From the monthly archives: "August 2007"

caterpillar that stings
I found this bug on my blueberry bushes and it stung me. I thought it was stinging nettles but on closer look found this bug. What’s that bug?

Hi Nancy,
This is a Saddleback Caterpillar and yes, it does sting.

Hi I am wondering what this bug is?
This bug landed on my shoulder while camping in the Rocky Mountains in B.C. and I am very curious about it. Do you know what it is? Thanks,

Hi Kara,
This is a Whitespotted Sawyer, Monochamus scutellatus. They are found in coniferous forests and according to BugGuide: “Larvae excavates galleries in coniferous trees, often after they are damaged by a fire, storm, etc. Common hosts are: Balsam fir, spruces and white pine.” This beetle is known as the Longicorne noir for French Canadians.

Yellow Spider
I found this spider in Northern Utah. I have lived here for 30 years and have never seen a fuzzy, yellow-backed, yellow-fanged spider before. Nor has anyone else I have asked. I have attached some photos. The spider had many babies in another section of this plastic cover. Any information you have is appreciated. Thanks,
Jeremy Smith

Hi Jeremy,
This is a Jumping Spider, probably Phidippus apacheanus according to some images on BugGuide. This is a yellow color variation of a variable species. Jumping Spiders in the family Salticidae are active hunting spiders that do not build webs. They have excellent eyesight. They are not a threat to you.

Whats that Bug
Hey Bugman, caught this in my kitchen feeding on a housefly. I put him in a little bugviewer and took some pics. It stabs its prey with its needle and sucks em dry. It stabs the bugs all over rolling it around while it eats. Never flew but it has wings. Doesnt make any sounds. Walks around very slowly. Int the photot he is eating a cricket. I live in Columbia Missouri.

Hi Nouri,
This is an Assassin Bug in the genus Pselliopus. Be careful handling your pet since they can bite and the bite is painful.

Crab Spider feasts on Pipevine Swallowtail.
Hi again bugman,
I thought I would share with you another image taken the same day as the puddling pipevine swallowtails I sent in, this one of a crab spider enjoying its pipevine swallowtail lunch. Hope you enjoy it!!! Keep up the great work

Hi Michael,
We have never seen documentation of a Crab Spider with such a huge catch. It is a wonder the spider managed to hold onto that Pipevine Swallowtail. Thanks for sending us another image from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Can you identify this butterfly for me
Can you possibly identify this butterfly for me? I took this picture in Fort Worth, Texas at the botanical gardens. It was taken on August 26, 2007. I would like to know what it is. Thank you,

Hi Kristina,
Your butterfly is a very highly variable species known as the Bordered Patch, Chlosyne lacinia.