From the monthly archives: "April 2020"

Subject:  caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  China Grove, TX 78263
Date: 03/30/2020
Time: 05:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have never seen this type caterpillar before.  I cannot find any pictures like it online. It was about 3-4 four inches long. Can you identify it and the butterfly or math it morphs into?  Thank You!
How you want your letter signed:  Mako Ivory

Calleta Silkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Mako,
This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar from the family Saturniidae, and we quickly identified it as a Calleta Silkmoth Caterpillar,
Eupackardia calleta, thanks to images on BugGuide.  Here is an image of the adult Calleta Silkmoth from our archives.

Subject:  Wasp, hornet, or bee?
Geographic location of the bug:  Blue Ridge Mountains, Clarke County, VA
Date: 03/30/2020
Time: 03:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I noticed 2 or more dozen of these in a firewood pile I have on the side of my yard. I need to stack it to season for next winter. I don’t necessarily want to disturb bees if that’s what they are but I also don’t want to get stung by a swarm and find out if I’m allergic if they are Hornets or wasps.
How you want your letter signed:  Ross

Banded Ash Borer

Dear Ross,
This isn’t a “wasp, hornet, or bee” but rather a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus
Neoclytus, probably the Banded Ash Borer, a native species that we identified on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults emerge May-Aug in the North, Feb-Nov in the South” and “often emerges indoors from firewood; sawlogs may become infested within 20 days of felling during summer.”  You will not be stung if you stack the wood.

Subject:  Spikybugs in garden pond
Geographic location of the bug:  Norfolk, United Kingdom
Date: 03/23/2020
Time: 08:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, At first I thought these creatures were pieces of pond weed. However, on observing them for 10 minutes or so, I see they are ALIVE and they appear to be interacting with each other.  The are located in one small part of a garden pond. They appear to have a sucker on one end. I replaced the bug in the photo back in the pond! Thank you for any help in identification.
How you want your letter signed:  Jo

Caddisfly Larva

Dear Jo,
This is the larva of a Caddisfly, an aquatic naiad that will eventually metamorphose into a flying insect that somewhat resembles a moth.  Caddisfly larvae construct a shelter from twigs, shells, pebbles, and other debris, and different species of Caddisflies construct different types of cases.  This image on Ed Brown Wildlife and Nature Photography looks exactly like your individual.  We are making your submission our Bug of the Month for April 2020.

Hello Daniel,
Thank you so much for this information – and so quickly!  I’m sure our caddis flies will be honoured to feature as your Bug of the Month!
Your site is wonderful. I’m just about to buy the Kindle version of your book, which I must get through Amazon UK, as US Amazon will not accept an order from my UK account.
Here’s wishing you and all concerned at What’s That Bug? the best of health in these difficult times.  And many thanks again for the information.
Kind regards,