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Subjec:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia Beach, Virginia
Date: 05/31/2019
Time: 06:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify this moth
How you want your letter signed:  Maurice culken

Noctuoid we believe

Dear Maurice,
Because of its resemblance to the moths in the genus Tolype, we thought this might be a member of the family Lasiocampidae, be we could not find any similar looking species on BugGuide, so we now believe this is a member of the very large superfamily Noctuoidea represented on BugGuide, but we have not had luck identifying the species.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize this Moth. 

Subject:  Unknown insect from French Alps
Geographic location of the bug:  Val Claret 2300m Tignes, France
Date: 05/27/2019
Time: 01:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Possible White Hyphantria ermine or cunea moth Spilosoma lubricipeda following the only similar picture found so far…
But my beauty has no wings!
How you want your letter signed:  Silvia

Flightless Female Moth

Dear Silvia,
We agree that this is a Moth, but we are not certain of the species or even the family, though we are leaning to Geometridae.  Females of certain species of Moths in the Inchworm family Geometridae and Tussock Moths in the family Erebidae are wingless, hence flightless.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize your beauty and write in with an identifying comment.  

Flightless Female Moth

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your reply. I got nuts trying to know even what the family was! I’m not entomologist, but biologist, hence very curious
Kind regards,

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Denton, Texas
Date: 05/02/2019
Time: 12:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This caterpillar is very thin, about 1 inch long. I found it on some Mystic Spires salvia. I would like to know what it will turn into.
How you want your letter signed:  M. Hector

Possibly Pink Inchworm

Dear M. Hector,
This is an Inchworm or Spanworm in the family Geometridae.  We have received images of pink Inchworms in the past, and we have not been able to provide more than a family identification, including this pink Inchworm from Minnesota in 2009.  We also located an image of a pink Inchworm on BugGuide that is only identified to the family level.  So, the best we can do is provide a family identification at this time.  Moths from the family Geometridae often have a very distinct shape including wings with scalloped edges.  Though it does not answer your question, you might be amused by this 2012 request to identify a pink Inchworm that garnered a Nasty Reader Award.

Unknown Pink Caterpillar on Salvia

Upon further scrutinizing your other images, we cannot even be certain that this is an Inchworm in the family Geometridae.  Do you by chance have a lateral view that shows the legs?

Subject:  What’s this jumping spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Louisville Ky USA
Date: 04/17/2019
Time: 06:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, can you id this tiny jumper for me? About sesame seed size, found on mailbox in Louisville Ky onApril 17, 2019. Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Shelby

Jumping Spider

Dear Shelby,
We are posting your image of a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, though we did not manage to quickly identify it.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with a proper species identification.

Subject:  Beetle identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia, USA
Date: 04/22/2019
Time: 12:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! My name is Jessi and I’m doing a project in my photography course on bugs and I’m having trouble identifying this beetle, maybe you can help me? I found it in the morning at the beginning of april this year. Thank you!!
How you want your letter signed:  Jessica Yeszkonis

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Jessi,
Since this is a photography course and not a biology course, perhaps you do not need species specificity.  This is a Scarab Beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, but we cannot provide a species name at this time.  You can try browsing BugGuide for some possibilities.

Scarab Beetle

Subject:  Unknown “insect” under water
Geographic location of the bug:  Madison county Kentucky USA
Date: 04/05/2019
Time: 01:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found these in a communications manhole. They seem to have 6 legs per side for a total of 12.
How you want your letter signed:  Ian


Dear Ian,
These are sure puzzling creatures, and we cannot devote the time we would like to their identification at this moment.  We are posting your images and we hope to hear from our readers while we do additional research.  Are you able to provide any information on their size?



Update:  We suspected these were Crustaceans.  We wrote to Eric Eaton who wrote back “Some kind of amphipod, not sure beyond that as they are not insects nor arachnids.”  In researching Freshwater Isopods, we found these image of a cave dwelling Isopod on Encyclopedia of Arkansas, and since there are numerous caves in Kentucky, we speculated that it would be easy for some cave species to survive in a sewer.