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Subject:  what is this spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  mindanao, philippines
Date: 01/16/2019
Time: 07:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi.. my daughter found this kind of spider which becomes her pet but we cant identify what kind of spidrr is this..hope you can help us..thanks..
How you want your letter signed:  Jean

Unknown Spider

Dear Jean,
In our opinion, this is not a Spider, but rather a Harvestman, a group of Arachnids in the order Opiliones.  Harvestmen do not have venom, so they are not a threat to humans.  Alas, we have not been able to find any matching images online, so we cannot verify the species identity of your Harvestman.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Christoper, who provided a link to Flying Kiwi, we now believe this IS a Spider, possibly a species of Orbweaver.

 

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Subject:  Bug with troll hair
Geographic location of the bug:  Gauteng, south africa
Date: 01/02/2019
Time: 01:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help ID this bug
How you want your letter signed:  Jacques B

Planthopper Nymph

Dear Jacques,
This is a Planthopper Nymph, a group of insects in the superfamily Fulgoroidea.  We have a similar image on our site of an unidentified Planthopper nymph, and now that we have this new request, we will renew our effort to identify the species.

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Subject:  Possible Leaf Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 01:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Any help to identify this guy would be most appreciated!  It was photographed in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest 05-15-2018.
How you want your letter signed:  John

Leaf Beetle

Dear John,
We agree that this is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but we have not been able to substantiate its identity.  The white-tipped antennae are distinctive.

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Subject:  Grasshopper identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Monteverde Rain Forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Date: 12/19/2018
Time: 10:58 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please identify these insects
How you want your letter signed:  7Song

Grasshopper Nymphs

Dear 7Song,
These are immature Grasshoppers and immature individuals often look very different from adults, and there is often.  We will make an effort to provide you with an actual species identification.

Thank you Daniel
I figured they were juveniles but still couldn’t find their species. Thank you for any help you give with this and for your help with bug identification in general.
~7Song

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Subject:  Drowned cricket
Geographic location of the bug:  California Central Coast, USA
Date: 12/14/2018
Time: 01:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I am a huge fan of this site and have used it to help ID several species of insects. I finally found a bug that doesn’t quite fit into any category I can find. This poor unfortunate soul was pulled from the pool during our swim team practice. On approach I thought it was a Jerusalem cricket based on size, but then when I picked it up I saw that it’s abdomen was much more narrow and down-curved. I thought maybe it was some sort of mole or cave cricket, but it’s features don’t quite fit to make it as either of those. We just had our first rains of the season, which drive many critters out on the pool deck. I’d love to know what suicidal bug this is to satisfy my curiosity and to inform those terrified swimmers who suffer from bugphobia and nightmares.
How you want your letter signed:  Coach Jackie

Drowned Orthopteran

Dear Coach Jackie,
Thank you for your kind words about our site.  Alas, we are not able to provide you with a conclusive identification at this time, but we are nonetheless posting your image of this drowned Orthopteran while we continue to research its identity.  We are also appealing to our readership for assistance.  Like you, we acknowledge its resemblance to Camel Crickets or Cave Crickets in the family Rhaphidophoridae which is pictured on BugGuide, but we are not convinced this individual is a member of that family.

Thank you, Daniel! Now I’m bummed I didn’t save it–didn’t think it would preserve well after being soaked. I’ll be looking forward to what you discover!

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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

Correction:  December 29, 2018
Thanks to comments from several of our readers, though the species is still not identified, we now know that this is one of the Hornets or Yellowjackets in the subfamily Vespinae.

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