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Subject:  Bee or wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Andalusia, Spain
Date: 10/22/2018
Time: 12:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Are these bees or wasps? where feeding on bottle brush. They where not small, much bigger than paper wasp, but they looked much more wasp like than a bee.
Malaga province,  Spain,  October 22, 2018
Thanks in advance
How you want your letter signed:  Perry

Unknown Wasp

Dear Perry,
This is definitely a Wasp and not a Bee.  It looks to us like one of the Paper Wasps in the genus
Polistes, but we have not found any images from Spain on the internet that resemble your individual.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to substantiate or provide a correction.

Unknown Wasp

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Subject:  Orange moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Redmond, WA
Date: 10/14/2018
Time: 03:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, found this on east facing side of house the morning after our first frost of October. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  BugzFriend

Geometer Moth

Dear BugzFriend,
This is a Geometer Moth or Spanworm Moth in the family Geometridae.  We will attempt a species identification as well when time permits.

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Subject:  Electric Green Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Cozumel Mexico
Date: 10/02/2018
Time: 10:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey guys!
I found this little guy (he’s one inch long from his face to his back end) on the sidewalk and was wondering what he is exactly.
I’ve never seen one so vibrant in person before.
How you want your letter signed:  Aaron Edgar

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Aaron,
We have been trying intermittently, to identify your green Scarab Beetle for days, but the best we can do at this time is provide you with the family Scarabaeidae.  Though it superficially resembles the Green Fruit Beetle or Figeater, we do not believe your individual is in the same genus,
Cotinis.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Unknown Scarab Beetle

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Subject: Golden metallic fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia, usa
Date: 10/07/2018
Time: 09:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you ID this very shiny golden fly? I am at a loss.
How you want your letter signed:  Virginia farm bugwatcher

Gold Hover Fly

Dear Virginia far bugwatcher,
We have not had any luck in our initial search for an identity, but the large eyes lead us to believe this is a male member of the species.  The antennae are also quite distinctive.  Our initial instinct is that this might be a Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, but a BugGuide search of that family did not turn up any matching images.  How large was this individual?  We are posting your request and perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist with the identification.

Thank you for this response!
It was a fairly large fly, larger than a housefly but smaller than a honeybee.
I think it is quite beautiful. I hope some one knows what it is.
Eric Eaton responds to our request for assistance.
Hi, Daniel:

Eristalinus aeneus is the species.  Those eyes are really something!
Eric
Ed. Note:  According to BugGuide:  “Native to Europe, adventive in NA and now widespread in e. NA (ON-FL)” and “In Europe, larvae often found associated with decaying seaweed.”

You rock!!
This makes me very happy. Thank you,
Nell
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Subject:  What is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Granada Hills (Los Angeles) CA
Date: 10/03/2018
Time: 02:22 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Would like to know what this bug is and should I worry?
How you want your letter signed:  Helaine

Unknown Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Helaine,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and it looks like the same species Daniel frequently sees at the porch light, but he has not yet identified the species.  Now that your request has arrived, Daniel will spend more time researching its identity.  Based on this BugGuide image, it might be
Paranoplium gracile.  The images of the species on Cerambycidae Catalog appear very different, and look much smaller than the species Daniel has seen.  The species Daniel has seen looks more like Haplidus testaceus which is also pictured on BugGuide.  It is also pictured on Cerambycidae Catalog.

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Subject:  Weird creature found at my school
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Kentucky
Date: 09/23/2018
Time: 01:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I recently found what resembles a bug in my university’s shower and I would love to know what type of insect it is, or if it is even an insect.
How you want your letter signed:  A concerned student

Thing found in University Shower

Dear Concerned Student,
We do not want to speculate on the possible number of things that might come off of or out of a university student’s body in a communal shower only to be left behind for the next person to discover, but we can say for certain this is not an insect.

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