Can you help me identify this bug?
My sister in law lives here in League City Texas nearby and has these bugs coming into her house. I am normally pretty good at identifying bugs but this one has me stumped…?? Can you help? Thank you in advance,
Shannon Clement
League City Texas

Hi Shannon,
Your beetle, a Red Headed Ash Borer, Neoclytus acuminatus, is a very effective wasp mimic. They are probably emerging from firewood.

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Giant Crab Spider?
I came across this spider crawling across my bathroom window. I was quite surprised. It is the largest spider I have seen that is not in a cage or a zoo. I was able to wrangle it into a bucket and snap a few pictures. The coin is a US Quarter. I found several websites stating that this spider, the Giant Crab Spider (Olios sp) is common to Arizona, however I live in Porterville California, which is halfway between Bakersfield and Fresno. Did I identify the species correctly, and is this spider common in California agricultural lands? I released it into my garden after taking the photo. Thanks,

Hi Dave,
You are correct. Giant Crab Spiders in the genus Olios are also known as Huntsman Spiders. We believe this to be a Golden Huntsman Spider, Olios fasciculatus.

tiny red bugs on avocado seed……
the past few days i’ve been trying to figure out what kind of bugs these are! they are very small (about 1.5mm) with a bulbous, shiny red body, 6 legs, black head and antennas. i found them on my front porch on my avocado seed that was sitting in a glass of water in the sun. at first i thought they were baby ladybugs so i moved the seed out of the water and onto a plant so they wouldn’t drown, but later found that baby ladybugs have the black spots just like adults… what are these?!!? i know they are not mites, which is the only "small red bug" i can find on the internet. i live in austin, tx and (if this even matters) the weather has been 65-75 degrees in february. after two days of searching all the resources i could find online i’ve decided to take a shot at writing! they seem so simple, yet i can’t for the life of me figure them out! i’ve attached a few pictures i took this morning…. thank you in advance,
cat presley

Hi Cat,
We can accurately give you a general identification, but we are bound and determined to be more specific. These are newly hatched Hemipterans, True Bugs. We thought they looked like Stink Bugs, but finding them on an avocado pit is puzzling unless the female stink bug just laid her eggs on its surface not considering it as a food source. We did find a very similar image on BugGuide, also from Texas, that is just identified as a nymphal Hemipteran herd, but it is suspected that they are Stink Bugs, family Pentatomidae. BugGuide had another image from Virginia posted with the following comment by Eric Eaton: “They often stay together to re-inforce their warning colors of red and black. After the next molt they will disperse a bit.” Another similar image on BugGuide from California is just listed as True Bugs as is one from Alabama. Another virtually identical image on BugGuide is listed as a not yet identified stink bug nymph.

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Arctiidae moth from Northeast Patagonia, Argentina
Hi Bugman!
I´ve found this beautiful and elegant moth several times since January, probably attracted by lights of a new building between the coastal dunes and the shrub vegetation (that we call "monte" in spanish) in Las Grutas, a beach city in Río Negro, Patagonia, Argentina. It is no longer than 2cm (0.8 inches). Hind wings have white and black broad lines and bloody red in the posterior area. All the femurs are shocking red too. I´ve been searching dozens of websites with Arctiidae pictures, but there are very few with southern South America´s ones. No luck until now… So I will try sending my low quality pictures (taken with a pocket cam) to you, in hope you can help me! Your site is one of my favourites, and I´m visiting it as much as I can to enjoy and learn with you and the people who write. I´m biologist, and had worked in spider taxonomy, but right now I´m working with shorebirds ecology. Your site keeps my loved and amazing bugs from all the world at hand! Thanks a lot for your work!
in San Antonio Oeste and Las Grutas
Río Negro. Patagonia

Hi Mirta,
Thank you so much for your touching letter. It is the first query we have ever received from Patagonia. Sadly, we cannot identify your lovely Tiger Moth, but we plan to post it for our readership. We will also contact our venerable neighbor, Julian Donahue, an expert in the Arctiidae, in the hopes that he can provide you with an answer.

Update: (03/10/2008)
Hi Daniel,
Got the photos, and have printed them. I won’t be able to give you an answer until I check my references at the Museum on my next visit … . However, I suspect that your moth is actually a noctuid, rather than an arctiid (although the higher classification nerds have recently demoted the arctiids to a subfamily of noctuids–what a blow!). Just didn’t want you to think I overlooked your query. All the best,

powdery white beetle in Florida
Hi, I live in South Florida and found two of these in my daughter’s little playhouse outside in the yard. They’re quite small — just a bit bigger than a lady bug. They are a dull, powdery white. I can’t find them online anywhere. Do you know what they are? (The photos are also attached.) Many thanks,
Cindy Glover, Lake Worth, FL

Hi Cindy,
Your insect is a Little Leaf Notcher Weevil, Myllocerus undatus. It is not a native species and has been reported from Florida. BugGuide has an excellent image, and a Florida Pest Alert Website lists 68 plants that can be damaged by this invasive species from Sri Lanka.

Beetle ID
I was hiking with friends in the desert the other day in Baja and we came across these beetles on a margarite bush (incensio in Spanish). They had black wings. Underneath, they were red-orange with black dots. Very pretty. Thank You!

Hi Lynn,
Your beetle is Lytta magister, the Master Blister Beetle. According to BugGuide: “Pressing or rubbing adult blister beetles may cause them to exude some of their hemolymph (“blood”), which contains Cantharidin. Cantharidin causes blistering of the skin, thus the name blister beetle.”