From the monthly archives: "February 2006"
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Black & white beetle ID
Great site! I’ve got photos of a beetle than I can’t find any ID on. It was found walking around on our deck last June. I’m assuming it’s some kind of borer or blister beetle? I’d be grateful for an answer so I can put a label on this stock photo!
Daryl Ann Anderson
Alston, Michigan

Hi Daryl,
This is one of the Longhorn Beetles, but will check to see if Eric Eaton can provide anything more specific. Here is Eric’s reply: ” The longhorn is actually some species in the genus Neoclytus, though I don’t know which one specifically. This genus is in a different subfamily (Cerambycinae).” Then Eric wrote back: ” Oh, the Neoclytus longhorn could also be in the genus Xylotrechus. I consulted a book on longhorns and got more confused. Hahaha! It would be in one of those two genera, though.”

Update While Eric was busy identifying the beetle, Daryl who wrote the original letter did a good job of researching as well, discovering this link to Xylotrechus undulatus:
I found it!!! Click here… What do you think?

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider sat on a waterplant, next to the pond in Buenos Aires, Argentina, The sneaky, weirdy guy, knelt down for a shot and Itsy Bitsy Spider smiled in response! Anyway, just wondering what this cute little guy is called!
Thanks a lot,

Hi Cris,
Wow, what a great photo of a great spider. We know it is one of the Orb Weavers, but have never seen the species. Looks like it might be related to the Micrathena spiders. We might be able to locate something more concrete in web searching.

Update January 25, 2016:  Actinosoma pentacanthum
Thanks to a comment that just arrived, we are able to put a name to this stunning image from a ten year old posting.  Insekten and FlickR both verify the name Actinosoma pentacanthum.

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Leaf-footed bug question
Mr Bugman:
After perusing your great website, I’ve come to the determination it’s a specie of leaf-footed bug from the Coreid bug group. Found it in Panama and it was not camera shy. Think you can nail the specie name? Many thanks.
Ted Keene
New London, NH

Hi Ted,
What a gorgeous Coreid. A quick web search didn’t turn up any information, but your specimen is so strikingly colored, we suspect someone might write in with an identification. Sure enough, Eric Eaton provided this identification: ” It is Anisocelis flavolineata, or a closely-related species in that genus. Nice image of one of the most spectacular insects you’ll ever see. Eric “

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egyptian grasshopper? locust?
found this guy on a recent trip to the sinai desert in egypt. we bonded. love the site,
michael bailey

Hi Michael,
Thanks for sending in your photo a second time. We noticed it back in December, but were swamped. Then mail piles up and letters don’t get answered. We need a secretary. Sadly, we cannot identify your curious Orthopteran, but perhaps someone else will if we post it. ERic Eaton wrote in: ” The Egyptian grasshopper is likely in the Pyrgomorphidae, although most members of that family sport much brighter colors. So, I could be wrong about this specimen. The triangular head is pretty distinctive, though.”

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Hi. I just came across this cocoon hanging from a dead blackberry bush I think. It is about 1 1/4 inches long. The webbing is covered by tiny sticks. Can you tell me what species it belongs to? Thanks,
Marcelle G.
Bayou Segnette State Park
Interpretive Park Ranger

Hi Marcelle,
As an Interpretive Ranger, we are giving your letter a high priority as it is very important to be able to inform the visiting public. This is a type of moth known as a Bagworm. Your photo is stunningly dramatic.

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what’s this spider?
Dear Bugman:
Here’s a Black-and-yellow Argiope, Argiope aurantia; her prey item is an odonate, probably a male Pacific Forktail (damselfly).
? Now my question: Can you ID this other female, possibly also of genus Argiope? ? These two are common in the Bay Area of N California. I refer to the second as a "Banded-legged Argiope," although it could be in a related genus. Its habits and life cycle are similar to the Black-and- yellow. Curiously, this one has a pattern on the underside of the abdomen that virtually duplicates that on the back of the B&Y.

Argiope aurantia Argiope trifasciata

Dear Odophile,
Common names can sometimes duplicate for different creatures, and they can also vary from locale to locale. Your Black and Yellow Argiope also has other common names like Golden Orb Weaver, Yellow Orb Weaver, and Black and Yellow Garden Spider, but they are all Argiope aurantia. Your Banded Legged Argiope is an Argiope, and is commonly called the Banded Argiope, Argiope trifasciata.

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