Subject:  this bug dropped into my pond
Geographic location of the bug:  Noosa, Queensland Australia
Date: 12/08/2018
Time: 06:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy on the surface of my pond – guessing it dropped from the tree above??
How you want your letter signed:  Fi

Remains of a Centipede

Dear Fi,
Your image is of the partial remains of a Giant Centipede, possibly 
Ethmostigmus rubripes.  According to The Australian Museum:  “This is the largest native Australian centipede and is a member of the scolopendrid family.”  The site also states:  “The Giant Centipede ranges in colour from dark blue-green-brown to orange-yelllow.  It has black bands along the body and yellow legs and antenna.  The body is long and flatterned with 25 or 27 body segments and 21 or 23 pairs of legs. The first pair of legs behind the head are modified claws which curve around its head and can deliver venom into its prey. The venom is toxic to both mammals and insects, but does not appear to be strong enough to kill large animals quickly.”  We can only speculate on why you only discovered the posterior remains.  Perhaps a predator like a bird or lizard ate the front end of the Giant Centipede. 

Thanks.  Yes, that makes sense.
Fiona McComb

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Subject:  I think it is under the order Mecoptera
Geographic location of the bug:  Sydney Australia
Date: 11/22/2018
Time: 07:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I live in Sydney Australia and it is currently late spring.
I spotted this insect on my balcony and think it is under the order Mecoptera. I tried to catch it to give to donate to the entomology department at the University of Sydney because I know they don’t have many.
I am very interested in knowing what type of insect it is because I spent 3 months catching insect for my entomology major work and just handed it in. Shame I didn’t find one 3 week earlier!
Thank you for your time.
How you want your letter signed:  Ethan

Giant Blue Robber Fly

Dear Ethan,
This is definitely NOT a Scorpionfly in the order Mecoptera.  It is a True Fly in the order Diptera, and we believe it is a Robber Fly in the family Asilidae.  We believe it might be a Giant Blue Robber Fly,
Blepharotes spendidissimus, which is pictured on Brisbane Insects where it states:  “The Giant Blue Robber Fly has the relatively small head, legs are not long but with board abdomen. The body and legs is covered with short grey hairs. Whole body, includes eyes, abdomen and legs are in dark steel blue colour. Pair of Wings are tinted in steel blue as well. “

Giant Blue Robber Fly

Subject:  Moth/butterfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Punta Gorda FL 33950
Date: 11/26/2018
Time: 08:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This was on our lanai. Body looks like a stick. The wings look like wood. The legs were white and completely blended into the wall paint color. Was about 1- 2 inches long. Very cool.
How you want your letter signed:  Just curious

Tersa Sphinx

Dear Just Curious,
This is a Tersa Sphinx, a moth in the family Sphingidae.

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Subject:  Identify cicada
Geographic location of the bug:  Boyaca, Colombia
Date: 12/07/2018
Time: 08:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Help to identify this very very little buzzard,This buzzer was on a calla lily
How you want your letter signed:  Nicolas

Leafhopper

Dear Nicolas,
This is not a Cicada.  It is a Leafhopper or related insect in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha that includes Cicadas, hence the resemblance.  Though we could not find an exact visual match to your Leafhopper, it is similar to this individual on FlickR.

Leafhopper

Subject:  Eggs on oak leaf
Geographic location of the bug:  Maine
Date: 12/07/2018
Time: 09:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this egg mass on an oak leaf in my backyard in September. There are just six eggs laid together on the leaf. I believe they are some kind of insect eggs but I do not know what!
How you want your letter signed:  Hannah

Oak Galls

Dear Hannah,
These are Galls, and they are theoretically not eggs.  Galls are growths on plants (leaves, stems, roots, etc.) that are caused by a variety of reasons, including insects.  Gall Wasps on oaks are quite common and quite diverse.  The Gall is a growth caused by the Wasp larva that then provides a food source for the growing larva.  So the larva does not eat the plant directly, but it does feed on the growth that its presence has caused.  We will attempt to provide you with a less general identification.

Subject:  Colourful ant!
Geographic location of the bug:  Jindivick, Australia
Date: 12/05/2018
Time: 08:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have found a few very colourful ants in my vegetable garden recently, and was wondering if you knew the species, it is approximately 1.3 cm long, has some red features across its body and is covered in a metalic green/blue shell, its abdomen sometimes charges like a scorpion tail, but has no visable stinger – please note that the ants in these photos have not been harmed, and the one in the glass has been promptly released after photographs were taken, as it was within my house
How you want your letter signed:  Ben, not into ants – but into this one

Blue Ant

Dear Ben,
Though it is commonly called a Blue Ant,
Diamma bicolor, this beautiful creature is actually a flightless, female Flower Wasp.  According to Oz Animals:  “Blue Ants are not ants at all but the wingless females of a species of Flower Wasp. The female is has a glossy blue green body with reddish legs. They move across the ground with a rapid restless motion with abdomen raised above the ground. The winged male and is slender and much smaller with more typical wasp appearance. Males have black with white spots on the abdomen. The female wasps paralyse mole crickets as food for their larvae. The female wasp can give a painful sting if disturbed, but they are not commonly encountered by people.”

Blue Ant