Subject:  Spotted, long antennae six legged bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeastern Illinois
Date: 06/07/2021
Time: 08:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
We saw this bug on our house and do not recognize it.  Would you please help identify it and determine if it is a hazard to the vegetable garden.  If invasive, and remedy?
How you want your letter signed:  Alison Holtz

Longicorn: Hyperplatys aspersa

Dear Alison,
This is a native Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  Thanks to BugGuide, we have identified it as
Hyperplatys aspersa, a species with no common name.  It will not harm your vegetables, and according to BugGuide:  “Reported to breed in poplar (Populus) and Juneberry (Amelanchier ) (2); “under bark of various hardwoods”, also moonseed vine (Menispermum), burdock (Arctium).”

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Subject:  Longhorn Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Worcester, MA, USA
Date: 06/13/2021
Time: 01:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! Today I was sitting out on my deck when I heard this beetle  land. It looks to me like a species of Longhorn, I was concerned it might be an invasive. Can you help identify it? Also, got to enjoy watching a Four-toothed Mason wasp search for the right spot under the railing too while out.
How you want your letter signed:  Adrienne

White Spotted Sawyer

Dear Adrienne,
The White Spotted Sawyer,
Monochamus scutellatus, which is pictured on BugGuide, is a native species.

Subject:  Gorgeous red dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Albany Pine Bush, Albany, NY
Date: 06/10/2021
Time: 08:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Susan B. here with yet another dispatch from the Albany Pine Bush! Karner Blue season is ending, but I’m looking forward to more of them in July. Meanwhile I discovered a great wetland area with several ponds, and numerous dragonflies zipping about and skimming over the water. There were quite a few familiar species, but also a few of these dragonflies that I’m not sure about. Finally one landed on a nearby twig and let me get some photos.
I thought they were Red Saddlebags dragonflies at first, but when I got home I realized there doesn’t seem to be a record of Red Saddlebags in my area on iNaturalist, and the photos I found seem to have more light brown on them. For the record, the dragonfly is a bit more vivid and red than it appears in the photo–it’s in silhouette.
For what it’s worth, there were several Black Saddlebags dragonflies flying around as well, and the two or three of this species were similar in size, shape, and behavior, but much more vivid red.
Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Susan B.

Red Saddlebags

Dear Susan,
Just because there is no record of a Red Saddlebags,
Tramea onusta, on iNaturalist does not mean they are not present in Albany.  We believe based on this and other images on BugGuide that your initial impulse is correct and that this is a Red Saddlebags, though BugGuide does not include any New York sightings, but BugGuide does indicate the range is:  “Eastern half of US .”  Insect Identification does include New York sightings.

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Subject :  Copulating and Singing Brood 10 Cicadas
Geographic location of the bug:  Gaithersburg, Maryland
Date: 06/14/2021
Time: 07:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these two Cicadas lying in the middle of the road and decided to get them out of harms way and get a closer look.  This is screen shot from a video.  The disengaged and flew off about 15 minutes later.  Then without harming another cicada, I made a video of him singing and this is a screen shot from that video with a closeup of the organ used to do it. It is the gray triangular area.  This cicada flew off as soon as I released its wings.
How you want your letter signed:  NancyA

Mating Brood X Periodical Cicadas

Dear NancyA,
Thank you so much for sending in your excellent Brood X Periodical Cicada images.  Even in Los Angeles, our local news seems to have daily reports on the Brood X emergence.

Periodical Cicada

Subject:  Blue Milkweed Beetles
Geographic location of the bug: Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, California
Date: 06/04/2021
Time: 9:25 AM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Readers,
Daniel was out hiking near the Getty Museam in a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy park when he pointed out the Narrow-Leaf Milkweed that was just beginning to bloom to his hiking partners Naeemah and Sharon.  Some plants had numerous Blue Milkweed Beetles feeding on the leaves.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are obligate root feeders, and adults eat the leaves of larval host plants. Females are highly polyandrous, males engage in extended periods of post-copulatory mate guarding.”

Blue Milkweed Beetle

Milkweed is a very popular plant with many pollinating insects including butterflies, bees and wasps. so many years ago we created a Milkweed Meadow tag for the complex ecosystem that is associated with milkweed.

Blue Milkweed Beetle and Honey Bee

Update:  June 19, 2021  Mating Blue Milkweed Beetles
This weekend while hiking at the same location with Sharon and Melanie, Daniel spotted a solitary pair of mating Blue Milkweed Beetles.  He managed to get one image before the presumably male Blue Milkweed Beetle dropped to the ground.  Daniel felt somewhat guilty that his voyeurism led to coitus interruptus.

Mating Blue Milkweed Beetles

 

Subject:  Are these moths? And if so, what kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 12:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
I found these two moths (possibly) today while I was photographing Dragonflies along the wet lands of Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Since I have never seen one like these, I am very curious to know what they are.
Thank you for your assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  Asrat (Bahirdar Photography)

Mating Tiger Moths

Dear Asrat,
These are mating Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we found a matching image on Africa Wild that is identified as the Maid Alice Moth,
Amata alicia.  The indicated range on African Moths includes Ethiopia.