Subject: Ant or mite?
Location: Sonoran Desert, Arizona
September 16, 2014 6:01 pm
Is this a Thistledown Velvet Ant? I stopped to take a break and my eye caught this little critter moving rather quickly on the trail. When I bent down to get a closer look, it stopped and put its rear end up at me. I moved to get a view of the front, but everywhere I went, this little guy turned its butt to me. This was the only photo it would let me get! This was on a trail at Granite Mountain in the Rio Verde Foothills area northeast of Scottsdale, in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Signature: Paige

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Dear Paige,
We are confident that this is a Velvet Ant, but we cannot state for certain that it is a Thistledown Velvet Ant.

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Subject: Giant Spider
Location: North Scottsdale, Arizona
September 16, 2014 10:26 am
Can you tell me what this poor guy was? My neighbor found it in her garage, I wasn’t sure if it was dead or if it was poisonous, so I killed it (it was already dead.)
My friends have suggested a “Child of the Earth,” Hobo Spider or Solpugid? This was found in North Scottsdale where we’ve had record amounts of rain in the last few weeks.
What do you suggest we do if we find more, given that we’re expecting a lot more rain?
Thanks!
Signature: Becki

Solifugid

Solifugid

Dear Becki,
One of your friend’s suggestions is actually sort of correct.  Solpugid is a name that can still be found in literature, but it has fallen into disuse and has been replaced by Solifugid, a member of the order Solifugae, commonly called Sun Spider or Wind Scorpions.  Solifugids are Arachnids, but they are neither Spiders nor Scorpions, and unlike those orders of Arachnids, they do not have venom.

Subject: friend or foe?
Location: bridge city, texas
September 16, 2014 3:54 pm
My friend found this on her morning glory. We aren’t sure if its a bug, larvae or egg. We have researched and although we found a few things that looked similar, we haven’t found an exact match or anyone who could help. You’re our last resort! Please help!
Signature: thank you! Crystal

Leaf Beetle Larvae

Leaf Beetle Larvae

Dear Crystal,
These are Leaf Beetle Larvae in the family Chrysomelidae, and we strongly suspect that they are the larvae of Tortoise Beetles.  Several species of Tortoise Beetles including the Golden Tortoise Beetle have larvae that feed on morning glories, but your larvae look different, though similar, to the images we are able to locate on BugGuide.  Fecal matter that is carried over the back of the larva is a characteristic of many Tortoise Beetles, and it is evident in your image.  Many Tortoise Beetles are very host specific, so if you don’t mind that your morning glory leaves are being eaten, at least you don’t need to worry about the larvae spreading to other plants.

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Subject: This fell out of my friends hair!
Location: Edmonton
September 16, 2014 6:47 pm
Hi,
Not sure what this is? Haven’t never seen one before.
Live in Edmonton, Alberta
Signature: Thanks a bunch

Webspinner

Webspinner

This looks like a benign Webspinner to us.  Some species have wings and others do not.

Subject: Bitten by a cicada
Location: Chicago IL, cir 1980
September 16, 2014 10:05 am
Hi! I’ve noticed in a few of your ID’s os of cicadas you mention the report of someone being bitten (or rather stabbed) by one. I was bitten by one when I was a boy! I always loved them and was super excited when I found one. I let this male that I found under a maple tree in Chicago climb my left index finger. About half way up it stopped and suddenly stabbed into my finger with its proboscis! It hurt like hell, much like being stabbed with a 20g needle. I don’t think it had any venom; the pain was purely from mechanical trauma. Anyway, I yanked it off my finger and tossed it into the air after which it buzzed off happily.
Random butterfly photo from the Bosque Del Apache reserve.
Signature: Mike

Western Painted Lady

Western Painted Lady

Dear Mike,
Thank you for substantiating the possibility that a person might be bitten by a Cicada if it is carelessly handled.  Your image of a Western Painted Lady,
Vanessa annabella, is beautiful.

 

Subject: ID please
Location: near water fall
September 16, 2014 6:58 pm
Please ID this bug. First it looks moth to me. But i am confused.
Signature: hello

Katydid

Katydid

UHHH, and where was this water fall?????