From the monthly archives: "August 2006"

Hello Daniel and Lisa,
I’m a huge fan of your site so I was really excited when I identified this female Green Lynx Spider using your pages, which I saw that you consider your personal favorite spider. This beautiful bright specimen was quite patient with me while I took photos of it feasting upon this fly it had just snatched for lunch. Looking around the web, I saw that mid-meal shots of these guys are rather common, but I wanted to send mine to you anyhow. Your site has really helped fuel my lifelong loves of nature, photography and the internet. keep up the good work,
Zach Putnam
highland park (LA), CA

Hi Neighbor Zach,
It warms our hearts to know about your developing interest in nature, photography and the internet. Your photos are quite nice and we haven’t posted a recent Green Lynx Spider photo in quite some time.

Bug Encounter
Here’s one for you! Strange bug if you ask me. Close encounter of the 4" kind. This guy flew into me by accident while I was walking into th> door of my place of employment. This guy is 4 inches long with the front pinchers taking 1 inch alone! Talk about a large bug! Can you identify? I’m from Round Rock, Texas, but this guy ran into me in Austin, Texas, Southeast area to be exact. Thank you,

Hi Mike,
Because of their large size, prehistoric appearance, and large mandibles, we get numerous requests to identify Dobsonflies. Your specimen is a male, identified because of the shape of the pinchers.

spicebush pipevine pipebush spicevine I need help
Mr. Bugman,
I have tried to find a way to identify the difference between a pipevine and a spicebush swallowtail but I’m kinda stupid at it. I’m worried that some folks online don’t have it right, as there seem to be conflicting reports. This picture was taken in Central Kentucky. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobugman, you’re my only hope.
Drew in Scotland (where there are no swallowtails)

Hi Drew,
Neither is correct. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. Some females, especially in the southern part of the range, are dark. The tiger pattern can still be distinguished as the lighting on your photograph nicely illustrates.

dynastes granti
Found this guy near Morenci, AZ He measured in at 75mm. He likes apples and bananas.

We are thrilled to see and post your photo of the Southwestern Hercules Beetle. We get numerous images of his cousin, Dynastes tityus, but submissions of granti are rare.

Burying beetles score a snake!
Thanks, again, you guys. I was stalking a zebra longwing when something big and slightly clumsy flew by and landed in the grass a few feet away. Since it was maybe 2″ long and went busily to work on the ground, I went over to see what the commotion was all about. These two burying beetles were busy pulling the tail end of this snake into a hole they were digging in the ground. Big chunks of the snake had been chewed away. (I don’t know what kind of snake this is; at less than 12″ long, it’s probably a youngster.) After ID-ing the beetle on your site, I thought you might like to see these.
Diane in Florida

Hi Diane,
Thanks for the wonderful images. We believe that this is Nicrophorus carolinus, based on a BugGuide posting.

weird red bug
What is this thing in the attached picture? It’s hard to get perspective from the picture, but this insect is pretty big, much bigger than any ant I’ve seen. It’s about as big as a hornet. And it’s velvety, and the color is very bright. Any idea what it is? Thanks
Peter Buzzard
New Bern, NC

Hi Peter,
We are getting many letters regarding Cow Killers, a type of Velvet Ant. Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps. Is there a population explosion? Seems they might be more common this year than in years past.

Update: (04/02/2008) ID for insects
Hey, my name is Will, this is a list of the ID’s for the velvet ant page. 19. Dasymutilla sackeni, white form. hope this helps a bit.