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Subject:  Weird Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodland WA
Date: 10/01/2021
Time: 10:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve lived in WA all of my life and never seen one of these before.  What the heck is this??
Thx
How you want your letter signed:  Steve

Shieldbacked Katydid

Dear Steve,
This is some species of Shieldbacked Katydid, but we are uncertain which.  What appears to be a stinger is actually an ovipositor, an organ used by the female in laying eggs.

Subject:  Unidentified bug
Geographic location of the bug:  China, Hong Kong, Tseung Kwan O Village
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 07:17 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have this huge bug, or maybe two bugs with sixteen legs in all on top of each other, rising and falling. I don’t know if the strands are cocoon silk or legs. The top has bristly hair, dark grey.
How you want your letter signed:  Unidentified bug

Thing

We have no idea what this thing is, but it is not an insect.  We somehow suspect humans were involved in the creation of this thing.  Perhaps our readers will be willing to speculate on its identity, and perhaps someone with some knowledge about this thing will write in with information.  Is this thing on the wall, on the ceiling, on steps or on the floor?  The location in your image is quite ambiguous.

Subject:  Strange Bug in Malaysia
Geographic location of the bug:  Malaysia
Date: 09/30/2021
Time: 05:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi – friend of mine sent a video of this strange creature – suspect it’s 2 one of top of the other – but we can’t ID it
How you want your letter signed:  Kate Adkins

Dear Kate,
You are the second person to send us this image.  The first submission claims the creature was in China, Hong Kong, Tseung Kwan O Village.  We suspect this is a new internet hoax.

Subject:  Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oceanside, Ca.
Date: 09/03/2021
Time: 03:24 PM EDT
Subject:  Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oceanside, Ca.
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello. My wife discovered this winged insect (moth) camouflaged on our gate. Have never seen one like this before. Can you identify please? Thanks much!
How you want your letter signed:  Flummoxed in Oceanside.

Sphinx Moth

Dear Flummoxed in Oceanside,
You are correct that this is a Moth, a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  Your individual is tattered and possibly faded due to age or a tough life.  We were not able to pinpoint an exact species of the individuals pictured on
iNaturalist, but we will give it more scrutiny later in the day.  Meanwhile perhaps one of our readers will recognize the species.

Subject:  Plant bug? What kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date: 08/13/2021
Time: 01:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this near a creek in a boreal forest. The closest this I could find online is a Western Box Elder Bug, but it has very different markings. What do you think?
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Unidentified Plant Bug

Dear Scott,
We are pretty certain this is a Plant Bug in the family Miridae, however we were not able to find any matching images on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with an identification.

Subject:  Weird bug found at work
Geographic location of the bug:  Grays harbor washington
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 06:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug while I was at work and it’s massive, was probably 2 1/2 almost 3 inches. kinda think it’s a June bug but it doesn’t got the stripes
How you want your letter signed :  What is it?

Unidentified Prionid

We are only able to provide you with a partial identification on your discovery.  This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and it is a member of the subfamily Prioninae, the Root Borers.  Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with a species name.  Though you submitted three images, one was a red rectangle and one a black rectangle with no insects visible.  The image we posted has many identifying features hidden in the grass.  The gray coloration and lack of thoracic spines are distinctive, but it doesn’t look like any of the species on BugGuide.  Is Grays Harbor a town that gets international ships?  Perhaps one of our readers with more experience will be able to provide a species identification. 

Sorry it wouldn’t let me put anymore pictures on because there wasn’t enough space for 2 pictures but I do have a video and we just got a storage container from China at my work like 4 months ago.

Subject:  Large wasp/mosquito
Geographic location of the bug:  Door County Wisconsin
Date: 07/17/2021
Time: 11:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I found this large bug that I am very curious about.  Looks like a wasp meets a mosquito.
How you want your letter signed:  Bobbert Duderoni

Unidentified Robber Fly

Dear Bobbert,
This is one magnificent Robber Fly and we are not certain of the species.  It reminds us of individuals in the genus
Saropogon, which is represented on BugGuide, and it also reminds us of members of the Subfamily Stenopogoninae which is also represented on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers more skilled at identifying Diptera will be able to assist in this identification.