From the monthly archives: "January 2007"
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green bug from Brisbane, Australia
Hi Bugman!
I found this little bug buzzing around inside my house earlier and managed to nab a picture of it. The picture doesn’t really do justice to how bright the green colouring was, but I hope it will suffice. Maybe you can identify it? Thanks
(ps. if this one gets published, please just identify me as Scott. thanks.)

Hi Scott,
This beautiful Scarab Beetle is commonly called the Fiddler Beetle.

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Charlotte-Our beautiful family member
Hi Bugman,
This picture was taken in August 2006 at my home in Nevada City, CA. It is now January 2007 and Charlotte is still living under our eaves. In fact, she laid a large egg sack this morning. What a great spider to have around for the last 6 months. We will be sad to see her pass on but look forward to the new arrivals (Spring?). I sincerely hope you can find space on your site for this beautiful family member! Cheers,
Kris Crabtree

Hi Kris,
Charlotte is some species of Araneus Orb Weaver.

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funny feet on orange bug and my new lab mate
Hi!!!! I absolutely love you bug-guys. Thank you for your informative site! So the first bug picture I have .. I found this guy while hiking around in Mexico. I’ve never seen "feet" like that on a bug before. The second picture is of a frequent visitor to the lab where I work in Maryland… we’ve been getting a lot of these species of spiders as well as wolf spiders. What are these bugs~?? Thank you!

Hi Lillian,
We hope you will forgive us for only answering one of your questions for now. Your Mexican Bug is in the family Coreidae, the Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs. We don’t know the species, but it is a gorgeous specimen.

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Bug Man,
I wanted to know what this guy was. I live in St Kitts, W.I. and the students call them donkey spiders. The only thing I found about “donkey spiders” on the internet was just other students talking about them. I think this one came in my apartment to read his last rights before dying. He wasn’t very lively. Do you know what they’re really called? Thanks you
R Fields

Hi R. Fields,
Though we have never heard the name Donkey Spider, we like it, and we are ready to add it to the common names for the Giant Crab Spider, or Huntsman Spider, or Banana Spider. This is a harmless nocturnal hunter that feeds on cockroaches. Thanks for adding a wonderful new name for these fascinating spiders.

Update: (02/05/2007)
About ‘Donkey Spider from West Indies’
Hi again Daniel and Lisa Ann,
I was interested to see the Giant Crab Spider or Banana Spider (Olios sp.) from St. Kitts; images which R. Fields sent in on 1/25/2007. I vacation on Nevis each year and St. Kitts is the sister island, only 2 miles away. English names are notoriously unreliable, but I believe that the creature which is usually referred to on St. Kitts and Nevis as the ‘Donkey Spider’ is the Antillean Tarantula, (Acanthoscurria antillensis), which is furry and colored like a donkey. The image of the one I found on Nevis is on your Spider Page 8, listed as ‘Caribbean Tarantula (10/05/2006)’ and described as a Donkey Spider. On the same page there is an image of what is probably the same species, ‘Tarantula from Dominican Republic (01/05/2007)’. I believe that on St. Kitts and Nevis, the giant crab spider (Olios sp. of the Sparassidae) is usually called a ‘Banana Spider’ or a “Yellow Spider”. Of course the two species are not at all closely related, but they are the two biggest spiders on those islands, they both only come out at night, and so I suppose some people might confuse them one with the other. They both can bite if you hassle them enough, but neither is dangerous to people. Best,
Susan J. Hewitt

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Thanks for posting the pictures and letters on Spring Tails. Similar to one of your readers we saw these little guys on Christmas day in Oregon and have been stumped for a month trying to determine what they are. Here are two more pictures we took that you can publish. The Douglas fir needle gives you a little bit of scale.
-Kevin Joyce

Hi Kevin,
We are glad to hear our site assisted you in the identification of your Snow Fleas, a type of Springtail that can be very plentiful on warm winter days.

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bug on sapotaceae
Dear Bugman,
I saw this guy munching away on a fruit of a Satinleaf tree (Chrysophyllum oliveforme in the Sapotaceae). I’ve no idea what it is, but it is pretty cool and it didn’t bite me.
Steve Woodmansee, Senior Biologist
Miami, Florida.

Hi Steve,
We do not recognize your beautiful Hemipteran, though we think it is a Stink Bug. Florida is a magnet for exotic species, either introduced on plants or blown up from the tropics during huricanes. We will check with Eric Eaton to see if he recognizes the species. Eric Eaton responded thus: “Hi, Daniel: The Florida bug is not a stink bug but a shield-backed bug, family Scutellaridae (sometimes lumped in Pentatomidae, though). Sure looks like something exotic, and I would suggest contacting Florida Department of Agriculture, Julieta at the USDA, or some other agency to make sure this is something native, or at worst, something not likely to become established. Great images, so ID should be relatively straightforward for an expert. Eric”

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