Subject:  Found this in my garden
Geographic location of the bug:  Clinton Corners, New York
Date: 08/07/2018
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what kind of caterpillar this is  ?
How you want your letter signed:  Brenda

Spotted Apatelodes Caterpillar

Dear Brenda,
This appears to be the same species, or a close relative of an unidentified Caterpillar we posted three days ago.  We wrote:  “Your caterpillar looks remarkably like both the Caterpillar of the American Dagger Moth and the Caterpillar of the Banded Tussock Moth, but the pattern of the black tufts of hair on your caterpillar are noticeably different. ”  We are pretty certain this is not a Caterpillar in the subfamily Arctiinae, but we will contact Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to see if he recognizes them.  What is the food plant?

Julian Donahue provides an identification.
Hi Daniel,
Good for you to suspect the identification–it is neither of the two candidates.
Both of these are larvae of the Spotted Apatelodes Moth (Apatelodes torrefacta; Apatelodidae).
More images of adults and larvae, and distribution, here: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7663

All the best,
Julian

It was on an Azalea plant.
Brenda

Date: 08/04/2018
Subject:  What’s this bug
Date: 08/04/2018
Time: 09:19 PM EDT
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario
Your letter to the bugman:  Can u please help me identify this bug it is everywhere
How you want your letter signed:  A

Green Stink Bug nymphs

Dear A,
This is an aggregation of Green Stink Bug nympsh,
Chinavia hilaris.

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.