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Location: in my living room ( Maine)
January 30, 2012 10:19 am
This is a colony of false death head roaches. I have had them for a year. They turn out a good product. Im used to the hard case of eggs that they deposit….but now i see this crazy thing…What is it? its soft like
Signature: Happy Haunting ;)

False Death's Head Cockroach in captivity

Dear Happy Haunting,
We learned on the Worm Man website that False Death’s Head Cockroaches,
Blaberus discoidalis, are native to Mexico and Central America and they are raised as live food for other exotic pets.  In our opinion, this is a freshly laid ootheca or egg case that has still not hardened.

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Golden Orb identified
Location: Spring, TX
December 18, 2011 1:44 am
Dear Mr. Bugman,
Thanks to your site and past archives, I’ve think I’ve identified my backdoor friend. I’ve got lots of pictures of her, but this is my latest AND COOLEST! I’m assuming she’s laying her eggs and wrapping them in sort of protection?? I’ll attach pictures first, but would like to know if you take video clips as well? I have her in action!
Signature: Thanks, Melanie

Golden Orbweaver Laying Eggs

Hi Melanie,
Thank you for sending us your images of a Golden Orbweaver laying her eggs.  She protects the clutch in a thick silken sac that helps the eggs to withstand the elements in harsher climates.  Your post will go live during a brief holiday from the office.

Golden Orbweaver laying Eggs

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Look what almost burned up with the dead perennials!
Location: Naperville, IL
November 7, 2011 1:47 pm
Dear Daniel~
I am sad that bug season is coming to an end here in Illinois, but at least I can continue to see all the wonderful specimens from more temperate climes, thanks to your web site. It is the time of year when I cut down my dead perennials and prune back some shrubs, most of which end up on my burn pile. I always come across a handful of mantis egg cases in the process, and this one was inches away from the flames when I noticed it. It’s attached to a yew branch, and I also have them this fall on a lilac stem, a raspberry cane and a wire garden fence. I’ve yet to find any on an actual dead perennial, which makes me wonder if the female mantis knows the difference. Have a lovely week!
Signature: -Dori Eldridge

Mantis Ootheca

Hi Dori,
We are happy to hear that this Mantis Ootheca or egg case was spared the flames because you found it before it was tossed onto the bonfire. 

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wheel bug, check out em eggs!
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
November 3, 2011 12:07 pm
I saw this bug just hangin out at work with me in pittsburgh layin some eggs. I thought it looked pretty wild and was happy your site identified it. First time I’ve seen this site. Pretty cool…
Signature: McZ

Wheel Bug lays Eggs

Dear McZ,
Thanks for sending us your photo.  Should these Wheel Bug Eggs be allowed to remain, they will pass the winter and hatch in the spring into small red and black insects that are often mistaken for spiders.

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Rain spider rescue
Location: Northern suburbs, Gauteng, South Africa
October 21, 2011 5:31 am
We were helping clean out a house this weekend when someone spotted this beautiful lady… luckily I was able to rescue her and her nest before she was hurt.
From what I can tell, she’s a huntsman spider (called rain spiders here in South Africa), species Palystes Castaneus – would like to know if I’m right though?
Signature: Twistedlizzard

Rain Spider

Hi Twistedlizzard,
We agree that this is a Huntsman Spider, and though we were not familiar with the Rain Spider,
Palystes castaneus, our research led us to the Biodiversity Explorerwebsite which tends to indicate you identification is correct.  We also are amused with the common name of Lizard Eating Spider for this species.  The website states:  “These spiders were previously listed as potentially dangerous. After tests where they were induced into biting guinea-pigs it was established that although the guinea-pigs had died within 3 minutes, it had been from shock and not the effects of any venom. For humans, the venom is in fact no worse than a bee sting although the spider’s aggressive display, with its 2 front pairs of banded legs raised in warning, is enough to shrink the stoutest of hearts. They occur usually in vegetation but sometimes occur in the home.”

Rain Spider


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Looks like a spider, no wait…
Location: 30176
September 12, 2011 6:34 am
It only has six legs.
A friend of mine found this while exploring the woods in Tallapoosa, GA. He swears that it was AT LEAST four inches, if not bigger, that the torso was likely the size of a pecan. He was speaking of it as a spider, but when I looked at the picture, I realized that there aren’t eight legs. He did point out that the abdomen didn’t look like the standard spider variety.
Signature: Lucy King

Fishing Spider with Egg Sac

Hi Lucy,
Since you did not take this photo, we hope your friend has given you permission for us to publish it.  This is a female Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and she is carrying her egg sac which is visible beneath her body.  Spiders in the Nursery Web Spider family Pisauridae carry their egg sacs in their chelicerae or fangs until they find a suitable location for spinning a nursery web.  They continue to guard the eggs and spiderlings until they die.  Nursery Web Spiders, including the Fishing Spiders, are hunting spiders that do not use webs to snare prey.  This photo is not critically sharp, so it is difficult to make out certain details.  It is entirely possible that this individual is missing two legs, though it appears that the front two pairs of legs are being held together on both sides, creating the illusion that it only has six legs.  That is a common pose for Nursery Web Spiders and this posting from our archive shows both the pose and an individual with missing legs.  We believe the species is Dolomedes vittatus because of this description on BugGuide:  “The two dark-colored spots in the middle of the cephalothorax are almost always more robust in D. vittatus than the more narrow ones found on D. scriptus.”  These dark spots behind the head are especially prominent in this individual. 

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