From the monthly archives: "February 2006"
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Please help with this bug-phobic sleep tonight. I live in south Florida and just moved into a newly constructed house. We had our furniture in storage for about three months. Could you look at the pictures to help identify what type of insect is in these pictures. It looks like some type of scorpian but in Florida???
Grately appreciated,
Celeste Kington

Hi Celeste,
This is definitely a scorpion, and we believe it is a Florida Bark Scorpion, Centruroides gracilis. According to The Scorpion Files site: “This scorpion can inflict very a painful sting, but it is not considered as potent as some of its relatives. Some information indicates that individuals from North America are less venomous than their relatives from Central and South America. …. This species should be handled with care “

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what’s this insect?
a small dipterid, about 1/2". Can you ID?

Dear Odophile,
We are guessing this was shot in the same location as your Argiopes, near San Francisco. We will try to get Eric Eaton to provide and identification. Eric quickly supplied the following information: ” The fly is a male (eyes meet at top of head) Syrphid of some kind. Need more images to even entertain a genus.”

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chilean spider (?)
Hi Bug Folk,
My girlfriend and I were recently in Chile and saw a number of these spider-like creatures near where we were staying. They only came out at night and moved rather slowly…quite and interesting creature. Anyhow, if you know what it may be, let me know. Thanks for all your buggy wisdom!
Aaron Hilst

Hi Aaron,
Well, it has 8 legs and no antennae, so that implies spider, but we have never seen anything like it before. We will post the image and perhaps eventually get an answer. Eric Eaton wrote in with this identification: ” The Chilean “spider” is actually a tropical harvestman (order Opilones), possibly in the suborder Laniatores, and, even more remotely plausible, in the family Gonyleptidae. I got all this from my old Golden Guide to “Spiders and Their Kin” by Levi and Zim:-) Eric”

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What kind of bug is this?
Hello Bugman,
My 9 year old daughter, Chandler, desperately want’s to know what kind of bug this is. She said she thinks it is a beetle, however, we are unable to locate it on the Web. She found it at a park in Jacksonville, FL. Please help, you will make a little "BUGOLOGIST" very happy.
Thank you,

Hi Christine,
We believe Chandler found a Virginia Pine Borer or Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora virginiensis, one of the Buprestid Beetles, which attacks pine trees in the larval form and ranges from Canada to northern Florida.

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Madagaskar Spider
Hallo Bugman,
perhaps you know, what kind of spider this is. I found it near Andasibe in Madagaskar. I think it looks really interesting. Thank you very much.

Hi Christian,
This spider closely resembles a Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver found in the U.S. in the genus Gasterocantha. Your spider is probably closely related.

Another try: Gasteracantha versicolor formosa ??? I hope, i don’t steal too much of your time.

Gasteracantha versicolor formosa, or the Thorn Spider looks correct, according to this site.

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hawkmoth from the island of Tobago
photographed a week or so ago on the island of Tobago, W. I. Wingspread about 4 1/2 inches. Any ideas?
Arthur C. Borror.

Dear Arthur,
We have been obsessed with identifying your Sphinx Moth, and we appreciate the efforts you took to get us the image. After searching well over 100 species on Bill Oehlke’s excellent site, we located Eumorpha capronnieri, which is found in Venezuala. This looks like a perfect match for your lovely moth.

Many thanks for the “obsessing” re my snapshot of Eumorpha caponnieri. I visited the Bill Oehlke site, found his description, and agree w yr diagnosis. I’ve been interested in Lepidoptera all my life, stimulated by my father, Donald J. Borror, author of “An Introduction to the Study of Insects” as well as Peterson Series field guide on insects. He would have been amazed at the modern technology! Many thanks again for the help.

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