From the monthly archives: "January 2007"
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Japanese bugs
More pictures. hopefully these aren’t too big. This creepy crawly we saw on the beach. We liked calling them “seacockroaches” but I’m assuming that they’re some sort of louse. There were tons of them, the smaller ones being browner in color, and the older larger ones were darker in color. They collected on breakwaters and seemed to like to keep away from the water.
Nick

Hi Nick,
This looks like some species of Marine Isopod to us. Isopods are Crustaceans.

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What are These Larvae?
Greetings…
Can you please tell me what these are? They appeared overnight, gathered like bubbles in little puddles, on my stone walk after a rain. Are they something that needs immediate attention? There are so many of them! I have cats who like to drink from the puddles, if I let them. Are they a major pest? How can I get rid of them? Thank you,
Dee Press
Camarillo, CA USA

Hi Dee,
These insects are adult Springtails in the order Collembola. Springtails are minute numerous insects that are found in conjunction with moisture. They can get very plentiful. They will not harm your cat.

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Moth?
This moth was on my front door-light last night and then found around the same area in the morning. I have never seen any moth this big before. Do you have any idea what it is? I forgot to mention that I took these pictures in Coral Gables, FL. on a cold winters morning. I don’t think the Moth liked the temperatures too much. As you can see from the one picture, it was about 3″ in length. Thanks,
Don

Hi Don,
This is a Ficus Sphinx, Pachylia ficus. They are found in Florida, Texas and points south.

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Wonderful Website helped me identify a creepy crawler
I just wanted to thank you for having such a great website with a lot of great pictures and information. I recently spotted an arachnid on my garbage can that had 2 large (relative to its tiny size, that is) pincers and I had no idea what it was. I live in the US Pacific Northwest, and I had posted my photo on a website asking for anyone to identify it – a friend directed me to your site, which identified it as a pseudoscorpion. I’m so glad to know what it is so I can learn more about this very intriguing critter. (I still think it looks kind of freaky though!) Here’s the photo I’d posted
Tiffany

Hi Tiffany,
Thank you for sending us your artful photo of a Pseudoscorpion. That green background sure is colorful.

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spider
Hi! My boyfriend knows I like spiders, so he gave me this necklace a while back. (I have since told him I like them ALIVE, not dead.) I haven’t found what kind of spider it is though. I think it may be a spiny orbweaver of some sort. Did I guess right? I love your site, by the way! The pictures people send in are absolutely lovely. More power to you and the creepy crawlies that we share the earth with!
Nicole

Hi Nicole,
We agree that this is a Spiny Orb Weaver, but do not know the species. These lucite encased spiders and insects that are used as pendants and key chains are produced in China with local specimens.

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Gabriel from Argentina with some weird bugs
Hi! I love this webpage! Lets see if you can help me with this: My parents just came back from their summer vacations and brought me some pictures from their trip. They stood about 10 days in Cordoba, Argentina in a little town called Tanti. My dad first confused this bugs with a sort a flower, but looking with more detail he noticed the flowers came to be nothing but dozens of insects eating the poor plant. Could you please tell me what are them?
Thanks, Gabriel from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hi Gabriel,
These are immature specimens of some species of Plant Feeding Hemipteran. Hemipterans have sucking mouthparts, and plant feeding species suck the juices from stems, fruits and seeds.

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