Subject: ID bug
Location: Denver, CO
July 21, 2017 5:21 pm
What is this bug?
Signature: Donna

Bumble Flower Beetle

Dear Donna,
Based on this BugGuide image, we feel confident that this is a Bumble Flower Beetle,
Euphoria inda.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults emerge in the late summer, overwinter, and then become active in the early spring, which accounts for the bimodal curve in adult activity” and “Adults visit flowers for pollen and/or nectar. Sometimes damage flowers. Also takes rotting fruit, corn, sap, other plant juices.”

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Subject: Beetle .. I think
Location: Southwest Florida
July 23, 2017 12:28 pm
This was seen in my driveway on 7-23-2017 in so the st florida. Can you tell me what it is? Thank you
Signature: Esther

Sculptured Pine Borer

Dear Esther,
This is either a Sculptured Pine Borer or a Southern Sculptured Pine Borer, two similar looking, related species that are both found in Florida.  For more images of the Sculptured Pine Borers in the genus
Chalcophora, see BugGuide.  We have not seen an image of a female Sculptured Pine Borer with her ovipositor visible.

Subject: Is this a rain spider
Location: Nelspruit Area
July 21, 2017 4:00 am
Hi – This spider seems to be referred to as a rain spider or a huntsman – what is it actually called and what is the difference between this and a wolf spider
Signature: Richard

Huntsman Spider

Dear Richard,
From what we have learned on BioDiversity Explorer, Rain Spider is a name used in South Africa for members of the genus
Palystes.  Your individual looks like it might be Palystes castaneus which is pictured on BioDiversity Explorer, or Palystes superciliosus which is also pictured on BioDiversity Explorer where it states that it is “the most common and widespread species of the genus. It is distribution ranges from Kwazulu-Natal then westwards to Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo, Gauteng and south through the Free State to the Eastern and Western Cape. Its favoured habitat is scrubland and savannah woodland and it is also typically found in houses.”  Huntsman Spider is a name used in many parts of the world for spiders in the family Sparassidae, also commonly called Giant Crab Spiders, and this is the family that includes the South African Rain Spiders.  So in South Africa, Rain Spider is a term used for a specific genus within the family that includes other Huntsman Spiders, meaning all Rain Spiders are Huntsman Spiders but not all Huntsman Spiders are Rain Spiders.  Wolf Spiders are in a different family.  Scientists classify creatures into families based on physical similarities.  An easy way to distinguish Huntsman Spiders from Wolf Spiders is the eye arrangement pattern.  Both Huntsman Spiders and Wolf Spiders hunt for prey rather than to hunt passively by building a web to snare prey.

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Subject: Moth
Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex
July 21, 2017 10:37 am
This moth was seen in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England on 8 June at around 4pm. I think it is some kind of tiger moth.
Signature: JJJ

Scarlet Tiger Moth

Dear JJJ,
You are correct that this is a Tiger Moth.  We identified it as a Scarlet Tiger Moth,
Callimorpha dominula, thanks to the image posted on the Animal Photos site where it states:  “Scarlet Tigers, like many other Tiger Moths, are active by day and by night, liking damp areas. They are among the few moths to eat nectar. Poisonous chemicals absorbed from host plants by their caterpillars give them red warning colours and make them unattractive to daytime predators. ”  According to UK Moths:  “The rather variable adults of this species usually have a metallic green sheen on the blackish areas of the forewing. It is one of the few tiger moths with developed mouthparts, allowing it to feed on nectar.  A day-flying species, it is locally common in southern and south-west England, south Wales and some areas in North-west England.”

Subject: Brown Recluse?
Location: Charleston, SC
July 21, 2017 8:16 pm
I was sitting on my sofa and I saw this spider walk across my living room. It looks to me that it could be a brown recluse. Or maybe a trap door spider?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Signature: -John in Charleston, SC

Male Southern House Spider

Dear John,
This does appear to be a Brown Recluse Spider, and the large pedipalps indicate this is a male, similar to the one pictured in this BugGuide posting.

Correction:  Male Southern House Spider
Thanks to Catherine Scott and Sean McCann for writing in with comments correcting our identification of this male Southern House Spider.

Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
July 22, 2017 3:03 pm
Hi! Thanks for offering this service.
This bug was found in Indianapolis in June in my backyard. I was watering some milkweed and coneflower and the bug landed on my leg.
I put the little guy in a Petrie dish and she/he used its front two little arms like clubs, almost dragging them across the dish. The other 4 legs operated normally.
Lastly, the body is green but the back is black/brown and the wings fold to create a kind of ‘t’.
Signature: John!

Ambush Bug

Dear John,
This is a predatory Ambush Bug.  Most images of Ambush Bugs on our site were taken on blossoms where the Ambush Bug waits to ambush its prey.