Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  San Diego CA
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
I found this moth today at work. 11-14-17. I was wondering what it was.
How you want your letter signed:  Doug

Erythrina Borer

Dear Doug,
This very distinctive moth is known as an Erythrina Borer,
Terastia meticulosalis.  According to BugGuide:  “The only species in the genus found in America north of Mexico.”

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Subject:  Locust in Peru
Geographic location of the bug:  Amazon jungle of Peru
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 04:16 PM EDT
Beautiful bug, a kind of locust or similar, but I can’t identificate it.
The photo was on august 2009.
Thanks for helping.
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Crayola Katydid

Dear Ferran,
The blue and red legs on this Katydid are very distinctive.  We found a very similar looking individual posted to Alamy that is identified as a Crayola Katydid,
Vestria species, but the abdomen appears to be striped unlike your individual.  Gil Wizen, entomologist and photographer has a similar image posted to his site and he writes:  “As adults, the Vestria katydids take a different look completely. They are no longer flat and look like the huntsman spiders. In this stage they are known as rainbow katydids or crayola katydids because of their striking coloration, which is an advertisement of their chemical defense against predators.  When provoked, Vestria katydids curl their body and hunker down, revealing a brightly colored abdomen. They also expose a scent gland from their last abdominal tergum and release a foul odor that is easily detectable from a close distance. Different species of Vestria have different odors, and from my personal experience I can attest that some species smell as bitter as bad almonds while others smell like a ripe peaches. The compounds released are pyrazines, and there is evidence that this chemical defense is effective against mammalian predators such as monkeys. While many katydids have bright aposematic coloration, Vestria species are one of the only examples of katydids successfully deploying chemical defense against predators, making them distasteful. But don’t listen to me, I actually like peaches.”  Terry Wild Stock Photography has an image of an individual from the genus that most closely resembles your individual.  

Oooh!! You are great!!
What a strange species, I’m very happy to had been taken this picture!!

Subject:  Reduviidae from Perú
Geographic location of the bug:  Amazon jungle of Perù
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 02:35 PM EDT
Sorry I can’t remember the right place. All I can say for sure is that it was in Amazon jungle of Perú, and in year 2009.
Thanks for helping.
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Assassin Bug

Dear Ferran,
We love your gorgeous images of an orange legged Assassin Bug on an analogously colored handwoven background, but we had to color correct the cyan cast due to the shady lighting conditions.  We are going to post before researching Insetologia to try to determine an identity.

Assassin Bug

Great, Daniel!!
I think it’s probably a Montina confusa speciment. It looks almost identical.
Thank you very much for your help!!

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Subject:  spider
Geographic location of the bug:  south africa
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 03:51 AM EDT
He is stuck in our office, he has a web full of spider babies
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Please help

Rain Spider

This looks to us like a Rain Spider, Palystes castaneus.  Here is a similar looking individual posted to iSpot.

Subject:  Stick Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  AU, NSW, Sydney
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 06:47 AM EDT
Narrowed it down between a Goliath, crown or a titan.
Approx 15cm long not including legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Jess

Stick Insect:  Adult male Ctenomorpha marginipennis

Dear Jess,
Your individual appears to have very long antennae.  The Goliath Stick Insect pictured on Brisbane Insects has very short antennae.  According to Oz Animals, “The Crown Stick Insect is found in coastal Queensland and the Northern Territory” and it also appears to have short antennae.  Titan Stick Insect images on FlickR also have short antennae.  Using the long antennae as a diagnostic feature, and based on the slim body of your individual, we would entertain that this might be a Dark-Winged Stick Insect,
Mesaner sarpedon, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.  The Atlas of Living Australia does not have any images, but there is a sighting documented near Sydney.  Unfortunately we cannot find any information on the size of the Dark-Winged Stick Insect.  Perhaps a Phasmid expert will write in with a correction or an affirmation.

Thank you very much. I’ll get onto finding out more!

A reader comments:
I have received a reply from an entomology group on Facebook and they seemed very sure on this.
Willow Hook

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Subject:  Beautiful Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Seminole Florida
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 01:45 PM EDT
Hi Bugman  I saw this Beautiful Moth   and don’t know what kind it is. Would you Please identify this Beautiful Moth for me. Thanks Very Much!  and Have a Great Day! Brent Hansen
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen

Eyed Tiger Moth

Dear Brent,
This beautiful moth,
Hypercompe scribonia, has two common names that reference to giant cats.  Though Giant Leopard Moth is the more commonly used name, we prefer Eyed Tiger Moth as it is an additional reference to the tribe to which it belongs, Arctiini, the Tiger Moths.

Thanks Again Very Much Daniel! Appreciate your help again. Was having trouble uploading images I have several more I will try to send again. Thanks Again!