Subject:  Hairless and Bumpy, Yellow Caterpillar in Alaska
Geographic location of the bug:  Eagle River/Anchorage AK
Date: 09/15/2017
Time: 04:24 AM EDT
It’s Sept. 16 and fall is in full swing, most days are hanging around 60 degrees. I found this smooth yellow caterpillar while hiking around, and curious what it was! Unfortunately the poor fellow didn’t seem to be alive.
How you want your letter signed:  NuttyMuffins

Sawfly Larva

Dear Nutty Muffins,
Though it resembles a caterpillar, this is actually a Sawfly Larva, probably the Elm Sawfly.  Sawflies are non-stinging relatives of wasps and bees.  We love posting images of Alaskan insects.  The adult Elm Sawfly is quite impressive.

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Subject:  Identity of Two Winged Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Thailand
Date: 09/15/2017
Time: 01:36 AM EDT
Salutations! Can you possibly identify these fabulous bugs?
I can’t find anything on them. Some are exquisite, some terrifying, but all are utterly rivetting! Thank you very much. I’m sending a few others, too.
How you want your letter signed:  Suzanne Jamsrisai

Mating Tiger Moths

Dear Suzanne,
These mating Tiger Moths are excellent wasp mimics.  We found a FlickR posting that looks like your species and it is identified as
Amata sperbiusINaturalist has numerous Asian sightings.

Subject:  Ant/beetle blue and black, has wings and babies attached to it .
Geographic location of the bug:  Fredericton, new Brunswick, canada
Date: 09/15/2017
Time: 07:36 PM EDT
They were all in a patch of grass in a circle ,eating leaves . They have wings but wereel not flying.
How you want your letter signed:  Dalton

Mating Oil Beetles

Dear Dalton,
These are flightless, mating Oil Beetles in the genus
Meloe.  The larger partner is the female Oil Beetle.

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Subject —
Yellow and black beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Inland Northwest USA (Spokane, WA)
Date: 09/15/2017
Time: 07:32 PM EDT
We found a bright beetle in our backyard. Our mom tried to look it up but couldn’t find an answer for sure. We think it is a wasp mimic beetle but we aren’t sure. Please help! 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Jack and Archie

Locust Borer

Dear Jack and Archie,
You are correct that the Locust Borer is an effective mimic of stinging Yellowjackets.  The larval host tree is the black locust, which is native to the North American northeast, but with the planting of black locust trees in other locations, including Washington, the range of the Locust Borer has expanded as well.  According to BugGuide:  “Considered a serious pest of Black Locust trees; previously weakened or damaged trees are often killed by an infestation of the larvae. Previously confined to the native range of Black Locust in the northeast, it has spread with the trees throughout the US and parts of Canada. Unfortunately Black Locust is used for reclamation and similar projects where trees are likely to be stressed and thus more vulnerable to insect damage.”

Subject:  Oblong Winked Katydid eating dried up minnow?
Geographic location of the bug:  Evergreen Park Illinois
Date: 09/14/2017
Time: 02:28 PM EDT
I had a minnow die on me so I put it on the yew just to see if any yellow jackets would come by and feed on it. Fast forward about a week and I saw what I believe is an Oblong-Winged Katydid chewing on the dried up minnow. Guess she needed some protein in her diet!
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks!

Katydid eats Minnow

Though most Katydids are thought of as plant eaters, there are many omnivorous species.  Your image indicates that they may be opportunistic, feeding on animal protein when it is available.  We actually believe your Katydid is a Bush Katydid in the genus Scudderia, and the ovipositor indicates it is a female.

Subject:  Appeared before Hurricane Irma
Geographic location of the bug:  Sebring FL
Date: 09/14/2017
Time: 05:06 PM EDT
There were two of these, unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of one with some pink on its wings
How you want your letter signed —
Denise

Banded Sphinx

Dear Denise,
We hope your life is returning to normal after Hurricane Irma.  Based on images and information on The Sphingidae of the Americas, we are quite confident this is a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus.