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Subject:  ???
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina USA
Date: 07/31/2018
Time: 03:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What the heck is it been in NC my whole life never seen it before
How you want your letter signed:  Hey Joe your bug.


Hey Joe,
We can’t believe it is the beginning of August and this is just the second Toe-Biter or Giant Water Bug image we are posting this year.  The Toe-Biter is an aquatic predator that also flies quite well and is attracted to electric lights.

Subject:  Help identify Hamish
Geographic location of the bug:  Priest Lake, Idaho
Date: 07/08/2018
Time: 08:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this big creepy crawly on one of the docks on the lake. We asked a few Park rangers and even they couldn’t tell us what he was. We’d love to know what kind of creature Hamish Armadeus Thompson III is.
How you want your letter signed:  Simpson Cousins

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear Simpson Cousins,
This is the aquatic larva of a Dragonfly known as a naiad.

Subject:  Wild Lookin Turtle Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Upstate NY
Date: 07/03/2018
Time: 06:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Earlier this week (6/29) came across a bug that I have never seen before, and neither has anyone else that I have talked to!
I was on a beach by a lake in the Adirondacks, and in the sand I saw what I believed to be a very small turtle shell. Upon picking it up, I realized that it was not a turtle, but a large insect! It was about 1.5 inches long, the front 1/3 of the insect looked like a large ant or beetle , and the rear 2/3 looked exactly like the shell of a small turtle.
I did not have a camera or phone with me so I do not have a picture, and I have been unable to find anything close online.  I know that you have said that it is unlikely that you can ID the bug without a picture, but I just had to ask.  I attached a drawing if that is of any help.
Any ideas you have would be great, thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Drawing of a Dragonhunter, we believe

Dear Chris,
At first we thought your drawing resembled a Spider, sans a pair of legs, but your excellent written description, including finding it on the shore, leads us to believe this is a Dragonhunter naiad, the aquatic larva of the Dragonfly
Hagenius brevistylus.  It is thought that its shape causes it to look like a submerged leaf, helping it to capture prey.

Thanks for the quick response and great identification, that is exactly what I saw! I am super impressed with both your insect knowledge and amazing “customer service”!

Subject:  Very strange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Wakulla River, Florida
Date: 06/28/2018
Time: 12:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug dead on the side of a river while kayaking. It was approximately 3 inches in length give take half an inch. Im not sure if it is some kind or beetle or spider missing legs. Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Trent Smith

Dragonhunter Naiad

Dear Trent,
This looks like a Dragonhunter Naiad, the larva of the Dragonfly,
Hagenius brevistylus.  We just received a drawing to identify and we believe it is also a Dragonhunter naiad.

Subject:  Bug found in water
Geographic location of the bug:  Choctaw Lake Ohio – man made lake
Date: 06/24/2018
Time: 03:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi. My grand daughter found this bug while playing in our beach area. It looks a little like a tadpole when i it swims, but, it has 6 legs like a bug. We  caught this bug in a bucket then realized it after we took the photos.  If you can tell us what kind of big this is, we would appreciate it.
How you want your letter signed:  Lori McKinley

Damselfly Naiad

Dear Lori,
This is a naiad, a general term for the aquatic larva of a flying insect.  More specifically it is a Damselfly naiadDamselflies are beneficial insects related to Dragonflies, and they are predatory in both the larval form and the winged adult.

Thank you, Daniel. I can’t wait to share this information with my granddaughter. I really appreciate you taking the time to research this. Thanks again.

Subject:  Strange(r) thing(s)
Geographic location of the bug:  Burgundy france
Date: 06/08/2018
Time: 01:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug had large pincers at the front, legs on his front half and moved like someone dancing the worm. It was about an inch long and very aggressive. If provoked it would curl up back on itself.
How you want your letter signed:  C. McCarthy

Water Tiger

Dear C. McCarthy
Was it found near or in water?  It looks to us like an aquatic beetle larva, commonly called a Water Tiger.

Hi Daniel,
Yes, it was near a small pond. Thanks for the quick positive identification, it helped solve a little debate with the family 🙂