Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Maungaturoto
Date: 01/19/2018
Time: 07:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Heya this big dude just bout ended up squished this morning and we have never seen anything similar???!!!
How you want your letter signed:  Toni Pool

Convolvulus Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Toni,
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth from the family Sphingidae, and though a dorsal view is not ideal for identification purposes (a lateral view shows more details) the red caudal horn should help in identification.  We found only two species from the family represented on the Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research site, and the caterpillar of the Convolvulus Hawkmoth,
Agrius convolvuli, pictured on Butterfly House looks like a very good match.

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Subject:  need help identifying a cute bug my friend found
Geographic location of the bug:  sao paulo brazil
Date: 01/19/2018
Time: 05:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi my friend sent me this bug he thought was really pretty and i wanted to help identify it for him but i couldnt for the life of me figure out what the lil guy was!!!
my friend said it didnt jump or fly at all. it just crawled around
and if i had to guess it could be like a nymph of something maybe???
(these are my friends images)
How you want your letter signed:  charlie

Stink Bug Hatchling

Dear Charlie,
This little guy is a hatchling Heteropteran or True Bug, and we are pretty certain it is a hatchling Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae.  It might not be possible to provide a species as nymphs can be difficult to identify with certainty.

Stink Bug Hatchling

Me n him were goin crazy trying 2 figure it out haha!!! We thought it might have been a stink bug but we werent sure because we only came across brown stinkbug nymphs in our search i think, none that looked like this.
Its nice 2 know definitely thats what it was!!! Thanks a big bunch

Subject:  cow killer or Velvet ant
Geographic location of the bug:  humble texas
Date: 01/19/2018
Time: 01:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:
here sir are 3 pics of this  beautiful female wingless Wasp, I found in Humble Texas . It was about as round as a chocolate mini tootsie roll candy and about 1 &1/4 inches long , and very beautiful. after letting it crawl all over my arms chest and shoulder, I took it to the fence line and leaned back against a tall cedar tree that was surrounded by smaller nest of wild bee’s . and it went after the other bee’s nest . I thought cool no more pesky and bothersome sweat bee’s and mock honey bee’s.
I watched it for about a month and then it was gone . it was one of the most beautiful Little wasp I have ever seen and very genital with me as I was with it  .
I do feel blessed to have been able to witness such a beautiful little critter doing its thing .
Have a blessed day Sir.
How you want your letter signed:  Mr David Mullins


Dear Mr. Mullins,
Your account of your encounter with this beautiful Cowkiller, the largest North American Velvet Ant, is so earnest that we are truly touched, but you should be warned that the sting of a Cowkiller is reported to be very painful.  You are a brave soul to allow it to crawl all over your arms chest and shoulder.  She obviously did not feel threatened by the experience.  We strongly suspect, though, that your experience was genial or gentle rather than genital.


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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Rizal, Philippines
Date: 01/18/2018
Time: 01:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me identify the exact genus and species of this caterpillar.
How you want your letter signed:  Kaye

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Kaye,
Most of the Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillars,
Daphnis nerii, on our site are more mature, indeed many are pre-pupal.  Thanks for sending an image of an earlier instar that has a longer, more delicate caudal horn.  You can find a similar looking image on Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic.  As the name indicates, the larvae of the Oleander Hawkmoth feed on the leaves of oleander.

Subject:  Beetle South Africa?
Geographic location of the bug:  Durban, South Africa
Date: 01/13/2018
Time: 02:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bug people
It is mid summer here in Durban, South Africa and this little guy just landed on my patio. I am always keen to identify the creatures in my garden, from bugs to birds.
Hope to hear from you.
Many thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Kevin C

Flower Chafer

Dear Kevin,
This is a Scarab Beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, and we believe it is in the subfamily Cetoniinae, the Fruit and Flower Chafers, however we could not find a matching image on Beetles of Africa or on iSpot.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we believe this is a Flower Chafer, Porphyronota maculatissima, which is pictured on Flower Beetles and on BeetleSpace.

Thank you. Much appreciated for your time and feedback.

Subject:  Want to know the genus and species
Geographic location of the bug:  Himachal pradesh, India
Date: 01/19/2018
Time: 08:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please tell me about this grasshopper
How you want your letter signed:  Mr.wild

Immature Painted Grasshopper

Dear Mr.wild,
This is an immature Painted Grasshopper or Ak Grasshopper,
Poekilocerus pictus, one of the toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  Jungle Dragon has some nice images of nymphs.  We also have images of brightly colored, winged adult Painted Grasshoppers on our site.  According to Your Shot National Geographic:  “Ak Grasshopper, is one of the most colorful grasshoppers of India. The nymphs display spots of varied colours from yellow, orange to blue and green. The adults show yellow and blue striped on head and thorax, a bright red abdomen, green-yellow forewings and red hind wings which are seen only in flight. The adults grow to about 60mm and are capable of good flight. The food is Giant Milkweed Plant.The eggs are laid in ‘pods’ (each pod contains 70 – 200 eggs) during the monsoon months.”