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Subject:  Possibly a female Eastern Dobson fly ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia – Northern VA rainy night
Date: 07/21/2018
Time: 11:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This seems to match the female Eastern dobson fly photos best, if the wing patterns can be variable and the lovely orange middle part to the antenna is permissible, except the mouth parts are not quite as large as usually shown on female dobson flies (I could not get a good mouth photo as she was so tight to the concrete and fidgety) and she was under two inches which seems small except it’s likely posted photos are often the exceptional and impressive individuals (thus the prevalence of male dobson photos)… so what bothers me is Mainly the abdomen seems much longer and somewhat more slender than any of the dobson photos. That last detail has me concerned that it’s some closely related insect and not exactly a dobson. Relative body length seems to be a somewhat odd thing to have be so variable… Thank you so much for the time and attention that goes into this entire web site. It’s super helpful and always fascinating!
How you want your letter signed:  My insect collection is all photos

Antlion

This is an Antlion, not a female Dobsonfly and we believe we have identified it as a Spotted Winged Antlion, Dendroleon obsoletus, thanks to images on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide: “Large, with black circular spots on wings–distinctive in much of range. Antennae slightly clubbed, with pointed tips, often (or always?) pinkish in the middle (based on photos in the guide)” and “Adults often come to lights.”  Because of your image based insect collection (which we are guessing is a class project) we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  We have gotten both praise and grief in the past for not identifying some requests because we believe students need to learn to do research, but since your submission contained an actual attempt at identification, we have relaxed our policy on doing homework.

Wow! Thank you! I really was off… No, my image based bug collection is Not a “class project” – I’m 63 and although life can certainly include (and really should) prolonged or never-ending education, I’m not enrolled in any college classes anymore. I just like bugs – you can relate no doubt! I do carry spiders outside and never squish a smaller critter, but my award is undeserved in this case, not being a student (except life-long)…
Wanted to be an entomologist when I was a kid, became a psychologist, and yet I still love the insect types of “buggies”… Again, many thanks for the correction and I’ll make that correction on my photo title.

 

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Subject:  Gorgeous Red Spotted Purple Butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  High Springs, Fl.
Date: 07/22/2018
Time: 10:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi big team.  When I lived in Orlando I was a little too far south to see these beauties and I told my husband that it was my dream to one day see a red spotted purple.  Since we moved to north central Florida I now see them occasionally and they are quite photogenic.  We bought a wild cherry tree and even raised a couple of caterpillars into adulthood.  Here’s a photo of my latest sighting.  Thank you for your time and efforts so that nature lovers like myself can enjoy this site.
How you want your letter signed:  Elizabeth (a.k.a . Butterfly Girl)

Red Spotted Purple

Dear Elizabeth,
The Red Spotted Purple is most definitely one of the most beautiful North American butterflies.  Providing habitat and larval foods is a very good strategy for attracting butterflies, and we are happy to hear your wild cherry tree is luring Red Spotted Purples for you.  Because of your habitat creating efforts, we are tagging this submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

I am honored.  I really enjoy every effort to help nature thrive. Thank you.
Elizabeth

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Subject:  Good guy or bad guy?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest Louisiana, USA
Date: 07/20/2018
Time: 12:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this poor thing in our salt water pool. It’s wings are drying out and it’s looking like it will survive the trauma of an overnight swim. We’re a little concerned that it may go on to gorge itself on our vegetables and citrus trees but we have plenty to spare with the big guy.
How you want your letter signed:  Lu

Big Legged Plant Bug

Dear Lu,
This is a Big Legged Plant Bug in the genus
Acanthocephala, and we don’t mean to throw a damper on your Bug Humanitarian efforts, but alas, it is a plant feeder.  Like other True Bugs, it has a mouth designed to pierce and suck fluids, but they are not a significant problem in cultivated gardens.

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Subject:  Great Golden Digger Wasps
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover Township, NJ
Date: 07/03/2018
Time: 02:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel,
This is not a question, just a share.  Several days ago, the Great Golden Digger Wasps appeared along our walkway and immediately set about excavating their nest holes.  There was a fair amount of jockeying for position the first day and even a few little skirmishes, but eventually they all got to work.  Today, with nests apparently complete, the whole colony (about a dozen by my count) set out hunting.  Given the docile temperament of these big wasps, I was able to lay right next to several of the nest holes and observe the action up close.  I was interesting to see that one of them came in with what I believe is a Roesel’s Katydid, not a species I’ve counted in my yard before.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah

Great Golden Digger Wasp with prey

Dear Deborah,
As always, your images are stunning.  Through the years, you have demonstrated a fondness and appreciation of insects, and we really want to acknowledge that the colony of Great Golden Digger Wasps that nested in your yard is very lucky they chose your property for their home.  We shutter to think what a fearful individual might have done to these docile and beautiful wasps.  For that reason, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Based on images posted to BugGuide, we concur that the prey in one image appears to be an immature male Roesel’s Katydid.

Female Great Golden Digger Wasp with immature male Roesel’s Katydid prey

Thank you!  I feel very honored!  Discovering the world of insects has been such a wonderful journey for me, and you have helped me so much along the way.

 

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Subject:  Pool rescue
Geographic location of the bug:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Date: 06/19/2018
Time: 06:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I pulled this cheerful little critter out of my pool today (June 19). It spent 15 minutes cleaning the water off itself and another 15 crawling around on my hand since rescue. I would love to know what it is.
I have never had a pool before and I swear I spend as much time rescuing bugs and spiders, and watching them after, as I do swimming!
How you want your letter signed:  Stephanie in PA

Dogwood Spittlebug

Dear Stephanie,
Because of your bug rescue program, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  This is a Dogwood Spittlebug,
Clastoptera proteus, which we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Common on dogwood and Vaccinium in the Midwest.”  Spittlebugs are so called because the nymphs secrete a frothy substance that acts as a refuge and the substance resembles spittle.

Dogwood Spittlebug

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Subject:  Male Eastern Hercules Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Meridianville, Alabama
Date: 06/09/2018
Time: 11:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  If you ever wondered how tough these are, well, I met this one by accidentally stepping on him at a gas station!   I felt something under my foot that shouldn’t have been there — then felt it pushing back up at me!  As it turns out, I’d stunned the poor fellow, so I collected him and brought him the few miles home.  After getting these photos, I let him loose onto a tall plant on my back porch.  Apparently,  he was feeling much more spry by this point, as he clambered right to the top of the plant and promptly had to hold on for dear life as it bent over under his huge weight!  I hope he will have taken off into the nearby woods by the time sunrise comes.
How you want your letter signed:  J. R. Caldoon

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear J.R.,
Thanks so much for submitting your awesome images of a male Eastern Hercules Beetle, our first images of this species this year.  June and July are Moth, Caterpillar and Beetle months for our site, and that is the time we get most of our Northern Hemisphere images of representatives from those orders.  Thanks also for the care you took in helping to ensure that this magnificent male Hercules Beetle did not become a casualty at the gas station and for that reason, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  The lights at gas stations often attract Moths, Beetles and other insects.  The exoskeleton of many beetles, including the Hercules Beetles, is quite resilient.

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

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