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Subject: scary bug
Location: campground in San Jacinto, CA
September 16, 2013 11:17 pm
found hiding under the rain fly of our tent
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Shield-Backed Katydid

Shield-Backed Katydid

The sharp, upturned curve of the ovipositor on this female Shield-Backed Katydid is quite distinctive, yet we cannot match it to any photos posted to BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

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Subject: Unidentified Spider
Location: Perth, Western Australia
September 16, 2013 12:02 am
Hi,
I would love an ID for this spider if possible – I think it is a Lynx spider, but having looked through various guides online, I can’t see a similar looking one? I found it on my cat’s scratching post on my verandah in Perth, Western Australia. Body length approx. 8-10mm.
It has an interesting mosaic pattern on the abdomen.
He was released unharmed after the photo :)
Many thanks
Tanya
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Possibly Male Orbweaver

Possibly Male Orbweaver

Hi Tanya,
The eye pattern on this spider looks most like that of the Orbweavers in the family Araneidae (see BugGuide).  The large pedipalps indicate this is a male spider.  The body pattern also reminds us of Orbweaver Spiders, so our initial guess is that this is some male Orbweaver, but we haven’t had any luck matching it to an images online.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with an ID.

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Subject: Strange Caterpillar – Australia
Location: NSW Australia
September 10, 2013 8:02 pm
Hey Bugman,
Came across this quirky looking caterpillar yesterday and have never seen one like this before.
I am in the Hawkesbury region of NSW, Australia.
The caterpillar is about 5cm long. Would love to know what he or she will eventually become.
I also have a video of him if you would like to see it, he is just adorable.
http://youtu.be/8cbvojLG5n4
Thanks
Signature: Tracy

Unknown Caterpillar

Sparshalli Moth Caterpillar

Hi Tracy,
We did a quick scan of Butterfly House, but we didn’t have any luck identifying your caterpillar.  We really must go to bed now.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist us in identifying your distinctive caterpillar.

Update:  September 26, 2013
One of our readers supplied a comment indicating this might be the caterpillar of the Sparshalli Moth,
Trichiocercus sparshalli, and based on photos on the Brisbane Insect Website and Butterfly House, we agree.

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Subject: Parasitic larvae explode from lizard a la Alien
Location: Gainesville, Fl
August 25, 2013 8:49 am
So my friend found an ailing lizard (Anolis carolinensis) yesterday in north-central Florida. He thought it might die, so he took it with him in some sort of rescue attempt. Anyway, he looks at it an hour later, the lizard was dead, and the small black dot behind the lizard’s front leg had exploded into a gaping hole filled with large wriggling larvae of some sort. It certainly appears as though they were trying to escape after their host had died. He knew I’m into reptiles, so he showed it to me. The lizard was quite familiar, but the parasites less so. They look kind of like maggots to me, but most fly maggots are in dead things, when these were clearly inside the living lizard and killed it.
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Lizard with Maggots

Lizard with Maggots

Dear lizard guy,
We agree that these look like maggots, but we do not know of any flies that parasitize lizards.  We will continue to do some research, but we are posting your letter and photos in the hope that one of our readers can come to our assistance.

Maggots emerge from Lizard

Maggots emerge from Lizard

 

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Subject: I’m guessing it’s a robber fly. Am I right or wrong?
Location: Little River, Va
July 28, 2013 4:46 pm
This is the first time I have encountered this insect.
It flew into our cabin & would not leave.
I was scared to mess with it too much because it looks like it could fight back.
After some googling, I am guessing it is a robber fly.
Am I right or wrong?
Thank you.
Signature: Heather

Robber Fly, we presume

Robber Fly, we presume

Dear Heather,
We apologize for the tardy response.  We spent a bit of time trying to identify your insect, which we also believe to be a Robber Fly, but we were unable to find an identification prior to leaving town for two and a half weeks.  Then time just got away from us and we never created the posting which we have now remedied.  We will send this image to Eric Eaton to see if he can provide any information.

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Subject: Is this a fly?
Location: Western Washington state
July 8, 2013 4:13 pm
If so, I can’t seem to find it under North American flies. It certainly wasn’t skiddish like regular flies, as I held the phone not more than a foot from it. Nor did my movement scare it.
Thanks in advance.
-Chris
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Possibly Bee Fly

Bee Fly

Hi Chris,
This is a true Fly, and it reminds us of a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, but we are unable to find a matching image on BugGuide.  We are seeking assistance from Eric Eaton on this ID.

Eric Eaton Concurs
Daniel:
It is indeed a bee fly, probably a species of Villa, though I’m not a certified expert on that family.
Eric

Without finding a common name for it, I did find out via google that it
is  indigenous to the PNW, though very difficult to find on the net with
maybe two photos. Though I’m not into entomology, I feel very fortunate
to have seen and photograph this elusive creature. Thanks for your help.

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