From the yearly archives: "2006"

Large Spider from Australia
Can you tell me what this spider is? It measured about 10 – 11 cm. We have had a few of these visitors in the house during summer.
Thanks
Caroline

Hi Caroline,
This is one of the Huntsman Spiders, a Giant Crab Spider also known as a Banana Spider. The are secretive spiders that prowl around in the dark. They are harmless unless you are a Cockroach.

Spider couple
Dear WTB,
These upside down basket weaving spiders (my attempt at describing their web shape) are very common in this part of the B.C. Interior. A charming characteristic is their extended courtship and mating which seems to last for days. Can you recommend a spider identification web site?
Thanks!
Pat Teti
Williams Lake BC Canada

Hi Pat,
We double checked with Eric Eaton who writes: “those are most definitely bowl-and-doily spiders, Frontinella pyramitela (formerly F. communis). Great images, indeed!” We love BugGuide for identification.

Update (01/10/2006):
“I’m wrong, I think
I think I jumped the gun on the bowl and doily spiders. I didn’t read very carefully the submitter’s narrative. If the web was DOME-shaped, then the spiders are probably specimens of the filmy dome spider, Neriene radiata. Neat spiders. Eric”

What is this bug?
Hello bugman,
I found a few of these in my apartment. Can you tell me what it is? Sorry for the blurred picture. It does not stay still. This one is about 0.5cm but I’ve seen 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Thanks much and have a wonderful New Year! From Toronto, Canada. Yoon

Hi Yoon,
You have Silverfish, a common household pest.

Spider couple
Dear WTB,
These upside down basket weaving spiders (my attempt at describing their web shape) are very common in this part of the B.C. Interior. A charming characteristic is their extended courtship and mating which seems to last for days. Can you recommend a spider identification web site?
Thanks!
Pat Teti
Williams Lake BC Canada

Hi Pat,
We double checked with Eric Eaton who writes: “those are most definitely bowl-and-doily spiders, Frontinella pyramitela (formerly F. communis). Great images, indeed!” We love BugGuide for identification.

Help Please!!
Hi,
I have been finding these bugs in my pantry (mostly in dry pasta and flour) and they must relocate!!!! I have found one in an empty bowl cupboard and one in the soap dish in the bathroom. I find only one at a time (not in groups), sometimes live and some dried up or skins. The image is scanned and enlarged about 100 times; actual size is about the size of a grain of rice.
Thank-you so very much!!!
Amy
Canada

Hi Amy,
You have Dermestid Pantry Beetle Larvae, a common household pest that infest stored grain products. The best remedy is to toss out all perishables in the pantry and stock anew, keeping only what you can use in a short period of time.

Bug Love
Hi Bugman!
Here’s a picture I shot from two Pholcus phalangioides mating. If you use it on your Bug Love page, could you please include a link to my page?
http://www.jr-worldwi.de/photo/
Thanks! I also have pics of [other bugs mating]. Interested? And thanks for that entertaining page! Cheers
Jens

Hi Jens,
Thanks for sending the photo of the mating Cobweb Spiders. We would love to get any other mating insect photos you have in your archive when you locate them. We are happy to link to your site.