Subject:  Sorry it’s on a poop!
Geographic location of the bug:  New Hampshire dog poop!
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 12:32 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What the holy hell?  I love bugs but this one?!  I have no idea!
How you want your letter signed:  Horseygirl8872

Nessus Sphinx on Feces

Dear Horseygirl8872,
This is a moth known as a Nessus Sphinx, and we have numerous images on our site of Nessus Sphinx Moths nectaring on flowers, but none on feces.  Many butterflies and moths will take nourishment from fresh feces.  As they draw moisture, they also benefit from minerals and other substances that are expelled from the bodies of mammals.  BugGuide also has documentation of a Nessus Sphinx on dog feces, and we have this documentation in our own archives.

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Subject:  Orange bug I’ve never seen
Geographic location of the bug:  Lee county, Kentucky
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 11:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve never seen this bug before and couldn’t find it online anywhere.  Just curious, really.
How you want your letter signed:  C. Abner

Passionflower Flea Beetle stalked by Jumping Spider

Dear C. Abner,
We are amused at your image of a Passionflower Flea Beetle being stalked by a Jumping Spider.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae and adults freq. found on Passionflower (
Passiflora).”

Subject:  Ornate Snipe Fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Toledo, Ohio
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 11:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there! It took me a while to identify this cute fly, and I believe it is a male Ornate Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus ornatus.) I didn’t see any photos of one on your website, so I thought you might enjoy it! Thanks for the amazing website!
How you want your letter signed:  Katy

Ornate Snipe Fly

Thank you Katy,
We are thrilled to post your images of a male Ornate Snipe Fly,
Chrysopilus ornatus.  According to BugGuide, the season for sighting is  “Spring. May-July (North Carolina).”  We already have numerous images in our archive of Golden Backed Snipe Flies that we receive mainly from the midwest in June, and we always love posting images of new species.

Ornate Snipe Fly

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Subject:  Identifying this grub or caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 09:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
Can you tell me what type of grub or caterpillar this is? It is bright green, red/ purple and white with a spiral
‘tail’. Around 3 inches long.
How you want your letter signed:  Prema

Hornworm

Dear Prema,
This image is positively gorgeous.  It is such a lovely study in subtle green colors and patterns.  This is a Hornworm, the larva of a Hawk Moth or Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae, but we are not certain of the species.  We are posting it as unidentified as we continue to research the species.  Perhaps Bostjan will notice the posting and provide an identification.

Update:  This looks to us like it might be Manduca hannibal hannibal, which is pictured on Sphingidae of the Americas.  When Daniel returns to the office, he will contact Bill Oehlke for his opinion.

Thanks so much, Daniel!
I have it out there to a few naturalists here on Lake Atitlan.
I will let you know if I find out anything.
Best,
Prema

We would love to hear what you find out Prema.  Do you by chance know the plant upon which it was feeding?

Subject:  What is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Illinois
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 04:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was transplanting herbs, moving compost around.
How you want your letter signed:  LoLo

Possibly Blurry Scarab Grub Image

Dear LoLo,
Your image is too blurry to be certain, but since this was found in a compost pile, we suspect it is a Scarab Beetle grub.

Subject:  got stung by this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  southeastern coast of NC
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 06:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I believe I got stung by this insect. I had left my drink on a fence post outside when I got it back and was holding it felt a severe burn iui n sting and only got a short glimpse of the insect I saw this guy on my front porch yesterday and was sure this met the color and size(pretty big) of the culprit. My sting is still slightly swollen painful and itchy after a week.Do these guys sting?
How you want your letter signed:  Melba

Wheel Bug

Dear Melba,
Wheel Bugs do not sting, however we frequently caution our readers to handle Wheel Bugs with caution as they might bite, though unlike other Assassin Bugs, we rarely get reports of actual bites from Wheel Bugs.  Though the bite of a Wheel Bug is not considered dangerous, the local effects of a reportedly painful bite might last some time.