House Centipede?
Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 9:33 AM
Is this a house centipede? I have a LOT of these in my house. In the basement, in the bath tub, in the closets, this one was on the stairs. They have very definite little personalities. One I found in the basement, ran away from me, realized he was in the middle of the room with nowhere to go, looked around, turned back towards me and ran to hide in a pile of laundry at my feet. I found another one on my leg while I was sitting watching tv. The one of the picture was on the stairs. They definitely seem to like people! Do they bite?
Inundated
Chicago, IL

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Inundated,
Your House Centipede identification is absolutely correct.  We have heard of a very few instances where a person has claimed to have been bitten by a House Centipede, but those reports are rare.  There is no danger if this questionable bite occurs.  House Centipedes would not be so plentiful in your home unless they have a ready food supply.  Roaches and spiders would be considered a food supply.  House Centipedes, though frightening, are actually quite beneficial.

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wierd, 30 legged bug
Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 7:55 AM
looks something like a centipede, but only has 30, long, almost spider like legs. The feet aren’t sticky as it cant crawl out of my kitchen sink. It’s body is long, and thin. About an inch long. It has a black strip down its back.
???
Connecticut US

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Puzzled,
30 is the correct number of legs for a common House Centipede.  These frightening but harmless creatures will eat other household intruders like roaches and spiders.

Spider carrying orange orbs
Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 6:53 AM
I found this spider while digging a trench in my lawn in April, 2008. There was no web in sight. The spider seemed to be just walking along. My first thought was that it was carrying it’s eggs somewhere. I took a few pictures, then continued with my trench. After a few days, I began to wonder exactly what kind of spider it was and what it was doing, but haven’t been able to find out any more information. Thanks for your help.
TJ1028
Coastal southern California

Harvestman with Parasitic Mites

Harvestman with Parasitic Mites

Hi TJ1028,
Your spider is actually another type of Arachnid in the order Opiliones, commonly called a Harvestman or Daddy-Long-Legs.  The orange orbs appear to be Parasitic Mites in the genus Leptus.  We originally thought the Mites were merely hitching a ride, a phenomenon known as Phoresy, but a search of BugGuide revealed the parasitic nature of the Mites.  There is some good dialog contributed by the BugGuide readership on the genus Leptus.

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Beetle-like bug
Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 2:11 PM
Hi Bugman!
I live in Northeast Illinois near the Wisconsin border, and I’ve noticed a “new” bug hanging aroung on my house, my deck, and some plants. I’ve never seen a bug like this, and I’m hoping you can tell me what it is. It has hair on it’s legs and around it’s head, and I’m pretty sure this bug can fly.
Thanks!
Tracy Spidyweber
Midwest

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Hi Tracy Spidyweber,
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis.  Perhaps the reason it is a new species for you is that in the past decade, its range has greatly expanded from the Pacific Northwest.  This range expansion may be partially explained by climate changes, but human mobility and the ease of accidentally transporting unknown passengers is doubtless a contributing factor.

praying mantis eating a wheel bug, unknown eggs
Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:12 PM
HELLO BUGMAN!
… We are also including a hatching photo we took this August. The eggs were stuck to the brick wall outside our classroom and we watched daily to see what was going to happen. We’d loved to know what was coming out! Thank you so much for your help!
Always looking for bugs,
Fours and fives in PA
Southeastern PA

Imperial Moth Eggs Hatching

Imperial Moth Eggs Hatching

Dear Teacher of Fours and Fives,
We are most certain the eggs are those of an Imperial Moth.  BugGuide shows good life cycle images and your first instar caterpillar, except for being a bit lighter, looks quite close to those images.

praying mantis eating a wheel bug, unknown eggs
Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:12 PM
HELLO BUGMAN!
Just wanted to share this week’s playground “show” of a praying mantis DEVOURING a wheel bug. The class watched in horror/amazement. We had just seen our first wheel bug of this school year the day before.
We are also including a hatching photo we took this August. The eggs were stuck to the brick wall outside our classroom and we watched daily to see what was going to happen. We’d loved to know what was coming out! Thank you so much for your help!
Always looking for bugs,
Fours and fives in PA
Southeastern PA

Preying Mantis eats Wheel Bug

Preying Mantis eats Wheel Bug

Dear Teacher of Fours and Fives in PA,
We are gladdened to see that you have taken your classwork home and that your students will be able to find their answers online next week.  Our only request is that in the future, you please don’t include multiple postings in one letter as it jumbles our already voluminous archives.  Your Mantis photo is awesome in that it shows the Mantis devouring another beneficial predator.  If the statistics were available, they might reveal that, since it pretty much sits higher up on the food chain, the Mantis may eat more beneficial insects than problematic ones.  Since Mantids are often found on flowering plants, they consume their share of pollinators.