Unidentified catepillar
Location: Pennsylvania
October 20, 2010 7:32 pm
Wondering what this is? I got to page 23 and didn’t find it.
Signature: John Stella

Striped Morning Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi John,
This is the caterpillar of the White Lined Sphinx or Striped Morning Sphinx,
Hyles lineata, a species that is found in all 48 of the continental United States as well as Mexico and Canada.  It has a highly variable caterpillar, a trait that might contribute to its range and frequency since it is so adaptable.  If you scroll down the species page on the Sphingidae of the Americas website, you will find a matching example of this unusual dark variation.

Striped Morning Sphinx Caterpillar

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Spider (Huntsman?) in Lusaka, Zambia
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
October 21, 2010 4:11 am
Dear Bugman,
last night (around 8pm., 2 hours after sunset) I almost stepped on this spider (body size appr. 3.5 cm / 1.4 inches), which was sitting on the grass in our garden. We are located in the city of Lusaka, Zambia (Southern Africa). Currently it is dry season with the rainy season approaching.
The spider did not move for the entire time I took from discovering it to fetching the camera and taking some photos (with flash). Also placing my slipper next to it for size comparison did not make it move.
Any hints are greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance!
Signature: Spider-Illiterate

Possibly Wolf Spider

Dear Spider-Illiterate,
In our opinion, this appears to be a Wolf Spider, but we are not certain.

What moth is this?
Location:  Brownsville, Kentucky
October 20, 2010 11:56 am
I took this picture on 10/17/10 in Kentucky and was wondering what type of moth this is. I found them on this leaf and both of them had their wings closed until I picked it up to get a picture in the sun and the one opened it’s wings. Also, is image #2 a chrysalis for this moth?
Signature:  Susan

Dot Lined White Moths

Hi Susan,
We were amazed at the speed with which we identified your Dot Lined White Moths,
Artace cribraria.  We observed a similarity to the genus Tolype, so we searched the Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths on BugGuide, and quickly found a match in the Dot Lined White.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from June to October (1), or as early as March in the south  Food  Larvae feed on leaves of oak (Quercus), cherry (Prunus), and rose (Rosa).”  It is highly likely that the cocoon is also that of a Dot Lined White.

Dot Lined White Cocoon

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Male Brush Footed Trapdoor
Location: Queensland Au
October 21, 2010 12:22 am
Hi Guys,
We have been having heaps of rain down here and it bought this stunning male Brush Footed Trapdoor (Idiommata iridescens) to my back verandah. I didn’t find out till I got an ID that it is highly venomous in the same sort of toxicity as our infamous Sydney Funnel Web.
Signature: aussietrev

Brush Footed Trapdoor Spider

Hi Trevor,
Thanks for sending us another excellent photo of an unusual Australian species.  We had not heard of any highly venomous Trapdoor Spiders, so we decided to do a bit of internet sleuthing to find some information.  Our first hit, the Find A Spider Guide for the Spiders of Southern Queensland, produced your very photograph.  Not much else of any use turned up.

Bug Name
Location: South East
October 20, 2010 6:56 pm
My dad taught me how to take a piece of grass and put it in the hole, and when the worm started to push the grass out, you YANK out the worm. I have looked everywhere and cannot find the name of the worm/bug/ant/whatever. They live in hard ground in holes. They eat small bugs and are great fish bait. So what is this bug?
Signature: Alesha

Tiger Beetle Hole

Dear Alesha,
We are perfectly charmed by your story of luring a Tiger Beetle Larva in the family Cicindelinae out of its hole with a blade of grass.  You can see a clearer image on BugGuide, but the accompanying text pales in comparison to your own personal story.

Tiger Beetle Larva

Thank you so much, you have no idea the arguments caused by this worm.  And if you think this story is charming, you should hear the others.  The excitment of living in the south, we have to entertain ourselves somehow.  Thanks again!!!

My neighbor says they have bed bugs
Location: Lawrence, KS USA
October 20, 2010 8:39 pm
I don’t think this is a bed bug but it looks like it was living in my bed. What is it and should I be worried?
Signature: -Nandu

Carpet Beetle Larva

Hi Nandu,
Your neighbor may have Bed Bugs.  We understand they are reaching epidemic proportions in parts of the country including New York and other large cities.  Luckily, your insect is not a Bed Bug.  It is the larva of a Carpet Beetle, and though they will damage certain wool, fur and feather products, they will not pester you in the same way those pestiferous Bed Bugs will.

Thank you so much for the super fast response. I have had nightmares about bed bugs for days.