Subject: Joshua Tree Spider
Location: Joshua Tree, CA
July 25, 2017 5:25 pm
Please help me identify this greyish spider that’s about the size of an open hand.
Signature: Matt

Wolf Spider

Dear Matt,
This looks like a large Wolf Spider, but we are not certain of the genus or species.  Wolf Spiders are hunting spiders that do not build webs.  Despite their large size, they are harmless.  We are going to attempt to contact Mandy Howe to see if she can provide a species identification.

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Subject: Bombus with long abdomen
Location: Wilmington NC
July 25, 2017 6:39 pm
7/23/2017 – Saw 5 of these on Cup Plant (silphium sp.) All had very extended abdomens. A friend on Facebook pollinator group suggested it may be Bombus Fraternus. If so, this is good news as I believe they are in a threatened status. Thanx in advance for your expert assistance.
Signature: Dave Hobbs

Southern Plains Bumble Bee

Dear Dave,
These images do indeed look like a Southern Plains Bumble Bee when compared to this BugGuide image, also taken in North Carolina.  According to BugGuide:  “Has disappeared from the northern margins of its range, with few or no records from the northernmost states where recorded historically, but still regularly encountered in its core range on the southern Great Plains, and still found in the Southeastern United States.”  This species, as you indicated, is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Congratulations on your awesome sighting and thanks so much for sending in your images with the identification.

Southern Plains Bumble Bee

Southern Plains Bumble Bee

Subject: Rare insect
Location: Las Vegas NV.
July 26, 2017 2:28 am
This flew in my cousins house, it took her a few days to catch it when she did she noticed that it was dead so she though but as she !over the jar it got up. It was playing dead. It did it a cold times. She went to let it out the jar and as she opened the jar it flew out the jar but right back in her house and now she can’t find it but she hears it and has seen it flying around. Can you help us
Signature: Nosy cindi

Red Form Citrus Cicada

Dear Nosy Cindi,
Based on this BugGuide image, we have learned that this is the Red Form of the Citrus Cicada,
Ciceroprocta apache f. ochroleuca.  According to BugGuide:  “D. apache f. ochroleuca is a pallid reddish-brown color form most frequently found in n. Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California. ”  The sound produced by some Cicadas is quite loud.

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Subject: Insect???
Location: WV Fairmont 26554
July 25, 2017 10:31 am
I found 2 of these bugs, mosquitoes? in Mr little wading pool in July of this year 2017. I live in West Virginia 26554.
Please let me know if you can identify.
Thank you
Signature: Terri

Drowned Camel Cricket

Dear Terri,
This is not a Mosquito.  This is a Camel Cricket, a harmless insect that is often found in dark, damp places including basements.

Mating Green Darners originally published July 25, 2007.
We really love this image, the type of image that inspired us to create the Bug Love tag long ago.


Hi! A friend of mine posted a link to this site in his blog and I fell in love with it instantly. I have some pictures of dragonflies I thought you might like, but I don’t know what kind they are. The one on my hand I found outside my front door, dead. =C The ones in the water I patiently followed around in the John Martin Reservoir until I could get close enough to capture their mating, and the one in the grass was one of hundreds that were flying around the city park. All the pics were taken in South Eastern Colorado. Thanks for your awsome site!

Dear Mysterious Photographer of Dragonflies
We really love your image of Mating Green Darners,
Anax junius. We have written several times about this mating position and the male’s anal claspers. What is really great is that you have captured the female depositing eggs.


Subject: Emperor Dragonfly
Location: Bristol, UK
July 25, 2017 9:14 am
Hi Bugman!
I thought you might like for your site this picture of a female Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator laying eggs. The pond is a new one just created at my local wildlife park.
Signature: Zoovolunteer

Emperor Dragonfly Oviposits

Dear Zoovolunteer,
We love your image of an ovipositing Emperor Dragonfly.  Our related Green Darner,
Anax junius, is also a magnificent Dragonfly.  We recently shot an image of an ovipositing Flame Darner, and her technique was quite different, dipping the tip of her abdomen beneath the surface while hovering.