Subject:  Catepillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Taboga Island, off the coast of Panama
Date: 09/22/2017
Time: 08:49 AM EDT
This specimen was photographed at my parent’s property. I know it is a moth of some type; however, I have searched unsuccessfully for a photograph of an adult specimen to inlude identification.
How you want your letter signed:  Nature Enthusiast

Flannel Moth Caterpillar

Dear Nature Enthusiast,
This is a stinging Flannel Moth Caterpillar,
Megalopyge lanata, and it should be handled with extreme caution.  According to an article on Research Gate:  “Shinney is a colloquial term used to describe a hairy caterpillar in Trinidad and Tobago. There have been at least four instances in 2010 in which people were envenomated by shinneys in the Bon Accord region of Tobago.”

Flannel Moth Caterpillar

This was not Tobago it was Taboga, Panamá, one of the many islands off the coast of Panamá; but, considered part of the country.
I am sure your identification still remains the same.
Thanks!  I will look it up now to find an adult species.  Lots of stinging catepillars in Panamá!

We did catch the difference, however, they are in the same general vicinity and insects don’t respect national boundaries anyways.  Here is a Google Maps image of the area.

I knew that!!  🙂  I had sent those pictures elsewhere and was not satisfied with their identification.
I am confident with yours and quick too!  You certainly know your insects!!
Thanks Again!!

But we didn’t and now we and our readers know the difference and distance between the two islands with transposed letters.

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Subject:  Bugs on fungus on maple tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Indiana
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 01:01 PM EDT
I believe these to be some sort of blister beetles. All I have been able to find are blister beetles with 3+ colored bands. I have never seen them before, but cannot find information about them being in our area. Your help is appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks! Sasha

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Sasha,
This is a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the genus
Megalodacne.  Based on the BugGuide information that “Note also different form of scutellar macula, and pronotal sides near hind angles (slightly concave in heros / straight to slightly convex in fasciata)” we are leaning toward this being Megalodacne fasciata.

Subject:  What’s that bug?
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:42 PM
Found it on my cannabis plant.
It’s sticks to a surface very well and is not easy to detach

Scale Insect

Dear az-j,
Though we have not had any luck locating any images that look exactly like the creature you submitted, we can’t imagine it is anything but a Scale Insect.  Beyond the Human Eye has some nice Scale Insect images.
Continued searching might have resulted in an identification.  Thankfully your situation has not escalated to this stage pictured on BugGuide of Chinese Wax Scale.  According to BugGuide the Chinese Wax Scale is  “Non native. Introduced from Asia.”

Scale Insect

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Washington State
Date: 09/20/2017
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
I found this in Kitsap County, a mile or two from salt water, walking along a boardwalk in a wetland surrounded mostly by grasses, red alders, poplars, willows, and a few conifers (Douglas fir, western red cedar, Sitka spruce, western hemlock), so I can’t associate it with any particular plant. There were also a few wild roses and snowberries around. I only found one caterpillar. Any idea what it might be?
How you want your letter signed:  gardenjim

Fingered Dagger Caterpillar

Dear gardenjim,
After a considerable internet search, we finally identified this Fingered Dagger Caterpillar,
Acronicta dactylina.  Fingered Dagger is a curious name, and BugGuide indicates:  “from the Latin ‘dactylus’ (a finger); the origin of the common name but it is not clear how that name applies to this species.”  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on alder, birch, poplar, hawthorn, willow”, and you mentioned three of food plants listed in the vicinity of the sighting.  BugGuide also states “uncommon, but widely distributed” and this BugGuide posting may indicate its range is expanding into areas that had previously been too cold, causing us to speculate “Global Warming?” 

Hi Daniel. Thanks for your diligent research on this!

Subject:  I think i may have a new type of bug i found on the sidewalk and carefully took it home
Geographic location of the bug:  Slovenia, Logatec
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 08:33 AM EDT
Is it a new type it looms like half a ladybug ( the head) and some kind of black and bage stripes
How you want your letter signed:  However you want

Colorado Potato Beetle

This is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  It looks to us like a Colorado Potato Beetle, which is native to the Rocky Mountains in North America.  This amusing BBC News article begins with “In 1950 the East German government claimed the Americans were dropping potato beetles out of planes over GDR fields in an attempt to sabotage their crops. Was it true, or an example of Cold War propaganda?”  According to BugGuide:  “before the introduction of the potato in the US, was confined to Colorado and neighboring states feeding on native Solanum species; now occurs in most potato growing areas both in NA and Europe has become a serious pest in Europe.

Subject:  What’s that bug?!
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Cyprus
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 08:01 AM EDT
Hey bug man, what’s this bug?!
How you want your letter signed:  Jade


Dear Jade,
This Neuropteran is commonly called an Antlion, and the larvae of many species are subterranean predators that wait buried at the bottom of a pit for ants and other insects to tumble into their waiting mandibles.  Larvae are called Doodlebugs.