From the monthly archives: "May 2007"

Male Myrmarachne plataleoides – Thailand
Found this little guy wondering around the garden. It appears to be a male Myrmarachne plataleoides. I think the one I sent previously was a female of the same species. I found some information about them here
( ) although I wouldn’t agree with the statement in the article that
says "the males disguise is somewhat spoilted by his ungainly jaws protruding from his head, nearly one-third of his body length". Actually, it looks remarkably like a full size weaver ant carrying a smaller worker which is something you see all the time around here. There’s a photo of a male on the site here which looks similar to the one in the garden. Regards

Hi Sean,
We apologize for the tardy reply. Sometimes we are overwhelmed with queries and our personal and professional lives interfere with our attentiveness to our readers. Lately though, due to technical difficulties, there has been a dearth of images available for posting. We hope this problem is solved in the near future. Meanwhile, we have been looking at older unaswered mail, and we located your wonderful image. Sadly, we can’t seem to locate your earlier image of a female spider. If you can resend it as a small attachment, we would love to post it.

here you go.

Thanks so much Sean. It is also great that you previously sent us images of the Weaver Ants that this Jumping Spider mimics.

fishing spider?
I think this is the fishing spider that I see a few pictures of, on your site. However, the ones I read said Maryland and Nova Scotia for locations and I am in southwest Louisiana. It was found in the greenhouse where I work, so it could have come from another state. Most likely it would have been from Florida. Is this a fishing spider? What region are they found in? Any information would be helpful. Thank You,

Hi Ken,
This is a Dolomedes Fishing Spider. We located a checklist of Louisiana spiders that indicates six species documented in Louisiana.

Do you know what this bug is???
Here’s a challenge for you. We live in Ontario, Canada and have a cottage NE of Kingston. Do you know what this bug is? It’s quite large. Thanks for any help you can provide.

If you really want to challenge us, don’t send one of the top 5 query subjects we receive. Toe-Biters, like your specimen, along with House Centipedes, Potato Bugs, Hummingbird Moths and Dobsonflies, represent a significant percentage of our identification requests. Toe-Biters are also known as Giant Water Bugs and Electric Light Bugs.

Wow! Did we know where to go to get an expert opinion!!! Thank you so much. Believe it or not, we’ve been going to the cottage on Beaver Lake since 1958 and NOBODY has seen this bug until last year when we found it in the eavestrough near the night light. Coincidentally another friend who has a cottage in the Muskoka region came across one recently and he asked us what it was. To make a long story short, we searched the web for quite some time unsuccessfully until a google search led us to you. Since your email we’ve learned quite a bit about this Giant Water Bug and a healthy respect for it as well. Thanks again for your help!