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Subject: wasp?
Location: Canby, Oregon
April 6, 2014 9:34 pm
This was sitting just outside my door. I live in Canby, OR (just south of Portland) and we’ve had wasps in our yard, but none ever looked like this. It looks similar to certain types of wasps, but this one seems more slender and with longer legs.
Signature: Bill

Crane Fly

Tiger Crane Fly

Hi Bill,
This really is a magnificent Crane Fly.  We quickly located a matching image on BugGuide of a Tiger Crane Fly,
Ctenophora vittata.  Crane Flies are benign creatures that neither sting nor bite.  Many years ago we received an interesting account of the mating activity of Tiger Crane Flies.

Interesting.  Certainly haven’t seen any crane flies that look like that before.
Thank you very much for the info.
Bill

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Subject: What kind of spider is this?
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
April 6, 2014 8:59 am
I found this fast moving spider last night and can’t identify it for the life of me. It was black with white and the body markings are not that of a wolf, which is brown anyway. It quickly escaped my observation jar and is maybe hiding behind the stove. I don’t mind sharing space with it as long as it’s not an intense biting creature!
Signature: Bredette

Ground Spider

Ground Spider

Hi Bredette,
This is a harmless Ground Spider in the family Graphosidae, and we believe we have correctly identified it on Bugguide as
Sergiolus montanus, though it might be a different species in the same genus because according to BugGuide, it is :  “Very similar to other species of Sergiolus; a microscopic exam of genitalia is required for clear identification.”  Your individual looks very similar to this individual from California pictured on BugGuide.

Ground Spider

Ground Spider

 

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Subject: Found this at home,
Location: Pakefield,England.
April 5, 2014 12:05 am
I saw this little “bug” at home inside our toilet area….it wasn’t till I zoomed in I saw the yellow dots everywhere…
Signature: Doesn’t matter

Ichneumon stramentor

Ichneumon stramentor

Dear Doesn’t matter,
We quickly identified your parasitic Ichneumon Wasp as
Ichneumon stramentor thanks to a photo posted on Parasitica (scroll down), and we confirmed that identification on Paws for Wildlife where we learned:  “Larva – parasitise the Large Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character caterpillars (possibly others).”

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Subject: Donation made, thanks
March 3, 2014 9:04 pm
Thank you for your prompt identification of the Huntsman from Tortola.  No there has not been any publicity about your site in Tortola that I know of.  Just a coincidence that you got another Tortola submission. (here is another coincidence: I had been considering submitting a photo of those same red bugs myself!) I have been aware of WhatsThatBug for some time, and in fact submitted a photo of a WhipScorpion some time ago.  I just made a donation today, reference number 24F39830AJ0773056 in recognition of your work.  Thank you!    RD
Signature: RD

Dear RD,
Thanks for your generosity.  Your Whipscorpion image dates to 2008, so you have been a reader for some time. 

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Subject: What is this red bug?
Location: At the gulf coast in Corpus Christi, TX
March 1, 2014 5:17 pm
I recently saw this bugs in the side of my garage. I was afraid to get closer but I will say they are about 1/8 of an inch long to perhaps 1/4. I started feeling a rash so I left right after taking the pics
Signature: Liz Ramirez

Aggregation of Red Shouldered Bugs

Aggregation of Red Shouldered Bugs

Dear Liz,
This is an aggregation of Red Shouldered Bugs,
Jadera haematoloma, including mating adults as well as immature nymphs of various instars or stages of development.  We believe your rash was triggered by an emotional reaction, however, we have no qualifications to diagnose psychological syndromes.  To the best of our knowledge, Red Shouldered Bugs are perfectly harmless, though they may create a nuisance if they are numerous. 

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Subject: Bioluminescence in Pilbara, Western Australia
Location: Pilbara, WA, Australia
February 17, 2014 2:47 am
Hi!
Does anyone know of any insects in the Pilbara, WA that glow in the dark? I was out walking near Jarndunmunha the other night and I found three insects each on a corner of what appeared to be a web flashing in the dark.
Any ideas?
Signature: Jap Tom

Pilbara, Australia, we presume

Pilbara, Western Australia, we presume

Dear Jap Tom,
We are presuming that the attached image is of Pilbara, Western Australia, where the bioluminescent  sighting occurred.  According to Wet Tropics:  “The glow worm isn’t a worm at all, but the larvae or maggot of a mosquito-like fly. Only three glow worms have been described in Australia .”
  North American Glowworms are beetle larvae, so we already have conflicting information based on common names in different hemispheres.  We will attempt to research this topic more, but in the interim, we are posting your letter so our readership can participate in the dialog.  We wish you had been able to supply an image of the actual insects.

 

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