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Wingless Scorpionfly

Subject:  this bug  is totally weird and awesome Geographic location of the bug:  Sonoma county northern California Date: 05/20/2018 Time: 12:12 AM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was on a rose in my garden. Seems totally harmless, my son and I held it for a while, very[…]

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Destinations La Torre, Peru, and Carara, Costa Rica – Hidin’ in the Rainforest, Part II: cryptic walking sticks, Phasmatidae; horse-head grasshoppers, Proscopidiidae; and mantids, Mantidae

  Greatly elongated limbs, twig-brown coloration, and the ability to remain motionless seemingly for hours, give this rainforest mantis a look that says, “Don’t bother with a second look, I’m just a twig.”   Fallen branches and twigs pierce or rest on leaves, providing many insects with an opportunity to[…]

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Sawfly from Slovakia

Subject:  What’s this? Geographic location of the bug:  Slovakia, central Europe, mixed oak-pine woods Date: 05/19/2018 Time: 11:05 AM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bee while hiking through the woods picking up mushrooms (I assume it’s a kind of a carpenter bee, something from Xylocopinae) but[…]

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Bald Faced Hornet Nest

Subject:  Bald faced hornet nest Geographic location of the bug:  Washington D.C. Metro area, USA Date: 05/19/2018 Time: 07:57 AM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  A couple weeks ago I was surprised when I noticed a “beehive” (I know they’re not bees) newly under construction right to the side[…]

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