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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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Subject:  Help Save the Butterfly
Location:  UK
Date:  January 31, 2018
Hey there!
I thought I’d pop over an email after reading an article on your site about butterflies: https://www.whatsthatbug.com/category/caterpillars-and-pupa/moth-caterpillars/bagworm/
After building a wonderful butterfly garden with my son last summer, I recently blogged a massive 3000 word guide on how we can stop their numbers declining.
Hopefully it generates a bit of awareness, and teaches people how to help if they fly into your garden!
Feel free to check it out here: https://diygarden.co.uk/wildlife/ultimate-guide-to-butterflies/
If you think it’s useful, please do link to it from you post. 76% of our butterfly species have declined over the past 40 years, so anything that helps spread the word about protecting these little chaps would be massively appreciated.
In return, I’ll happily share your article with my 7,000+ followers on social media!
Thanks so much for your help, and have a great day 🙂
Clive

Fritillaries

Dear Dave,
Thanks for your public awareness campaign and your active attempts in your own yard to create a butterfly garden, both of which earn you the honor of having this posting tagged with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Are you able to tell us which Fritillary species is represented in your image?

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Subject:  Magnificent Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Peterborough, New Hampshire
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 08:54 PM EDT
This guy jumped off of a book shelf at me today while I was dusting.  It is easily the size of a silver dollar.  Safely released back into the wild. Can you identify it please?
How you want your letter signed:  Zelda

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Zelda,
Your magnificent spider is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award, though we suspect your home was cozier than the outdoors at this time of year.  We are not certain if Nursery Web Spiders overwinter, but we suspect they do.  Animal Diversity Web has a nice page on this species where it states:  “Mating occurs in mid-June to mid-July. When a female is ready to lay her eggs, she uses her cheliceres and maxillipeds (grasping mouthparts) to transfer eggs into a cocoon under her abdomen. She carries this sac underneath her body with her fangs (cheliceres) until hatching time approaches. The female then builds another cocoon where she feels it will be safe for the spiderlings. She lashes surrounding leaves together forming a kind of ‘nursery web’ for which the species is named. The female stays there, watching over her brood of pulli (first stage larvae), until they have completed their first larval molt.”

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Subject:  Creepy scolopendra!
Geographic location of the bug:  Colombia, South America.
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 11:01 AM EDT
Well, today in a new (and, frankly, creepy) chapter of bugs in my room, a 4 inches long scolopendra just walked into my room through the door as if it was nothing. Welcome to the South. Even though I have phobia to those insects, and against my thirst of hemolymph with these creatures; I caught it, took some pics, and then set it free. I couldn’t really identify its species, though. Could you give me another hand?
How you want your letter signed:  Still terrified, Daniel.

Bark Centipede

Dear Daniel,
We agree that this is a Bark Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, but species identification can be difficult due to so many species looking similar as well as due to considerable color and marking variations within a species.  Many species in the order, especially large individuals like the one you encountered, are capable of delivering a painful, venomous bite, so physical contact should be avoided.  The tolerance you demonstrated in catching and releasing this impressive predator has earned you the Bug Humanitarian tag.

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