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Ed. Note:  Found on the internet
October 17, 2011
While trying to locate something on the internet this morning, our bleary eyed staff stumbled upon this eye opener entitled “I hearby resign from Whatsthatbug.com” and we were quite touched by Pest Cemetery’s posting.  We do need to clarify that we have never received 5000 emails in a single day.  Our busiest days log in at about 140 emails, but that is still quite a challenge to our tiny editorial staff.

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encouragement for your site
September 20, 2011 12:42 pm
I just recently came across a huge bug half dead in the Home Depot. found out it was a sand puppy or Jerusalem Cricket. I have it in a jar I feel ad for it someone obviously tried to kill it. I have always loved bus. My mother is always coming into my home complaining I should sweep the cobwebs down…haha I always told her I left them because spiders eat the flies and I hate flies.I love that you talk about how each has it’s place and purpose. I admit I have squashed bugs but mostly because I can’t take the whining or screaming of people afraid of them. I usually try to take them outside. I am a 32 year old mother of 3 and I was so excited to have found a centipede on he bathroom floor at church. I carried it out to show the children and other mothers were looked at me like I was nuts and said just kill it already! I am so glad to have found a sympathetic site to not harming bugs. I am even happier it is not about mushy-gushy-I-could-never-hurt-a-fly kind of attitude but about educating other to appreciate them! Great job! Now if only I could learn to live with mice.
Signature: Sarah

Thanks for the encouragement Sarah.

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Just Thanks
August 26, 2011 11:41 am
Since discovering your website (just a few days ago, when you identified and Elm Sawfly for my son and I) I have spent (I would hate to say wasted) way too much time perusing your site.   I tell myself I am researching things, but really, I know I am mostly just enjoying myself, and learning a few things along the way.   Anyway, thank you very much.
Signature: Sarah

Hi Sarah,
Thanks so much for taking the time to write and evaluate our website.  We try to be bright, witty and charming as well as informative, and it is good to hear that you have been both entertained and educated.

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love your site
August 1, 2011 5:56 pm
I just happened on your site while researching Cicada Killers. That was two hours ago. This is the best site I have found in ages. So thorough. Thank you.
Signature: Jerri

Hi Jerri,
Thanks for the compliment, and we also hope you left our site with a favorable impression of the much maligned Cicada Killer.

Indeed I did. I researched the Cicada Kille because my sister (who is allergic to bees) saw them at the Dunes National Park in Indiana and was terrified of the stinging appearance. Thank you for helping me to put her mind at ease. By the way she lives in Northwest Indiana and this is the first time she has seen them. Again Thanks.
Jerri Simon

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Thank you for being here!
July 18, 2011 10:08 pm
Dear Bugman,
Over the past few months since discovering your site, I have spent countless hours with my nose pressed up to the monitor searching for this or that newest discovery. It began with an infamous “Toe-Biter” and continued with a pair of wood grubs that my boyfriend and I raised through the winter which turned out to be a couple of Osmoderma eremicola beetles. Fast forward to today, when I was asked at work to identify an enormous flying wasp which turned out to be a Cicada Killer. By so quickly discovering what had been flying around the office I became a hero, and the life of the wasp was spared as I was able to relay the details of it’s relative harmlessness. Facinating insect! This information came in handy quite unexpectedly and much to my relief a few hours later as in the garden I felt something quite large crawling over the top of my sandled foot. Another cicada killer! We had just experianced a strong thunderstorm with high winds and heavy rain, and I have  feeling that
this soggy and sluggish creature was still disoriented by the pummeling it had just taken. Now as much as I love insects, to see something of that size and resembling a hornet as it does, I normally would have reacted with significantly more panic. However, with my recently acquired knowledge, I was able to gently replace her on the ground without fear of harm. A little information goes a long way! Oh yes -after witnessing my collectedness in it’s removal whilst explaining the taxonomy and life cycle of a ‘giant scary bug’, my boyfriend now thinks I’m superwoman. So thanks all around! You do awesome work!
Signature: DaleShannon

Cicada Killer and prey

Dear DaleShannon, superwoman,
Thanks so much for your personal account regarding the Cicada Killer.  At this time of year we find ourselves working overtime to try to convince people that they do not need to exterminate every wasp they encounter.  It seems there is this general perception that the safety of children is compromised if there is a wasp anywhere within 100 feet of a toddler.  We try to lobby for the preservation of these necessary creatures in the food chair, though the protective hysteria that seems to accompany parenting often overwhelms common sense and a respect for other living creatures.  We have pulled a photo of a Cicada Killer from our archives to accompany this posting.

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Just a thank you for a great site.
Website: http://anenglishgirlrambles.blogspot.com
July 9, 2011 3:07 pm
I have been a fan of your site for some time now.  I also sent in a letter with a couple of pictures a while ago for an ID, but totally understand why it was not answered as I can only imagine how many mails you must get with similar requests.  As a matter of fact not so long afterwards I found this bug on here  which supplied me with the identification.
Thank you, this is a fun place to learn and I shall enjoy popping in to improve my knowledge of the bug world.  The more I see on here, the more fascinated I become.
Signature: Denise

Hi Denise,
Thank you for your kind email.  We are sorry we did not respond to your earlier request, but we appreciate your understanding.  The secret to getting our attention on a busy day is a catchy subject line.

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