The Monarchs have landed!!!

monarchs on my milkweed I still like the milkweed beetles more, but this is the initial reason I decided to let the milkweed grow rampant in my garden (despite my neighbor’s request that I pull it all in the spring). I hope these are indeed real monarchs, please let me know if they aren’t. Thanks, … Read more

Devil's Coach Horse

Black Bug w/attachment Please find attached some pictures in a zip file of this black bug I can’t identify. It prefers shady areas and when threatened it either flips on its back and feigns death or it raises its tail up much like a scorpion. I’m not sure if its tail is barbed though. I’m … Read more

Japanese Beetle

beetle that’s been seen eating roses Hello, First I just want to say that I greatly enjoy your website, there are some fantastic pictures on there, and I could spend hours going through them all. Second, I’ve found a beetle that I don’t think I saw amongst the many pages of beetles you had represented. … Read more

Pennsylvania Leather-Wing

Hi. I love your site. Hopefully you can help me identify this beetle found on a flower in eastern ontario. thanks, Mike Hi Mike, Despite being called the Pennsylvania Leather-Wing, the range of Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus extends beyond the Keystone state. Adults eat pollen and nectar and are often found on goldenrod and in meadows, fields … Read more

Argyrodes nephilae

can you identify this spider? I’ve attached a picture of spider I found on a bush outside my house (I live in western PA). I’ve looked everywhere on the web, but haven’t been able to identify it. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The closest type it resembled was the horny orb weaver, but … Read more

Mite Infestation

Mites Dear, Our apartment has been infested by what we think are mites. The small ones are white-ish, whereas the slightly larger ones are brown. They are about the size of a period at the end of a sentence. Both of us have been bitten all over and the rash and level of itchiness, … Read more