Subject: What’s this bug?!!!
Location: Virginia
February 26, 2017 3:39 pm
Asking for a frightened friend. Need to assure her, she can come down from the chair.
Signature: Jeffrey Maxim

House Centipede

Dear Jeffrey,
The House Centipede is one of our most frequent identification requests.  Though they are predators and they possess venom, we do not consider them to be a threat to humans.  We believe the advantages they provide by eliminating cockroaches and other unwanted, often nocturnal household pests should exempt them from Unnecessary Carnage.

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Subject: Spider
Location: Derby, Kansas, USA
February 23, 2017 10:06 pm
This little dude came out of our fireplace! I just want to make sure he’s not poisonous.
Signature: Natalie

Woodlouse Hunter

Dear Natalie,
Firewood is often brought indoors with small critters hidden under bark and in cracks.  We believe that is how this Woodlouse Hunter,
Dysdera crocata, came to find itself in your fireplace.  You can see this BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide:  “Bites by the woodlouse spider, Dysdera crocata, are virtually innocuous. The main symptom is minor pain, typically lasting less than 1 hr, probably due mostly to the mechanical puncture of the skin.”  This is not an aggressive species and bites would only occur after carelessly handling an individual.

Subject: Moth Pupa?
Location: Central Virginia
February 24, 2017 5:36 am
Hello, Bugman! Been a big fan of your site for several years now, friend in my Master Gardners group told me about your site. Great work you are doing!
I found this gigantic pupa on the ground after pruning some Mountain Laurel on our mountainside. (We live outside Stanardsville, VA, about 8 miles from the Skyline Drive. THout it was dog poop until I looked closer, touched it and it wiggles! I put it in a big jar and put it back outside on the porch. We are having a few warm days, but expect more cold weather befor Spring arrives (today is Feb.24, 2017). I’ve looked at your photos of the Luna and Polyphemus moths, but mine doesn’t resemble them. What do you think it is?
Signature: Ann P.

Imperial Moth Pupa

Dear Ann,
We believe you searched the correct family, but not the correct species.  We believe this is an Imperial Moth Pupa, and the adult Imperial Moth is a lovely yellow and purple creature.  According to Featured Creatures, one listed host plant is “
Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees    sassafras    Lauraceae” and since the family is the same as Mountain Laurel, that may also be a host plant, though we are having trouble confirming that suspicion at this time.  Perhaps one of the well recognized host plants are also in the vicinity.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of Bald Cypress, basswood, birch, cedar, elm, hickory, Honeylocust, maple, oak, pine, Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), sycamore, walnut.”  You might want to consider returning the pupa to the safety of the leaf litter where you found it, though allowing the adult to emerge in captivity might be a wondrous experience for you.  We would urge you to keep it in a sheltered location not influenced by artificial temperatures.  Thanks for your kind words regarding our humble site.

Thanks for such a prompt response!   I will certainly return the pupa to where I found it.   I’d much rather it have a normal life!  I can now find a photo of what it will become.   Again, thanks for your ongoing hard work and help for those of us who have a love of nature and the wonders around us every day… when we can take a few moments to take a closer look at what we find and have a resource like yours to find answers to our questions.   All best wishes for continued success!  A.

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Subject: Kirstenbosch Bug
Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens
February 26, 2017 10:17 am
I write a wildlife blog with photos I’ve taken from my travels. I want to properly identify these mating bugs so I can present correct information on their breeding habits, lifestyle, etc. This photo was taken at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, SA.
Thanks for your help!
Signature: Christian

Mating Small Flower Chafers

Do you have an image that does not have the flower petals obscuring the beetles?

Unfortunately, they were in the flowers for awhile. I have this above shot of them as well. Sadly, I don’t own a macro lens and wasn’t able to get extremely close to them because of lens focus constraints. My husband also brought up looking up known pollinators for this flower, so I may try that tactic as well.
Let me know if this helps!
Christian

Mating Small Flower Chafers

Dear Christian,
Thanks for sending a second view.  These are Scarab Beetles, and we suspect they are Fruit and Flower Chafers in the Subfamily Cetoniinae or Shining Leaf Chafers in the Subfamily Rutelinae.  Representing the Cetoniinae, they might be the Small fruit|flower chafer,
Leucocelis adspersa subsp. adspersa, which is pictured on iSpot in a single posting only.  There is a better image on the Flower Beetles site with the image here.

Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Buckeye, AZ
February 25, 2017 7:35 pm
My son found this bug on the carpet. He picked it up then dropped it on his leg and he said it bit him. We live in buckeye, AZ.
Signature: Jeff

Assassin Bug

Dear Jeff,
Assassin Bugs in the genus
Zelus will bite readily if carelessly handled, and the bite is reported to be quite painful, but it is not considered dangerous to humans.  This is a beneficial predator.

Subject: BIG bug!
Location: Gamkaskloof (Swartberg), Western Cape
February 26, 2017 9:18 am
Hi,
What exactly is this large beetle with big pincers please?
George
Signature: No preference

Prionid

Dear George,
This is a Root Borer in the subfamily Prioninae, and we believe that based on images posted to iSpot,
Anthracocentrus capensis is a likely species identification.  A note on iSpot states:  “In case you may miss some scale in this picture, this is an enormous beetle in excess of 80mm long, and one of the very largest beetles in southern Africa. The individual here is a female; the male bears even considerably longer mandibles (“jaws”).”  There is a nice comparison image showing the male and female on Prioninae.org.