Subject:  Big Hairy Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Lower Hutt Wellington NZ
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, found this moth dead.
Never seen it before.
Please help identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Sophie

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Sophie,
This is a Gum Emperor Moth,
Opodiphthera eucalypti.  According to CitSciHub.NZ:  “The Emperor Gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti, is a large hairy nocturnal species of moth native to Australia and were introduced to the North and South Islands of New Zealand about 1939 .
The moths live for no more than a couple of days and they never eat.”

Thank you! I worked it out in the end.
No wonder it was dead as it has such a short life!

Subject:  Psychodidae larvae
Geographic location of the bug:  Riudeboix creek (UTM: 41.81305 2.34131), Collformic, el Brull, Catalonia-Spain
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 11:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
This larvae was sampled in Riudeboix creek (UTM: 41.81305 2.34131), Collformic, el Brull, Catalonia-Spain on May 9, 2019.
Since then it has been preserved in alcohol 70%.
Can anyone help with the genus ID?
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  iraima

Suspected Psychodidae Larva

Dear Iraima,
The editorial staff at What’s That Bug? does not have the necessary expertise to answer your question, however, we can post your images and enlist our readership to assist.  We would urge you to post a comment to this posting so people can contact you directly through our comment section.

Suspected Psychodidae Larva (detail)

Suspected Psychodidae Larva (detail)

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Western New York
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, saw this crawling on the ground October 21 in western  New York. I have never seen a spider of this color here in New York and I was hoping to get it identified! Thank you for the wonderful site as well!
How you want your letter signed:  Scott Szafranski

Orbweaver

Dear Scott,
This is a harmless Orbweaver, probably in the genus
Araneus.  Orbweavers rarely leave their classic orb webs, so we suspect this lady was dislodged from her web or perhaps her web was destroyed.

Subject:  Strange Large Grey Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas City Missouri
Date: 10/12/2021
Time: 06:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello.  I am 43 and have lived in this area my whole life.  I saw a strange bug the other day twice in the same day that I never saw before or after.  1st sighting was at my home the next 25 miles north.  It was very large and could still fly with no immediately visible wings.  It looked like there was a red hook for its nose/snout.  It was very similar to the pictured wheelbug but not the same an no wheel on its back
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Ken Davis

Wheel Bug

Dear Ken,
This beauty is a predatory Wheel Bug, our featured Bug of the Month for October here and here.

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Chile
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 07:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hola from Chile! Here is a lovely fellow we found in our Valdivian rainforest climbing a laurel tree. He is probably around 2 inches long. I’m thinking he is in the Io moth family but he has no racing stripes. Identifying insects in Chile is difficult as there is little information available on line. Many thanks for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  Chile Expat Family

Unknown Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Chile Expat Family,
This is indeed a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar and it does resemble the caterpillar of an Io Moth, and you are likely correct that it is in the same genus
Automeris.  It does look remarkably similar to another Chilean caterpillar that Bill Oehlke identified as likely a member of the genus Ormiscodes.

Thanks!
I guess that entomology course I took 30+ years ago came in handy!

Subject:  What is that bug
Geographic location of the bug:  San diego CA
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 10:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was in my garden for a few days in the same spot. But now he is gone. what happened?
How you want your letter signed:  San Diego

Possibly California Darner

Dear San Diego,
We believe your Dragonfly is a California Darner,
Rhionaeschna californica, and based on the images posted to Odonata.bogfoot.net, it is an immature male.  Additional images can be found on BugGuide.  We suspect it is gone because it flew away.

Thanks so very much! Since he didn’t have any blue I wasn’t sure but makes sense if immature. And so odd he was in same spot for days before disappearing. Hope he finds a better spot than my vegetable garden.