Subject:  Beetle Attached Photo
Location:  Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date:  September 21, 2017
Hi there
Can you please advise what species is this ?
It was seen in the Serra dos Órgãos national park in Rio de Janeiro state Brazil.
I was fascinated by the way the antennae were laid across the back and was unable to find anyone that could identify it.
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks
Séamus O’Malley

Double Crested Longicorn

Dear Séamus,
This is an unusual double crested Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, and we eventually located it on Insetologia where it is identified as
Hypselomus cristatus.  Additional images can be found on Cerambycidae of the World.  According to Oncid ID:  “The combination of the following characters will help to distinguish this genus: large eyes; narrowly separated antennal tubercles, contiguous at base; bowed scape, gradually expanded to apex; and base of elytra with two longitudinal, arcuate, strongly elevated crests, each crest studded with several round, shiny tubercles.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  NS, Canada
Date: 09/24/2017
Time: 11:52 AM EDT
The girls found this spider in the bananas at work. Wasnt sure what kind this was.
How you want your letter signed:  Makayla

Male Grass Spider

Dear Makayla,
This is a harmless male Grass Spider in the genus
Agelenopsis and it is the third example we have posted today.

Subject:  What’s this caterpillar?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hingham, MA
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 08:38 AM EDT
Hello, my sons have never seen this type of caterpillar and would love to know what it is called and more about it!
How you want your letter signed:  #askingforhersons

Pre-Pupal Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear #askingforhersons,
This whimsical looking caterpillar is a pre-pupal Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar.  The orange color indicates it is pre-pupal, and just prior to pupation, the normally green caterpillars often turn orange when they leave the trees they have been feeding upon to search for an appropriate site to commence metamorphosis.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  Interestingly, we have many more images on our site of the caterpillars than we do of the beautiful black adult Spicebush Swallowtails with their distinctive green spots.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Concerned about Brown Recluse
Geographic location of the bug:  New Hampshire
Date: 09/16/2017
Time: 10:05 AM EDT
Thanks for taking a look and getting back to me.
How you want your letter signed:  Brendan

Male Grass Spider

Dear Brendan,
We are sorry about the delay.  Your request has been on our back burner for over a week.  We really only have time to respond to a small fraction of the requests we receive.  Since we just posted an image of what we believe to be a male Grass Spider, we hunted through unanswered mail to locate your request as your individual is definitely a harmless male Grass Spider in the genus
Agelenopsis.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.

Subject:  In the Agelenopsis genus????
Geographic location of the bug:  Canada, Ontario, Ottawa
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 07:35 AM EDT
Hello! There’s a big spider web on my porch. I’ve been watching it grow, throwing moths in there all summer. Because of how massive the web is, it’s really hard to snap a clear picture of the spider. However, one morning, I spotted a second spider wandering in and around the web. Looks exactly like the one who ones the web but it’s got a thinner body and longer legs. I’m suspecting it was a male wandering for the female. Either way, I’ve made a bit of research in my identification book but can’t find a spot on description/picture of them. Here’s a clear picture of the suspected male and a blurry picture of the suspected female!
Thanks for everything you do, I love wandering on your website!
How you want your letter signed:  Madeleine Blais

Male Grass Spider, we believe

Dear Madeleine,
Though we cannot make out the spinnerets in your image, and the spinnerets of Grass Spiders in the genus
Agelenopsis are generally quite prominent, we believe you are correct that this is a male Grass Spider from that genus. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.   Since the female has been living in a web, that is additional evidence that this is a Grass Spider or Funnel Web Spider.  Thanks for the kind words.

Female Grass Spider, we presume.


Subject:  Large fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario, Can.
Date: 09/23/2017
Time: 03:56 PM EDT
Too hot to fly? Feels like 100F here today.
How you want your letter signed:  Del

Tiger Bee Fly

Dear Del,
This is a Tiger Bee Fly, a harmless pollinator.