locust or grasshopper?
Can you help us identify these? There were thousands of them at the City of Rocks in New Mexico this weekend. they averaged about 3 inches in length and were brightly colored a sharp contrast to the light brown grasshoppers we typically see here in the area. thanks
kristin

Hi Kristin,
We believe this is a Plains Lubber Grasshopper in the genus Brachystola. This genus has not been represented on our site until your submission. Though BugGuide doesn’t have many specifics on the genus, the Family Romaleidae is characterized as having: “Most species are large with shortened wings, often brightly marked “

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Hickory Horned Devil?
We found this big guy on a manzanita bush south of Tucson. After checking your website we believe it to be a Hickory Horned Devil, but we don’t know if they are common in Arizona. Can you please help us out? Thank you.
J.D. and Jennifer

Hi J.D. and Jennifer,
The Citheronia splendens sinaloensis Caterpillar in your photo is in the same genus as the Hickory Horned Devil. It does not have a common name. We might propose Arizona Devil for the Caterpillar.

pic of some Emesinae assassin bugs mating
Not sure of what the exact species is, but its in Emesinae I’m sure. Found it while out camping Red River Gorge in Kentucky. I run an indoor butterfly garden in NY state, so if you ever would like help IDing some of the random tropical butterflies, let me know, I’d be glad to help you. Thanks,
Tad Yankoski
Entomologist
Strong National Museum of Play
www.museumofplay.org
tyankoski@museumofplay.org

Hi Tad,
If you are unsure what species these mating Thread-Legged Assassin Bugs are, we aren’t even going to venture a guess. The photo sure is a jumble of thread legs. Perhaps we will take you up on your tropical butterfly identification offer next time we are in a bind.

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(08/29/2008) Golden-Silk Spider Eating Large Dragonfly – Palm Beach County – Florida
Hello Purveyors of Bug Identifications,
First – thanks for providing such an educational website. I use it quite a bit while working for the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management. We oversee the protection of thousands of acres of wildlands and one of my numerous jobs is to create trail guides/publications for these properties. This means I need to know what sorts of creatures roam the woodlands – and since I work in the warm, wet climate of South Florida, that means lots of bugs! I am sending you a picture of a female golden-silk spider enjoying a light repast of dragonfly. This photos was taken at the Delray Oaks Natural Area in Delray Beach, Florida. Note, I believe the small spider in the upper right corner is a male. He seems to be waiting his turn at the dinner table – probably smart considering the huge size discrepancy between the two. If he is not careful, he may be dessert! Keep up the great work!
Ann Mathews
Senior Environmental Analyst
Palm Beach County

Hi Ann,
Your letter came at the perfect time to be selected as the Bug of the Month for September as well as being cross referenced in the Food Chain and Bug Love. Golden Silk Spiders, Nephila clavipes, have pronounced sexual dimorphism, with the female sometime being 100 times the mass of the diminutive male. Golden Silk Spiders have extremely strong silk, and attempts have been made to use it for fabric, but this is far too expensive to be practical. Golden Silk Spiders are also called Banana Spiders and can be found in the southeastern US and south all the way to Argentina.

Anxious Comment
OK, this is just sad
I’m anxiously awaiting the September Bug of the Month…does that mean I’m addicted?
Misty Doy

Hi Misty,
We usually post the new Bug of the Month on the last day of the month even if we have selected it a few days earlier. It will be live shortly.

Lots on highway near big bend texas (UNCLASSIFIED)
SIR,
what are these bugs

Thanks for letting us know that the Horse Lubber Grasshoppers, Taeniopoda eques, are making their annual appearance in the arid portions of the American Southwest.

funny cicada foto from joanne
Dan and Lisa!
I wanted to share this goofy photo I took yesterday morning in Darien, IL. I call it "Ian Likes to Watch." Ian is our cat. He sniffed at them then walked away. Poor bugs can’t get any privacy!
Joanne

Hi Joanne,
This has to be one of the funniest Bug Love images we have ever received. Thanks for sending it.