Unidentified Caterpillars
Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:26 PM
Hi! I found this first caterpillar in Cap-aux-Os, on September 4th, during a trip in the region of Gaspésie (Eastern Québec, Canada). Back home, I was surprised to find a very simillar caterpillar, 20 days later, this time in Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie (an hour north of Montreal). I am sending pictures of both caterpillars. I hope you can help me identify them. Thank you!
Béatrice
Québec (Canada)

Fingered Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Fingered Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Hi Beatrice,
Both of your caterpillars look like Fingered Dagger Moth Caterpillars, Acronicta dactylina, also called the Alder Dagger Moth Caterpillar. According to BugGuide, the species is “uncommon but widely distributed” and describes the caterpillar as: “Larva: body covered with stiff orange or brown hair dorsally, and pale yellowish or white hair laterally, with several much longer black hairs and white hairs concentrated near the front and back (may also have three dense dorsal tufts of long black hair on abdominal segments 1, 3, and 8) .”

Fingered Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Fingered Dagger Moth Caterpillar

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October 7, 2008
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This flying insect was found in my house, any help appreciated.
Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:10 AM
This little guy decided to try to bathe with my 2 year old and I havent been able to figure out what it is. Any help would be appreciated . It has white and black stripped antenna as well as a red abdomen on top lined with black and white stripes. The underside of the abdomen is simple black and white stripes. A friend refered me to your site as the “go to place”.
Jackie
Sicily, Italy

Leaf Footed Bug from Sicily

Leaf Footed Bug from Sicily

Hi Jackie,
This is some species of Leaf Footed Bug or Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae.  We are not certain of the exact species.  Perhaps a reader will provide the answer, or perhaps we will have more luck in the future.

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Florida Predatory Stinkbug ?
Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:44 PM
Hi to all who have helped me,
I was so blown away by this stink bug.  I read somewhere that it had a 4 section  beak?.  Looks like a sectional proboscis of sorts.  I could not believe the orange “beak”  I had to work to get this photo and that is always fun.  It was well worth the “coaxing” to get these shots.  I just had to see what the article was about (no photos).
How does this “beak” get  back into his  “mouthpart” for lack of a better description or does it store underneath?   I could not see how he did that I think this is so cool.  Maybe you know a stinkbug Dr. you could pass this along to.
Thanks,
Janis Osborne
Duluth, GA
Oct. 2008

Florida Predatory Stink Bug

Florida Predatory Stink Bug

Hi Janis,
Thanks so much for sending your awesome photo of a Florida Predatory Stink Bug, Euthyrhynchus floridanus.  It is a welcomed addition to our archive.

What kinda spider is this??
Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:37 PM
Hey bugman,
I found this Spider in my boat in the back yard. The boat has been sitting for most of the summer. I was getting ready to clean it out so i can store it and i found this Guy. Never seen anything like it. I would say its about the size of a Nickel. I live in Mid Michigan and its early fall. please let me know if you know any info on this spider. Thanks
Chris S Laingsburg, Mi
Laingsburg, Michigan USA

Marbled Orbweaver

Marbled Orbweaver

Hi Chris,
This looks like one of the numerous color variations of the highly variable Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus.  You can view some of the many color variations on BugGuide.

who knows bug
Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 2:57 PM
These two have been hanging around for days. Wondering what they are. They look ancient. They are very small. Smaller than my little fingernail.
Christy
Southern New Mexico

Mating Broad-Nosed Weevils

Mating Broad-Nosed Weevils

Hi Christy,
These are mating Broad Nosed Weevils, most probably in the genus Ophryastes which are found in desert climates in the American Southwest.  We located images of this genus on BugGuide.