Subject:  Beautiful
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Cape South Africa
Date: 03/15/2021
Time: 05:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I tried to identify this month, it’s either a polkadot wasp moth or a nine dot moth. Can you help? The orange markings seem different from both species.
How you want your letter signed:  Kind regards

Cool Maiden

This is a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and it reminds us very much of an image identified as the Heady Maiden Moth, Amata cerbera, which we identified a few years ago, so we searched for other members of the genus in South Africa.  We found the Cool Hornet Moth, Amata kuhlweini, on iNaturalist and we verified its identity on African Moths where the common name is Cool Maiden.

Wow, Thank you for all the effort you put into identifying this stunning moth which now has a name~Cool Maiden!
I really appreciate it!
Kind regards

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Subject:  You’re back!!!
Geographic location of the bug:  Jacksonville, Florida
Date: 04/08/2021
Time: 04:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m so glad you’re back online!  You/your website has brought a lot of joy to me and my family over the years.  I’ve really missed seeing the new ID requests and learning about so many insects.  Hope you and yours are all doing well.  Here’s a nice local dragonfly (Jax, FL) since I have to upload an image for you to get this message.
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Great Blue Skimmer

Dear Mike,
Thank you so much for your kind words.  Daniel is committed to posting again on a regular basis, however he no longer wants to post images of things people pull from their noses, or out of focus images of spiders they squash.  We really want to concentrate on posting letters that share our own wonder with the world of things that crawl.  We want to stimulate peoples’ appreciation with the natural world and to calm their fear of things they don’t understand.  That said, your image of what we believe to be a male Great Blue Skimmer, based on this BugGuide image, is a marvelous addition to our archives.

Subject:  Cicada???
Geographic location of the bug:  Delaware April 6
Date: 04/08/2021
Time: 10:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell me what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Robin

Scarab Grub

Our Auto-response: Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can!

Please help me.  I am trying to get this Id so I can send to local paper who wants it if it is a cicada.
Enjoy Life,
Robin Coventry

Scarab Grubs

Dear Robin,
We suspect your urgent identification request is related to the imminent appearance of the Brood X Periodical Cicadas, sometimes called 17-Year Locusts though they are not true locusts.  CicadaMania has information on Brood X which last appeared in 2004, when we were but a fledgeling website.  These are not immature Cicadas.  You did not indicate where they were located.  These are Beetle Grubs.  We suspect they may have been found in or near a rotting stump and we believe, due to their size, that they may be the Grubs of Eastern Hercules Beetles.  Here is an image from BugGuide of Eastern Hercules Beetle Grubs.  The adult male Hercules Beetle is an impressive creature, the heaviest North American Beetle.

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Subject:  Bug walks on 4 legs with two grabber appendages
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, California USA
Date: 04/07/2021
Time: 12:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found This tiny bug in my bathroom, it’s a bit longer than a small ant. I initially thought was a spider, but it appears to be an insect possibly as it has 6 appendages, it walks on 4 and has two grabbers like spraying mantis. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, David Holleman

Tread Legged Bug

Dear David,
This is an Assassin Bug in the subfamily Emesinae, the Thread Legged Bugs and there are several species on BugGuide listed in California, but the best we are able to provide with assurance is the subfamily identification.  BugGuide does support your observation by stating:  “Unlike walking-sticks and some dipterans they mimic, the Emesinae walk on the rear four legs — the front legs are modified for grasping prey.” Assassin Bugs are predators and some species are know to bite humans, so they should be handled with caution.

Thanks Daniel, I suspected it was possibly an assassin bug, but it didn’t look at all like the big ones that carry Chagas’ disease.

Subject:  Large brown and white caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 04/05/2021
Time: 05:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Good day, can you please tell me what the name of this caterpillar is and what its moth looks like? It’s the first time ever I’ve encountered such a caterpillar on my property. The photo was taken at mid day in late summer. I have found a few iStock photos of the same variant, but it unfortunately doesn’t identify the caterpillar.
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Anette

Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Anette,
This is a more uncommon color variation of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Acherontia atropos, a caterpillar that is more typically bright yellow and green.  The markings on the body of the adult moth are thought to resemble a skull, hence the common name Death’s Head Hawkmoth.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you very much for your reply.
It is much appreciated.
Kind regards,

Subject:  Blue beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Virginia
Date: 04/05/2021
Time: 08:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this guy?!
How you want your letter signed:  Marion Sophia

Oil Beetle

Dear Marion,
This is a Blister Beetle in the genus
Meloe commonly called an Oil Beetle.  According to BugGuide, there are 22 North American species and we do not have the required qualifications to provide you with a species.  We do know that some species are found in the spring and others in the fall.