Subject:  trachyderes succinctus
Geographic location of the bug:  Trinidad
Date: 10/15/2021
Time: 01:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I think this is the trachyderes succinctus, can you confirm?
Also, is it venemous?
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Longicorn: Trachyderes succinctus

Dear Mike,
Your Longicorn is indeed
Trachyderes succinctus and it is not venomous.  According to Jungle Dragon:  ” It was described by Linnaeus in 1758.”

Subject:  Katydid?
Geographic location of the bug:  Midlothian, Virginia
Date: 10/14/2021
Time: 11:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there –
I found this pretty girl hanging out on my front porch this evening. Is it in the katydid family? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kim

Possibly Cattail Conehead Katydid

Dear Kim,
This is indeed a Katydid, and we believe it is one of the Coneheads, possibly the Cattail Conehead which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Happy Halloween!
Geographic location of the bug:  Coryell County, Texas
Date: 10/14/2021
Time: 01:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello again! I hope you are all well. Many insects in this photo, and I only know one, I think, a green lynx spider with prey. This photo is titled Macabre Magnolia in my photo collection. I reached up over my head to get a photo of what I thought was a beautiful blossom for my daughter-in-law, who loves magnolias. The joke was on me when I uploaded the photo. Susprise! Such drama, pathos, and humor. My favorite is the grasshopper munching away on the blossom as the rest of the drama unfolds. Photo taken May 30, 2020, and it makes me laugh every time I come across it.  Insect life is… interesting. Happy Halloween!
How you want your letter signed:  Ellen

Macabre Magnolia

Dear Ellen,
How nice to hear from you.  Daniel had been very negligent to the WTB? readership beginning about two years ago due to personal matters, but several months ago he committed to posting 90 new queries per month, though that stalled when he took a train across the country to Ohio earlier this month.  He plans to catch up this week and be on track once again for October.  He was still traveling when you wrote.  We love your image and we are featuring your Halloween Greeting on our scrolling banner.  The Green Lynx appears to be eating a Metallic Sweat Bee and there are several Honey Bees present on the blossom.  We agree the peeking Grasshopper is priceless.  Thanks for thinking of us and at least we got this posted before Halloween.

Thank you so much for the kind response! Wishing you all the best. Happy Halloween 🕸

Highest regards,

Subject:  Kissing bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Az
Date: 10/20/2021
Time: 08:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hundreds in my orange tree
How you want your letter signed:  Bill

Western Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Bill,
These are not Kissing Bugs.  They are Western Leaf Footed Bugs and when they feed on the juices of fruits, they inject an enzyme that makes the fruit unpalatable to humans.

Subject:  Bug found in pumpkin patch
Geographic location of the bug:  Petaluma, CA
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 07:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were in a local pumpkin patch when my daughter turned a pumpkin over and found this bug scurrying away. We found several others during our time there. They were about 1/2 – 3/4 inch long. A bug app I use identified it as possibly a blood-sucking conenose or a Spartocera fusca. I would love your thoughts!
How you want your letter signed:  Rose

Immature Western Corsair Bug OR

Dear Rose,
While this is an Assassin Bug, it is not a Blood Sucking Conenose Bug, AKA Kissing Bug, which spreads Chagas Disease.  Your individual is an immature Western Corsair Bug,
Rasahus thoracicus, which we verified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, some females are wingless:  “Some brachypterous females in the guide may have been listed as immatures. It is hard to tell the difference. Nymph’s wing pads have a broader base. ‘Microwings’ of adult females are hinged, like full-sized wings.”  While they are not considered dangerous, Corsair Bugs might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

Or possibly brachypterous female Western Corsair Bug

Subject:  Boris the spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Austin Texas
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 10:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy, who we named Boris, is on our front porch. What kind of spider is Boris?
How you want your letter signed:  LeeAnn


Dear LeeAnn,
Boris is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, but we are not certain of the species.  You may want to consider giving Boris a more femine name as Boris is a female Orbweaver.  Orbweavers mature in the fall and the adults with their large webs are quite visible at that time.