Subject: Caterpillar?
Location: Southeast Missouri
August 1, 2017 2:50 pm
My cousin found this in her bed one evening! She had a few spots on her arm and leg that stung. Could this be a type of stinging caterpillar?
Signature: Brittany

White Flannel Moth Caterpillar

Dear Brittany,
This is a White Flannel Moth Caterpillar and they do sting.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide, the caterpillars feed on “A variety of hosts reported including black locust, hackberry and redbud.”  Are any of those trees growing near your cousin’s bedroom?

White Flannel Moth Caterpillar

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Subject: New Jersey leech like insect
Location: Gloucester County New Jersey, USA
August 2, 2017 8:17 pm
I have standing water on my property that is there from rain, not spring feed, today while looking at the water, I noticed these flat brownish insects in the water, I don’t remember seeing these bugs before, I thought they might be leeches but every picture I googled of leeches showed them being black. Also these bugs have pitchers, please help, thank you,
Signature: D. Clement

Water Tiger and Tadpoles

Dear D. Clement,
This appears to be a predatory larva of an aquatic beetle, commonly called a Water Tiger.  It is surrounded by Tadpoles, and they are most likely its prey.

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: West Chester, OH
August 1, 2017 8:58 pm
Haven’t seen this before but it was crawling around an electrical outlet but worth almost no urgency. Can you please identify it?
Signature: Need to Know

Bed Bug

This is a Bed Bug.  If you found one, chances are there are more.

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Subject: Unidentifiable Bug
Location: Northern Thailand
August 2, 2017 10:22 am
I have been trying to figure out what the heck these bugs are. They appear to be mating, have antenna, wings and small but articulated bodies. We came across them in early May in Northern Thailand.
I’m hoping you may be able to help!
Signature: Duke

Mating, Sexually Dimorphic Tiger Moths

Dear Duke,
This is definitely a mating pair of moths, and we are relatively certain they are Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae.  They exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism meaning the two sexes do not look alike.  We cannot find anything similar on Farangs Gone Wild.  We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he recognizes them.  We would not rule out that they might be in the Clearwing family Sesiidae.

Correction Courtesy of Karl
Hello Daniel and Duke:
These are a Picture-winged Leaf Moths (also known as Window-winged Moths), in the family Thyrididae. The species is probably Glanycus insolitus, although there are a few similar species. The iNaturalist site has a similar photo of a mating pair. Regards, Karl

Julian Donahue’s Response
September 4, 2017
Hi Daniel,
This arrived while we were on a month-long birding trip to Indonesia, but I see that someone has already identified them as thyridids (many of which are very leaf-like, but these are spectacular).

Subject: Identification
Location: Santa Barbara CA
August 2, 2017 6:55 am
Hi, This little chap was on the side of my computer for most of the day. He was about 3-5 mm and sandy brown in color with some darker spots. His eyes look a bit like a chameleon’s eyes. I live in Santa Barbara CA, right near the beach. It is August right now and the temp has been around 75 degrees fahrenheit. I have never seen anything like it before and can find nothing similar online.
Signature: Michael

Issid Planthopper

Dear Michael,
This is a Planthopper in the family Issidae, the Issid Planthoppers.  We are relatively confident it is the Upright-Winged Hopper,
Dictyobia permutata, which is pictured on the Natural History of Orange County site.  Other members of the genus that look very similar are pictured on BugGuide.

Subject: Unidentifiable Bug
Location: Gillespie County Texas
August 2, 2017 6:15 pm
We located this bug hanging on a vertical metal fence column in the Texas hill country west of Austin (Gillespie County). It’s mouth was very firmly attached. It does not appear to be a cocoon. The spines are dark brown and Woody in appearance. It is 3″ long and 1″ wide at its broadest point. Found in July.
Signature: M. Reynolds


Dear M. Reynolds,
This is a Bagworm, the caterpillar of a moth in the family Psychidae.  Bagworms construct protective covers from silk and bits of the plants upon which they are feeding and they eventually pupate inside the bag which becomes the cocoon.