Subject:  Black bugs in roses
Geographic location of the bug:  Thatcher, Az
Date: 10/12/2017
Time: 08:52 PM EDT
Finding lots of thin little black bugs inside the petals of roses.
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn

Tumbling Flower Beetles

Dear Dawn,
Based on this BugGuide image, these look like Tumbling Flower Beetles in the family Mordellidae.  According to BugGuide, they are also called “Pintail Beetles” and “Common on flowers and foliage; sometimes on dead trees and logs. Larvae occur in dead or dying hardwoods, in pith of weeds or in bracket fungi.”

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Subject:  Odd ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Texas – near Sanger
Date: 10/12/2017
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
My husband found this on our porch. I can’t find photos of a ladybug with those fuzzy things on its antenna. Thanks so much!
How you want your letter signed:  Nikie Cotter

Earth Boring Scarab Beetle

Dear Nikie,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is an Earth Boring Scarab Beetle in the family Geotrupidae, possibly in the genus
Bolbocerosoma based on images posted to BugGuide.

Subject:  Sperm cillia
Geographic location of the bug:  Louisiana
Date: 10/12/2017
Time: 07:45 PM EDT
I found these organisms attached to multiple surfaces outside my home.  It hides and  attaches itself underneath wood, metal, and plastic. The way they arrange themselves is unique and of different patterns
How you want your letter signed:  T. Myers

Lacewing Eggs

Dear T. Myers,
The female Lacewing has evolved so that she lays her eggs on stalks to help prevent the ravenous larvae from devouring one another when they hatch.  Young Lacewings are called Aphid Wolves.

Lacewing Eggs

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Subject:  Minnesota spider with “v” markings?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hennepin County, Minnesota
Date: 10/10/2017
Time: 05:37 PM EDT
I found this spider on a building next to the Mississippi River in early October. I thought identifying it would be easy because of the clear “v” markings on the abdomen and thorax and large pedipalps, but I can’t find it anywhere! It ran away before I could get a picture of its eye arrangement, but I estimate it was about 1.5-1.75 inches long (including legs).
How you want your letter signed:  Eli

Male Orbweaver

Dear Eli,
This looks to us like a male Orbweaver, probably in the genus
Araneus.  It looks similar to the male Barn Spider posted to BugGuide

Subject:  I.D
Geographic location of the bug:  Brenigsville , Pa.
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 04:11 PM EDT
Working in a development, storm water basin . Haven’t been  able to identify  so far . Is it native or invasive?
How you want your letter signed:  Andy

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Andy,
Alas, this is an invasive, exotic Spotted Lanternfly,
Lycorma delicatula.  According to BugGuide:  “native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area (PA)(1); currently (2017) known from 4 counties in PA” and “SIGHTING REPORTS WANTED: Experts are working to delimit the current population and find new infestations of this species. Please report sightings on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture website.  earliest NA record: PA 2014.”

Spotted Lanternfly

Subject:  Bed bug or flea?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Indiana
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 06:12 PM EDT
Hello, there is a concern about bugs in the couch at my workplace. Now we’ve had an exterminator visit 3 times in the last month. Twice he brought a dog to sniff for any sign of bed bugs. All three visits he told us we had nothing to worry about if our concern was bed bugs. He mentioned it could potentially be fleas since we are located in a very pet friendly location. But im still not entirely convinced. I’m attaching one photo of a picture of the bug. And another photo next to a basic ink pen to compare size. What is your opinion here? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Zach

Bed Bug

Dear Zach,
Thanks for including the ballpoint pen tip for scale.  This is a Bed Bug, and its small size indicates there is probably a breeding population of Bed Bugs in the couch.  If the exterminator did not address the issue, and if the couch isn’t valuable, you might want to consider discarding it.

Bed Bug