Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Panama
Date: 11/14/2019
Time: 07:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug in El Valle..700m
Thanks for any comments
How you want your letter signed:  Jerry Harrison

Bee Assassin

Dear Jerry,
This is a predatory Assassin Bug and it sure looks to us like a member of the genus
Apiomeris, the Bee Assassins.  We found a FlickR posting that looks exactly like your individual and it is identified as possibly Apiomeris hirtipes.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Large crawling bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Perth, Western Australia
Date: 11/09/2019
Time: 07:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I squashed this bug in a panic, but have never seen one like it. It was about 6cm in length and crawled. Found in the house on a very warm day. Is it a type of cockroach? Didn’t appear to have wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Angela

Mole Cricket Carnage

Dear Angela,
This was a Mole Cricket, a common subterranean dweller in many parts of the world.  Mole Crickets are considered harmless to people and it will not infest your home.  It accidentally wandered in or was brought in by a pet perhaps.  We are tagging this as Unnecessary Carnage and we hope in the future you will attempt to relocate future intruders.

Subject:  Katydid, Cricket or Alien?
Geographic location of the bug:  South west Jordan, Middle East
Date: 11/12/2019
Time: 06:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have trawled the net to identify this bug I photographed on October 14 this year without result, can you assist please.
Insect was about 1″ long, in dry stony desert habitat.
Not perfect photos due to high ISO as getting dark.
How you want your letter signed:  Paul Lathbury, Nuneaton, U.K.

Desert Mantis: Eremiaphila species

Dear Paul,
This fascinating insect looked to us like a Mantid, and we located this unidentified, similar looking individual in
this Smithsonian posting.  We feel confident it is in the genus Eremiaphila after visiting Mantids and More .  On USMantis we learned:  “RARE AND UNUSUAL DESERT MANTIS Requires hot dry environment. The desert mantis is able to camouflage so well into its habitat. They live molt and lay ooths in the sand. They thrive in the most unforgivable environment in the desert where temperatures reach well over 100F and extremely dry.

Desert Mantis: Eremiaphila species

Hi Daniel,
That’s great thanks. I agree with your identification now that I have a reference to search on. I did see the Smithsonian posting and it is extremely similar.
Thanks again,

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Unidentifiable CaterpillarS
Geographic location of the bug:  Roseville, CA
Date: 11/12/2019
Time: 06:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what this is?  They denuded my redbud tree. How can I prevent them from returning. Organic pesticides had no effect whatsoever. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Sharon

Red-Humped Caterpillar

Dear Sharon,
This is a Red-Humped Caterpillar,
Schizura concinna, which you can find pictured on BugGuide.  According to the University of California Integrated Pest Management site:  “Young caterpillars commonly feed side-by-side in groups, chewing on the lower leaf surface. As the larvae grow, they tend to disperse and feed in smaller groups or individually. Skeletonized leaves are a common result, as the older caterpillars chew all the way through and consume leaves, leaving only the larger, tough veins. … When their abundance is low, larvae eat leaves on only a few branch terminals. Occasionally, heavy infestations develop and defoliate entire trees during the summer. Usually only scattered individual and young trees are severely defoliated. If severely defoliated, trees that are otherwise healthy usually recover.”

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for the quick response and valuable information about the Red-Humped Caterpillars.  They are scary-looking. I hope my redbud tree will recover. Thanks again!

Subject:  What is this grub?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mill Creek, Washington
Date: 11/05/2019
Time: 12:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I have come across this little guy multiple times over the years when in the yard weeding and am curious what it is.  Any info would be appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Kristen

Leather Jacket

Dear Kristen,
We believe you have encountered the larva of a Crane Fly like the ones pictured on BugGuide and again on BugGuide and you may read about them on the Missouri Department of Conservation site.  Charles Hogue in his book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin calls Crane Fly larvae Leather Jackets because of their “thick dark skin.”  Capital Regional District uses the name Leatherjacket.

Thank you so much for satisfying my curiosity.  I appreciate you taking the time to email me back.

Subject:  Identify Bug Please
Geographic location of the bug:  Keene, NH USA
Date: 11/06/2019
Time: 04:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  All I know is it gives off an awfule scent. What kind of bug is it and where is the scent coming from?
How you want your letter signed:  Frank F


Dear Frank,
This is a Caddisfly, an insect with an aquatic nymph, so Caddisflies are generally found near a source of water.  We cannot ever recall any scent when we have encountered Caddisflies, nor can we recall reading about strong smells associated with Caddisflies, so we tried to research the matter.  There is no mention of an odor emanating from the insects in the Central Arizona Project page on Caddisflies nor is there a mention of an odor on the Encyclopaedia Britannica page.