Subject:  Orange spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Orleans MA
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 01:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  We found this on the door of a storage unit in our yard.I’ve looked through lots of images online and can’t seem to identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  The Scott’s

Nursery Web Spider

Dear The Scott’s,
Usually when we get identification requests for orange spiders at this time of year, they are Pumpkin Spiders, a species of Orbweaver, but your spider is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  Here is an image from BugGuide.  Nursery Web Spiders build webs to act as a nursery for their young, but unlike many spiders that also use a web to trap prey, the Nursery Web Spiders are hunting spiders that capture prey without a web.  The orange color of your individual is somewhat unusual, and it is possible this is a related species in the same genus.

Thanks for checking this out for us. It’s always good to learn about new things. We also found a “mutinus elegans” or stinkhorn mushroom. It must be the week for orange things!
The Scotts

Subject:  European peacock butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Regensburg Germany
Date: 10/11/2021
Time: 01:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found in garden in Germany
How you want your letter signed:  Mark

European Peacock Butterfly

Dear Mark,
Thanks so much for submitting your lovely image of a European Peacock Butterfly.

Subject:  Weirdest bug I have ever seen
Geographic location of the bug:  Roan Mountain, TN
Date: 10/11/2021
Time: 06:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have never seen anything like this.  The front legs are thick with little appendages on the end.
How you want your letter signed:  Kimberly Koontz

Mole Cricket

Dear Kimberly,
This is a subterranean Mole Cricket and it uses its front legs to very effectively tunnel underground.  They spend most of their lives underground, so though uncommon, they are not rare, and they are found all around the world, including Namibia, Iraq, South Africa and Australia as well as the continental United States.

Subject:  Strange insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Grain Valley MO
Date: 10/02/2021
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We were coming home from independence we live in in grain valley this was on our windshield
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa Gerlt

Giant Ichneumon

Dear Lisa,
This is a Giant Ichneumon in the genus
Megarhyssa, probably Megarhyssa macrurus.  Because of the long ovipositor which the female uses to lay eggs beneath the bark of deciduous trees infested with wood boring larvae, they are sometimes called Stump Stabbers.  You can read more about this parasitoid wasp on BugGuide.

Subject:  Grey mystery bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Potosi, Wisconsin
Date: 10/03/2021
Time: 01:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So I found this critter in a shed in Wisconsin.  It’s about an inch long (maybe more).  It doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen, and it was able to hop, almost like a cricket.
How you want your letter signed:  Mark Beshel

Jumping Bristletail

Dear Mark,
This is a Jumping Bristletail in the family Machilidae which we identified on BugGuide.  Bristletails are primitive insects and according to BugGuide the habitat is:  “outdoor grassy or wooded environments: under bark, in leaf litter, rock crevices, or under stones; not normally found in homes, does not breed indoors, and not considered a pest”

Subject:  Moth caterpillar?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Mexico
Date: 10/03/2021
Time: 08:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello bugman! I found this beautiful guy while sweeping the back porch. I know he must turn into something gorgeous 💚 so I’m wondering what he is, what he eats, and where would be the best place to put him?
How you want your letter signed:  Emma


Dear Emma,
This is a Hornworm in the family Sphingidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  We will attempt additional research but we are posting your image in the hopes that one of our readers (Bostjan are you reading?) can provide a species identity.  We suspect this individual is pre-pupal and that it was searching for an appropriate location for pupation.