Subject:  Devilish looking bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Thailand, Koh Tao
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 04:36 AM EDT
Hi there!
I put word out into our community here on Koh Tao to identify this bug but no one seems to know. There were 4 bugs on the floor and about 8 in a group on my fly screen a bit hidden. Outside i found a dead dragon fly + big beetle. They didn’t move at all and as i swept them outside once on their back their legs moved. What are these things? Thank you so much
How you want your letter signed:  Naomi Klein

True Bug Nymphs

Dear Naomi,
These are True Bug nymphs in the suborder Heteroptera, but we do not recognize the family.  We did not locate any matching images online, so we will post them as unidentified True Bug nymphs.

Thank you guys! Nobody seems to know what these are. Are true bug nymphs harmless for humans and pets?
Kind regards
Most are harmless to people and pets.  Blood-sucking Conenose Bugs are an exception, but these are not those.
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Subject:  bee or wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Baltimore Ontario
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 10:11 PM EDT
I found this little guy walking back and forth on a milkweed plant. I did not realize (until I reviewed my photos) that one of his wings is damaged. I feel sorry for the little guy. I don’t know if this is a bee or wasp. I am leaning towards a bee. Hope you can tell me would be great to know. Thanks
p.s. may have sent this twice computer issues.
How you want your letter signed —
terri martin

Square-Headed Wasp

Dear Terri,
The head-on view you provided made it easy for us to identify your Square-Headed Wasp in the subfamily Crabroninae, and though it is not the same species, it looks very similar to this BugGuide image.  Because of the striping pattern on the abdomen, and the yellow legs and antennae, we suspect your individual is in the genus
Crabro like this BugGuide image.

Square-Headed Wasp

Subject:  Velvet Ant
Geographic location of the bug:  San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside, CA
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 01:20 PM EDT
Found this furry guy (actually a gal as she is wingless) crawling along the ground while I was out taking bird photos this past weekend. Thankfully, I was alerted to her presence before she had a chance to crawl up my leg! After a circle around my chair leg, she moved on. Thanks for helping me identify her and many other species!
How you want your letter signed:  Suzanne

Velvet Ant

Dear Suzanne,
The only Velvet Ant in the genus
Dasymutilla with a velvety black body and a red abdomen reported from California on BugGuide is Dasymutilla magnifica.  Your images are gorgeous.

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

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Subject:  What the?
Geographic location of the bug:  LA
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 11:21 AM EDT
My friend posted this on Facebook trying to figure out what this is
How you want your letter signed:  My friend posted this on Facebook trying to figure out what this is

Plume Moth

This is one of the most beautiful images we have seen of a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae. 

Subject:  Three Male California Mantids
Geographic Location of the Bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date:  September 16, 2016
Time:  10:38 AM EDT
Saturday morning, after posting identification requests from our readership, Daniel discovered three male California Mantids in various places in the yard.  Earlier in the season, several female California Mantids were observed over time.  Daniel knows for certain there are at least three mature females in the garden now, and they are probably releasing pheromones as it is time to mate and lay eggs.  One could only hope that each female attracted her own suitor.

First Male California Mantis on the Hungarian wax pepper plant.

Male California Mantids can be distinguished from female California Mantids because males are smaller, thinner and have longer wings.  Unlike the wings of the males, the wings of the females do not reach the end of the abdomen.  Both male and female California Mantids can be brown or green.

Second male California Mantis on the screen door.

Third male California Mantis on the porch light.

Subject:  Blue
Geographic location of the bug:  Denham Springs, Louisiana
Date: 09/17/2017
Time: 01:27 AM EDT
Hello there,
I’ve found a few of these insects inside my house in the last three days. They only come out at night and seem to be attracted to light, since that’s where I find them most of the time. I have no ide show they got inside the house, because I don’t leave the door open and any search I did trying to find the point of entry hasn’t been successful. They look pretty intimidating to me! Could you help me ID this insect and if I should be concerned about my health?
How you want your letter signed:  I have no clue

Texas Bow Legged Bug

Your image nicely illustrates why this Broad Headed Bug, Hyalymenus tarsatus, is commonly called a Texas Bow Legged Bug.  According to BugGuide:  “on a variety of plants, especially euphorbias and seed pods of legumes and milkweeds” and in our opinion, it poses no direct threat to your health.

Thank you so much Daniel for your help and prompt response!
Now I can safely trap them and put them outside without losing my mind.
I can definitely see where their name comes from. They have a beautiful green color as well.
Thanks again and have a wonderful day,
Patricia