From the monthly archives: "August 2005"

Any idea the name of this specimen?
Can you help identify this caterpillar recently found munching on goldenrod leaves. Thanks. You might also be interested in the attached shot of a Monarch caterpillar recently done in by the stink bug lurking in the shadows.
Colin Freebury
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Hi Colin,
We are thrilled to post your Spined Soldier Bug,Podisus maculiventris, one of the Predatory Stink Bugs, with its Monarch Meal. Here is a site with more information on this Predatory Stink Bug.

whats this bug?
My husband and I live in central Florida. We have a few hot pepper plants, a couple days ago we noticed this little guy sitting on a leaf. Can you tell us what it is? Thanks a bunch,

Hi Kim,
That fly will probably be sitting there for a long time. It has been consumed by fungus. We turned to Eric Eaton for a fly identification. Here is his response: “The fly is a longlegged fly, family Dolichopodidae, probably a Condylostylus. Eric”

Some bug pics for you to enjoy
Hi Bugman,
I have a new hobby. Ever since I found your website (it was in an Earthlink newsletter I received) I have felt the need to identify all unknown bugs that cross my path. I also inform all witnesses of said bugs as to what kind of creature they witnessed. This is a rather peculiar hobby for me because I despise bugs, as they give me the heebie jeebies. My new hobby, however, has given me a new-found respect for these creatures. Since coming to your website, I have been able to identify a house centipede, the millipedes that were invading my home, a wolf spider (HEART ATTACK!) the orange striped oakworms that are busy, busy, busy in my driveway and the golden orb spider who has spun her web by my mailbox. I think you will be happy to know that, this time, instead of pointing and turning my head so my husband could squash them, I have mustered up the courage to take some pictures. They were taken outside of my home (thank God they were outside) in Matthews, NC (Charlotte area.) One is of an Orange Striped Oakworm and the other is a Golden Orb Spider. Please enjoy.
Thank you for your informative and fun website.
Kathy Richardson

Hi Kathy,
Your letter gives us such a warm feeling. We are thrilled that you are embracing photography as we are both photography instructors. We are also very happy that you now respect the Arthropods that you are encountering. We have decided to post your Orange Striped Oakworm, Anisota senatoria instead of the Golden Orb Weaver as we have many photos of that impressive spider.

"Sandy" little bug
I found this little guy in our office today next to my boots. I thought it was a piece of dirt and was about to brush it away when it moved! I live near Marquette, Michigan (Upper Peninsula) and have have never seen one like it up here before. An internet search turned up nothing so I thought maybe you could enlighten me as to its name/origin/why I never saw one before. It appears to be covered in dust/fine sand and if it was actually sitting in sand, I doubt anybody would give him a second glance. An odd characteristic (other than appearing to need a bath), is that his abdomen is flat, not rounded. Thanks for any information you can provide.

Hi Creig,
The Masked Hunter, Reduvius personatus, is a species of Assassin Bug that hunts Bedbugs. The immature insect is covered with a viscid substance which causes particles of dust and fibers to adhere to it, masking the entire insect.>

Stink Bug?
I was wondering if you could help me identify this little guy. I found him when I was mowing the lawn, having a snack of the caterpillars seen in the second image (Gypsy Moth?). He looked intriguing, so I knocked him off and took him up to the porch for a better look. My first guess is some form of stink bug, since it ejected some kind of liquid from its abdomen when perturbed, and the description seems to match the letter from ‘April’ on the Stink Bug page. I haven’t been able to find any pictures similar in coloring on your website, so I elected to ask the master. Any idea? He was about a half inch long, iridescent green body with red highlights. Found in North Florida.

Hi Alex,
We agree this is a Predatory Stink Bug, and we turned to Eric Eaton for assistance. Here is his response: “Yes, nymph of predatory stinkbug, something floridanus:-) Hey, I have to leave a LITTLE work for you” So a Google search gave us this site which has information on your insect, which we believe to be Alcaeorrhynchus grandis. There is a link to another page with the Florida Predatory Stink Bug, Euthyrhynchus floridanus, an easily confused species in early stages.