Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Iowa, USA
September 18, 2015 11:35 am
This picture was taken in my backyard.
Signature: Vera

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada

Dear Vera,
This is an Annual Cicada in the genus
Tibicen, and they are generally present from mid summer until mid autumn.  They are among the loudest insects, and when they are plentiful, they create quite a cacophony from the tops of the trees.

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Subject: Can you help identify this bug?
Location: Aiea, HI
September 19, 2015 1:55 pm
I’ve been getting bites and cannot figure out where I am getting them and what kind of bites they are. They are definitely not mosquito bites. I found this bug in my dryer…
Thank you so much!
Signature: Dina Nishioka

Ball of Lint

Ball of Lint

Dear Dina,
It appears you were bitten by a ball of lint.

That just made me laugh out loud!

We really couldn’t make out any identifiable insect in the ball of lint.

Subject: Mystery Hornet?
Location: Souderton, Pennsylvanis
September 19, 2015 4:32 am
Hello, we killed this hornet (?) after it flew into our house. It was about 6 AM, on Sept 19. The weather was cool and foggy. We live in South Eastern Pennsylvania in a semi-rural area with lots of farms and trees. After we killed this one we saw another one outside the house buzzing around our porch light. The shape of the abdomen reminds me of a hornet, but it doesn’t match any picture that I could find of species typical for the area. Thanks so much for any help you can offer on this guy, and all of your efforts to educate people about the insects in their lives!!
Signature: Alison

European Hornet

European Hornet

Dear Alison,
This European Hornet is a non-native species introduced into North America during the nineteenth century.  European Hornets are not considered aggressive toward humans, and it is most likely that no threat was posed when it entered your home.  Creatures that inadvertently enter the home can be safely relocated outdoors by trapping them in an inverted glass with the opening covered by a post card.

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Subject: Black and red beetle with wings
Location: La Cañada Flintridge, CA
September 18, 2015 9:34 pm
This was found mid-September in La Cañada, CA. They are all over my school. I don’t know what it is!!
Signature: Teacher

Red Shouldered Bug

Red Shouldered Bug

Dear Teacher,
This is a Red Shouldered Bug,
Jadera haematoloma, and they sometimes form huge aggregations of 1000s of individuals.

Subject: caterpillar on live oak tree
Location: Pender County North Carolina
September 18, 2015 6:59 pm
I noticed that some of my live oak trees had almost all their leaves gone. On inspection I saw several caterpillars eating the leaves. This was in southeastern North Carolina on September 17, 2015.
Signature: Tom Maloy

Yellow Necked Caterpillar

Yellow Necked Caterpillar

Dear Tom,
You are being troubled by the Yellow Necked Caterpillar,
Datana ministra, and according to BugGuide:  “The larvae feed on Malus, Quercus, Betula and Salix species. Young larvae skeletonise the leaves of their host plant. Later, they feed on all of the leaf except the leaf stalk. They feed in groups.”

Thank you so much.  Hope my oaks recover.  I know that the catalpa caterpillars (which to me look similar to these) completely denude the catalpa trees and they come back without a problem-hope my oaks do as well.  At least I can use the catalpa caterpillars for fish bait but didn’t know if I could handle the Yellow Necked Caterpillar safely.
Tom Maloy

Subject: URGENT – Supposed Banana Spider?
Location: Fort Oglethorpe, GA
September 19, 2015 7:40 am
My friend decided to let this little (big) girl stay on her front porch. She runs a daycare out of her home. She calls it a banana spider but I want to know for certain. Especially because she just made an egg sac and it’s huge!!!!!!!! She’s about 2-3″ long and the sac is bigger than her. This is urgent because of the kids that run around her place.
please help!!!
Signature: thanks, Amy

Golden Orbweaver with Egg Sac

Golden Orbweaver with Egg Sac

Dear Amy,
This is not a Banana Spider, a common name often given to
Nephila clavipes.  This is a Golden Orbweaver, Argiope aurantia, and they are considered harmless, and though big individuals might bite, they are not aggressive and the bite would only cause local tenderness and swelling.  In our opinion, the Golden Orbweaver poses no threat to the children, and they can be taught about the marvels of nature through observation.