Subject:  Bug identification in buckwheat
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle WA
Date: 02/12/2018
Time: 04:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I develop natural filled bed pillows and we recently came across a bugs in our pillows that are filled with buckwheat hulls. We are trying to get them identified to better know how to treat our problem. We normally order the buckwheat from a local supplier that imports it from Europe.  Any insight would help.
How you want your letter signed:  Best, Beatrice


Dear Beatrice,
You have Booklice.  The good news is that according to Bugwood Wiki:  “Within a home booklice are almost always found in damp areas that support the molds on which they feed. Bathrooms are common areas where they are encountered. Occasionally they may build in large numbers on grain products that have been stored poorly. The common name relates to their occasional association with books, papers and fabrics where they feed on the starchy materials (e.g., glues, fillers). Booklice are considered to be very minor household pests and the arid climate of Colorado suppresses the occurrence of many species. Booklice cannot bite humans.”  The bad news is that despite being somewhat benign, the presence of large numbers of Booklice in your pillows will probably be off-putting to some customers.  Furthermore, your damp Seattle climate is probably contributing to the Booklice reproducing and increasing their numbers.


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Subject:  what is that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  italy, near caserta
Date: 02/12/2018
Time: 09:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, could you please help me in identifying this insect.
kind regards
How you want your letter signed:  umberto prisco

Mole Cricket

Dear Umberto,
Mole Crickets like the one in your image are relatively common subterranean insects that are found in many parts of the world.

Subject:  Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Date: 02/12/2018
Time: 07:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I’ve been seeing those bugs around my bedroom for a few months, but haven’t yet managed to identify them through internet swatches searches.
The best I could do regarding taking a photo is the one attached (+ zoomed in / enhanced version), which I took from distance with my phone.
I would really appreciate your help. Thank you very much, in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Anonymous

Immature Cockroach

Dear Vangelis,
This is an immature Cockroach.

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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Denver, Colorado
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 12:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I noticed this formation on my door frame. I wold like to know what it is. If it’s a pest I need too kill it with fire. But if its a harmless critter i would like to keep and study it.
How you want your letter signed:  Anthony McDonnell

Anglewing Katydid Eggs

Dear Anthony,
These are the eggs of an Anglewing Katydid which you can verify by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  Adult Anglewing Katydids resemble large green grasshoppers, but with very long antennae, and they have wings that help camouflage them among the deciduous leaves that they feed upon.  Anglewing Katydids are solitary feeders and they do not harm trees because of the few leaves they eat.  Males call to the females and the “song” of a Katydid is a welcome summer night sound.

Subject:  Help Save the Butterfly
Location:  UK
Date:  January 31, 2018
Hey there!
I thought I’d pop over an email after reading an article on your site about butterflies:
After building a wonderful butterfly garden with my son last summer, I recently blogged a massive 3000 word guide on how we can stop their numbers declining.
Hopefully it generates a bit of awareness, and teaches people how to help if they fly into your garden!
Feel free to check it out here:
If you think it’s useful, please do link to it from you post. 76% of our butterfly species have declined over the past 40 years, so anything that helps spread the word about protecting these little chaps would be massively appreciated.
In return, I’ll happily share your article with my 7,000+ followers on social media!
Thanks so much for your help, and have a great day 🙂


Dear Dave,
Thanks for your public awareness campaign and your active attempts in your own yard to create a butterfly garden, both of which earn you the honor of having this posting tagged with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Are you able to tell us which Fritillary species is represented in your image?

Subject:  Bugs in tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Tampa fl
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 05:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found these bugs on a live tree in our back yard. What are they please?
How you want your letter signed:  Miranda


Dear Miranda,
These benign insects are in the family Psocidae, and they are commonly called Barklice.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are relatively certain your species is
Cerastipsocus venosus.  Barklice frequently form large aggregations of both winged adults, and brightly patterned wingless nymphs as they feed upon, according to BugGuide, “accumulations of fungi, algae, lichen, dead bark and other materials that occur on tree trunks and large limbs,” leading to the common name Tree Cattle.