From the monthly archives: "January 2007"
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what’s THIS bug?
Other than a moth — that much I know. Took this picture in the summer in northeastern North Carolina.

Hi Tommi,
This is an Oakworm Moth in the genus Anisota. There are several similar looking species.

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beauiful bright green bug !
Hi there
I happened to find this beautifull thing outside of my door and I live in Sydney, Australia. I’d love to know what it is! Great site by the way.
Keiko Okemi

Hi Keiko,
We just posted another image of a Fiddler Beetle, Eupoecila australasiae.

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I captured this fly eating this fly. I researched your site to see if I could come up with a name for it but found nothing. I looked up on the web and thought maybe it was a Cheese Skipper. Any help would be appreciated. Photo was captured in Mid-Ohio, last summer, and it was about 1⁄2 “ long.
Thank you in advance.

Hi Travis,
We believe this is a Robber Fly, and we will check with Eric Eaton to get his opinion. Eric provided this confirmation: “Yes, it is definitely a robber fly. The prey looks like an aphid, perhaps even a woolly aphid, making that a pretty small robber fly! Eric”

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whats that bug on my bug
This is by far my favorite web site! I have a giant ferocious water-bug in a 10 gallon tank, just as you had suggested to that lady 2 months ago. He is more fascinating than any bug I have ever had…my Potato bug used to eat crickets like they were cheeseburgers. Anyway, there are half a pin head size, red bugs starting to multiply on his back, though they do not look like the photo of eggs you have and it has taken 2 months for the one we could barely see swimming around in the tank to securely attach itself to our bug and multiply into about 12. Any guesses? I will try to get a macro photo of them, but here is one of my favorites…

Hi Tom,
Thanks for your nice letter. Your Toe Biter sounds like it might be carrying mites around.

Mites on the toe-biter?
Hi Daniel and Lisa Ann,
About the email on the Toe Biter from Tom on (01/27/2007) who talks about having 12 red mites on his Toe Biter? I remember seeing mites on aquatic insects, looking suspicious, and so I looked it up, and it turns out that *all* of the more than 5,000 known species of aquatic mites (Hydracarina) are partly parasitic. When they are larvae, aquatic mites are parasitic on aquatic insects, but as adults the mites become free-swimming and predatory. Winged aquatic insects, such as the toe biters, fly around of course, and that way the mites are spread from one body of water to another. You can read a lot more interesting stuff about them at:
And at :
Best to you as always,
Susan J. Hewitt

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Picture of House Centipede
Captured this great shot of a house centipede in our home in Portland, Oregon. I identified it using your website, and I thought you might want to see this great picture. Thanks,

Hi Monica,
Thanks for sending us your photo. We will post it on the homepage until we get another wonderful photo of a House Centipede since we always keep an example of this wonderful predator there.

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The Bug Lady
Well, I just got lost in my new book, Caterpillars of Eastern North America by Wagner. Wow, that is some awesome book, definitely worth the money. But, unfortunately it didn’t answer my question about the caterpillar that I have been trying to ID. It closely resembles the Hesitant Dagger Moth Caterpillar, Acronicta haesitata on the website Caterpillars of Eastern Forests. Since the different instars can look different, I was convinced that was what it was until I read that there were several different Dagger Moths with similar looking caterpillars. So, unless you can tell me differently, then that is what I’m going to say it is. By the way, you will notice that a lot of the pictures I send you, the caterpillars are on wood. At Lindenwood Nature Preserve, my favorite trail that goes to the pond has 3 boardwalks. That is where I seem to find all the caterpillars. I figure they either fell out of a tree or climbed up from the vegetation under the boardwalk. At any rate, I figure they know where they are going, so I just leave them where I find them.
Judy Whitton, the Bug Lady

Hi again Judy,
We looked at all the Dagger Moth Caterpillars posted on BugGuide, and we think this looks most like the Ovate Dagger Moth, Acronicta ovata.

This is the picture I was going by, I think the spots most look like this one.
But like they said, some of the caterpillars are so hard to distinguish apart, you would probably have to raise them to find out what they really are. They don’t allow collecting, so that is not an option for me. LOL Anyways, thanks for looking and hope you enjoy the other link I sent you.

Hi again Judy,
The new link you provided does look like a match, but the text also mentions the Ovate Dagger Caterpillar looking similar.

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