From the monthly archives: "October 2007"
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What bug do I have?
I found this bug outside of my house on my porch right after a rain storm on 10/4/07. I live in New Mexico at about 5500ft on the plains west of the Sandia Mountains in central New Mexico. The body is like a beetle, but it has pinchers like a scorpion. The tail is about 2 inches long, and appears to act like an antenna of sorts but does not appear to be a stinger. It gives off an awful and irritant smell that hurts the eyes and throat. This thing is freaky and looks like a cross breed of a scorpion and a beetle. The picture does not illustrate its size. It is about 3 inches long. Please let us know, if you are familiar with what it is.
Zachary Grant

Hi Zachary,
This Whipscorpion is commonly called a Vinegarone, or Grampus in the South. It is a harmless relative of scorpions and it gets the name Vinegarone because of the vinegar scented acid they release from a gland near the tail. They are shy nocturnal hunters that are seldom encountered.

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Mating Moths
I’ve attached a photo of two moths who were mating at high noon in the middle of the street last summer. I live in Gainesville, Florida, and haven’t been able to identify them. Would you be able to help me ID them, and determine which is the male and female? P.S. I think this would make a nice addition to your Bug Love gallery. Thanks,

Hi Krista,
These are Oakworm Moths in the genus Anisota. There are several species that closely resemble one another, and we don’t feel comfortable trying to identify the exact species. The smaller moth is the male.

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My two sons and I found this amazing caterpillar
Hello there, how are ya?
My two sons and I found this amazing caterpillar in the City of Red Deer, Alberta the other week. We are extremely interested in discovering what is called. Would you be able to help us out with this? Thanks & God bless!
William, Kyle & Daddy

Dear William, Kyle and Daddy,
This is the second Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar photo we received this week. The other was from Alaska.

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Bolas Spider
Hi again,
I wanted to share this awesome spider I came across at the Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, GA where I volunteer. It appears to be a female Bolas spider, but different from the two species shown on BugGuide. ra I’ve continued to check up on her for two weeks (most recently October 2nd,) and I’ve never seen her move (though she’s clearly alive, and I read that Bolas are nocturnal.) In the last photo, there is an object to the left of the spider that may be an egg sac.
Carmen Champagne

Hi Carmen,
We agree that there are enough similarities to believe this is related to the Bolas Spiders, but it is possible it is even a differnt genus. Your spider does not possess the abdominla bumps that the Mastophora genus pictured on BugGuide posess. Have you submitted your images to BugGuide? If you ever get an exact identification, we would love to know about it. Meanwhile, we will check with our own group of experts to try to get assistance.

Confirmation (10/05/2007) From Eric Eaton
Hi, Daniel:
Wow. Good eye even to spot one of those! It is definitely a species of Mastophora, but there are 15 U.S. species in the genus and I don’t know how to segregate them. I’d have to look up a technical reference. It is possible that Jeff Hollenbeck over at Bugguide might know more, but he hasn’t even visited Bugguide for awhile to my knowledge…. Neat find.
P.S. Thanks again for the continuing free publicity for the field guide. I wish I could tell you how many people have bought it because of the mention at WTB.

Spider Fan Susan checks with an expert
Dear Daniel,
I tried one person in Kentucky who I think somewhat knows the Bolas spiders:

Dear Blake Newton,
I hope you don’t mind my sending you this image of a bolas spider from Georgia. … I suppose this bolas is perhaps most likely to be one of these four species: Mastophora archeri, M. bisaccata, M. hutchinsoni or M. phrynosoma? Do you have any idea by any chance? Thanks a million,

Hi Susan,
I have never seen this one before, but I agree that it looks like a Mastophora of some kind. Maybe it is one that lives in GA but not KY? I was hoping it would be on Bugguide, but it looks like you’ve already checked that resource! Very interesting. I’d like to know if you find anything. Sincerely,
Blake Newton
Extension Entomology
University of Kentucky

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Here’s a few pictures that I took over the summer. My location is on Loughborough Lake north of Kingston, Ontario. What is it? Also, here is the annual infestation of Boxelder Bugs that we get in only one window of the office building where I work. Thanks in advance.
Christa Johnston

Hi Christa,
What great photos you have sent showing Dragonfly metamorphosis. We don’t know the species, but all Dragonflies begin life as aquatic nymphs. When they are ready to molt into adults, they come ashore, split their skin and emerge as winged adults. The wings will expand and harden and the adult is then capable of flight.

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Can you identify this moth?
Hi! I have attached a picture of a moth that we found on our back porch tonight. It’s a mint green color with a dark brown stripe along the top. Pretty big and very beautiful. We live in Orlando, FL (if that helps at all). We hope you can tell us what it is. Thanks,
The Pappas Family
(Shannon, Erik, Maddison, and Hunter) Shannon

Hi Pappas Family,
This is a Luna Moth, a species that ranges throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada. There are two generations in the south, hence your late in the year sighting.

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