Subject:  Can anyone identify?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northumberland national park uk
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 05:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi would be great if you could Identify this, my partner is at work and is dying to find out!
How you want your letter signed:  Katherine

Large Elephant Hawkmoth

Dear Katherine,
This beauty is a Large Elephant Hawkmoth,
Deilephila elpenor, and according to UK Moths:  ” The English name of this moth is derived from the caterpillar’s fanciful resemblance to an elephant’s trunk.  The adults are attractively coloured pink and green affairs, with a streamlined appearance. They fly from May to July, visiting flowers such as honeysuckle (Lonicera) for nectar.  The larvae feed mainly on rosebay willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium), but also other plants as well, including bedstraw (Galium).  It is a common species in most of Britain, including Scotland, where it has increased its range in recent years.”

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Subject:  Black Horse Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Quakertown, PA
Date: 07/09/2019
Time: 08:53 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  In case you need another photo… these flies are big. After I saw it was a horse fly, I went back outside and killed it. (Horse farm 0.5mi up the street…)
How you want your letter signed:  JonKernPA

Black Horse Fly

Dear JonKernPA,
Thanks so much for submitting your image of a female Black Horse Fly.  Female Horse Flies can be identified because of the space between their eyes.  Male Horse Flies lack the space.  Female Horse Flies are the blood-suckers.  Males are harmless.

Subject:  Swarm of Green Beetles
Geographic location of the bug:  Warren, ME
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 05:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This swarm of green beetles just showed up today, filling our Hawthorne tree and falling all over our deck. My dog ate one and now I’m terrified they are poisonous. They look a bit like Emerald Ash Borer pics that I’ve seen. We run a large 163 acre organic farm, so if this thing is going to attack crops, I’d like to know and try to prevent damage. Right now it only seems to care about the Hawthorne blossoms…
How you want your letter signed:  Farm Dog in Maine

Blister Beetle: Lytta sayi

Dear Farm Dog in Maine,
This is a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, and based on BugGuide images, we are confident it is
Lytta sayi.  According to BugGuide:  “beetles feed largely on various flowers; larvae have been reared from cells of Agapostemon virescens.”   Blister Beetles are fascinating insects with complex life cycles.  The larvae of most species feed on either Grasshoppers or Solitary Bees.  Many Blister Beetles are able to secrete a compound known as cantharidin that is known to cause blistering in human skin and there are reports of horses sickening and even dying from accidentally ingesting Blister Beetles while eating hay.  Of the family, BugGuide notes:  “Pressing, rubbing, or squashing blister beetles may cause them to exude hemolymph which contains the blistering compound cantharidin. Ingestion of blister beetles can be fatal. Eating blister beetles with hay may kill livestock. Cantharidin is commercially known as Spanish Fly.”

Thank you so much for the prompt and accurate identification and additional information!  We will certainly keep our pets and kids away from them!
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Subject:  Bug ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 10:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these insects mating on a dutchman’s pipe leaf.  They are black with an orange head – similar to love bugs found in the south; but wings look different and the antenae are longer.
How you want your letter signed:  Anita Kittel

Mating Grape Leaf Skeletonizers

Dear Anita,
Have you any grape vines nearby?  These are mating Grape Leaf Skeletonizer moths, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Found on flowers in fields, etc. Adults are diurnal and nocturnal, and come to light.”

Subject:  Identification wanted
Geographic location of the bug:  Norfolk england
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 10:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please identify this lovely specimen e on my fence
How you want your letter signed:  Christine

Privet Hawkmoth

Dear Christine,
This is a Privet Hawkmoth,
Sphinx ligustri, and according to UK Moths:  “Our largest resident hawk-moth, which is distributed in the southern half of Britain, and has distinctive pink and black barring on the body.  The similarly-striped hindwings are often concealed.  It frequents woodland and suburban habitats, and flies in June and July, with a single generation.” 

Subject:  Any ideas what this is?
Geographic location of the bug:  Travelers Rest SC
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 12:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m wondering if you can help me identify this? It’s in a corner of the porch ceiling.
How you want your letter signed:  margottc

Common True Katydid

Dear margottc,
This is a male Common True Katydid,
Pterophylla camellifolia, and you can verify its identity by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  The female of the species has a stinger-like ovipositor.  According to BugGuide, they feed on:  “Foliage of deciduous trees, and shrubs.”