From the monthly archives: "July 2007"
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PINK PAINTED WHITE SPIDER
HELLO, WHAT A GREAT SITE ! ! I WILL BE VIEWING IT ON A REGULAR BASES. I LIVE IN SO. OREGON. JUST 88 MILES FROM THE CA. BORDER, I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT THAT I LOVE TO TAKE PHOTO’S OF BUGS AND FLOWERS. I HAVE JUST STARTED TO LEARN DIGITAL CAMERA’S A YEAR AND A-HALF AGO, I HAVE MANY GREAT PHOTO’S !! BUT THE BUG ONE’S HAS GIVING ME THE BUG TO GET OUT AND FIND MORE TO SHOOT. HERE ARE THE LATEST JULY 28-07. THE SPIDER AND THE FLY FELL OUT OF A FLOWER, I MOVED IT AND THEY BECAME SEPERATED HERE IS THAT SAME SPIDER WHAT KIND IS IT? THE FLY SEEMED DEAD! ! ! THE VERY NEXT DAY, I SPOTTED THIS ALL WHITE SPIDER THIS BUTTERFLY SEEMS DEAD ALSO HERE IS ANOTHER VIEW. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME FOR ME,
LAURIE HAYDEN-QUINN

Hi Laurie,
Your spider is Misumena vatia, also known as a Crab Spider or Flower Spider. The butterfly is a Pine White, Neophasia menapia.

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Giant Swallowtail
Hi — I just adore your website! You probably have tons of Giant Swallowtail butterfly pics, but they are so gorgeous, I thought perhaps a couple more couldn’t hurt! LOL!
Susan Rockwell
SW Florida

Hi Susan,
We don’t get many adult images, but ew do get Giant Swallowtail Caterpillars, known as Orange Dogs.

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help!!!!
Just happened on to your site a couple months ago, and have been raving abt. it to anyone that will listen!!! Great job and service you do. Now, for my bug, er, caterpillar…I found him eating my butterfly weed the other day, and I’m thinking he must be a pest. I brought one of the larvae in when I first found it and it immmediately spun a cocoon…now I’m wondering if I should get rid of it….can you tell me what this is going to be? Thanks, in advance, for your great service!
Pat, St. Louis

Hi Pat,
This is a Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar or Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillar, Euchaetes egle. If the caterpillars are plentiful, they may defoliate the host plant. The adult moth has unmarked grey wings and yellow spots on the body.

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whats that bug
Hi Bugman
I found this bug outside my house on the wall. so I knocked it down with a broom to the ground. It freaked me out when it lifted his two front legs up and tried to bite the broom. I think it is a non tail scorpion family or part of the potato bug family not sure, because we have those here in Rio Rico. It also had the clamping fangs in the front like a pinching bug.
Danny Gaxiola

Hi Danny,
This is a Solpugid, also commonly called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion, and in some locations, a Sand Puppy. They are harmless predators. You might get a painful nip, but they have no venom. You photo is quite amusing.

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Strange white caterpillar under willow tree…
Hello,
I was standing under our curly willow tree when this strange creamy white caterpillar plopped onto some sticks at the base of the tree. I don’t know whether he just fell off or if a bird dropped him. Anyway, I have not been able to find out what kind of caterpillar it is anywhere! He has the distinct black stripe down his back, and tiny black dots along each side. He is very sensitive to being bothered and will curl up tightly like a cutworm at the slightest touch or bothering. One other strange thing was his head was cream colored too. Could he perhaps be an albino of some species? His skin is very smooth and tough feeling. I gave him some willow leaves but he has not tried to eat any yet. Please help me out here! Thank you!
Charity
P.S We live in Michigan.

Hi Charity,
It looks like a Caterpillar, but it is not a Caterpillar. It is a Cimbex Sawfly larva. Sawflies are non-stinging relatives of wasps. We have seen Cimbex Sawflies in yellow, green and pink, but yours is the first white image. Seems they are available in the colors of after dinner mints.

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weird flying orange antennae big bug in Canada
Hi. Awesome website!
I checked through and can’t find this weird flying bug with a black body (that it holds flipped up, over its head – although the 2nd pic I did get in normal position), and orange antennae. I’m always photographing butterflies and bugs and love their beauty, however I have to admit this ‘thing’ scared me! It’s about 2-3 inches long, and I had never before seen it in southern Saskatchewan, Canada. Many thanks
Fran

Hi Fran,
We thought this was a male Ichneumon in the genus Megarhyssa, but we were wrong. See Below.

Many thanks. If it’s any help: when my sister and I first spotted it: it looked like it had just wings and antennae, like it was trying to stuff its body into the crack in the tree. (weird). Then it had it flipped over its back most of the time, and only for one ‘wiggle’ did it appear normal, then back to this position. Looking forward to your reply. Best regards,
Fran.

Correction: (07/31/2007)
Eric Eaton set us straight. Here is what he wrote: “Hi, Daniel: That is an ichneumon wasp, but NOT a Megarhyssa. We have images over at Bugguide identified as Gnamptopelta obsidianator, but I don’t know any more than that. Females of that species lack the long ovipositors.
Eric”

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