Subject:  Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Date: 02/12/2018
Time: 07:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I’ve been seeing those bugs around my bedroom for a few months, but haven’t yet managed to identify them through internet swatches searches.
The best I could do regarding taking a photo is the one attached (+ zoomed in / enhanced version), which I took from distance with my phone.
I would really appreciate your help. Thank you very much, in advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Anonymous

Immature Cockroach

Dear Vangelis,
This is an immature Cockroach.

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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Denver, Colorado
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 12:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I noticed this formation on my door frame. I wold like to know what it is. If it’s a pest I need too kill it with fire. But if its a harmless critter i would like to keep and study it.
How you want your letter signed:  Anthony McDonnell

Anglewing Katydid Eggs

Dear Anthony,
These are the eggs of an Anglewing Katydid which you can verify by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  Adult Anglewing Katydids resemble large green grasshoppers, but with very long antennae, and they have wings that help camouflage them among the deciduous leaves that they feed upon.  Anglewing Katydids are solitary feeders and they do not harm trees because of the few leaves they eat.  Males call to the females and the “song” of a Katydid is a welcome summer night sound.

Subject:  Help Save the Butterfly
Location:  UK
Date:  January 31, 2018
Hey there!
I thought I’d pop over an email after reading an article on your site about butterflies:
After building a wonderful butterfly garden with my son last summer, I recently blogged a massive 3000 word guide on how we can stop their numbers declining.
Hopefully it generates a bit of awareness, and teaches people how to help if they fly into your garden!
Feel free to check it out here:
If you think it’s useful, please do link to it from you post. 76% of our butterfly species have declined over the past 40 years, so anything that helps spread the word about protecting these little chaps would be massively appreciated.
In return, I’ll happily share your article with my 7,000+ followers on social media!
Thanks so much for your help, and have a great day 🙂


Dear Dave,
Thanks for your public awareness campaign and your active attempts in your own yard to create a butterfly garden, both of which earn you the honor of having this posting tagged with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Are you able to tell us which Fritillary species is represented in your image?

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Subject:  Bugs in tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Tampa fl
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 05:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found these bugs on a live tree in our back yard. What are they please?
How you want your letter signed:  Miranda


Dear Miranda,
These benign insects are in the family Psocidae, and they are commonly called Barklice.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are relatively certain your species is
Cerastipsocus venosus.  Barklice frequently form large aggregations of both winged adults, and brightly patterned wingless nymphs as they feed upon, according to BugGuide, “accumulations of fungi, algae, lichen, dead bark and other materials that occur on tree trunks and large limbs,” leading to the common name Tree Cattle.


Subject:  Bug in my house in winter
Geographic location of the bug:  Norton Shores, Michigan
Date: 02/11/2018
Time: 09:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug crawling on the floor in winter.  February 2018.
This is the second one in about a month.  It is 1/2 to 5/8 inch long.  The
antennas were quite long.  It looks like some kind of a beetle.  I’ve looked,
but can’t see a pictures of it.  Should I be concerned?   Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  no

Cedar Tree Borer

Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that this is a Cedar Tree Borer, and if you brought firewood into the house recently and the wood was arborvitae, cypress, juniper or cedar, the adult Cedar Tree Borers may be emerging from the firewood in the warm interior of your home.  It is also possible they are emerging from some piece of furniture or wooden object that was made from the host plants.  They will not infest milled lumber.

Thanks for helping to ID the Cedar Tree Borer.  That’s it alright.  Here is another photo
for you to look at.  Last November I brought home some rough cut Eastern Red Cedar
to let dry inside the house.  I just examined all the boards.  I found one that had bore
holes in it.  I assume that’s where it came from.  It’s good to hear they won’t reproduce in the house.  I’ll have to examine my boards a little better next time.

Thank you,  Wayne

Infested Cedar plank

Dear Wayne,
While you don’t have to worry about the already milled lumber becoming infested, you should be aware that when immature wood boring insects are living in wood that gets milled, the maturing process is frequently delayed.  There are incidents of some beetles emerging from wood that has been milled as long as fifty years earlier, so you may experience some Cedar Borers in the years to come.

Thanks for all the information.  After hearing that they can emerge many years later that makes me think again.  I love Eastern Red Cedar and have made quite a few things out of it.  Maybe I better check all the things I have in the house made out of cedar.  I don’t remember using any cedar in the past with bore holes.  I’ll keep an eye out.    This reminds of something that happened back in 1975.  I came back from Columbia South America with some small walnut carved figures.   After
being back home for awhile, I noticed a pile of fine sawdust at the base of one.  There was a very small bore hole above it.  I assumed some kind of bug did it and we just got rid of the whole thing.  It’s amazing what we bring back home and never know it.
Thanks again,  Wayne

Subject:  Need a a bug identified
Geographic location of the bug:  Unoted States
Date: 02/10/2018
Time: 07:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I purchased a motorhome and it is infested with these bugs,  can you please help?
How you want your letter signed:  Michelle

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Michelle,
The invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a species native to Asia, has naturalized throughout much of North America in the last decade.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs often seek shelter indoors to hibernate when weather begins to cool.