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Subject:  Praying mantis (patreon)
Geographic location of the bug:  Lewis Center OH
Date: 09/12/2019
Time: 10:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve never seen such a pale colored mantis.  I supposed it molted recently?  It looks opalescent, so beautiful!  I found it trapped in the vestibule of the Tim Hortons.
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer Huffman

Female Carolina Mantis

Dear Jennifer,
This is an adult female Carolina Mantis.  Though she has wings, she is not capable of flight.  Only the adult males can fly.  Carolina Mantids can be either brown or green, and sometimes a combination.  Though this individual is light, the color does not seem unusually light to us.  Because of your kindness prompting you to release this Carolina Mantis from the vestibule where you found her trapped, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

What an honor!  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my husband, who patiently waits for me to inspect and photograph bugs everywhere we go.

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Subject:  Fuzzy Buzzy Bee
Geographic location of the bug:  23454 – Va Beach, VA
Date: 08/18/2019
Time: 05:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve noticed a new pollinator in our gardens this summer but don’t recognize the species.  I’m estimating 20-25MM in length, fairly robust, but not “chunky” like a bumble bee.  I saved one in our pool and grabbed a couple closeups of their uniquely colored eyes.  He/she flew away safely  :-]
How you want your letter signed:  W/ appreciation

Thank you for the response.  I see many similarities, however the size, shape, and coloring of the eyes do not correspond.  Head scratcher.  :-]

Eastern Carpenter Bee

Hello again,
Because you wrote back, we took a look at all your images and we believe you have submitted images of two different species.  We still believe the individual on the flowers is a Bumble Bee, but the one you saved from the pool appears to be an Eastern Carpenter Bee.  Check out the similarity in the eyes with this individual posted to BugGuide of
Xylocopa virginicaMale.  As you can see from this BugGuide image, the Eastern Carpenter Bee has a dark colored abdomen, which is why we feel certain you have submitted two different species.  Since you rescued this individual, we are tagging the posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Eastern Carpenter Bee

I’m sorry for creating confusion!  …but am grateful for your extra effort :-]
Thanks guys!!
R/ M Coughlin

 

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Subject:  Cicada ?
Geographic location of the bug:  North west Tn. Just North of Jackson Tn
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 11:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in my dogs mouth last night, August 18th 2019.  Is it a freshly hatched cicada? They are singing and flying all over but have never seen one at this stage before.  Magnificent color and size.  Then again it could be an alien species for all I know.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Frankie Brown

Newly Emerged Annual Cicada

Dear Frankie,
You are correct.  This is a newly emerged Cicada.  Did its wings ever expand, allowing it to fly away?  Insects are most vulnerable during and immediately after metamorphosis as their exoskeleton has not yet hardened.  We are going to tag this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award, though we have mixed feelings about the rescue.  If your dog injured the Cicada, it might not have been able to fly once its exoskeleton hardened, and since Cicadas are quite nutritious, you did deprive your dog of a healthy treat.  Living in Southern California now, our editorial staff misses the sound of Cicadas during the dog days of summer.

No it’s wings had not formed.  My dog had just picked it up and don’t believe it to be hurt.  You can see on the sides where the wings would form in time.  The strangest thing was feeling it throbbing like a pulse in my hand.  It was very freaky feeling.  I dropped it over the fence and told it to fly, be free.  It is a heavily feed on item by all animals when they are emerging right now.  I saw two crows drop in my yard and know they gota few lol.  Thanks for the verification.  Been in the south all my life and have never seen one like this.  Beautiful color also.  Thanks again,
Frankie Brown

