Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  San Jose, Costa Rica
Date: 12/03/2018
Time: 01:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this a few weeks ago in San Jose Costa Rica in the late afternoon. Note the barb. What is this?
How you want your letter signed:  Jim R

Katydid

Dear Jim,
This is a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, and what you have described as a “barb” is actually an ovipositor, an organ adapted to function during the egg laying process, indicating that this is a female.  We do not recognize the species.

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Subject:  6-legged-slug-bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Davis, CA: basement office
Date: 12/04/2018
Time: 04:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business, when this seemingly friendly but very fast moving little guy came cruising towards my arm. He’s looking for something (dinner?) but I don’t know what and I don’t know what he is or where he came from! There are laboratories in this building, but none that do any work on this kinda critter!
How you want your letter signed:  Worried about bugs with tails

Oh! It’s a snakefly larva 🙂 No further ID necessary!

Snakefly Larva

Dear Worried about bugs with tails.
We are pleased that you were able to identify your Snakefly larva without our assistance.

Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tolima, colombia
Date: 12/03/2018
Time: 12:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this big connected to chagras parasite? Is this a triatomine bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Violet

Big Legged Bug

Dear Violet,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae, and along with Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae that includes the subfamily Triatominae, they are classified together in the suborder Heteroptera, which explains their physical similarities, but Big Legged Bugs are not a threat to humans and they do not carry the Chagas parasite.  Your individual is magnificent and very distinctive looking, but despite our efforts, we have only located this image on FlickR and this image on FlickR, but alas, neither includes a species identification.  Perhaps one of our readers, like Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia, might write in with a species identification.

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Subject:  Speckled moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Israel
Date: 12/03/2018
Time: 01:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this?
How you want your letter signed:  SMG

Speckled Footman Moth

Dear SMG,
We originally posted an image of Utetheisa pulchella, a Speckled Footman Moth, in 2006, but alas, the image does not currently show live.  It is pictured on this Israeli site and according to Lepidoptera and their Ecology:  “
Utetheisa pulchella inhabits mainly coastal dunes, rocky areas, dry slopes and other warm, gappy vegetated habitats.”

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tulsa, OK
Date: 11/30/2018
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  About 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch long.
I’ve had this little bug hanging out in my kitchen for several days. It startled me a few times because I thought it was a spider at first.  Just curious what it is! Never seen a bug like it before.
How you want your letter signed:  Kenzie

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Kenzie,
This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug.  It is an outdoor, predatory insect and it will not infest your home.  Like other members of the family Sycamore Assassin Bugs should be handled with caution as they might bite if carelessly handled or if accidentally encountered in a situation where they feel threatened.

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma, USA
Date: 11/30/2018
Time: 03:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug on my head after doing yard work yesterday.  What is it, can it hurt me.  Thought it was a katydid at first but don’t think it was.
How you want your letter signed:  Sammie B

Assassin Bug nymph

Dear Sammie,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, probably in the genus
Zelus.  This is a genus that is prone to biting folks when the insects are carelessly handled or accidentally encountered, and you are lucky you did not encounter a painful bite.  Though painful, the bite is not considered dangerous.  Because of your timing, we have selected your submission as our Bug of the Month for December 2018.