Subject: Spider
Location: Tennessee
September 1, 2016 4:01 pm
Hello, I have found this pretty big spider outside of my window. Still got yellowish greenish dots on its bottom and long legs. I’m wondering if it’s poisonous or harmful at all. Thanks.
Signature: L.T

Golden Orbweaver

Golden Orbweaver

Dear L.T.,
This is a Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, a common North American species.  Most spiders have venom that they use to subdue prey, but few spiders have venom that poses a threat to humans.  Large spiders might bite if carelessly handled, but the bite of most spiders is not considered dangerous to humans, producing nothing more than local swelling and tenderness.  Golden Orbweavers as well as all other Orbweavers in the family Araneidae are considered harmless to humans, but again, we would caution that a large individual might bite.

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Subject: Butterfly, Southern California ID?
Location: Santa Cruz Island, CA
September 1, 2016 1:44 pm
Hello
Found this butterfly in a collection with no ID.
Sorry for the one and only picture.
Any chance of an ID?
Signature: Geoff

Lichen Moth

Lichen Moth

Dear Geoff,
What is the origin of this collection?  Are you certain the specimen was from Santa Cruz Island?  We are curious as there is no label on the specimen.  This is a Lichen Moth in the tribe Lithosiini.  It resembles
Lycomorpha regulus which is reported from California on BugGuide but Lycomorpha fulgens is also reported from California according to BugGuide.

Hello Daniel
Yes, this was collected on Santa Cruz Island, I was working organizing the Herbarium Collection for the UCSB SCI reserve, the same room has the Bug collection also. This was in one of the Lepidoptera cases I was cleaning.
I can get a better picture next time. Is there any diagnostic characters I should focus on to tell the two apart?
I will look for any other unknowns next time Im out there.
Let me know if any of you bug guys are out this way and I can see about getting out to Island?
Thanks for your help.
Geoffrey

Hi again Geoffrey,
We don’t know that we are going to be able to provide you with exact diagnostic information.  According to BugGuide, of
Lycomorpha regulus:  “Closely related to L. fulgens, and L. grotei.”  Your island offer is highly tempting, but alas, we have just begun a new semester teaching and our free time has evaporated.

Hello Daniel

Not a problem, I understand about volunteer time constraints and the details of parsing out moth spp.
I work at UCSB in IT at the Bren School, so I understand what happens when the students come back.
I volunteer at the Islands during the quite times. Please see the links below for the future and keep us in mind when out west.
For what school do you work for?
http://nrs.ucsb.edu/
http://nrs.ucsb.edu/our-reserves/santa-cruz-island
Thank you again Geoffrey

 

Subject: Unknown spider
Location: South central idaho
September 1, 2016 10:44 am
I found this spider and several people have been wondering what species it is. The size reference is the large canning lid underneath.
Signature: Electronic

Banded Orbweaver

Banded Orbweaver

Dear Electronic,
We just finished posting another image of a Banded Orbweaver, a harmless spider species from an entire family that is considered harmless.  Your image is much more detailed than the one we just posted.

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Subject: unknown stool parasite
Location: CHicago
September 1, 2016 11:04 am
I am producing what may be (by usage of only hand lens) are Charcot-Leyden crystals, my reservation is that I believe I remember them much more uniform in shape. If I remember from my education in prehistoric times and if they are in the stool – they are associated with eosinophil breakdown in feces as a consequence of parasitic disease.
They appear very dark rust colored when cleaned up. I remember when stained in the lab with trichrome (sp? its been a long time) fecal preparation they turned bright red.
Literally hundreds are evacuating from me – and because of their shape are quite painful. Please assist
Signature: E Miller

Stool Sample Findings

Stool Sample Findings

Dear E Miller,
We regret to inform you that we do not have the necessary qualifications to identify your findings, and we would urge you to see a specialist in internal parasites or a gastrointestinal specialist.

Things Found in Stool Sample

Things Found in Stool Sample

Subject: Wolf spider with babies
Location:  Unknown
September 1, 2016 9:20 am
I just want to tell you how much I love you guys. I’m a biology student and though bugs aren’t on my love list the photos and stories I’ve read have really brought me around. I’ve included footage of a wolf spider with back babies being released by me in a field (my “website” link). I hope you can use it on your site, or at least find enjoyment in it. Keep up the great work!
Website: https://youtu.be/5ekYQ2O5Hlw
Signature: Jennifer

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Wolf Spider with Spiderlings

Dear Jennifer,
We are including a screen shot of your Wolf Spider with her spiderlings vidoe in our posting and we are linking to your video.  We are also tagging you with the Bug Humanitarian Award for releasing this Wolf Spider back into the wild.  Wolf Spiders are the only spiders that carry their young about, though this behavior is found in other arachnids including Scorpions.  Can you please provide us with a location for your sighting?

Awesome! I didn’t know that about the scorpions, it’s great to know.
This spider was found in Cape Coral, Florida. The wildlife down here is absolutely amazing, everywhere you look there’s something crawling about. I’m so honored that you liked my video.
Thanks!

Subject: RE: centipede in stool??
Location: Houston, TX
September 1, 2016 8:10 am
Hi, I am hoping that you can give me some insight into this matter. My husband has had diarrhea for about a week now. He went to the doctor, and we are waiting for results from his stool sample. This morning, he had an accident in his pants, and we found this worm that doesn’t resemble any of the more common intestinal parasites. I searched the internet, and found a post from Feb. 2013 titled “Can Centipedes really crawl up your butt??” The culprit resembles the picture in the post, so I am wondering what the final findings were. Thanks.
Signature: concerned wife

Centipede found in husband's messy underwear

Centipede found in husband’s messy pants.

Dear concerned wife,
We invested much research into the posting you cited:  Can Centipedes really crawl up your butt??  What we find troubling about your submission is that your Centipede does not look like a Soil Centipede, the group that was the subject of all our research as well as other strange reports we have received including Soil Centipede presumably passed during bowel movement and Soil Centipede found in Bath WaterBugGuide also has a submission of a Soil Centipede found in a human stool sample.  Soil Centipedes are described on BugGuide as being:  “Slender, rather sluggish eyeless centipedes that have 27 to 191 pairs (the number of leg pairs is always odd) of legs and 14-segmented antennae. They burrow in the substrate in a manner similar to earthworms, by elongating and contracting their bodies.”  If our calculations are correct, your Centipede has fewer than 21 pairs of legs, so it is NOT a Soil Centipede.  Additionally, your Centipede does not appear like it has been in a human gastrointestinal tract.  Your Centipede appears like it might be in the genus
Cryptops, based on this imaged of Crytops hortensis which is posted to BugGuide and appears to have the same number of legs as your individual.  We also have a posting on our site of a Tiger Centipede found in a young lady’s panties, and it was definitely NOT a parasite.  We suspect it just sought out a warm dark place, which is what we are inclined to believe regarding the Centipede you found.  We would urge you to keep the specimen and take it to the doctor conducting the stool sample, but again, we are inclined to believe the two instances are a coincidence and that your husband’s diarrhea is not related to the discovery of the Centipede in his dirtied pants.  Please keep us posted if there are additional developments or questions.