From the monthly archives: "March 2006"

Thanks for your interesting and informative Web site. I saw that you have a few postings on your site about bed bugs. I am a reporter with The Baltimore Sun and I am writing a story about the increasing prevalence of bed bugs in Maryland. I have spoken with many exterminators and entomologists, but I would also like to speak with regular people who are dealing with bed bug problems. Could you please post my phone number (410-332-6129) and email ( on your Web site and invited people to contact me with their bed bug stories? Thank you very much.
Julie Scharper
City Desk Reporter
The Baltimore Sun
(410) 332-6129

I found this little guy running around my bathroom ceiling this morning. I have never seen anything like it before. The body was flat and thin and I couldn’t tell if the appendages at the front were claws, stingers, or just oddly shaped antennae. I live at the northern edge of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Thanks!
Jim Mason
Houghton, MI

12 minutes later:
Ooops, found it, pseudo-scorpion. I should have fully browsed before emailing you. Thanks for the great site!
Jim Mason

Hi Jim,
We are glad our site was helpful.

what immature insect has no pupal stage? it was something that starts with an N and it was made popular by Nabokov?

Amateur entomologist Vladimir Nabokov created a new word for the English lexicon when he wrote the earth shattering novel Lolita. Entomologically as well as Etomologically, the term Nymph refers to the immature phase of an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis. The Nymph looks much like the adult, but often without wings and mature coloration. Nabokov coined the term Nymphette to describe the pubescent Lolita in his novel with the same name.

Help! Please
I found this but this evening and can’t identify it. Can you help? It looks like an earwig but it would have to be a really big one as the body is over 1.5" long. It looks like it has some small wings growing on its back which I haven’t seen in any pictures on the web.
Greg Phillips

Hi Greg,
This is a Mole Cricket and they live underground.

a strange bug
This stranger appeared in my home in Toledo, Ohio on February 21, 2006. The outside temperature was in the mid 20’s so I am doubtful if it came in from outside. On that same day(approximately 45 miutes earlier) my wife returned from the grocery store with Grapes from Costa Rica and green beans from who knows where. The bug caught my eye as it flew across the kitchen. It was an awsome sight and I don’t mind admitting it scared the hell out of me. Thank God my wife was not in the room when the thing appeared. I was able to capture it and confine it to a freezer bag with air holes poked into it. One antenna was broken and one leg was seperated from the body during the capture. Can you identify this bug and let me know what it is. Thank you very much.
Tom Simpson in Toledo.

Hi Tom,
We originally thought this might be one of the Monochamus Sawyers, and that Possibly it emerged from firewood. Eric Eaton wrote in informing us that it “is actually a male banded hickory borer, Knulliana cincta.”

This was on our lounge room wall in Sydney, Australia at 1:00am. We presume it is a huntsman. Yuck!

Hi Steve,
You are correct, this is a Huntsman or Banana Spider in the genus Heteropoda. They are also know as Giant Crab Spiders.