unrecognized beetle
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 1:06 AM
Hello! I came across this beetle a few years ago in Machu Picchu, Peru on the way up to Huayna Picchu (a summit next to Machu Picchu) at an altitude of about 2500 m. Can you please tell me what it is? Thank you!
Etai
Peru

Leaf Footed Bug

Leaf Footed Bug

Hi Etai,
This is a Coreid Bug or Leaf Footed Bug or Big Legged Bug.  It reminds us of the Giant Mesquite Bug,
Thasus acutangulus, and we suspect it may be closely related.

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Please ID this spider!
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 3:19 PM
We found this spider in our garage in Cincinnati, OH about a week ago. (late Oct. early Nov.). I dont think it had rained or anything but it is not a spider that I have ever seen in the area before. Its body w/o the legs is a little smaller than 1/2 inch. If you need any other info or pics just email me. Thanks for any help!
Mikey
Cincinnati, OH

Marbled Orb Weaver

Marbled Orb Weaver

Hi Mikey,
What a positively gorgeous Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus, a highly variable species whose many variations can be viewed on BugGuide.

Big nasty wasp
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 3:29 PM
Hi Bugman!
This is a giant crazy wasp that I found in a mist net while banding birds. It was in some coastal scrub habitat in Marin County, California on November 5, 2008. I have no idea what kind of wasp it is.
Walker Pett
Marin County, CA

Wood Wasp

Wood Wasp

Hi Walker,
This is a Wood Wasp or Horntail, and despite its “nasty” appearance, it is perfectly harmless and cannot sting.  We believe this is Urocerus californicus based on images posted to BugGuide.

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Unusual mantis
Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 5:11 AM
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 6:43 PM
Hi,
I’d sent this mail with the attached pics on the 8th. I do realize that you must be getting swamped with mails reg. bugs, but would you pl. be kind enough to respond to this request for an id on the mantis ???
Thanks.
Santosh Mani

Hello WTB,
‘m Santosh Mani an organic farmer in the state of Tamilnadu in India. Yesterday (7/9/08) my wife found this rather strange looking wingless praying mantis on one of her potted plants.  I have never seen this type of mantis before, so I checked it out on Google & WTB was the only site that had something similar looking & that was a Brazilian Mantis. Since this was seen in a southern part of Tamilnadu & I couldn’t find anything else similar looking on other sites, could you by any chance give me an id for it???  Unfortunately if it is placed on a plant it practically disappears into the background, hence I had to let it run on my shirt to be able to get an identifiable picture. I do hope the pics are good enough for you to id the mantis.
Rgds
Santosh Mani

Wandering Violin Mantis

Wandering Violin Mantis

Hi Santosh,
Thank you for your persistence in writing to us.  We believe this is a Wandering Violin Mantis nymph, Gongylus gongylodes, sometimes called an Indian Rose Mantis.  We received two amazing photos of an adult in December 2007 and we believe your photo is of an immature specimen.

What is this Freshwater Invertebrate larvae?
Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 9:43 AM
I found this freshwater invertebate in July of 2008. I found it in a culvert located in the Chippewa National Forest, north of Cass Lake, MN. It is about 1.5 – 2 inches long.
What is this invertebrate?
North Central Minnesota. North of Cass Lake, MN.

Water Tiger

Water Tiger

Dear Reader,
We have always called the larvae of Predatory Water Beetles by the colorful name Water Tigers.  We believe your larva is of a Giant Water Scavenger Beetle in the genus Hydrophilus.

Arilus cristatus
Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM
Good Evening!
A friend called me to my front door earlier. She was on the front porch; I was here at the computer. “Bet you’ve never seen this one before,” she said. She was right. Then, after downloading several shots of the creature, imagine my surprise when I found that it is your BUG OF THE MONTH! No searching through hundreds of pages this time! Thank you, too, for the link to The BugGuide. We both appreciated all the information found there.
As long as it stays outside…
R.G. Marion
Great Smoky Mountains
East Tennessee

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Hi again R.G.,
We always try to select a Bug of the Month based on what we believe our readership will encounter, and sometimes we err. There are months when not a single letter comes in to substantiate our speculation, but this month we chose wisely. We have gotten numerous additional letters of Wheel Bugs, some posted, some not, and we are happy to post your letter and photo.