From the monthly archives: "May 2006"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Is this a scorpion?
Dear Bugman,
I live in central Thailand, and I just killed this thing in my bathroom last night. Is this a real scorpion? A friend just refered me to your site, and I think it might be a tailless whipscorpion. The body of this one was about 2-3 inches long, but we killed a little one a couple weeks ago that was probably only a centimeter long.

Hi Kristen,
This is not a Tailless Whipscorpion, since it has a tail. It is a Whipscorpion in the order Uropygi. They have a long whiplike tail instead of a stinger. They have no venom so are not harmful to people. We have a single species in the U.S. that is known as a Vinegarone. Most species in this order can secrete acetic acid, the mild acid found in vinegar, and this lead to the common name. Since they ravenously eat cockroaches and other insects, they are beneficial, and your killing spree amounts to Unnecessary Carnage.

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Ok, just curious, it this a rare bug (it flew away already)
we live in the high desert in San Diego County
Joseph Rauh
Ranchita, CA

Hi Joseph,
The Ceanothus Silk Moth, Hyalophora euryalus, is not really rare, but few people are lucky enough to see the spectacular Saturnid Moth. They fly in the spring, are sometimes attracted to lights, and do not feed as adults. They live and fly solely to mate.

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Aphid Standoff
Dear Bugpeople,
I believe that the red bugs are aphids, but what is the segmented “thing” they are facing? It’s about 3⁄4” long. This scene was captured In a St. Louis, MO garden.
Thanks for your help.

Hi Henry,
We will be posting your spectacular photo on several of our pages, including the Food Chain. Your photo shows the drama when a Green Lacewing Larva, known as an Aphid Wolf, attacks a group of Aphids, sometimes called Ant Cows. The term Ant Cow refers to a symbiotic relationship with ants who milk the Aphids for honeydew.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination