Subject:  What is this!?
Geographic location of the bug:  Trenton, Ontario, Canada
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 09:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  While out with my kids at the park we found a few of these bugs and have no idea what they could be !
How you want your letter signed:  The bug man

Oil Beetle

This is a Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe, a group commonly called Oil Beetles.  We are posting this on the seventh anniversary of this previous Oil Beetle posting from Ontario. 

Subject:  Late Season Paper Wasps on Goldenrod
Geographic location of the bug:  Campbell, Ohio
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 02:22 PM EDT
Gentle Readers,
Daniel has been attempting to post as many of your identification requests as possible, but he has also been enjoying the mild October in Northeast Ohio where there has still not been a major frost.  The insects are still active, and the night sounds still serenade.  These two Paper Wasps in the genus Polistes were nectaring from late flowering Goldenrod.

Paper Wasps on Goldenrod

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod

Subject:  Bush Cricket in Bulgaria
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Bulgaria/ Stara Planina
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear whoever is reading this,
Today I have found a bush cricket in Bulgaria but I don’t know which type it is. It is in my garden in the mountains near the town of troyan. Hopefully you can identify what type it is.
How you want your letter signed:  George

Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket

Dear George,
We are relatively certain this is a Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket,
Ephippiger ephippiger.  The species has both green and brown forms.  The long ovipositor indicates this is a female.

Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket

Subject:  Unknown flies
Geographic location of the bug:  Nolan,Tx
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There was a paper wasp posted outside this hole so I assumed there was a nest inside. I am in the business of killing bugs, so I treated in the opening expecting wasps to come pouring out. To my surprise it was these flies. About 15 to 20 of them. I’ve never seen this species before.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

What’s That Fly?

Dear Scott,
These are crazy looking Flies and the circumstances surrounding their discovery in a hole seem quite specific, but alas, Daniel’s initial perfunctory search turned up nothing.  Daniel must attend to some personal matters at this time and he will return to do additional research into the identity of these interesting flies.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some luck and write in with a comment.

Subject:  Centapead
Geographic location of the bug:  Cali Colombia
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 10:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this centapead poison
How you want your letter signed:  Mark


Dear Mark,
This is a Bark Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha.  Centipedes are predators that subdue their prey with venomous fangs, and though all Centipedes are venomous, most are not dangerous to humans.  Large Bark Centipedes that reach well in excess of six inches might deliver a rather painful and nasty bite.  According to BugGuide:  “
They can bite and also pinch with their last pair of legs. Bites may cause intense pain, swelling, discoloration, numbness, and necrosis, and require medical assistance, although there are no really dangerous, deadly centipedes, and no confirmed human fatalities.”

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 07:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – this cute little bug appeared on my husband’s hand.  After taking a few photos, he gently relocated it.  Is this a species of assassin bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Julie

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Julie,
This is indeed an immature Assassin Bug and we believe it is in the genus
Zelus.  Though not considered dangerous, Assassin Bugs in the genus Zelus will bite if carelessly handled.

Thank you very much!  My husband gently relocated it to the bushes.