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Subject:  Unknown Turquoise/gray beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Claremore, OK
Date: 09/13/2018
Time: 04:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Mr. Bugman,
Can you help me identify this particular bug?  I have moved my family out into the country, near where I grew up.  I have uncovered and discovered just about every bug known to man as a kid, but have never seen one of these.  It was crawling around in some leaves/twigs and bark, on the ground,  under a pecan tree.  It moved fairly quickly, but stopped when I went near it.  The picture was taken on 9/10/18, in the early evening.  We are still in the hot summer days here, but this was a relatively cool day, so to speak, with highs in the mid 80’s.  My 6 year old daughter will love to hear from you, since I obviously couldn’t answer her.  Haha!
How you want your letter signed:  Mr. Bugman

Flightless Female Moth

This is a flightless female moth, but we need a bit more time to provide you with a species identification.

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Subject:  Creepy security camera footage
Geographic location of the bug:  Seattle, Washington
Date: 08/27/2018
Time: 11:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
My parents recently invested in a security camera for their front porch which starts recording whenever it detects motion. While most of the footage is of deer, rabbits, and birds, we couldn’t help but be a bit creeped out by this one. It only has 6 legs, so it’s not a spider, but no antennae?  Seems strange. It probably looks a lot more ominous than it actually is, but what it looks like is the stuff of nightmares, so seriously… what the hell is it???
How you want your letter signed:  More curious than concerned

Security Camera Bug

Dear More curious than concerned,
Security cameras have wide angle lenses, meaning they distort perspective by making objects closer to the camera appear disproportionately larger than they actually are.  There is not enough detail for us to be able to provide you with a definitive identification, but our initial guess is possibly an Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus.  We can think of a few other possibilities, but we thought it might be fun for our readers to write in and take a guess, either by posting a comment or writing back to us using the subject line “Security Camera Bug”.

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Subject:  Small black beetles  with jewel colors of blue and violet
Geographic location of the bug:  Little Belt mountains Montana
Date: 08/20/2018
Time: 11:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen these in the months of June and July on blooming mountain lupines in the Little Belt and the Castle Mountains. I would like to know what kind of beetle these are?
How you want your letter signed:  David C Powers

Blister Beetle

Dear David,
The image of a solitary beetle on a blossom is definitely a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  The other image showing an aggregation of Beetles appears to be a different species.  Can you clarify any information on these two images, especially the group of beetles.  Were they found aggregating as the image depicts?  Here is a BugGuide image of 
Linsleya sphaericollis that resembles the Blister Beetle in your image of a solitary individual, but again, we cannot verify the species.

Aggregation of Beetles

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Subject:  Please help me with identification of this beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 01:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify the yellow beetle. Is it a blister beetle if so the species please
How you want your letter signed:  Shakeela

Blister Beetle

Dear Shakeela,
While we concur that this is a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, we cannot provide a more specific identification at this time.

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Subject:  What type of Ichneumon wasp is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Indoors, Salem MA
Date: 08/04/2018
Time: 02:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy flying around my office at approx 8pm in early August.  Length is approx 1/2 inch.  Head is not black, though thorax mostly is.  Can’t find out exactly what kind of Ichneumon he is.  Nothing online seems to clearly match
How you want your letter signed:  Perez

Ichneumon

Dear Perez,
Your images would be excellent for identifying this Ichneumon if the identification of Ichneumons was an easy matter.  According to BugGuide:  “5,000 described spp. in almost 500 genera in the Nearctic Region, possibly 3,000 more undescribed; arguably, the largest animal family, with the estimated 60,000 species worldwide (up to 100,000, according to some estimates).”  The most similar looking image we could find on BugGuide regarding the shape of legs, head and antennae is in the genus
Banchus, however, the coloration is noticeably different.  Alas, we will have to post your images and tag them as unidentified.

Ichneumon

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Subject:  What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Michigan in dune grasses near small inland lake.
Date: 06/30/2018
Time: 03:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Duo you know what it is? Some type of water scorpion?
How you want your letter signed:  Matt Maier

Jumping Spider

Dear Matt,
This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, but we have yet to identify the genus or species.  When we have a spare moment, we will browse through BugGuide and attempt to identify the species.

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