Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hyde Park/Dutchess County, NY
Date: 08/07/2018
Time: 11:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
I just found this bug in my patch of green beans. Have a market garden and have found a bunch of these bugs.  Can you help me identify and give me any particulars about it? Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa Arnoff

Green Stink Bug nymph

Dear Lisa,
This is a Green Stink Bug nymph,
Chinavia hilaris, which we identified on BugGuide.  We have gotten several identification requests in the past week, and since your image is especially nice, we will be posting it.  Adult Green Stink Bugs are green, as would be expected, with wings.  According to BugGuide:  “extremely polyphagous: recorded from 20 plant families; adults and older nymphs prefer developing seeds and fruit. May be a pest on soybean, cotton, fruit trees (esp. peach), and many vegetables”

Thank you. Excited to have my photo featured!
Lisa Arnoff

Subject:  Identify Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Omaha, NE
Date: 08/05/2018
Time: 04:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I cannot find any photos of this particular caterpillar, the closest I have found is the Bedstraw Hawkmoth.  My husband said it spit green fluid at him.
How you want your letter signed:  Angela

White Lined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Angela,
It is to be expected that insects (and other creatures for that matter) that are classified in the same genus will share many traits.  You have the genus correct, but not the species.  This is a White Lined Sphinx Caterpillar,
Hyles lineata, a caterpillar that is found in several different color variations.  When conditions are favorable, there can be population explosions of caterpillars, especially in arid desert climates.  The adult White Lined Sphinx flies at dawn and dusk and is frequently mistaken for a hummingbird.  The moths are also attracted to lights.

Subject:  Asheville, NC Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Asheville, NC
Date: 08/06/2018
Time: 04:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, my friend found this dead insect near her house and we’d love to find out what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious in NC

Female Flatfaced Longhorn: Graphisurus species

Dear Curious in NC,
Because of the extremely long ovipositor, we believe this female Flatfaced Longhorn is either
Graphisurus fasciatus or  Graphisurus despectus.  Here is a BugGuide image of the latter for comparison.  The former has a greater range and BugGuide data reports it from North Carolina.

Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pocono Mountains, PA
Date: 08/06/2018
Time: 08:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Photo taken on a hot, humid summer day. Bug likes flowers, particularly petunias, and moves somewhat like a hummingbird.
How you want your letter signed:  A flower lover

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dear flower lover,
This is one of the diurnal Sphinx Moths in the genus
Hemaris, and we believe it is most likely the Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, which you can read about on Sphingidae of the Americas.

Subject:  Swarming around lights inside
Geographic location of the bug:  California’s Central Coast
Date: 08/06/2018
Time: 01:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  For the last several days a few of these bugs have been showing up inside our house. This evening, a huge group was swarming every light we had on. Can you tell me what this is? We have screens on all of our windows, so I’m concerned about how they are getting in. Appreciate your help if you can share any info. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Amy


Dear Amy,
This is a benign Webspinner in the insect order Embiidina, and you have already discovered what BugGuide remarks:  “winged males of some species come to lights.”  BugGuide also notes:  “rapid runners, often run backwards; live in colonies (in galleries of spun silk) and exhibit limited maternal care for eggs and young.”  We don’t provide extermination advice, but you can try dimming the lights, keeping lamps away from windows and checking the screens for access points.

Webspinners Swarming Around Light

Subject:  Bee
Geographic location of the bug:  Spain
Date: 08/07/2018
Time: 07:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify this beautiful bee. Sorry the photo isn’t clearer. The body is covered in black hairs. The wings are irridescent blue. 6 legs
How you want your letter signed:  Dave

Violet Carpenter Bee

Dear Dave,
This is a Violet Carpenter Bee,
Xylocopa violacea, which is pictured on Iberia Nature where it states:  “Their wings are brown like old film negatives, until the light catches them and they turn blue. The males signal their sex with orange antennae tips.”  According to Independent:  “It’s about three times the size of the biggest bumblebee. It may have astonished you on a holiday in the Med or other warm climes but otherwise you’re unlikely to have encountered anything like it. But now you can see it in Britain – for the violet carpenter bee, the biggest and most remarkable-looking bee in Europe, has crossed the Channel and has begun breeding in this country.”  Their presence in Britain might be evidence of global warming.

Many thanks. I’m on holiday in Spain & my grand children were fascinated to know what it was. So was I!
Sad that it was dead when I found it.