Hi there,
I love your website, and find myself checking it regularly. I thought you might like a couple of photos I took. The praying mantis was rescued from a busy sidewalk/parking lot where she was about to get squashed. I let her go in my garden. She is having her first look at freedom and me from the shoebox I used to capture her.
Grace E. Pedalino
Troy, Virginia

Hi Grace,
Thank you for all of your photos. We will be posting several. Your Preying Mantis is just about the cutest bug on the planet. Check out Grace’s awesome Wolf Spider photo and Walking Stick photo.

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Dear Bugman,
My daughter’s friend sent this to us. The girls stumbled across this bug in Copper Canyon, Texas. Do you know what this is? By the way, excellent site!!
Thank you!
Jo Gillett

Thanks for the compliment Jo. You have a photo of a Vine Sphinx, Eumorpha vitis. It is a Southern species found in Texas, Florida and points south, though it has been reported from Nebraska. Caterpillars feed on grape vine leaves.

What is this bug?
Love your website. Can you help me identify this bug? We found it already dead and partially hanging out of one of many holes in a railroad tie approximately one inch in size. Thanks for your help,
Cheri Mosley

Hi Cheri,
Your photo is of the traumatized remains of the Hardwood Stump Borer, Stenodontes dasystomus. Your specimen is a male as evidenced by the robust mandibles. The larvae live in the heartwood of living trees, taking three or four years to mature.

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Pepper eater…..
Do you know what kind of insect this guy is? He’s quite happily chowing down on my bell pepper plant, and he seems to be alone at present. Just saw him for the first time today. I have NO idea what he could be, so no clear idea of what direction to research in. This photo is high resolution so you can size it as you need to for easy viewing. 🙂
Bisbee, AZ

Hi Dawn,
We couldn’t identify your exact species of Blister Beetle, so we wrote to Eric Eaton. Here is his answer: “Spectacular! I’d love to see that one IN bugguide…. It is a species of Epicauta. Nobody could tell you more than that because there is a whole COMPLEX of species that all look like this one! Pretty sure they are parasites of grasshopper egg pods in the larval stage. Eric”

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This fellow lives in holes in the ground in SC and can be pulled out with straws or blades of grass.
What is it?

Hi CC,
This is a Tiger Beetle Larva, Family Cicindelidae. Tiger Beetles are small beetles with large heads and prominent eyes. They run and fly quickly and are called Tiger Beetles because of their predatory attacks on other insects. The larvae are elongated and grublike with large curving jaws and they live in burrows in the ground often near streams, creeks and ponds where there is a sandy shore. The larva props itself near the top of the burrow by means of the hump on its back that has hooks. The jaws are kept open until some unwary insect passes within reach. The prey once captured is taken to the bottom of the burrow to be devoured. The burrow is often a foot or more deep.

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what’s that bug? spider like? black apx 4" spread between it’s legs? Quick. Phoenix AZ

Hi Phoenix,
You have a great photo of a Tailless Whipscorpion, Family Tarantulidae, genus Tarantula. Whipscorpions are usually found in damp places, indoors in basements and shower stalls. They are nocturnal hunters and harmless to people. WE are assuming that the word “Quick” in your brief query referred to the movement of the creature and not to a demand on our part for an answer. They do scurry sidewise quickly if approached. Thay range in color from pale to dark blackish brown, deopending on the time since the last molt. They eat insects and spiders as well as other arthropods.