From the monthly archives: "May 2005"
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what is this? Can you tell us about our adopted caterpillar, Pretty Legs? What is she? What does she eat? We found her in our house. Her front legs hurt when she crawls on you. My homeschooled 6 year old daughter is very curious about her. How soon should we release her? Thanks for you help!
Julie

Hi Julie,
We knew this was not a caterpillar, and most probably some type of beetle larva, but we checked in with Eric Eaton for more clarification. Here is his opinion: “The larva here looks like a giant mealworm, Zophobas spp, but I could be wrong. Most likely something in the Tenebrionidae.” So, chances are some stored grain product has some of your visitors siblings munching away. Here is a site on Raising Your Own Insects that will provide additional information.

Update (07/02/2007) Correcting an entry for Giant Mealworm
I wanted to let you know that it is not a Giant Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) but actually a Superworm (Zophobas morio). I feed them to my bearded dragon every day! You can tell because they have a dark tail and head whereas Mealworms (regular and giant) are fairly uniform in color. This also explains why the woman said it hurt when the worm crawled on her! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Superworm
http://www.superwormfarm.com /page3.htm
Naomi

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Crab/flower spider
I was so excited today, when I went out to admire my roses, and found a cool white spider with pink lightning bolts down it’s side! I’d seen spiders of a similar shape, but not with this neat-o, new-wave color palate, and never in the middle of their lunch. I grabbed my camera snapped a couple pics, and immediately came back inside to google white and pink spider. Your site came up, and I started looking through it. That was 3 hours ago. What a great site you have!! Well – now I know what my spider is, as well as so many other critters I’ve seen about my house, here in Seattle, WA. I noticed you don’t have too many entries from this part of the country, though, and I’ve seen some interesting creatures that I couldn’t find on your site. Now that I know you’re here, I’ll keep my camera handier, so that when I do see new fascinating friends, I can get your help in naming them for me. Thanks for your wonderful site!!
Michelle

Hi Michelle,
I’m so happy our site was both helpful and entertaining.

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photo of house centipede
in case you might like to use it. thanks for your helpful site!
Jana

Thanks Jana,
It is one of the best photos for identification we have received of this terrifying, to so many people, and fascinating creature.

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I have an odd insect-
This is probably something common, I’ve just never seen before. I think it’s a wingless wasp that has built a small- 4 cm diameter may .5 cm, at the most, height hive on my mimosa tree. (Since it’s built a hive, I am thinking it’s a wasp of some sort and not an ant. Are there ants that build hives? ) It has a bright red abdomen and yellow tipped antennae. It is social, there are about 40 of them working together on this. It appears the queen is on top of the hive but she doesn’t have the coloring that the others do. It is the size of an ant, and it’s legs are long-antennae are elbowed – it looks like a spider at first glance. Ever heard of anything of the sort?
Thanks,
Lisa McCaskill

Hi Lisa,
This sounds very interesting. I can’t think of what it could be. I wish you could send a photo. Thanks,
Daniel

(06/04/2005)
Thanks for answering. I found out that it’s hatching assassin bugs– here is a photo, the “hive” is actually eggs, and they only appear social because they’re hatching,
Lisa

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can you identify this spider?
We found this spider in our home in Mansfield , Texas and don’t know what it is. Can you help?
Thanks,
Michael Zahner

Hi Michael,
Your spider is an Ground Spider, Sergiolus capulatus. We found it on Bugguide.

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Not sure what knid of bug this is?
Mr. Bugman,
Here is a picture of a bug we found outdoors in Florida. It was approximately 2 1/2 inches long with pinchers near the top of it’s head. It attacked my husband’s shoe when he got near it. Do you know what is is called?
Rene V.

Hi Rene
We always like to have a photo of a Toe-Biter on our homepage, and had you scrolled down, you would have seen it. Toe-Biter and Electric Light Bug are both common names for the Giant Water Bug. They bite and it hurts.

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