Subject:  Crazy catarpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  New England, USA
Date: 09/08/2018
Time: 12:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this!?
How you want your letter signed:  curious gal

Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear curious gal,
This is a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

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Subject:  Reminds me of a trilobite
Geographic location of the bug:  Colorado
Date: 09/08/2018
Time: 10:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug crawling in a basement in northern Colorado,  it’s about as big as the tip of my thumb and reminded me of the ancient trilobite! Any idea as to what it really is?
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Sand Cockroach

This is a Sand Cockroach in the genus Arenivaga, a group that does not infest homes.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Subject:  Large green beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest indiana
Date: 09/08/2018
Time: 01:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have been unable to find a matching picture of this large bettle
How you want your letter signed:  Laura Redenbaugh

Fiery Searcher

Dear Laura,
Commonly called a Fiery Searcher,
Calosoma scrutator is one of the Ground Beetles known as Caterpillar Hunters.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults and larvae prey on caterpillars. Adults will climb trees in search of their prey.”

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Subject:  Caterpillar ID?
Geographic location of the bug:  Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge, Occoquan, Virginia
Date: 09/08/2018
Time: 05:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel,
I observed (and guarded) this Caterpillar crossing the road, and I can’t seem to find a reference with anything even close. Perhaps you can help? Thanks in Advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Seth

Yellow Necked Caterpillar

Dear Seth,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident this is a Yellow Necked Caterpillar,
Datana ministra.  According to BugGuide:  “Early instars feed gregariously and skeletonize leaves.  The larvae feed on Malus, Quercus, Betula and Salix species. Young larvae skeletonise the leaves of their host plant. Later, they feed on all of the leaf except the leaf stalk. They feed in groups.”

Subject:  Black and white bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Bradford, Ontario, Canada
Date: 09/07/2018
Time: 11:07 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Trying to figure out what this bug is that I found outside my work.
How you want your letter signed:  Rachel

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Rachel,
This distinctive insect is a Phantom Crane Fly.  According to BugGuide the habitat is:  “Swamps and similar wetlands.”

Subject:  Blister Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Potholes State Park, Grant County, WA
Date: 09/06/2018
Time: 09:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Spotted several unusual beetles on vegetation in the process of conducting a cultural resource technical visit.  While not an entymologist, some google research suggests that the beetles are Lytta magister (also known as the desert blister beetle or master blister beetle). If so, they seem a little out of their defined range and season; as they are reportedly out in the spring. I see that someone in WA came across one in 2011 http://myhorseforum.com/threads/blister-beetles.152491/page-2
Invasive species? Climate change?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr.? not sure what is meant by this question

Lytta vulnerata mating

Dear Mr,
We would have also concluded that these appear to be Master Blister Beetles, but additional research on BugGuide led to images of the closely related
Lytta vulnerata which is reported from Washington.  We cannot distinguish any appreciable differences in their appearance, so we are basing the identification solely on the reported range of the species.  That research also led us to a sighting on our own site that should also be corrected.