Subject:  diurnal moth from Sulawesi, Indonesia
Geographic location of the bug:  Lore Lindu NP, north-central Sulawesi
Date: 05/13/2018
Time: 04:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bugman –
Could you please help ID this day moth from central Sulawesi, feeding rather unglamorously on some roadkill? It was seen on the 19th of September 2017 on a road through pristine humid forest at an elevation of about 1500m. I think perhaps it could be form the genus Milionia, but I am not a moth expert (at all!). Many thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Isidoreajar

Geometer Moth from genus Milionia

Dear Isidoreajar,
Based on what we have found on the internet, we believe your genus identification
Milionia is correct, but we cannot find any individuals with these exact marking.  Perhaps it is sexual dimorphism and/or regional color variations.  This image from Etsy and this posting to Wikipedia are similar but not exactly correct. 

Dear Daniel –
Thank you for your prompt reply: I was prepared to be astounded if you had come back with a positive ID as I have had a pretty thorough search (with my limited expertise though!) through the obvious online avenues. Having said that, M. delicatula is very close, just lacking the small red forewing markings. I’ll keep trying!
Many thanks again: your efforts are really much appreciated.
All v best wishes,
Jonathan Meyer

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Subject:  On my woody plant
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 05/13/2018
Time: 11:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What’s That Bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Max Yield


Dear Max Yield,
This is an Aphid that feeds by piercing the soft membranes of new shoots of plants and sucking the fluids.  Aphids will quickly multiply.  Ants have a symbiotic relationship with Aphids, caring for them and moving them to new plants, spreading the infestations.  Ants benefit by feeding off the honeydew excreted by Aphids and Aphids benefit from the protection.  An Aphid infestation will compromise the health of your plant and tender shoots will sometimes wither when there are large numbers of Aphids. 

Subject:  Beneficial or pest
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Florida
Date: 05/13/2018
Time: 11:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Its May and I’ve seen this bug on my black eyed Susan and also on basil, tough I cannot see any leaf damage. It seems just to be resting on leaves and flowers but not actively eating leaf nor bug. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Omar

Tumbling Flower Beetle

Dear Omar,
This is a Tumbling Flower Beetle in the family Mordellidae and based on this BugGuide image, we are confident the species is
Mordella knulli.  Of the family, BugGuide states:  “Larvae are believed to eat plant material in decaying wood, etc. Some are leaf and stem miners. Some are predaceous. Adults visit flowers.”  Based on that, we would say it is beneficial, though benign might be a better term.

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Subject:  What’s this guy called?
Geographic location of the bug:  Driftwood, TX
Date: 05/11/2018
Time: 10:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello 🙂 We round this guy in the kitchen on May 10 (and took him outside before snapping a photo). What is he?  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

This is a recently hatched Leaf Footed Bug nymph in the genus Acanthocephala.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Leaf Footed Bug Nymph

Subject:  Pretty Mystery Beetles
Geographic location of the bug:  Unknown
Date: 05/11/2018
Time: 12:32 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  A friend who is a collector was gifted this by a friend, and before I go on, I just want to specify that the friend who collects always makes sure the creatures died naturally, or humanely if not naturally (ie severely deformed & no quality of life, euthanized humanely etc), and is an animal lover, but as this was gifted to him, he is unsure of its origins in this instance, but I hope that does not dissuade you from identifying these fascinatingly beautiful beetles if possible…
How you want your letter signed:  Pam

Shield Bugs in decorative Mounting

Dear Pam,
These are not beetles.  They are Shield Bugs in the order Scutellaridae.  Without a country of origin, it will be difficult to determine an exact species, but they do resemble the individual in this FlickR posting that be believe was taken in Portugal.  The decorative presentation is reminiscent of Victorian displays.

Subject:  Caterpillar ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Warner’s Bay NSW
Date: 05/11/2018
Time: 04:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this caterpillar which was on a dwarf Lime Citrus tree? I tried uploading a video before. Wouldn’t allow it. Couldn’t cancel it. Had to start over
How you want your letter signed:  Brian Holt

Orchard Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Brian,
This is the Caterpillar of an Orchard Swallowtail,
Papilio aegeus, and you can verify our identification on Butterfly House where it states:  “Although this Caterpillar is a pest on suburban Lemon trees, it is one of the most interesting caterpillars in Australia, Both its structure and its behaviour have evolved to an extraordinary degree to give it protective mechanisms against predators. It also grows into one of the largest butterflies to grace suburban gardens.”  Here is an image from FlickR.  Though they feed on the leaves, unless you have a very small tree and a large number of caterpillars, the damage is not lethal to the tree.  We would allow the caterpillar to remain so you can enjoy the adult Orchard Swallowtail.

Thank you for your help. This is exactly the advice I gave my customers on my gardening FB Page. I’d like to publish your response there.
Regards, Brian Holt
HOLTS Prestige Gardens