Subject: Bugs from Christmas tree
Location: NJ
January 8, 2016 8:46 am
After one month of a Christmas tree in our Sun room, hundred or so if these bugs started crawling all over. When squished, they squirt a deep red almost brown color. Not sure if they are nymph stage or what?
Signature: Cookie2896

Giant Conifer Aphid

Giant Conifer Aphid

Dear Cookie,
Live Christmas Trees are notorious for introducing insects to the home.  Your critters are Giant Conifer Aphids, and we have gotten numerous reports this year alone of Giant Conifer Aphids indoors.  Live Christmas Trees eventually begin to dry out, and as the food supply for these sap sucking insects diminishes, they set out in search of other conifers, which they are not very likely to find in the home.  Other than being a nuisance, they will not harm you, your pets or your home.

Thank you so much for your expeditious response. Glad to know they are not harmful, but that was probably our last live tree. Will resort to artificial in the future. Too bad because it really smelled nice! :-)

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Subject: Bug id
Location: Mn
January 7, 2016 5:34 pm
We found this bug today in our MN house. We have never seen this bug before and are wondering what it is.
Signature: ?

False Bombardier Beetle

False Bombardier Beetle

This is a False Bombardier Beetle in the genus Galerita, and according to bugGuide:  “Adults eat other insects, especially caterpillars.”

Subject: Caterpillar in Brazil
Location: Holambra – São Paulo – Brazil
January 6, 2016 6:25 pm
Hello,
I found this caterpillar in Holambra – São Paulo State – Brazil in orchid. It eats the flower, when flowers are starting to grow.
Could you help me to identify this caterpillar?
Thank you so much.
Regards,
Valeria
Signature: VFM

Woolly Bear we believe

Woolly Bear we believe

Dear Valeria,
We have not had any luck identifying your Caterpillar, but we suspect it is a Woolly Bear, the caterpillar of a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck identifying this orchid eating caterpillar.  You can also try writing to Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia, our sister site from Brazil.  Should Cesar provide you with a species name, please write back to us so we can update your posting.

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Subject: Ecuadorian Beetle
Location: Ecuador
January 7, 2016 8:29 pm
I photographed this beetle at Cabanas San Isidro, Ecuador, which is on the east slope of the Andes at about 6000′ elevation. Is it in the family Carabidae? Or, something else? Thanks for any help you can provide.
Signature: Allen Chartier

Pole Borer Resolution : 300 x 300 dpi Bit Depth : 8 bits/channel Protection Attribute : Off Hide Attribute : Off Camera ID : N/A Camera : E995 Quality Mode : FINE Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Exposure Mode : Aperture Priority Speed Light : No Focal Length : 26.9 mm Shutter Speed : 1/113 second Aperture : F4.6 Exposure Compensation : 0 EV White Balance : Auto Lens : Built-in Flash Sync Mode : N/A Exposure Difference : N/A Flexible Program : N/A Sensitivity : ISO200 Sharpening : Auto Image Type : Color Color Mode : N/A Hue Adjustment : N/A Saturation Control : Normal Tone Compensation : Auto Latitude(GPS) : N/A Longitude(GPS) : N/A Altitude(GPS) : N/A

Pole Borer

Dear Allen,
Though it does resemble a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae or a Stag Beetle in the family Lucanidae, we believe we have correctly identified your individual as a Pole Borer in the genus Neandra from the Longhorned Borer Beetle family Cerambycidae based on this nearly identical image from BugGuide.  Though you found this critter in South America, we turned to BugGuide, the premier insect identification site in North America, to research some information on Carabidae, and we found the image in the section on the BugGuide Carabidae site that is “Other beetles superficially resembling carabids.”  According to BugGuide, the Pole Borer is found in:  “moist decaying wood; larvae bore in trees and structural wood (poles, crossties, etc.) in contact with moist ground; adults may emerge, mate, and lay eggs in the same cavity they occupied as a larva.”  Finally, Project Noah reports the Pole Borer from Ecuador.

Subject: Found this in my house plant
Location: Junction City Oregon
January 4, 2016 5:20 pm
I found this in my house plant that I’ve had for 6 years I have no idea what it is it seems to have some sort of cocoon or pod next to it
Signature: Ms Doyal

Earwig

Earwig

Dear Ms Doyal,
This sure looks like an Earwig to us.  They tend to take shelter in enclosed areas like the crown of this plant.

Subject: What spider is this
Location: Northeast pa
January 5, 2016 10:50 am
This spider was on the wall of my basement in northeastern Pennsylvania in summer, is it an Orbweaver?
Signature: VeronicaFox

Marbled Orbweaver

Marbled Orbweaver

Hi Veronica,
This is a yellow individual of the highly variably colored Marbled Orbweaver,
Araneus marmoreus, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide.  Bright orange Marbled Orbweavers are commonly called Pumpkin Spiders.