Subject:  Blue Milkweed Beetles
Geographic location of the bug: Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, California
Date: 06/04/2021
Time: 9:25 AM PDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Readers,
Daniel was out hiking near the Getty Museam in a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy park when he pointed out the Narrow-Leaf Milkweed that was just beginning to bloom to his hiking partners Naeemah and Sharon.  Some plants had numerous Blue Milkweed Beetles feeding on the leaves.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are obligate root feeders, and adults eat the leaves of larval host plants. Females are highly polyandrous, males engage in extended periods of post-copulatory mate guarding.”

Blue Milkweed Beetle

Milkweed is a very popular plant with many pollinating insects including butterflies, bees and wasps. so many years ago we created a Milkweed Meadow tag for the complex ecosystem that is associated with milkweed.

Blue Milkweed Beetle and Honey Bee


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Subject:  Are these moths? And if so, what kind?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Date: 06/01/2021
Time: 12:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
I found these two moths (possibly) today while I was photographing Dragonflies along the wet lands of Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Since I have never seen one like these, I am very curious to know what they are.
Thank you for your assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  Asrat (Bahirdar Photography)

Mating Tiger Moths

Dear Asrat,
These are mating Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we found a matching image on Africa Wild that is identified as the Maid Alice Moth,
Amata alicia.  The indicated range on African Moths includes Ethiopia.

Subject:  You’re Bristle Fly post
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Yorke Peninsula S.A
Date: 06/05/2021
Time: 09:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I took these photos in a Flora Park on the 27th of Dec. 2020 in Edithburgh. My home town. Interesting to see all your varieties. I just thought it was beautiful, like a piece of jewellery, all golden.
Only ‘just’ learnt it was a fly– 2 wings.
Please respond with the fly’s official name. Would like to have this submitted in the local newsletter. The photo was taken on my Samsung S5.
Thank you for your time.
How you want your letter signed:  Mrs Charyl Turner

Bristle Fly

Dear Charyl,
We believe your Bristle Fly is
Formosia speciosa.

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Subject:  Black hairy scary spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Marbella, Spain
Date: 06/03/2021
Time: 11:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please help me to identify this spider? It is dead, but I think pretty recent as I used a pencil to extend its front leg and it didn’t break. I actually thought it was going to move. Found it on the living room floor. Size is about 1″ body length, front leg 1-1/4″ long. Approximately, didn’t not have time to measure it. Is it poisonous, deadly? Live in Southern Spain, Costa del Sol, less than 1 mile from the Mediterranean Sea. Any info can help. Do you think a family is near by?
How you want your letter signed:  Debi

Andalucian Funnel-Web Spider

Dear Debi,
The extremely long spinnerets on the tip of the abdomen is such a distinguishing feature, we had no trouble identifying the endangered Andalucian Funnel-Web Spider,
Macrothele calpeiana, on The Olive Press where it states:  “The Andalucian funnel-web spider is considered to be the largest in Europe and is easily recognisable.  They are jet black with a glossy carapace and fine hairs on their legs and abdomen.  The 1.5 cm-long spinnerets, at the rear, almost look like extra legs.  The body can be up to 3.5 cm long and the stretched legs can reach a span of 8 cm.”  The site also states:  “This is the only spider in Europe to be protected by the European Union Habitats Directive.  They are found mostly in Cádiz and Málaga provinces with smaller numbers in scattered enclaves discovered in Huelva, Sevilla, Granada, Jaén, Gibraltar and the furthest north Badajoz, in Extremadura.”  According to Wildside Holidays (where those prior two quotes appear to have originated) :  “These spiders are most active at night when they will wait at the tunnel entrance for prey to become glued onto the silken web. Their diet consists of small insects such as beetles, woodlouse, millipedes and crickets. When they feel the vibration of a trapped insect they will carefully approach, then bite the ill-fated prey with venom which will begin to liquefy it as they wrap it in silk. The venom is injected into their prey through openings in the tips of the pair of fangs. The glands that produce this venom are located in the two segments of the chelicerae. (The parts to which the fangs are attached).”  By the way, we are relieved to learn you discovered this magnificent spider dead as we did not want to have to tag your posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Subject:  insect with bright orange thorax
Geographic location of the bug:  Greene County, Ohio
Date: 06/03/2021
Time: 01:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I discovered these insects today (June 3rd) in mowed, white clover in my yard.
How you want your letter signed :  Curious Tom

Mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies

Dear Curious Tom,
We are so happy your mowing did not interrupt the amorous activity of these mating Golden Backed Snipe Flies.  We get several identification requests for Golden Backed Snipe Flies in June from Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Subject:  Black Wasp with Orange Wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Tampa Flodisa
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 08:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a Tarantula Wasp?
How you want your letter signed:  Please help to identify, thanks Bug Guru

Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth

Though it effectively mimics certain wasps, notably Tarantula Hawks, Empyreuma affinis, is actually a harmless Spotted Oleander Caterpillar Moth which does not sting, but benefits from looking like an insect with a powerful sting.