Subject:  Evening Visitor
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Austria
Date: 10/08/2018
Time: 02:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Daniel, it’s a cool fall evening here in Austria and I opened my windows just to get a little fresh air. Suddenly, this little fella started circling the overheard lamp. I thought it was a moth based on its behavior, but it landed and it’s clearly not a moth. It’s about 2 inches  long with the antennae. Any idea what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  N. Fritz


Dear N. Fritz,
This is a Caddisfly in the order Trichoptera, and they really do resemble moths.   Caddisflies have aquatic larvae known as Caseworms that build shelters for themselves from twigs, pebbles or shells with each species making a very specific type of case.

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Subject:  Electric Green Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Cozumel Mexico
Date: 10/02/2018
Time: 10:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey guys!
I found this little guy (he’s one inch long from his face to his back end) on the sidewalk and was wondering what he is exactly.
I’ve never seen one so vibrant in person before.
How you want your letter signed:  Aaron Edgar

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Aaron,
We have been trying intermittently, to identify your green Scarab Beetle for days, but the best we can do at this time is provide you with the family Scarabaeidae.  Though it superficially resembles the Green Fruit Beetle or Figeater, we do not believe your individual is in the same genus,
Cotinis.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Subject:  Conehead
Geographic location of the bug:  Jacksonville,  FL
Date: 10/05/2018
Time: 04:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this?
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn L

Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper

Dear Dawn,
Conehead was a good guess, but Coneheads are Katydids and you have submitted an image of a Grasshopper.  Katydids and Grasshoppers have many similarities as they are both classified in the order Orthoptera, but they have decidedly different antennae.  Your Grasshopper is a Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper,
Leptysma marginicollis, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “This slender, elongate grasshopper has a very pointed head and flattened, sword-shaped antennae” and “Inhabits wet areas, and is usually found on emergent vegetation such as cattails and sedges.” 

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Subject:  Pupa identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Canberra Australia
Date: 10/06/2018
Time: 05:14 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Been trying to identify this but coming up with no idea. It looks like a tent caterpillar web but not their pupae…
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks

Possibly Pupae of Imperial Jezebel

We wish your image had more critical detail, especially of the individual pupae.  We do not believe these pupae belong to a caterpillar.  We will continue to research this matter, but in the meanwhile, we are posting your request as Unidentified.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Richard Stickney, we believe these might be the pupae of the Imperial Jezebel or Imperial White, Delias harpalyce, which is pictured on The Victoria Museum site.

Subject:  ?? a wolf spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 10/08/2018
Time: 07:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found you on the website and wonder if you might help? I saw this spider in a neighbour’s garden. It was on the gate staying very quiet and not moving at all at about 11 in the morning. I grew up in Zim so have always loved all things “many legged”. I can’t figure out what type of spider this is? Do you know? It was almost a pinky-brown colour. I have attached a picture.
How you want your letter signed:  Many thanks, Robyn.

Huntsman Spider

Dear Robyn,
This is NOT a Wolf Spider.  It is a Giant Crab Spider or Huntsman Spider in the family Sparassidae.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your reply. Very much appreciated.
Have a great day,

Subject: Golden metallic fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia, usa
Date: 10/07/2018
Time: 09:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you ID this very shiny golden fly? I am at a loss.
How you want your letter signed:  Virginia farm bugwatcher

Gold Hover Fly

Dear Virginia far bugwatcher,
We have not had any luck in our initial search for an identity, but the large eyes lead us to believe this is a male member of the species.  The antennae are also quite distinctive.  Our initial instinct is that this might be a Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, but a BugGuide search of that family did not turn up any matching images.  How large was this individual?  We are posting your request and perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist with the identification.

Thank you for this response!
It was a fairly large fly, larger than a housefly but smaller than a honeybee.
I think it is quite beautiful. I hope some one knows what it is.
Eric Eaton responds to our request for assistance.
Hi, Daniel:

Eristalinus aeneus is the species.  Those eyes are really something!
Ed. Note:  According to BugGuide:  “Native to Europe, adventive in NA and now widespread in e. NA (ON-FL)” and “In Europe, larvae often found associated with decaying seaweed.”

You rock!!
This makes me very happy. Thank you,