From the monthly archives: "June 2007"

Shiny green spider
My husband took a video of this gorgeous little thing and it jumped right onto the camera lens! The closest picture I’ve found online is a Cosmophasis (specifically the picture labelled Cosmophasis ZZ059 on the page /australian/salticidae/Saltici dae.html) …but Wikipedia claims that "some species occur in Africa, while most are found in Southeast Asia, down to Australia." This spider was filmed and photographed in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 🙂 Regrettably, most attempts to look up a shiny green jumping spider on the web come up with…well, the "Green Jumping Spider", Lyssomanes viridis, which this puppy -clearly- isn’t. Thanks for any help you can give me. We just moved here from Dallas two months ago, and rented a house in a semi-rural setting, and we’re very much enjoying getting to know all the wildlife. We have cows, deer, and every kind of spider known to Arkansas! 🙂
Ro Windwalker

Hi there Ro,
Clearly you are a detail oriented person, and you will probably not content yourself with the general answer we are going to give you. This is a Jumping Spider in the Family Salticidae. Most Jumping Spiders, and there are many, do not have common names. BugGuide shows four pages of subfamilies and each of those have additional genus and species identifications. The folks associated with BugGuide are far more organized and technical than we can ever hope to be. We really don’t have the time to sift through all of the photos to provide you with an exact identification, but perhaps you might be curious. Just follow the link we have posted on our site and start to look through images. This is how we do most of our identifications. If you get the answer, please write back and we will post it.

Update: (06/30/2007)
ID of “shiny green spider” from 6/28/07 I believe I’ve found the shiny green spider submitted by Ro on 6/28/07. Here’s a link from the University of Kentucky Entomology website for you to look at and see if you agree. iles/casefile/spiders/jumping/ jumping.htm#para The spider is the Paraphidippus aurantius. Cheers!
Stefanie Graves
Watercolors by Stefanie Graves
http://stefaniegraves.cowango .com/index.html

Giant ichneumon wasp
I thought you might want a pic of a giant ichneumon wasp. Body length: 3 inches, ovipositor: 3.5 inches, total 6.5 inches! At first I thought it was some type of crane fly, because it did not have the typical wasp shape, but I think it is a megarhyssa ichneumon wasp. It let me get to as close as 12 inches then got nervous if I got closer. The stump is a maple stump. It is trying to lay eggs in an existing hole.
Grand Rapids, MI

Hi Chuck,
This is an Ichnuemon, Megarhyssa macrurus.

Unusual fly
Could you identify this fly? I caught it tonight flying around my sister’s room, freaking her out as if it was going to attack her. I tried searching google for it, but there seems to be a lack of information on flies. All help is greatly appreciated.

Hi Dave,
All of the Green Horse Fly images on BugGuide came from North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Green Horse Flies are in the genus Chlorotabanus.

Egg Laying??
Hi Bugman…this one really has me stumped. Found it in my backyard this morning. Hopefully you can help me out on this one. Thanks
Tom Rook
Brantford, Ont. Canada

Hi Tom,
This is an exciting photo for us since we get so many requests to identify White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillars, Orgyia leucostigma. The female Tussock Moth is flightless and lays a foamy mass of eggs. This image agrees with one posted on BugGuide.

Animal (unknown) 6-24-07 on deck railing
Hi, I’ve been looking at your website and find it most fascinating. Who knew there were so many kinds of bugs out there? Well, I guess ya’ll would…….LOL. Ok, my dad took these pics and e-mailed them to me and we have no clue what this thing is. I told him I’d check on the internet and try to find out. I found your website and have been enjoying it. Can you help? We live in central Arkansas. My parents’ house has lots of pine trees on one side and a variety of other trees and plants in the yard. Any help you can give would be most appreciated. Thank you

Hi Yalonda,
This is a Cottonwood Borer and most of our images come from Texas. It is nice to get a report from Arkansas.

Please help
My name is Rich from Jackson, Mi. I found this guy on my screen door. Now, to me he look a bit like a lady bug, not enough spots though and waaaay too big. He’s huge. Can you tell me what it is? I’ve never seen one of these b4 and have lived in Michigan 37 yrs. Thank Again

Hi Rich,
This distinctive Scarab Beetle is known as the Grapevine Beetle.