Subject:  What’s this
Geographic location of the bug:  South Louisiana
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 08:06 PM EDT
Can someone tell me what this is . Show up on a  Tabasco pepper plant today
How you want your letter signed:  Ricky

Immature Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Ricky,
These are plant-feeding, immature Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae, probably the genus
Leptoglossus.  According to BugGuide:  “most of our spp. are considered economically damaging” to agricultural and garden plants.

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Subject:  Amphibian?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Michigan, Holland
Date: 10/07/2017
Time: 09:07 PM EDT
Came on my stoop during a rainstorm
How you want your letter signed: Brian

Red-Backed Salamandar

Dear Brian,
This is definitely a Salamandar, an Amphibian.  We looked at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Salamandar page, and your individual looks most like the Red-Backed Salamandar,
Plethodon cinereus.  According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:  “A thin bodied little salamander that occurs in two common color phases. The ‘redback’ phase has a reddish or orange stripe down the back and tail, bordered by darker sides. The ‘leadback’ phase lacks the stripe, and has a dark colored back, sometimes speckled with faint light spots. In both the belly is mottled with a white and gray ‘salt and pepper’ pattern. Adults are 2.3 to 5 inches (5.8 to 12.7 cm) long.”  The site also states:  “Found state wide in woodlands, especially deciduous woods with thick leaf litter and many decaying logs or stumps. Food is mostly small insects and other invertebrates.”


Subject:  Tiny and Friendly… Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greensboro, North Carolina U.S.A.
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 01:19 PM EDT
I found this small, winged insect in my bathroom sink this morning. At first I thought he was dead, but when I put my finger in front of him he crawled onto my fingernail. I took him outside where he cleaned himself off, investigated my hand, and eventually flew away. To give you an idea of his size, that’s my pinky finger that he’s perched on. I’ve tried to identify him for the past hour with no luck. He seems to have the body shape of some of the spider wasps I’ve found on the Internet, but his size and coloring doesn’t match. Any help putting a name to my new “friend” would be wonderfully appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you so much, Corey


Dear Corey,
This is a Parasitoid Ichneumon Wasp and it looks like
Sphelodon phoxopteridis which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “hosts include various leafrollers (Tortricidae).” 

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Subject:  Is this an insect sac?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast MO
Date: 10/07/2017
Time: 08:10 PM EDT
Found Oct 7, 2017 bear Lampe, MO.
How you want your letter signed:  PJ

Oak Gall

Dear PJ,
This is a Oak Gall, probably caused by a Gall Wasp in the family Cynipidae.  According to Henderson State University:  “Galls are abnormal, vegetative growths that are usually formed as a response by plants to the action of fungus, mites, or insects such as wasps, aphids, and true bugs. Galls can be formed in the leaves, petioles (stem) of leaves, twigs, buds, or on the roots.”  More information on Galls can be found on Arborilogical.  Your Gall looks similar, but distinctly different than the Eastern Speckled Oak Gall pictured on ISA Texas.

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Mason County Texas
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 08:27 PM EDT
Please identify if possible.
How you want your letter signed:  Kay kay

Pre-Pupal Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

Dear Kay kay,
Is there a passionflower vine nearby?  This is a pre-pupal Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar.

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Norwood, Johannesburg,
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 04:18 PM EDT
My son found this in the garden .
Is it poisonous ?
Can it do damage to my kids, garden house , etc?
Should  I look for more. Or leave it alone .
It has since roamed back into the garden.
I have small boys , 4 years old. Very curious and touchy. A bit scared .
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks in advance for your help.

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

This looks like a Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar to us.  We have not found any information indicating it poses a danger.