Subject:  Interesting Moth Find
Geographic location of the bug:  Suburban town in Connecticut, USA
Date: 06/16/2018
Time: 09:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This moth (?) was found in early June on a warm, sunny day on the playground of a elementary school in Connecticut. I could not capture a better photo before it flew away, however it was VERY large. Out of curiosity, I did some research to identify the moth but had no luck. The only related species that I found were Atlas moths, but none were inhabitants of the area or displayed such interesting markings. Any ideas what this bug could be?
How you want your letter signed:  Moth Mystified

Cecropia Moth

Dear Moth Mystified,
This magnificent moth is a male Cecropia Moth.

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Subject:  Little Ferry of a bug super long Wings super long antennas awesome giant eyeballs
Geographic location of the bug:  Ohio on my window curtain
Date: 06/16/2018
Time: 08:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  me and my ex-boyfriend are autistic we wanted to be entomologist as children this insect gets all of my honor what is he or she please I love this little baby look at how cute his eyeball is I got a super big close up picture coming for you
How you want your letter signed :  Mister cute big bug man eyeball

Green Lacewing

This is a predatory Green Lacewing in the family Chrysopidae and they are sometimes called Golden-Eyes.

Subject:  What is that wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mountains by provo Utah
Date: 06/16/2018
Time: 02:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We saw several very big wasps while camping in the mountains next to provo Utah. At first we were a little afraid of them do to their size, but eventually we realized they were not interested in us. We saw them mostly on the trunks and branches of the trees in small groups. Their body’s were long and slender, at least 2 inches long, with long legs. They had a “stinger” that was twice as long as its body, but really mobile and bendable. Just curious what it might be. We have lived in the city at the base of the mountain for decades and have never seen them before.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Canpers

Stump Stabbers

Dear Curious Campers,
These are female Ichneumon Wasps in the genus
Megarhyssa, commonly called Stump Stabbers because they use their long (up to five inches long) ovipositors to lay eggs in trees and stumps that are infested with wood burrowing Horntail larvae.

Stump Stabbers

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Subject:  D. tenebrosus, male or female?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ohio
Date: 06/13/2018
Time: 10:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bug Folks!
I’ve got some wonderful photos of a Dolomedes tenebrosus (Fishing Spider) we caught last night in our Ohio basement. My housemate deals in exotics and this little friend was feasting on escaped crickets, good spider!
It’s actually bigger than some of his tarantulas. Housemate decided to keep it, at least for now.
I thought of you guys immediately, knew you’d want to see the photos (Sharpie marker for scale). I don’t know how dimorphic they are but can you tell if it’s a male or a female? I don’t want to keep calling our guest “it” and “spider,” I feel anybody living with us should have a name. The spider doesn’t care, but I do.

Fishing Spider

Dear KLeigh,
Please use our standard submission form for future submissions.  Our gut instinct is that this is a female Fishing Spider.  Many Spiders can be sexed because males have much more pronounced pedipalps that are used for mating and females are usually larger.  We will attempt to do some further research on telling male and female Fishing Spiders from one another.  Perhaps you will enjoy these images of mating Fishing Spiders from our archives.

Subject:  Strange-Looking Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area, Loreto, Peru
Date: 06/15/2018
Time: 10:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello-
I was in Peru last month and found this unique-looking spider in my canoe. It is definitely a spider, as it used a silk dropline and had its body divided into two distinct parts (it only had 7 legs, but I suspect it originally had 8 and lost one). I am at an utter loss to what species it is. Would you please be able to help identify it? I apologize for the lack of a better-quality picture.
How you want your letter signed:  Captain Nemesis

Whip Spider

Dear Captain Nemesis,
This is quite an unusual looking Spider.  It reminds us of of the Scorpion Tailed Spider from Australia, though we do not believe your individual is in the Orbweaver family.  We are posting your image while we attempt to identify your unusual Spider.  Perhaps Cesar Crash of Insetologia will recognize it.

Update:  Thanks to Karl who submitted a comment identifying this as a Whip Spider in the genus Ariamnes, and providing a link to pBaseArachnidos de Centroamerica also has a matching image.


Subject:  What kind of spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Rhode Island -Kingston
Date: 06/14/2018
Time: 04:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I think this is a Carolina Wolf Spider or maybe a fishing spider but not sure.  She is a beauty though
How you want your letter signed:  Cynthia Holt

Fishing Spider

Dear Cynthia,
This impressive spider is one of the Fishing Spiders in the genus
Dolomedes, most likely Dolomedes tenebrosus which you can read about on BugGuide.