Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake county il
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 12:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Jessica

Female German Cockroach with Ootheca

Dear Jessica,
This is a female German Cockroach and she is dragging around her ootheca or egg case.  According to BugGuide:  “Nocturnal; major pest of residential and commercial structures. Some people can develop severe allergies to cockroach parts, feces, and oils.  Females carry the ootheca for up to a month, dropping it just before the eggs hatch.” 

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Subject:  Wasp or ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a couple of these big wasps feeding on my mountain mint this morning and my first thought was “eastern yellow jacket”.  But as I looked closer, they don’t quite look right for the easter yj’s.  Any thoughts?  There were only two and they were very happy to nectar in among the bees and mason wasps.  No signs of aggression.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah Bifulco

Possibly Common Aerial Yellowjacket

Hi Deborah,
After the last time we misidentified your Parasitic Yellowjacket, we demonstrated that we don’t really have much in the way of entomological chops.  According to BugGuide, in the subfamily Vespinae which contains Yellowjackets and Hornets, there are “22 spp. (of which 4 adventive or 2?) in 3 genera in our fauna” and many look remarkably similar.  This individual looks to us like it might be the Aerial Yellowjacket,
Dolichovespula arenaria, which is pictured on BugGuide, but it is not represented on Insect Identification for the Casual Observer using the New Jersey Hymenopteran filter.  Of the Common Aerial Yellowjacket, BugGuide states:  “They have mostly aerial nests, from a few centimeters above ground to the tops or trees, or houses or sheds. But in some cases they build nests under rocks or even underground.”  Does that look correct to you?  We can’t say for certain.

Possibly Common Aerial Yellowjacket

Hi Daniel,
I had actually wondered if it might be The Common Aerial YJ, but I just wasn’t sure.  I’m inclined to agree that this seems the most likely id for this big wasp.  Interesting, though, that Bugguide describes them as being primarily predatory and these were definitely after nectar, totally ignoring the many other tasty insects on the mint.
The mountain mint has yielded a couple of interesting feather-legged flies this morning so I’m going to take a crack at id-ing them, but may be back for an assist on one.  I also saw, for the briefest of moments  Great Black Wasp, which was thrilling.  She buzzed me a few times before taking off.  I don’t see them all that often here, so that was pretty exciting.


Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  North Florida, United States of America
Date: 08/13/2018
Time: 11:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found this crawling on my arm this morning (currently late summer here). I smooshed him a little because I panicked but I’ve never seen him before and cant find a picture that looks like him anywhere. Could you please identify him for me?
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah Sharpe


Dear Sarah,
This is a blood-sucking Tick, and based on this BugGuide image, we believe it is an American Dog Tick.

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Subject:  A flying bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Ct
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 09:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am just wondering if you know what this might be. I found it quite still in a bathroom closet, but when I picked it up it moved.
How you want your letter signed:  Bug watcher in CT

Summer Fishfly

Dear Bug watcher in CT,
This is a Summer Fishfly, and in the past 24 hours, we posted another image of a Summer Fishfly from Connecticut.

From what other people have said via facebook agricultural pages, mine was a female Dobson Fly. They say that they are similar…? Anyway, I have seen that the males have very large mandible, larger than this one.

Same family.  Different species.  Female Dobsonfly has very different antennae.  See BugGuide.

Cool, thanks! Insects have always been fascinating to me. It astonishes me how many different varieties there are that some people will never see in their lives.


Subject:  What bug is this???
Geographic location of the bug:  South East Idaho
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 03:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw this crawling across our floor last night.  We have never seen this bug in our area. I’ve lived here 55 years.  Is it dangerous?  We have a baby crawling at home.
How you want your letter signed:  Freaked out Grandma


Dear Freaked out Grandma,
This is a Solifugid, commonly called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion.  It is an Arachnid, but unlike Spiders and Scorpions, it lacks venom so it is harmless, though a large individual might deliver a painful bite.  Middle Eastern members of the order are much larger and are called Camel Spiders.  According to BugGuide, they are reported from Idaho and we have reports in our own archive of a Solifugid from Idaho.

Subject:  Unidentified insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Wales LL38 2PX
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 04:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a huntsman? It was in my tissue box one morning .
How you want your letter signed:  L.morton

Harvestman: Dicranopalpus ramosus

Dear L.morton,
This is not a spider.  It is a Harvestman,
Dicranopalpus ramosus, in the order Opiliones, and it is an introduced species in the U.K.  According to NatureSpot:  “The species has spread across Europe from Morocco. As early as 1957, it was reported in Bournemouth in southern England, from where it spread. It reached Scotland in 2000.”  This might be a symptom of global warming.