Subject: Spider Scorpion!?
Location: Yakima, WA
November 5, 2014 4:54 pm
I found this spider that appears to have a scorpion tail! What is this bug!?
Signature: Michael D.

Trapdoor Spider

Trapdoor Spider

Dear Michael,
This is a Trapdoor Spider, most likely a Folding-Door Spider in the family Antrodiaetidae based on images posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Unidentified bug
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
November 5, 2014 9:03 pm
Can you identify this bug? I spotted it on the wall and I seated it with my hat. I thought it was dead until I picked it up to throw it outside.
Signature: Chris DiLullo

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Diaprepes Root Weevil

Hi Chris,
This is a Diaprepes Root Weevil,
Diaprepes abbreviatus.  It is an introduced species from the Caribbean and according to BugGuide:  “Major pest of citrus crops: larvae often girdle the taproot, which may kill the plant and provide an avenue for Phythophora infections. A single larva can kill young hosts while several larvae can cause serious decline of older, established hosts.  Pest of sugarcane in the Caribbean(2); earliest record in our area: FL 1964.” 

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Subject: identification of Insects
Location: nort of Mozambique
November 6, 2014 3:35 am
I write to bugman for help.
I’m university student of Biological Sciences, University Lurio. please help me identify the animals / insects that will send.
once identified, served to write my thesis
Signature: Domingos Nandinho Arlindo

Ant

Ant

Dear Domingos,
Congratulations on your university studies where we are presuming you have gotten training in the Biological Sciences on the proper identification of insects.  We are artists with no formal training in the Biological Sciences.  With all due respect, you should be doing your own research in this matter.  The most popular posting on our site, even though there is no image, continues to be What’s That Bug? will not do your child’s homework.

Thank you

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A Huge Crab Spider
Location:  Franklin, Tennessee
November 5, 2014
I took a pic of this guy in Franklin, TN. (A town just south of Nashville.). It’s the biggest crab spider I’ve ever seen. He was on the ground in the middle of a path where he’d get squished. I moved him gently to a vine covered fence.
I thought you would like it!
Thank you!
Evie petersen

Beautiful Pumpkin Spider

Beautiful Pumpkin Spider

EEd. Note:  our initial terse response.
pumpkin spider is actually Orbweaver, not Crab Spider

Dear Evie,
We were rushed this morning when we gave you a terse response.  We did not have a chance to tell you we think your image of a Pumpkin Spider, the orange variant of the Marbled Orbweaver, is beautiful.

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Subject: Identify Red bug
Location: Wisconsin
November 5, 2014 1:21 am
I found this little red bug crawling on my coat and I have no clue what it is or where it came from. Tried finding it online but not satisfied with any of the pictures resembling it. Could you possible tell me?
Signature: Elizabeth

Might be a Bed Bug

Might be a Bed Bug

Dear Elizabeth,
We don’t want to be alarmist as there is not much clarity or detail in your image, but this looks like it might be a Bed Bug, but since it appears to be an immature insect, it might also be a benign True Bug.

Subject: Bug in babies belly button
Location: Philadelphia, PA
November 3, 2014 8:25 am
Dear Mr. Bugman,
I was changing my 13month old sons diaper today when I noticed something in his belly button. When I got a Q-Tip to clean it out I saw that it was some sort of bug. As you could imagine I was freaked out and have been trying to research what types of bug it is so I know what I need to do to get rid of these bug so he does not get bites ect…. I saw online pictures of carpet beetle but they looked hairy so I am lost. Any tips would be great since I am just so freaked out.
Thanks in advance to your attention to this matter!
Signature: Concerned Mom -Megan B (Ed. Note:  name withheld out of discretion)

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Megan,
We have edited your surname out of discretion and to prevent any future trauma this posting might have caused to you or your son had you been easily identified.  This looks like the larva of a Carpet Beetle, a harmless household pest that feeds on organic substances in the home, including pet hair, though we have never heard of navel lint being a source of food.

 

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