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Subject: Looks kind of like a firefly
Location: New Jersey
May 25, 2015 4:56 pm
Rescued this bug from a pool after it flew in, but I don’t think it’s a firefly. I did some googling but I haven’t found anything quite like it. Thanks for your time!
Signature: David


Tanbark Borer, we believe

Dear David,
This is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, and we believe its dramatic coloration, especially the red thorax, and its spring emergence should make it relatively easy to identify.  We were wrong and for now it is running unidentified.
P.S.  We are tagging you as a Bug Humanitarian.

Update:  May 26, 2015
We used Arthur V. Evans book, Beetles of Eastern North America, where we found a similar looking Phymatodes amoenus pictured, and that led us to the related Tanbark Borer, Phymatodes testaceus, on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it is:  “native to Eurasia; widely established around the world, incl. e. US and, more recently, in the Pacific Northwest” and it feeds on Oaks with the larvae boring in the wood.  According to NatureSpot:  “The adults are active nocturnally and will come to light but are rarely seen otherwise under normal circumstances.”  Seems like you were tagged with the Bug Humanitarian Award for rescuing an Invasive Exotic species, another tag on our site.

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Subject: Omg
Location: Belleville , Illinois
May 20, 2015 6:14 am
I’m just curious about what this is? Should I be worried about a bite from one? I’m finding them at work thank god… Never seen them in my house.
Signature: Omg

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Omg,
This is a House Centipede, a predator that is frequently found inside the home.  We maintain that they are harmless, and though they contain venom, and though it is possible that a large specimen might be able to bite a human, especially one with thin or tender skin, we agree with the literature that they are not considered to be a dangerous species.  It is our opinion that House Centipedes are beneficial predators that will help rid the home of Cockroaches and other undesirable intruders.  As an aside, just yesterday while watching CNN we learned that the initials OMG have been used for years by the FBI to refer to Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

Thanks for getting back with me. I never kill them and put them outside when I find them. Glad I do.

Because of your behavior, we will tag this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject: What is my little buddy?
Location: Rock Hill NY
April 14, 2015 5:40 pm
Hello, I just discovered this website and I love it! I’m hoping you can help me figure out what my new little friend is. Yesterday my sister was complaining that a bee was stuck in her window so I went to go free it (I’m pretty sure it was actually a wasp) but I also noticed a tiny green spider in her window too, sitting right on the screen! I watched some kind of fly get caught in a small barely visible web, and little green friend casually walked over and started feeding! My sister has a lethal prejudice against anyone with too many legs so they couldn’t stay there. While my little friend fed, I removed the window screen (with them on it) and put it in my own window. Now they’re safe and enjoying the gnats that hang out around my house plants near by. It’s newly spring here after a long winter. I’ve never seen anyone like this before. I think they have transparent hair on their legs but they’re so small its difficult to see. When I shine a fla shlight there appears to be some gold along the center of the orange stripe. Eight teeny tiny black eyes. Gooey looking fangs. Walks slowly sometimes but mostly stays in one spot. All together probably the size of a dime.
I’m sorry about the image quality, all I have right now is my iphone. If they hang out for a while I’ll try to update with better pictures. Thank you so much :-)
Signature: Jocelyn

Long-Jawed Orbweaver

Long-Jawed Orbweaver

Dear Jocelyn,
This little beauty is a Long-Jawed Orbweaver,
Tetragnatha viridis, and we quickly identified it on BugGuide.  We were totally charmed by your email and we are awarding you the Bug Humanitarian Award for your kindness to this harmless spider.  Out of curiosity, how many legs are too many?

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Southern California/High Desert
March 30, 2015 8:29 am
I found a really pretty green beetle on campus today. Some mean boys were throwing it, and I thought it was dead, but when I picked it up it moved a little bit! I’d like to know what kind of bug it is, so I can maybe save it, and if not, maybe I’ll keep it.
Can you help me?
Signature: Ms. London

Shining Leaf Chafer:  Paracotalpa puncticollis

Shining Leaf Chafer: Paracotalpa puncticollis

Dear Mrs. London,
This gorgeous Scarab Beetle is a Shining Leaf Chafer in the subfamily Rutelinae that does not have a distinct common name, and its scientific name,
Paracotalpa puncticollis, is quite a mouthful.  It is pictured on BugGuide, but there is not much additional information.  According to the Coleopterists Bulletin:  “Paracotalpa puncticollis is usually found in pinyon-juniper areas, and appears to be associated with plats of the genus Juniperus.  Observations of adults emerging from litter at the base of juniper may indicate that larvae feed on roots of this plant.  Adults have been observed feeding on needles of juniper, and analysis of fecal material has confirmed this adult diet.”  Because of your kindness, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Shining Leaf Chafer

Shining Leaf Chafer


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Subject: Southern House Spider
Location: Richmond, VA
February 20, 2015 12:59 am
Some time ago, I think last winter (maybe the one before), I wrote to you about a southern house spider I caught behind my couch and was going to release in the spring — you suggested I keep her, as I have tarantula experience, and I did. She’s fat and happy to this day, and she’s grown some.
This winter, I have another friend. She lives above my bed, behind an animal-skin wall hanging. I saw the web and meant to brush it away, off of my stuff (it makes all of the fur stick together and look bad), but then I saw her and realized the space was occupied. For now, and very probably permanently, she can stay, as it’s somewhere she’s safe from us accidentally hurting her, and from us being bitten on accident. I’m probably going to start feeding her periodically, so she will be more likely to stay put, instead of setting up camp somewhere less safe. I noticed her weeks ago, but I don’t see her very often. She very likely could have been living there for months. In this picture, she is out on her web “patio”, hanging out. I notice she does this at night sometimes, but usually she’s hidden all day. It’s interesting how her web is — it looks like a snowflake against the wall, and seems to exist mostly so that she can sit there with out losing footing and falling.
I’ve seen some males in my house. I think there’s a big “family” living with me.
Here’s some good pictures, if you want to put them on your website.
Best regards,
Denise Elliott

Southern House Spider

Southern House Spider

Dear Denise,
Thanks for updating us on the Southern House Spiders with which you are sharing your home .

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Subject: what is this spider?
Location: Los Angeles, California
February 12, 2015 3:20 pm
I discovered this spider on my stairs inside my house. I saved it and got it in a container and took it
outside. It jumps. The size of a finger nail.
Signature: Shannon

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Dear Shannon,
This is some species of Jumping Spider in the genus
Phidippus, possibly Phidippus adumbratus.  Because of your kindness in rescuing this lovely Jumping Spider, we are tagging this submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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