Date: 08/31/2018
Time: 07:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is it? I think I’ve seen a green one on my sidewalk 3 yrs ago.
How you want your letter signed:  LikesBugsNot

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear LikesBugsNot,
The orange color on this Imperial Moth Caterpillar indicates it is pre-pupal, and it has left the tree or shrub upon which it was feeding in order to find an appropriate place to pupate.

Subject:  odd creature found in Thailand
Geographic location of the bug:  Bangkok suburbs, Thailand
Date: 09/01/2018
Time: 12:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This thing was in a swimming pool. Didn’t look to be struggling. I took it out and it sat on the side of the pool. I took some photos and a few minutes later I couldn’t find it. As you can see it has 4 legs, no wings, two large eyes and quite a long tail.
How you want your letter signed:  Alex Slater

Water Scorpion

Dear Alex,
This is a predatory Water Scorpion, and the common name is a reference to its painful bite.  Water Scorpions are also capable of flying.

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Subject:  Hornet?
Geographic location of the bug:  Williamsburg,  va
Date: 09/02/2018
Time: 01:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this on the ground today. Have little children out playing.  Where is this most likely to be nesting to keep kids away from the area?
How you want your letter signed:  Worried,

Cicada Killer

Dear Worried,
While a female Cicada Killer is capable of stinging, this is not an aggressive species and it does not defend its subterranean nest.

Subject:  What kind of bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Utah
Date: 09/03/2018
Time: 11:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have no idea what kind of bug this is we found in our living room last night
How you want your letter signed:  Ben

Solifugid

Dear Ben,
This beneficial, predatory Solifugid lacks venom, so it is no danger to humans nor pets, though a large individual with powerful mandibles might nip at any perceived threats.

Ed. Note:  Though we have heard that in the field of education, there are no dumb questions, this anonymous submission from points unknown, with its incoherent language, does come close to disputing that claim.

Subject:  Bug leg
Geographic location of the bug:  To embarrassing to say location.
Date: 09/02/2018
Time: 03:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug leg and wanted to see what kind it was. I hope its nothing to serious to worry about.  I nk tr sure how to dicrip it it keeps showing up out of no where.
How you want your letter signed:  I don’t know

Unknown Leg

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