Subject:  Trying to identify what this bug is
Geographic location of the bug:  Tennesse, Knoxville
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 06:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can someone pls tell me what this bug is, I’m low key a little scared.
How you want your letter signed:  Nick Cooper

Cuckoo Wasp

Dear Nick,
Fear not this beautiful metallic Cuckoo Wasp.  They do not sting.  Cuckoo Wasps are often found dead indoors near window sills.  They get trapped indoors accidentally and eventually die while being attracted to the view outdoors.

Subject:  Large Coleoptera larcae
Geographic location of the bug:  Monteagle TN
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found a large beetle larva while walking the dog tonight.
I would like to submit picture for iNaturalist but am stumped on ID. I have seen this species before.
How you want your letter signed:  Chris Waldrup

Railroad Worm

Dear Chris,
This is the larva of a Glowworm Beetle, commonly called a Railroad Worm because of its ability to glow green in the dark as an example of bioluminescence.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Phengodes based on BugGuide images.  Here is a BugGuide image of a Glowing Glowworm.

Subjec:  Half wasp half ???
Geographic location of the bug:  Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 02:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug came walking up to us while camping.  I have tried to identify and am at a loss.  Any idea?  Seen at night, on the Utah and Arizona border, October.  Thanks!!!
How you want your letter signed:  NA

Potato Bug

Dear NA,
Congratulations on your first encounter with a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, one of the most iconic insects in the American Southwest.  Not true Crickets, Potato Bugs are in a unique family of insects where its closest relatives are in Australia.   Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that are most frequently encountered at night after a rain.  Potato Bugs are not dangerous to humans, but they have very powerful mandibles and they might even draw blood from thin-skinned individuals.

Hey Daniel, thank you so much for getting back to me. I guess I should’ve scrolled further on your website.  And now I know that there is a true potato bug. We called potato bugs those little black bugs that roll into a ball… Another name is it Rolly Polly!!  Thanks again for solving our mystery. We deemed it as half wasp half termite.  Haha

Subject:  I got stung by a swarm
Geographic location of the bug:  In my yard Norfolk in Virginia
Date: 10/14/2021
Time: 10:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  I’m trying to find out what the bug is that stung me and I was hoping you could help me identify it
How you want your letter signed:  On the front

Yellowjacket

You were stung by a Yellowjacket, a social wasp that typically nests underground.  Yellowjackets will defend the nest from the perceived threats.

Subject:  some kind of beatle
Geographic location of the bug:  Austin TXI
Date: 10/13/2021
Time: 12:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found it 09/01/2021 on my porch obviously dying
How you want your letter signed:  Bob McElhaney

Superb Cicada

Dear Bob,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a gorgeous Cicada.  We identified it as a Superb Cicada or Green Cicada,
Neotibicen superbus, thanks to BugGuide where it states that it:  “occupies several habitat types from forested to arid scrub. It is often associated with conifers; however, strong populations of this cicada can be found in areas where hardwoods are abundant.”

AKA Green Cicada

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Upstate NY
Date: 10/12/2021
Time: 05:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These bugs on walls trying to come into the house. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Patrick

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Patrick,
The Western Conifer Seed Bug often enters homes to hibernate when the weather begins to cool.