Subject:  Cockroach??
Geographic location of the bug:  North Jersey
Date: 12/13/2017
Time: 10:34 PM EDT
Found this staring at when I opened my pantry. Found another dead one in the upstairs bathroom tub that is never used
How you want your letter signed:  Mary


Hi Mary,
This certainly is a Cockroach, and the image is too blurry to be certain, but it looks to us like a German Cockroach, a species that frequently infests homes.

Thank you so much, I think. : o
We’ve been in this house for over 10 years, is there a reason I am just seeing them (2 so far, one alive one dead) now? We did have our basement remediated for mold and they used something called Tim-Bor to treat the wood. Does it mean they’ve been in our house all this time? I’m disgusted to say the least.

German Cockroaches have adapted to living near humans and have benefitted from cohabitation, especially because of the food we provide for them.  You may have introduced Cockroaches to your home in a purse taken to a restaurant, in a brown bag brought home from the grocery, or even in a basket taken to a laundromat.
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Subject:  Can anybody help me with the ID of this katydid nymph
Geographic location of the bug:  Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 05:58 PM EDT
I’m trying to find the name of this little bug. It was around 3 cm long. I know katydids are hard to identify and it is even more difficult when they are nymphs, but this one had blue eyes and pronotum.  Hope you can help me.
How you want your letter signed:  Dariel Sanabria Q. / Artrópodos de Costa Rica

Blue-Eyed Katydid Nymph

Dear Daniel,
Your image of this blue-eyed Katydid nymph is beautiful.  Nymphs can be difficult to correctly identify.  We did not have any luck locating any similar looking nymphs on the internet.  We will write to Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide an identification.

Thank you! Hope Piotr can find its ID.

Subject:  Botswana Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Leroo La Tau Safari Camp Botswana
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 04:19 AM EDT
Distinctive white backed beetle with brown strip bisecting the back sperimpsed by two opposite diagonal stripes of the same colour. See photograph.
How you want your letter signed:  Mr Sykes

Longicorn: Prosopocera lactator

Dear Mr Sykes,
We quickly identified this gorgeous Longicorn as Prosopocera lactator on Insect Designs, and we learned on that it is reported from “Angola, Zambia, S Tanzania, Malawi and N Mozambique” but not Botswana which is curious as Botswana is quite close to the countries listed in the range.

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Subject:  Toktokkie beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 12/13/2017
Time: 08:49 AM EDT
I spotted this beetle in the bush in Pretoria, South Africa, and would like to identify it.
The only similar ones I could compare it to in my insect book are not from this region.
How you want your letter signed:  Helene Vermeulen

White Legged Tok-Tokkie Beetle

Dear Helene,
We agree with your identification.  This sure looks like a White Legged Tok-Tokkie Beetle,
Dichtha incantatoris.  According to Beetles in the Bush:  ” A number of particularly large species that go by the common name ‘tok-tokkies’ make their homes in the dry Namib desert and surrounding bushveld.”  Pretoria is very close to the sighting posted on iNaturalistCalPhotos has an individual from Botswana pictured.  The species is also pictured on iSpot and Encyclopedia of Life.  We are uncertain why you believe it is not found in your region.

Subject:  ID please
Geographic location of the bug:  UK
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 02:55 AM EDT
Hi Bugmen
Thank you so much for providing this service.  My thoughts are a parasitic wasp but your opinion would be greatly appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Karen

Gnat, we believe

Dear Karen,
The insect in the images you provided appears to have a single pair of wings, meaning it is in the order Diptera, the Flies.  We suspect this is some species of Gnat.

HI Daniel

Thank you so much and for responding so quickly.  Is it possible to identify it into one of these groups MycetophilidaeAnisopodidae and Sciaridae?  What is the abdominal cercus used for in this type of gnat?
Thank you for your time.
Karen Chisholm

Dear Karen,
We do not have the necessary expertise to make that call conclusively.  We suspect that the the organ in question is an ovipositor.

Thank you so much Daniel.

Karen Chisholm

Subject:  Wat is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Noglaes, Arizona
Date: 12/11/2017
Time: 03:05 PM EDT
this bug was seen last summer about 10-miles north of Nogales, Arizona
How you want your letter signed:  Ben

Leaf Beetle

Dear Ben,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, and there are many similar looking species in the genus.

Thank you.  It was the first time my wife or I had ever seen this particular insect.