big spider
father found this in florida and we think its a large wolf spider but not sure:

Your spider is a male Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria, also called a Banana Spider because they arrive from the tropics with banana shipments.

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Possible Cicada Killers and What’s Happening to Them?
My name is Lacie Blevins and I am from Mulvane, KS, just outside of Wichita, KS. My children and I were outside playing and noticed that we were able to find an usually large number of Cicada shells in our backyard, at least in my opinion considering we’d never seen quite that many in one area before. While looking for more Cicada shells, we noticed three dead insects, which my five-year-old daughter expertly [sarcasm] believed to be a dead bumblebee, and I a hornet, all underneath one of our trees; coincidentally, we found them under the tree with the highest number of cicada shells on and around it. After finding your website, I believe that they are Cicada Killers, but the size being reported didn’t seem to match what I found in my backyard. I have included a picture of one of the insects that I picked up out of my yard. Could you tell me if I have correctly identified the insect and what could be happening to them? I understand from your website that the Cicada Killer wasps are nothing to be afraid of, but can you tell me if there is something bigger and nastier out there that I should be worried about? Thanks,
Lacie Blevins

Hi Lacie,
Late August is about the end of the time of year you will be observing Cicada Killers, so it is possible they have just died of old age. It is also possible they have been attacked by some predator. Though we have never seen a photograph, it is possible they were attacked by one of the larger Robber Flies like a Bee Killer.

Parasitic invasion of chrysalis
A friend gave me a beautiful chrysalis yesterday to watch and photograph. This morning the container to swarming with little flying insects. I moved it outside and found two holes in the chrysalis that the bugs were emerging from. What are the flying insects, and have they probably attacked whatever moth or butterfly was forming in the coccoon? Thank you very much for any information.
Cindy Donegan

Hi Cindy,
Your distinctive Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis has been parasitized by minute Chalcid Wasps. According to BugGuide, there are over 2200 North American species, but since you did not provide us with a location, there may be more or less where you made this observation. BugGuide also states: “They are used as pest controls because they parasitize mainly the orders that contain many common pests: Lepidoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera and Homoptera.”

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(Image attached!) Tiny green spider with interesting markings! Georgetown, Ohio
(If you have already opened and read my first message, I offer my sincerest apologies. I did not attach the image in the previous message.)
I found this spider on a tomato plant in my backyard today. I realize the photograph is not as high-resolution as it could be, but this spider was only half the size of a grain of rice so it was somewhat difficult to get a good shot with my six megapixel camera. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before, and the yellow and red pattern on its back was astounding in its symmetry and seemed unusually detailed for an insect of this size. The closest thing I could find to it on your site was a spider referred to as Araneus Cingulatus, but, while somewhat similar in color and markings, varies in its size, shape, and type of pattern. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Alan K.

Hi Alan,
People are always sending us emails and forgetting to attach the images. This is an Orb Weaver, and it looks to be Araneus cingulatus based on an image posted to BugGuide.

spider in the underwear drawer
Hello Bugman,
We found this little beast peeking out of one of our dresser drawers last night. It saw us coming a mile away, so we failed to catch it. Presumably he makes his home in the dresser. It’s about 1″ across (including legs). From pictures I can find on the internet, I think it looks a little like a red jumping spider, but the body and legs are lighter in color and more variegated. What do you think? We live in Los Angeles, CA. Thanks,

Hi Malia,
We think that thanks to this Jumping Spider, your drawers are free from bugs. This is a Jumping Spider in the genus Phidippus. It may be Phidippus clarus which is highly variable, or perhaps Phidippus johnsoni, another highly variable species, or it may be another species in this highly variable genus.

Bug ID help Requested
Hi there,
These were observed last month, on the leaf undersides of a birch sapling, in S.W. Hillsboro County ,New Hampshire . Are they maybe Aphids ??. There were large groups of them on the underside of many leaves. Hoping you can help me, as I have spent countless hours searching your site, the internet and even the book "Field Guide to Insects of N.A." by Eaton and Kaufman, which I bought last weekend. I took some fairly accurate measurements of them, on a ( US ) one cent for size comparison. Small bug is on Lincoln ‘s chin. Measurements from Precision 7X Magnifier with Measuring Plate. Large Bug: .075 long x .050 wide (1.9mm x 1.27mm) Small Bug: .050 long x .025 wide (1.27mm x .635mm) I still am not sure if these are aphids. By the way, WTB is a really great site !!
Thanks for any help or insight you can provide.
Dick B.

Hi Dick,
Other than knowing that these are Hemipterans, we are stumped. We have contacted Eric Eaton for assistance. Your photos are quite detailed, and your written account is quite thorough, so we are fully confident that Eric will either provide the answer, of know who to contact for the answer.

Update: (08/26/2008)
Hi, Daniel:
The tiny hemipterans are, in all likelihood, nymphs of a lacebug, family Tingidae. I’ll get a friend of mine, who is a lacebug expert, to confirm this. The image with multiple individuals is clearly a collection of shed exoskeletons left behind after molting:-) Many insects seem to have synchronous molts like this. Keep up the great work, don’t be afraid to refer folks over to Bugguide, as we’ve got lots of people who can ID stuff, do it pretty quickly, and correctly most of the time. We will accept images of insects from elsewhere, too, they just would not stay in the guide permanently. Might relieve some of your burden?

Confirmation: (08/26/2008)
Here is Laura Miller’s answer. She is a leading authority on lacebugs.

Hi Eric,
Good to hear from you. I don’t understand exactly what you want me to do about the “reply to all”. But I can tell you the answer here anyway. They sure are lace bug nymphs and the second set of pictures are lace bug exuvia. If he is seeing them on birch, they’re either Corythucha heidemanni or C. pallipes but at least I’m sure they’re Corythucha sp. Cheers,