Subject:  Is this a walking stick or???
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida Ocala area
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 07:39 AM EDT
I have found many of these this fall around my porch and a few under my mobile home. I am worried because I need to work under the mobile and wonder if a bite or sting is possible. How do I get rid of them?
How you want your letter signed:  Freaked Out

Mating Muskmares

Dear Freaked Out,
These are indeed mating Walkingsticks.  Commonly called Muskmares, adult Southern Two-Lined Walkingsticks,
Anisomorpha buprestoides, are frequently encountered as mating pairs.  Of the species, BugGuide indicates:  “Three color forms, two of them only found in limited areas:  White form, only found around Ocala National Forest, Orange form, only found around Archbold Biological Station.”  It appears you have a small white form male (you are in Ocala) mating with an orange female, so perhaps the orange form is increasing its range.  Though they do not sting nor bite, they do have an effective defense mechanism that should concern you.  According to Featured Creatures:  “this species is capable of squirting a strong-smelling defensive spray that is painfully irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes.”  According to Wilderness & Environmental Medicine:  “this phasmid’s intriguing, elongated body shape makes its existence well known, most are unaware of its chemical defense mechanism for warding off predators. Anisomorpha buprestoides, a common walkingstick in the southeastern United States, has the ability to eject an offensive spray from its thorax with pronounced accuracy. Although birds, spiders, and reptiles are likely their main nemeses, they take no pity on threatening mammals, including reported cases involving canines and humans. The arthropods target the eyes and have caused documented ocular injury ranging from conjunctivitis to corneal ulceration.” 

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Subject:  Can you please ID this assasin bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Antipolo Philippines
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 06:02 AM EDT
Hi Bugman!
Can you please identify what species of Assasin bug these guys are. I caught them on one of my Okra plants and they are adorable.
How you want your letter signed:  Mohammad Mehdi Saatchi

Red Cotton Stainer

Dear Mohammad,
Though it resembles an Assassin Bug and though it is classified in the same order as Assassin Bugs, this Red Cotton Stainer is actually a member of the Red Bug family Pyrrhocoridae.  We verified your Red Cotton Stainer’s identity as
Dysdercus cingulatus thanks to Project Noah.

Red Cotton Stainers

Subject:  Huge bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Indiana
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 10:10 PM EDT
Was sitting in my sons hospital room when this strange bug flew in and landed on the wall. It was between 1-2 inches long and scary!
How you want your letter signed:  Concerned mom !

American Cockroach

Dear Concerned mom,
Many people are surprised to learn that the American Cockroach can fly.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

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Subject:  Can you identify this insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Indianapolis Indiana
Date: 11/09/2017
Time: 02:10 AM EDT
Need help
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks

Camel Cricket

This is a Camel Cricket in the family Rhaphidophoridae.  They are frequently found in dark, damp basements where they will feed on a large variety of materials.  According to BugGuide:  “Most are omnivorous and will feed on most anything organic. Many (if not most) will catch and eat other smaller animals when they can. In houses may chew on paper products, occasionally fabric.”

Subject:  Just curious
Geographic location of the bug:  Cape Town
Date: 11/10/2017
Time: 12:08 PM EDT
My brother in law wants to know what this is, as he has a small child.
How you want your letter signed:  Emile


Dear Emile,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  To the best of our knowlege, no member of the family is poisonous or venomous, but many species do have strong mandibles that might produce a painful bite if the beetle is carelessly handled.  Its colors are beautiful, and we wish you had provided a higher resolution image.  Red and black are considered aposomatic or warning colors, and many insects with such coloration, like the North American Velvet Ant or the South African Milkweed Grasshoppers are poisonous, or have a painful venomous sting, but in the case of your Longicorn, this is a harmless camouflage.  Biodiversity Explorer also uses the name Timber Beetle for members of the family, and that is where we located a matching image of
Ceroplesis capensis.  The Natural History Collections site has a nice image of a mounted specimen. If you do have a higher resolution image, please send it.

Subject:  Moth id
Geographic location of the bug:  Monkton MD
Date: 11/10/2017
Time: 11:35 AM EDT
I think this is a moth? It was found in early November on Hillside Sheffield Pink Chrysanthemum (although not native, it is a wonderful pollinator plant).
How you want your letter signed:  Sue Myers

Orange Collared Scape Moth

Dear Sue,
This is an Orange-Collared Scape Moth,
Cisseps fulvicollis, and according to BugGuide:  “Adults fly from May to October or first hard frost.” As an aside, there is also Flower Fly in the upper left corner of your image.  As a further aside, we were amused that in renaming your image for our archives, we discovered another Scape Moth submitted by a woman named Sue already existed in our archives.

Thank you so much! Wonderful information!
Sue Myers
Environmental Educator
Ladew Topiary Gardens