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Subject:  Caterpillar eating rhubarb
Geographic location of the bug:  Lancaster, PA
Date: 10/03/2021
Time: 10:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These caterpillars are devastating our rhubarb.    Any idea what they are?
How you want your letter signed:  Joe

Yellow-Striped Armyworm

Dear Joe,
This looks like a Yellow-Striped Armyworm,
Spodoptera ornithogalli, which is pictured on BugGuide.  The Yellow-Striped Armyworm is not listed on the Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook of rhubarb pests, but two other members of the genus are listed.  Armyworms and Cutworms are often general feeders and it is sometimes difficult to get a comprehensive listing of all the plants they will feed upon.

Subject:  Flying jnsect
Geographic location of the bug:  San Diego, CA
Date: 09/30/2021
Time: 09:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found these bugs ALL OVER the kitchen today. What are they and how do I get rid of them??
How you want your letter signed:  Lene Covert

Termite Alates

Dear Lene,
You have Termite alates, swarming kings and queens that will mate and begin new colonies.  We believe they are Pacific Dampwood Termites.  We do not give extermination advice.

Subject:  Wheel Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Cut N Shoot Texas
Date: 09/30/2021
Time: 03:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This wheel bug mating was found on my back porch. Did not know what they were until I found your site. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Mating Wheel Bugs

We must thank you for cheering us up with your kind letter, and also because though we do not believe your image documents typical Wheel Bug mating, we are nonetheless thrilled to post it.  Probably the greatest reason your letter cheered us is that we just made a Wheel Bug posting Bug of the Month for October, but there is no reason we cannot add a second Bug of the Month posting for October, but with a more positive outcome for the Wheel Bugs.

Thank you, that was a strange bug!! And its not typical? I don’t know much about bugs, lol. However i did see one more picture of that bug with two of them on its back and it was called something like a mating frenzy haha.

Subject:  Evil Black Hellbug
Geographic location of the bug:  Baltimore Maryland
Date: 09/30/2021
Time: 08:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This hateful thing crawled into my steering wheel causing me to crash my car. In the interest of traumatizing myself again please tell me what it is so I can avoid it. Very long with a circular body part that had spiky pieces. Had to have have a mechanic take the wheel off just to get it out.
How you want your letter signed:  Terrified

The most awesome image of a Wheel Bug

Dear Terrified,
Franklin D. Roosevelt said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  This Wheel Bug is a predatory Assassin Bug and it might bite if provoked, and the bite would likely be painful if it occurred, but it is our opinion that Wheel Bugs are relatively docile as Assassin Bugs go and they are far less likely to bite than other blood-sucking members of the family and also some less threatening relatives that are much more likely to bite, like members of the genus
Zelus.  We have chosen to feature your submission as the Bug of the Month for October because of your awesome subject line and your dramatic letter, and because Halloween is this month and also because we got to mention blood-sucking.  However, we find your image a tad morose and though we will include the poor dead Wheel Bug in a Plastic Bag on Friday image, we suspect it was alive when you encountered it and we consider that Unnecessary Carnage.  We are taking the opportunity to post once again, originally posted in 2007, our favorite image of a live Wheel Bug which many folks write to us calling a Dinosaur Bug or Stegosaurus Bug.

Wheel Bug in a Bag

The mechanics kept it alive and only temporarily put it in the bag as proof they got it out.
Thank you for informing me of its stinging bite, I stayed up all night researching it and closed mouth crying.
Best,

Hello again Terrified.
Thanks for letting us know.  We will remove the Unnecessary Carnage tag.  You have some pretty thorough mechanics for them to have gathered the evidence of the extenuating circumstances that led to your unfortunate accident.

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:  Immature walkingstick?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwestern Wisconsin
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 10:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little guy on a plant I recently brought back inside because of cool weather.  Isn’t it a little late in the year for new hatches?
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer

Immature Zelus Assassin Bug

Dear Jennifer,
This is not a Walkingstick.  It is an immature, predatory Assassin Bug in the genus
Zelus.  Handle with caution.  They bite and the bite is allegedly painful, but not considered dangerous.