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Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Perth, western Australia
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 12:23 AM EDT
Hi, I am from Guildford in Western Australia. Today we found this insect in our yard and were wondering if you could help identify it.
It is 4cm long and doesn’t seem to jump.
We haven’t seen anything like this around before.
Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Teneale Williams

Possibly Shieldbacked Katydid

Dear Teneale,
This is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera, and it might be a Shielbacked Katydid, but it is difficult for us to be certain based on this ventral view.  Since it is clearly in captivity, are you able to provide a dorsal view?

Thanks here’s the dorsal.
I just noticed his wings. Is he a baby?

Unknown female Katydid

Thanks for sending another image.  We can tell you that based on the curved ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen, that this is a female.  The wings might indicate she is immature, but many Katydids are flightless and have only vestigial wings.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki for species identification assistance.

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Subject:  caterpillar identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Malawi, Africa
Date: 10/24/2017
Time: 07:00 PM EDT
My niece found this in Malawi. Can you help id it? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Marilyn

Tussock Moth Caterpillar we believe

Dear Marilyn,
Though we have not had any luck locating a matching image to your spectacular caterpillar, we believe it is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the subfamily Lymantriidae.  Here is a Getty Images example of an obviously different species.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck at an identification than we have had.

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Subject:  Bug, egg sac, what?!
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Elsinore, CA
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 12:44 PM EDT
I found this on my husbands pillow. I don’t know if it’s dead, alive, a bug, an egg sac? It doesn’t seem to have legs from what I could tell. Please help!
How you want your letter signed:  Bugging out

Thing on Pillow

Dear Bugging out,
There is not enough detail in either your image or in the Thing you want us to identify for us to make an accurate identification.  We do not believe this is an Egg Sac.  It looks to us like it might be an immature stage of an insect, or it might be the remains of a creature that lost its legs, antennae, wings and other diagnostic features, perhaps because the family cat got it.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide more information for you.

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cape Town, South Africa
Date: 10/22/2017
Time: 09:19 AM EDT
Saw this yesterday in our garden just chilling in the sun. Never seen anything like this before. After some research almost looks like an Elepant Weevil however it isn’t natuve to South Africa. Can you confirm or help identify please?
How you want your letter signed:  Michelle

Weevil

Dear Michelle,
This is definitely a Weevil or Snout Beetle in the family Curculionidae, and though we could not locate a similar looking individual on iSpot, we do have an unidentified Weevil from South Africa that looks very similar in our archives.

Weevil

Many thanks Daniel for the prompt response.
I will continue to search and will update you if we find anything new
regards
Michelle

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Subject:  What’s this caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  New Delhi, India
Date: 10/13/2017
Time: 01:03 AM EDT
Hi we found this caterpillar on a pole in our society. This is October so the weather is slowly turning cool. My daughter is very keen on watching its metamorphosis. But we really need to know what to feed it. Otherwise we will put it back in the garden. So need a quick reply.  Many thanks.
How you want your letter signed —
Mrinalini Singh

Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Mrinalini,
We believe this is the caterpillar of a butterfly in the family Papilionidae, many of which are known as Swallowtails, but we cannot provide anything more specific at this time.  The Butterflies of India site has images of many butterflies from the family.

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Subject:  Never seen one of these
Geographic location of the bug:  Sieling, ok. Western Oklahoma
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 05:09 PM EDT
This thing is bout 3/4 inch long
How you want your letter signed: 
Darrin Buntin

Ground Beetle Larva

Dear Darrin,
Immature insects are more difficult to identify with certainty than are adult insects.  We believe this is a predatory Ground Beetle larva, but we are not certain of the genus or species.

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