Subject:  Please identify this green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Gun Flint Trail in Northern Minnesota
Date: 08/15/2018
Time: 03:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was standing on a dock by a lake for just a few minutes and after I got back in the car I felt something crawling in my hair. I found this green bug. He crawled but I never saw him fly so I am not sure if he could or not. I took this picture of it before letting it go back outside.
How you want your letter signed:  Jayne Pietsch

Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil

Dear Jayne,
As you can see from this BugGuide image, you encountered a Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil,
Polydrusus formosus.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Europe (widespread there), adventive in NA, established in the northeast” and it feed on “primarily Yellow Birch.”

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Subject:  Feather-legged Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, NJ
Date: 08/15/2018
Time: 12:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  In addition to the colorful T. pennipes, I had this larger feather-legged fly in my mountain mint patch today.  My best guess is that it is T.  lanipes.  It was quite large and had the most beautiful wings. It’s under-belly was an orange-red color, which was kind of a surprise.   Did I land on the right id?
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah Bifulco

Feather-Legged Fly

Hi Deborah,
The last time you submitted images of a Feather Legged Fly, we originally thought it was
Trichopoda pennipes, but upon further contemplation, we believe it was Trichopoda lanipes.  We agree with you that this is also most likely Trichopoda lanipes.  We especially like that there is a Metallic Sweat Bee in the bottom of one of your images.

Feather-Legged Fly

Feather-Legged Fly and Metallic Sweat Bee

Subject:  Stick Mantis or Stick Insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Evergreen Park, IL (Chicago area)
Date: 08/15/2018
Time: 11:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My boyfriend found this friend just outside our front door! I immediately thought stick insect, though I wasn’t aware, at the time, that we had any in the Midwest. He called Mantis, and I had to agree, especially considering that face/head.
It seemed a tiny bit shy.
I’ve searched the site here, and there was a picture of an Indian stick mantis that looked close. But, we’re pretty far from India!
From other pictures and posts on your site, it doesn’t seem to be a Western nor Eastern walking stick, since those don’t appear to have such a prominent (and adorably contemplative!) head.
What is this bug? Is it from a far away land? Or is it a native to these Chicago suburbs?
(I have some video, if that would help or you would like to see it – just let me know!)
How you want your letter signed:  Krissy Klabacha

Immature Chinese Mantis

Dear Krissy,
This is an immature Chinese Mantis,
Tenodera sinensis sinensis, and as its name indicates, it is Asian in origin, but it has been introduced to North America where it has naturalized, and indeed, in much of its introduced range, it is the most common Mantis found because it is sold (in the ootheca or egg case stage) as a biological control for insects in the garden.  According to BugGuide:  “Tan to pale green. Vertically striped face. Forewings tan with green along front margin. Compound eyes chocolate-brown at sunset, pale tan soon after sunrise and during the day.”  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  BugGuide also states:  “Introduced from China. Was first collected in Pennsylvania in 1896. Later it was introduced to other states to combat pests. It is thought to outcompete many of the native preying mantises, which are in decline.  It is sold as pest control, although its effectiveness is not proven. It is thought that Chinese mantis eats the smaller native mantids. This may have led to declines in population numbers of the native mantis species in some areas, but none of them are listed as threatened at this time.  Egg cases are unmistakable.” See the Illinois Natural History Survey for information on Walkingsticks found in your area.

Thank you so much! You do such great work, and respond so quickly! I might have to look around the yard for any mantid egg cases. Are those the same as the hardened, almost walnut or Brazilian nut-looking cases found on tree branches? We’ve found one once before, a few years ago, but never identified the type of mantid it had once held.
Again, thank you for your help and for all of this info, including the link about local walkingsticks.
It’s so exciting to learn about all of the life that surrounds us, especially when it comes to creatures that I never knew were there! Here? There? Yes, here, there, and, in many cases, most everywhere.
Kris Klabacha, friend to all animals*

* I do not have warm feelings for ticks nor for lady mosquitoes. Ticks are my least favorite animal of all, even though it’s the diseases they spread/transmit that cause me to dislike them so.  Perhaps your site can help me make some sort of peace with ticks and mosquitoes? Is there a page for that? In the meantime, I keep reminding myself that mosquitoes feed bats, and I love having bats around!
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Subject:  What is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Ocean City Maryland
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 09:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw this insect or bug on a fence post on the dunes August 14, 2018. Do you know what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Dee Lis


Dear Dee,
This is an Antlion in the family Myrmeleontidae.  Larvae are called Doodlebugs.

Subject:  flying all around my yard
Geographic location of the bug:  northern indiana
Date: 08/15/2018
Time: 10:51 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  dont seem to be a threat, flying just above the grass, there is a lot of them
How you want your letter signed:  Joe

Scarab Hunter Wasp

Dear Joe,
This is a solitary Scarab Hunter Wasp in the family Scoliidae, and they are not aggressive toward humans.  Your individual,
Scolia dubia, is commonly called a Blue Winged Wasp.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults take nectar, may also feed on juices from beetle prey. Larvae are parasites of scarab beetles, mainly June beetles and also the introduced Japanese beetle.”  Since the grubs of both Japanese Beetles and June Beetles are injurious to cultivated plants and lawns, the presence of the Blue Winged Wasps is a good sign for your garden.  BugGuide also states:  “Males and females have a courtship dance, flying close to the ground in a figure-8 or S pattern. Females burrow into ground in search of grubs, especially those of Cotinis and Popillia japonica. She stings it and often burrows farther down, then constructs a cell and lays an egg on the host. Larva pupates and overwinters in a cocoon within the body of the host.”  You may have witnessed the courtship dance.

Subject:  Please help me with identification of this beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 01:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify the yellow beetle. Is it a blister beetle if so the species please
How you want your letter signed:  Shakeela

Blister Beetle

Dear Shakeela,
While we concur that this is a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, we cannot provide a more specific identification at this time.