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Subject:  Are these moths? And if so, what kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 12:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
I found these two moths (possibly) today while I was photographing Dragonflies along the wet lands of Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Since I have never seen one like these, I am very curious to know what they are.
Thank you for your assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  Asrat (Bahirdar Photography)

Mating Tiger Moths

Dear Asrat,
These are mating Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we found a matching image on Africa Wild that is identified as the Maid Alice Moth,
Amata alicia.  The indicated range on African Moths includes Ethiopia.

Subject:  insect with bright orange thorax
Geographic location of the bug:  Greene County, Ohio
Date: 06/03/2021
Time: 01:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I discovered these insects today (June 3rd) in mowed, white clover in my yard.
How you want your letter signed :  Curious Tom

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Dear Curious Tom,
We are so happy your mowing did not interrupt the amorous activity of these mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies.  We get several identification requests for Golden Backed Snipe Flies in June from Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Subject:  Winter stonefly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwestern Pennsylvania
Date: 03/03/2021
Time: 05:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, thank you for all the work you do.  It is truly helpful.  I took this picture in SW Pennsylvania on March 3rd next to a fast-moving stream.  Is this a mating pair of winter stoneflies?  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you so much.
How you want your letter signed:  Adam

Mating Stoneflies

Thanks for your kind words Adam.  When you sent in this request over a month ago, Daniel had not returned to responding to identification requests, a hiatus he took for about a year.  Today was a slow request day so Daniel went back through unanswered mail and found your request.  These are definitely Stoneflies in the order Plecoptera and they do appear to be engaged in some sort of activity related to mating.  We cannot conclusively provide you with a family or species.

Subject:  Unknown Spider from East Africa
Geographic location of the bug:  Manyara, Tanzania
Date: 04/03/2021
Time: 02:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Hello, looking to try and identify this spider. It is approximately 4″. You cannot access around the spider to take a picture of it’s topside.
Thank you,
How you want your letter signed:  Joshua Johnston

Female (larger and on left) and male Golden Silk Spiders

Dear Joshua,
Look closely at the silk of the web and you will understand why the common name of spiders in the genus
Nephila is Golden Silk Spider.  The female on the left is about 50 times the size of her diminutive mate on the right.

Wow, so interesting.  Thanks for the quick reply.
Joshua

Subject:  Pollen Thief
Geographic location of the bug:  Spartanburg SC
Date: 03/23/2020
Time: 08:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Good Morning,
Spring has sprung here in the Carolinas. I was watching the bees on a holly bush when I saw two bees, one much smaller than the other. The smaller bee got on the back of the larger bee, shook him like crazy and stole the pollen from his legs! Is this common in the bee world?
How you want your letter signed:  Mike Healy

Mating Eastern Carpenter Bees

Dear Mike,
This looks to us like a pair of mating Eastern Carpenter Bees,
Xylocopa virginica, and the male, who is on top, has a white face.  We do not think pollen thievery was on his mind.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults take nectar from many flowers, often biting into base of flower to “rob” it without pollinating (but seen to pollinate Passiflora incarnata quite effectively–pollen is deposited on thorax).”

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for the ID on my bees. Little did I know that I was interrupting an intimate moment! My son was morning the grass and the larger females were everywhere that there was a flower of any kind. Do three Carpenter bees sting? My son was terrified by then but they really didn’t seem to care about me, walking right up to them. I do remember from my childhood in CT, that there was a best of Carpenters in the garage and they would dive bomb us.
The picture that I took was that of the bees in a Holly bush. There were hundreds of them.
Thanks again for the education. I love What’s that bug!
Mike Healy

Hi Mike,
Male Carpenter Bees are incapable of stinging, and females are not aggressive and rarely sting.

Subject:  This had just appeared in our garden 2 weeks ago
Geographic location of the bug:  Wangaratta, north east Victoria
Date: 10/19/2019
Time: 09:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Thank you for your site. This bug appeared about 2 weeks ago and has the number has quickly increased since then.
How you want your letter signed:  Michael

Mating Red Banded Seed Eating Bugs

Dear Michael,
We were having trouble identifying your Seed Bugs from the family Lygaeidae, but we did locate a posting in our archives of a Red Banded Seed Eating Bug,
Melanerythrus mactans, from almost ten years ago.  Here is a FlickR image.  According to the Atlas of Living Australia, its range is over most of the continent.

Mating Red Banded Seed Eating Bugs