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Subject: unknown bug eggs
Location: Portland, Ct.
December 7, 2014 7:23 pm
for the past few years I have discovered piles (100+) of these tiny bead sized, black, shiny, hard shelled eggs. There only found in my basement. two piles were found in my garage. One was in a drawer of a RubberMaid rolling cart and the other large pile was on a open cabinet shelf piled high in a corner. when I touched the pile they all collapsed as if they were wet at one point. the other piles were in the cellar in a large plastic storage bin and also in my storage bag for my Christmas tree.
I took a picture with a microscope app the magnified 8xs and I will also include a few in my hand for a prospective.
Signature: Susan Popielaski

Seeds, we believe

Seeds, we believe

Dear Susan,
These look more like seeds than bug eggs to us, but we have no explanation regarding why you found them or what they might be.
  Interestingly, we just received another nearly identical identification request from Massachusetts, so we feel compelled to research this more.  Termite Pellets also come to mind, but they look different from Termite Pellets we have seen in the past.

Seeds, we believe

Seeds, we believe

Thanks for replying. We don’t have termites..we did have a ant problem that we eradicated. I’ve done research as well and found that some insects eggs are seed imposters,?
The piles are sort of glued together in a type of thin transparent sac. As soon as you touch them with slight pressure they break free and the tidy pile collapses.
Keep me posted, my FB friends are as curious as I.

Some ants may stockpile seeds, but we believe that is a very remote possibility.

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Subject: Australian Beetle
Location: East Fremantle, Australia
December 3, 2014 3:54 pm
Here’s one that’s quite distinctive — in my eyes it looks like an Aboriginal painting — but I can’t find anything like it on the web.
It’s about 12mm (1/2″) long, without the antennae. The picture was taken on Dec. 3, 2014 (beginning of summer), on an indigenous tree in an urban park rather late in the day (4:20pm).
Signature: Norm Jackson

Beautiful Cockroach Nymph

Beautiful Cockroach Nymph

Dear Norm,
This is not a beetle.  It is a Beautiful Cockroach nymph,
Ellipsidion australe, which we identified on the Insects of Brisbane website, or it is a related species of Cockroach in the genus EllipsidionThis is not a species that infests homes. 

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Subject: beautiful moth
Location: Lanzarote
November 26, 2014 6:00 am
Hi found this on the bed and wondered what tyep of moth it was
Signature: miss


Barbury Spurge Hawkmoth

Dear miss,
Before we could even begin to attempt to identify your Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, we needed to first research the location of Lanzarote, which we have learned is in the Canary Islands.
  Once that was established, we quickly identified your Hawkmoth as Hyles tithymali on EnAcademic and then we verified the identification on Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic where we learned it has a common name: Barbary Spurge Hawkmoth.  The Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic site states:  “Restricted to the Canary and ?Cape Verde Islands, where it is widespread, occurring from sea-level to 1000m in short-lived but well-defined colonies (Schurian & Grandisch, 1991). Commonest in the drier and warmer parts, such as dry sand dunes, steep-sided valleys (van der Heyden, 1988), and cultivated areas where its main hostplant is most abundant.”

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Carolina Wolf Spider

Carolina Wolf Spider

Subject: species????
Location: Indiana woodland area
October 13, 2014 9:51 am
Whilst in a sword duel this happy not so little chap almost fell on my head…. This immediately stopped all combat as we marveled at this beast. What species is this thing? It was nearly 4″ in diameter.
Signature: Morttis

Dear Morttis,
We were not aware that sword dueling was legal in the United States.  Your Wolf Spider looks like a Carolina Wolf Spider,
Hogna carolinensis, and it looks like a very close visual match to this individual posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Considered to be the largest wolf spider in North America.” 

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Bug found on Baby

Bug found on Baby

Subject: found this bug on my baby
Location: hudson ny
October 9, 2014 9:34 am
I went to changed my babys diaper and this bug was on her leg. Not sure what it is. Pic is hard to see im sorry but hopefully itll be of some help. It is brown has 6 legs and whatappears to be antennas . It widens towards his butt.
Signature: kim kallo

Dear Kim,
There is not enough detail in your image to make an identification.  We suggest you search through our Household Pests tag to help identify undesirable insects that can be found in the home.

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Subject: moth
Location: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
July 10, 2014 6:11 pm
I am curious about this moth I saw recently inside Mesa Verde, especially the antenna. Thanks, Betsy
Signature: Betsy

Male Western Polyphemus Moth

Male Polyphemus Moth

Dear Betsy,
This is a male Giant Silkworm Moth in the genus
Antheraea, and based on the location, we would deduce it is the Polyphemus Moth, Antheraea polyphemus. The extremely feathery antennae of male Giant Silkworm Moths in the family Saturniidae enable them to locate a mate.  Adult moths in this family are often very large and they do not feed as adults as they have inherited atrophied mouthparts that are not functional.  They store energy as caterpillars and most individuals live less than a week as adults, during which time males must locate mates.  The antennae enable the male to sense a female who may be many miles away because of the pheromones she releases.

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