Subject:  katydid?
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Mill, SC
Date: 08/20/2018
Time: 02:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This big one was hanging out on my back door this morning.  In one of the photos you can see his really long antennae. Do you happen to know the proper species name of this one? Amazing how it looks so very similar to a leaf!
How you want your letter signed:  R. Tregay

Greater Angle-Winged Katydid

Dear R. Tregay,
This looks to us like a female Greater Angle Winged Katydid,
Microcentrum rhombifolium, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults active in late summer and fall. September-November (Michigan).”

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Subject:  Regular visitor to mountain mint
Geographic location of the bug:  SW Indiana
Date: 08/19/2018
Time: 10:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Would appreciate an ID on this large insect visiting our mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) plants
How you want your letter signed:  Paul

Thread-Waisted Wasp

Dear Paul,
This is a Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae, but we are having trouble identifying its species.  It looks similar to individuals in the genus
Sphex pictured on BugGuide, including the Great Golden Digger Wasp, but its abdominal color and white facial and thoracic markings are quite different.  Perhaps one of our readers will provide assistance.

Thanks! I found a Sphex habenus that was close but am not 100% on that ID.

That is the same species that Cesar Crash commented regarding.

Subject:  Strange little bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern West Virginia
Date: 08/20/2018
Time: 11:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey, found this little guy on a tree. Never seen one before and can’t seem to find it on the internet.
How you want your letter signed:  Liz

Skiff Moth Caterpillar

Dear Liz,
This is a Skiff Moth Caterpillar,
Prolimacodes badia, and it is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Larvae feed on leaves of wide variety of trees and shrubs, including birch, blueberry, cherry, chestnut, Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), oak, poplar, Sweetgale (Myrica gale), willow, and others.”

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Subject:  Jade Color Cicada Nymph?
Geographic location of the bug:  Agoura Hills, CA
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 01:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  While digging for some sprinkler connection changes, we turned over this very unusual colored critter.  It is about 3/4 inch long.  It looks similar to a reference in WTB from Idaho to a cicada nymph.
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Cicada Nymph

Dear Mike,
Like the Cicada nymph from Idaho in our archives, and the individual posted to BugGuide, we believe your Cicada nymph is in the genus 
PlatypediaBugGuide lists California as part of the range for the genus.  In his book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, Charles Hogue indicates that the Wide Headed Cicada, Platypedia laticapitata, is found locally, and though BugGuide does not have any records of that species, there is a posting from Agoura Hills on BugGuide that questions that identity.

Cicada Nymph

Thank you much!  It was such an unusual color that it really was striking.

Subject:  Interesting bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan
Date: 08/20/2018
Time: 11:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello bugman!
Can you tell me what this bug is? We seem to have an infestation outside and I am a bit worried about our small children and pets. Can you help me?   Thanks for your time in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan O’Dell

Black Willow Aphid

Dear Megan,
Your image lacks critical clarity, but we were convinced these were Giant Aphids in the subfamily Lachninae, though BugGuide does not picture any individuals with the bright orange tubercles on the individuals in your image.  We then located an image of the Black Willow Aphid,
Pterocomma salicis, on Influential Points where it states:  “The black willow bark aphid forms dense colonies on two-year-old twigs and wands of willow (Salix spp.). It is usually attended by ants. Apterous males and oviparae occur in October-November. It is widely distributed in Europe and Asia and has been introduced into North America.”  The Black Willow Aphid is also pictured on BugGuide.  We believe that is a correct ID.  Do you have a nearby willow tree?

Thank you very much for getting back to me. It was hard to get a good picture of the bugs up close.  Sorry 🙁
We do have two huge willow trees.  Are they a danger to the trees?  I have never seen them in any previous years and I have been here my whole life.  I worry if they are eating away at the trees, the trunks are probably 4ft in diameter and would crush our house.
Thank you again for the advise and information!
Megan O’Dell
Hi again Megan,
Aphids feed by sucking fluids from plants, generally on the tender tips of branches, so they will not be eating the trunks of your trees.


Subject:  Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  East Berlin PA
Date: 08/20/2018
Time: 04:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you help identify the bug in the attached picture? It looked like it was eating the other bug, and its long body reminded me of a dragonfly.  I really have no idea what it is.  Your help is very much appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Cindy Treger

Red Footed Cannibalfly eats prey

Dear Cindy,
The predator in your image is a Giant Robber Fly in the genus Promachus, and we believe it is a Red Footed Cannibalfly.