The cicada was not hurt by my dog.  She was right beside me and I noticed she picked something up out of the grass.  I gently pried her mouth open because she was quite proud of what she had found.  Took it in the house to show my wife, made a few pictures for my gardening group, knew they would be interested.  I am a Master Gardener here in Jackson.  We are about bugs, bees, plants, anything in your yard that you can enjoy.  I also have a leafcutter bee tube on my fence.  I have 5 full reeds of cocoons and hope to winter them over for the next season.  They have done a great job pollinating my garden, strawberries, grapes, and blueberries not to mention various flowers.  Their specialty is garden veggies so I am told by the folks at Crown Bees.  Yes, after a few photos I walked to the fence and dropped it over where it would be safe and told it to fly, be free until we meet again.  I promise it was not hurt.  You can tell by the photo that it had no wings.  You can see jutting out from it’s sides where they will develop.  This thing was fresh!  Wasn’t sure it was not some alien creature but with all the cicada out here I would have bet the farm.  Had never seen one at that stage and my master gardener website is blowing up about it.  People are as excited as I was, and had never seen one either.  They enjoy my posts about the things I do and find in my back yard.  Thanks for the reassurance and I promise he was not hurt.  She picked it up gingerly and luckily I was watching in fascination as well.  Girl, what kind of green monster have you found?
Thanks again,
Frankie Brown

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Subject:  Saved from pool in Kefalonia
Geographic location of the bug:  Kefalonia, Greece
Date: 06/03/2019
Time: 08:58 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just thought youd like to know. Ladybird spider Saved from a pool in Kefalonia
How you want your letter signed:  ..

Ladybird Spider

Dear ..,
Thanks for letting us know about your rescue of this beautiful male Ladybird Spider.  Thanks to your kindness, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject:  Charming lime-green jumping spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Pinellas, FL
Date: 05/03/2019
Time: 03:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I found this charming lime green spider a few days ago, at school on a handrail underneath an oak tree. At the time I found him, it was a early summer day, very hot. After a little bit of spider-chasing, I had him on my hand. He didn’t seem that scared, and was quite interested in my phone, which he attempted(and succeeded), on multiple occasions, to jump onto. I’m writing this right when I have access to the internet again!
This charismatic little spider was about as big as the nail on my thumb, and moved in quick bursts. It was fond of jumping, which was odd because the only thing that resembled that of the jumping spiders i’m familiar with is the face. I considered keeping him for a little while just to look at him and study his feeding behaviour, but I thought that would constitute as arthropod kidnap and I thought he’d like his tree a lot better. I let him go back on the trunk of the oak tree(which was a bit hard, since he was very interested in my upper arm), so he wouldn’t be squashed by passerby.
How you want your letter signed:  Chance Arceneaux

Magnolia Green Jumper

Dear Chance,
This little beauty is a Magnolia Green Jumper,
Lyssomanes viridis, and she is actually a female.  The Magnolia Green Jumper is a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism, meaning the male Magnolia Green Jumper looks like a very different species.  Here is a BugGuide image of the male.  Though we question how many passersby would have even noticed her, we are nonetheless tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award as an acknowledgement of your concerns.

Magnolia Green Jumper

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Subject:  Rescued Dung Beetles
Geographic location of the bug:  Hialeah Florida
Date: 03/15/2019
Time: 12:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I often see dung beetles drowning in my swimming pool-not sure why they wind up in there so often. Last Dec 31 I netted four of them in a few minutes and set them on a wall to dry out and take photos before they wandered away. One was gone before I could get back with the camera. I love how their shells vary- one had a beautiful long curving horn and side spikes on the shield. I wonder if that’s a variation due to age or gender or is it just that some beetles get lucky in the shell genetic lottery?
How you want your letter signed:  Marian

Rainbow Scarabs

Dear Marian,
Your image of rescued Rainbow Scarabs, a type of Dung Beetle, is awesome, as is the rescue story.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Male Rainbow Scarabs have the horn, but there is some genetic lottery involved as well.  According to BugGuide:  “Pronotum of ‘major’ male has sharp posterior angles.  Major males, depicted, are easier to differentiate than minor males (w/ short horns) and females (w/ very short horns).”

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