From the monthly archives: "April 2007"

Scarab Hunter Wasp?
This guy was on one of our fenceposts earlier today. It looks like a Scarab Hunter Wasp although it has lobes on the end of it’s antennae which don’t seem to appear in any of the Scarab Hunter photos I’ve seen. If it is a Scarab Hunter I don’t believe it is supposed to be in our area (northwest Washington), is that correct? Do you agree that it is a Scarab Hunter Wasp? At the time of the photograph it was very lethargic and could only fly a few feet and then it would sit still until prodded. Thanks,
Bill Scollard
Granite Falls, Washington

Hi Bill,
This is actually a Cimbicid Sawfly. It is probably in the genus Cimbex. Sawflies are related to wasps, but they do not sting.

Many legged Beastie
We saw this bug in the south of France (in the Gorges du Tarn region) last October. There were two of them living together in a crack behind the front door. They weren’t at all scared when the door moved. We’d love to have any information about it.

Hi Emily,
We have countless images on House Centipedes on our website. We receive so many requests for their identification that we always have an image posted on our homepage to facilitate our readership. House Centipedes are harmless nocturnal predators.

Metallic Green Beetle
I found many of these under the bark of a fallen and decaying pine tree. I was looking for skinks, and found these bugs. I’ve never seen them before. They seem to be present wherever there were termites. They were about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long, moved quickly, and took off like a fly when you got to close. Any ideas? BTW, these are from southeastern Virginia.
Rowland Parks
Newport News, VA

Hi Rowland,
This is a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, a predatory species. We are not certain if the termite colony is a food source, or if the beetles were there for another reason.

Black Widow?
I have had this big spider living outside of my front door for over a week and then tonight I saw the red hourglass marking and thought it may be a black widow, but as seen in the picture it is not completely black. Is this still as dangerous as I think? Thanks,

Hi Chris,
Black Widows are often not black until they attain adulthood. This Black Widow is immature or a male spider.

Correction:  July 9, 2018
Thanks to a comment from Genus 2.0, we now agree that this appears to be an immature Brown Widow.

Golden Orb Weaver
Hi Bugman,
Hope you like this Golden Orb Weaver female from Queensland Australia.
Trevor Jinks
Gold Coast, Queensland. April 29 2007

Hi again Trevor,
The common name, Golden Orb Weaver, will probably get us in trouble as a very different spider has that common name stateside. Your spider is in the genus Nephila, though, since Australia has several representatives from the genus, we are not sure of the species. It is possibly Nephila edulis.

Dear Bugman,
Indeed you are correct with your ID of the genus of the Australian Golden Orb Weaver. A bunch of information is available here Thanks again for your great site.
Trevor Jinks Queenslanmd Ausrtralia