Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tolima, colombia
Date: 12/03/2018
Time: 12:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this big connected to chagras parasite? Is this a triatomine bug?
How you want your letter signed:  Violet

Big Legged Bug

Dear Violet,
This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae, and along with Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae that includes the subfamily Triatominae, they are classified together in the suborder Heteroptera, which explains their physical similarities, but Big Legged Bugs are not a threat to humans and they do not carry the Chagas parasite.  Your individual is magnificent and very distinctive looking, but despite our efforts, we have only located this image on FlickR and this image on FlickR, but alas, neither includes a species identification.  Perhaps one of our readers, like Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia, might write in with a species identification.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Speckled moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Israel
Date: 12/03/2018
Time: 01:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this?
How you want your letter signed:  SMG

Speckled Footman Moth

Dear SMG,
We originally posted an image of Utetheisa pulchella, a Speckled Footman Moth, in 2006, but alas, the image does not currently show live.  It is pictured on this Israeli site and according to Lepidoptera and their Ecology:  “
Utetheisa pulchella inhabits mainly coastal dunes, rocky areas, dry slopes and other warm, gappy vegetated habitats.”

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tulsa, OK
Date: 11/30/2018
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  About 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch long.
I’ve had this little bug hanging out in my kitchen for several days. It startled me a few times because I thought it was a spider at first.  Just curious what it is! Never seen a bug like it before.
How you want your letter signed:  Kenzie

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Dear Kenzie,
This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug.  It is an outdoor, predatory insect and it will not infest your home.  Like other members of the family Sycamore Assassin Bugs should be handled with caution as they might bite if carelessly handled or if accidentally encountered in a situation where they feel threatened.

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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma, USA
Date: 11/30/2018
Time: 03:13 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug on my head after doing yard work yesterday.  What is it, can it hurt me.  Thought it was a katydid at first but don’t think it was.
How you want your letter signed:  Sammie B

Assassin Bug nymph

Dear Sammie,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, probably in the genus
Zelus.  This is a genus that is prone to biting folks when the insects are carelessly handled or accidentally encountered, and you are lucky you did not encounter a painful bite.  Though painful, the bite is not considered dangerous.  Because of your timing, we have selected your submission as our Bug of the Month for December 2018.

Subject:  A bronze lucanid species
Geographic location of the bug:  Seoul, Korea
Date: 11/25/2018
Time: 03:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little bugger last month. Our security guard attempted to kill it, but I saved it just in time. I think it’s a Prismognathus dauricus because I saw a picture of that in my insect encyclopedia. Here is my picture with my Nippondorcus rubrofemoratus and another pic only showing himself. I heard that they only live for 1~2 months so I decided to keep it.
How you want your letter signed:  William Hong

Stag Beetle

Dear William,
Thanks for sending in your images of two species of Stag Beetles from Korea.  We located an image of
Prismognathus dauricus on Insect Collectors Shop and it does look similar as does the image on Projects Biodiversity.  Also, many thanks for your comments on images in our archives that we identified as probably being Scarab Beetle grubs that you believe are Stag Beetle grubs.

Two species of Stag Beetles

Subject:  Enormous May Beetle in Winter?
Geographic location of the bug:  Arnold, CA (Sierra Nevadas)
Date: 11/28/2018
Time: 09:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there,
Two of these huge beetles were banging on my glass door before dawn today at my house in the sierra forest. They were attracted to the lights inside and my porch light,
They were hitting the glass so loudly I thought someone was knocking. And of course as soon as I opened the door to take a look, they invited themselves in. They look like May beetles but were huge, at least an inch and a half long, with fine hair all over. They were pretty noisy, slow fliers, banging into everything. I did some poking around the internet and the closest bug I could find was the European common cockchafer.
They seem like an odd bug to see in winter in the mountains (4,000ft)-temperatures here have been dipping to the 30s at night for some time. We’ve also had drenching rain over the past week. The color was much more rust/red than in the picture.
What are these giant mystery bugs? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Sarah J

Hi again!
I now believe these are rain beetles.I happened to see the word “rain” on your beetle list, clicked, and there they are. Just letting you know since it seems folks seem to be looking for these. We’re getting a lot of rain here!
Thanks for this great web resource!

Rain Beetle

Dear Sarah,
We agree with your assessment that this is a Rain Beetle.  Only male Rain Beetles have wings, and they often fly during pouring rains.  There are many creatures that appear after a rain, but Rain Beetles are rather unique in that they are often only found during a rain.  Male Rain Beetles are able to locate underground females that are flightless.  Perhaps Gene St. Denis, who sends us images of Rain Beetles he collects, will have some idea of the species based on your location as populations of Rain Beetles are often quite isolated.