Subject:  Looking for love in Los Angeles
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington
Date: 09/15/2019
Time: 02:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
I was visiting a dear friend in Mount Washington and spotted this male praying mantis perched on a woody plant.
It appears he is searching for a female.
How you want your letter signed:  Melanie on the Irish Chain

Male California Mantis

Dear Melanie on the Irish Chain,
We agree that this is a male Mantis and that he is likely patrolling for a mate.  This is a California Mantis, a native species in the genus
Stagmomantis. Last year Daniel documented the mating of a pair of California Mantids that ended with him becoming a sacrificial meal to help nourish the female who promptly bit off the head of her paramour.

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Subject:  Many found on goldenrod
Geographic location of the bug:  Greenport, LI, NY  eastern end of Long Island ny
Date: 09/14/2019
Time: 07:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Photographed these today and cannot identify
How you want your letter signed:  Amy

March Flies

Dear Amy,
Based on this BugGuide image, these appear to be March Flies in the genus
Dilophus.  There are numerous images of Dilophus spinipes on goldenrod on BugGuide.

Thank you so much!   I truly appreciate your help!

Subject:  Black wings with yellow wody
Geographic location of the bug:  Middle Tennessee
Date: 09/08/2019
Time: 07:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These are all over my porch , theye are bigger than a knat but smaller that a fly
How you want your letter signed:  Peggy plant

Dark Winged Fungus Gnat

Dear Peggy,
We are so sorry because this has been on the back burner for nearly a week because we thought this was a March Fly but we were never able to find a match in that family.  This is a Dark Winged Fungus Gnat in the family Sciaridae based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Often found in flowerpots. In moist and shadowy areas up to 70% of all Diptera species can be Sciaridae.”

Dark Winged Fungus Gnat

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Subject:  Looks like large bee or wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Windsor. Nsw. Australia
Date: 09/13/2019
Time: 03:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi. Just saw this huge bee or wasp. Never seen this bug before. Should i report it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks Kim

Hairy Flower Wasp

Dear Kim,
We recognized your Wasp as a member of the family Scoliidae, and we quickly identified it as a Hairy Flower Wasp thanks to images on Backyard Buddies where it states:  “Hairy Flower Wasps are great for your garden. After mating, the female digs into the soil and finds a grub or beetle. She paralyses it temporarily and lays her egg in it. As the larva grows, it uses the host as food. Because of this, Hairy Flower Wasps and their larvae will help your garden by keeping your grub and beetle numbers down.”  According to Esperance Fauna:  “They are solitary insects without a nest, as the female lays a single egg on a paralysed and insensitised (stung) scarab beetle larvae, leaving it to hatch and consume the host. Because these wasps have no nest to protect and fortunately for people are not aggressive and will only sting if physically interfered with.” 

Subject:  Praying mantis (patreon)
Geographic location of the bug:  Lewis Center OH
Date: 09/12/2019
Time: 10:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve never seen such a pale colored mantis.  I supposed it molted recently?  It looks opalescent, so beautiful!  I found it trapped in the vestibule of the Tim Hortons.
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer Huffman

Female Carolina Mantis

Dear Jennifer,
This is an adult female Carolina Mantis.  Though she has wings, she is not capable of flight.  Only the adult males can fly.  Carolina Mantids can be either brown or green, and sometimes a combination.  Though this individual is light, the color does not seem unusually light to us.  Because of your kindness prompting you to release this Carolina Mantis from the vestibule where you found her trapped, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

What an honor!  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my husband, who patiently waits for me to inspect and photograph bugs everywhere we go.

Subject:  What is this creature?
Geographic location of the bug:  Richmond, BC Canada river front
Date: 09/11/2019
Time: 06:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little guy scurrying on the basement floor of our house. For a moment I thought it was a caterpillar and was going to stomp on it, but I realized he was not going to become a moth and took some pics. I’m pretty sure this is some sort of beetle but I’ve never seen one like this before! And FYI once I took these pics I let him go outside. I am of the same mind with respect to most bugs 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Dan

Devil’s Coach Horse

Dear Dan,
This interesting Rove Beetle is commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse.