From the monthly archives: "November 2003"
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hi, wondering if you can help … i live in the hollywood hills, of los angeles. i saw a bug in my house yesterday that looked like a double A duracell battery with what seemed like claws. it was probably 3 inches in length and a half inch in width excluding it’s appendages. i am not a bug person and thought about stepping on it – but it was so big, i didn’t want to make the mess. instead, i flicked it across the room with some cardboard. it landed on its back and seemed to have a hard time turning over, right side up. while on it’s back, i was able to open the door and fling it outside. it was creepy as can be. i’m wondering if you know the type of bug it may have been? any pictures of it? it was gross to me … any help would be great,
thanks
brad in los angeles

Hi Brad,
Possibly a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket.

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(9/12/2003)
We usually have lots of neat spiders here in South Texas, but this beautiful visitor amazed us. Never before seen on our house. Note that the trim boards are 1 by 2 inches so she is quite sizable but not as large as the Golden Orb spiders we have in abundance. We are thinking she is a “fishing spider” of some sort but the house is a half mile from the cattle ponds. What do you think she is?
Thanks!!
JD

White Banded Fishing Spider

Wow, JD,
That is one handsome spider. I think you are correct that it is a type of fishing spider, probably Dolomedes albineus or tenebrosus.

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(11/3/2003)Unidentified spider
I found this spider wandering yesterday in the leaf litter in Great Falls, Maryland, about 10 miles north of Washington, DC.  It’s “dome” was about the diameter of a dime or a penny.  I’ve never seen anything like it before and my Internet search came up empty.  I’d really like to know what it is.  Thanks!
Jerry Singer

Update to orange spider question
Upon further Net research, I found a picture of the spider I sent to you at the bottom of this page. It was identified as Araneus sp.  I also found a very similar spider identified as araneus quadratus at this site. Neither site provides much info, so I would appreciate any more that you could provide.  Thanks!
Jerry

Marbled Orbweaver

Dear Jerry,
Your photo is beautiful, much nicer than the Araneus sp. image on the website you cited. Here is what I can tell you about the genus. It is a large one with approximately fifty species identified. They are orb web weavers and most species exhibit considerable variability regarding coloration and markings. If I were to venture a guess as to your species, I would say Aranea gigas conspicellata. There is an image on this site: which looks just like yours. It is an extremely variable species in size, color and markings. The full-grown female, which you photographed, measures about 3/4 inch excempting the legs. The web is a complete orb and is often a foot or more in diameter. It is nearly vertical and is usually built in shrubs or among the low branches of trees. The retreat is usually above the orb and is frequently made in a curled leaf or in a bunch of leaves. In the Northern States the spiders reach maturity in August. The egg sacs are made early in the autumn.

Ed. Note: We now believe this to be a Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus. It is a shy spider which hides in a retreat, only emerging when prey has been snagged in its web.

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mr bug man
i found this bug in a park near where i live and i have no idea what it is i live in bahrain in the middle east and i have never seen this bug beforeps it lives in the ground

Your beetle appears to be a member of the genus Ceruchus. Adults are predators and they breed in rotten wood.

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mr bug man
i found this bug in a park near where i live and i have no idea what it is i live in bahrain in the middle east and i have never seen this bug beforeps it lives in the ground

Your beetle appears to be a member of the genus Ceruchus. Adults are predators and they breed in rotten wood.

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