From the monthly archives: "May 2007"

I.D. a Crab-like spider
I’m a big fan of most spiders but on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, southcentral Wisconsin, while washing dishes, I suddenly felt a stinging sensation in the upper part of my back. Quickly taking my sweatshirt and t-shirt off I shook them and suddenly had this cheery looking critter drop out onto the kitchen floor. With a quick crab-like locomotion it started to head for the under part of the fridge.I corralled it and scooped it up into a cylinder. As a precaution, I put it in the freezer (I know, I know) not sure of what I had or what type of reaction I was going to have to the bite. I have not found anything online and while looking, stumbled across your site. I hope the pictures make it through the servers. If not, the best description I can give is, very crab like profile with the "second" appendage longer than the rest, eight eyes in a two-four-two configuration, predominantly dark red to black in coloration, some tan colors on the abdomen, legs seem almost translucent in appearance towards the ends, spiky hairs on most of the legs, and upon closer inspection just looks down right ugly by spider standards. A coupon for your troubles to the local coffee shop if you can i.d. it or even if you can’t.
(college ruled)

Hi M,
This is indeed a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae. It is possibly in the genus Xysticus as pictured on BugGuide. The college ruled background is awesome.

What is it? It’s gorgeous!!!
Last year I sent a pic of a Giant Inchneunom that you really liked and added to you website. Here’s anew one of a bug we don’t ecognize. Please advise Thanks,

Hi Ian,
This is a Luna Moth. It is a striking insect that cannot be easily confused with any other North American species. If you had scrolled to the bottom of our homepage, you would have gotten your answer.

caterpillar, pupa, and bumblebee moth pictures
We found a Bumblebee Moth caterpillar on our Honeysuckle vine…

brought it inside to watch it transform and thought you might enjoy the pictures!
Nikki Ogle
Aubrey, Tx

BumbleBee Moth’s Bug Luvin’
I sent pictures of our Bumblebee Moth development… well, I just went to check to see if it was still on the vine… and found a two for one. Two hours after placing the moth on honeysuckle vine, I went to see if it had flown away … instead I was seeing double! After viewing this discovery I’ve surmised that our moth was female … The assumption based on larger size and having not moved from the leaf it was place on. It must have been releasing pheromones? If that is correct … the one facing us in this picture is a happy little male. This is my favorite picture. I’ve attachem more.
Nikki Ogle
Aubrey, Tx

Hi Nikki,
We sure hope you are going to send us the egg photos to complete this awesome life cycle series. Though it is often called the Bumblebee Moth, Hemaris thysbe is most commonly known as the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth or Common Clearwing. according to Bill Oehlke’s awesome site.

Update: (05/29/2007) Snowberries I think
Hello bugman!
So glad that you guys are back. I was just looking an awesome series of shots sent in by one of your readers of the life cycle of some clearwing moths. I do believe they are Hemaris difinnis, the Snowberry Clearwing, and not H. thysbe. I use the same sources as you (namely Bill Oehlke’s website and bugguide, Wagner’s book for caterpillars). On Bill Oehlke’s website, he describes some of the differences, including the color of the legs, which can be seen in the image you have of them mating. Keep up the good work!

Hi Bobby,
Thanks for the correction. By the way, we cannot open your photos, but we are very curious to see them.

you can see this bug i took photo of on this link. Any help i much appriciated 🙂

Hi Bocca,
You didn’t provide us with much information here. This is a fly, and appears to be a Crane Fly in the Infraorder Tipulomorpha. Those bushy antennae and the bold coloration are quite distinctive, but since you did not provide us with global coordinates, we cannot do better than Unknown Crane Fly.

thanks for the answer. I’m located in Europe, Serbia, Belgrade

Update: (05/30/2007) From Eric Eaton
” Oh, the unknown crane fly is some other type of phantom crane fly, I am pretty sure. Chen Young, who runs the Crane Flies of Pennsylvania website could tell you for certain. Eric ”

What’s That Bug? 😉
Hi there, bugman!!
Here’s to swamping you some more. Found this little bug/moth? on my wall and wondered what he is. I searched you site a bit, though not very thoroughly as I’m on dial-up most of the time and those lovely photos take aaaaaages to load. 😉 Didn’t find him. Instead of jamming your inbox with image attached, here’s a link to it on my Flickr
account. Best of luck catching up with your email! 😉

Hi Vedrana,
We don’t believe we will ever truly catch up on our emails. There were about 675 letters in our in box when we returned and we began by deleting everything with no subject line and have reduced the number by more than half. We are trying to post two letters per day from our absence and your linked image was perfect. This is a Caddisfly, a mothlike insect with an aquatic nymph. Caddisflies belong to the order Trichoptera.