From the monthly archives: "October 2007"

Spider in Ohio
Well we have been finding spiders in the house lately and came here to find out what they are. Turns out they are wolf spiders…. Oh joy … NOT lol I must say I am NOT a fan of spiders. More the fact I am scared to death of them. Even coming to this site was very hard to do. lol But seeing I am here I wanted to asked you about one we saw in Meigs County in Ohio. At the end of a parking lot of a motel we stayed at there is a swampy area with cat tails and the sort. I saw some bird flying around a big puddle in the parking lot. When I went to see what they were looking at, I saw a spider. It was completly underwater and moving to the edge quickly. Size wise I guess I would say with legs included around 2 inches or so. I am sending a picture of it which shows the marking pretty good …Well as good as I could get with not wanting to get to close. Yes ME taking a picture of a spider. Guess it impressed me. lol

This is a Six Spotted Fishing Spider, Dolomedes triton. These amazing spiders are associated with wetlands, and they are capable of spending periods of time underwater, either to escape predators, like birds, or to catch prey, including small fish.

I think it’s a beetle
But there are so many of them (See Haldane) that I really cant search through all your pix, especially because maybe they aren’t beetles. These are on what I think is an Angelica on the Mendocino Headlands in California, but I’ve seen the same guys on my wooden back fence.
Joe Hearst

Hi Joe,
These are Bordered Plant Bugs in the family Largidae, most likely the species Largus californicus. They are TRue Bugs, not beetles.

Another unsolved butterfly identification
Mr Bugman,
I have recently photographed some Buckeye butterflies here in Charlotte, NC on 10/14/07. Some from the top view and from the side. However, the side shot pictures I took recently look different from a butterfly I photographed a couple of months ago in southern Indiana. I thought it was a Buckeye and now I am wondering what it is. It’s markings on the underside of the fore wing and hind wing look completely different from the pictures I took recently of the side of the Buckeye. And it is lighter in color. I tried to find one similar and I just don’t know if it is a Buckeye. Can you confirm? Thanks,
Patrick Crone

Hi Patrick,
We just noticed this additional submission from you. You are correct. This is a Buckeye and it matches an image posted on BugGuide.

Hey folks, one from Suriname for you.
Haven’t sent anything in a while – a tribute to your site. However, on a recent trip to Suriname, a 3-4 inch long beauty found me at the airport. Interesting creature in the middle of the airport at the start of rainy season.
Taran Rampersad

Hi Taran,
We are happy to hear you are able to easily identify most of your insects through our site. This is a Giant Harlequin Beetle, Acrocinus longimanus. It is found in many South American countries. Your specimen is a female. The is a marked sexual dimorphism found in this species, with the forelegs of the male beetles being nearly twice as long as those of the female.

Very cool, Daniel – thanks! I blogged about it: Scores Again: Giant Harlequin Beetle
When I saw this insect at the Paramaribo Airport on the way out of Suriname , I was intrigued. 3-4 inches long, and very interesting patterns on its back (click image to see larger version) – I was curious to know what it was, guessing it to be some form of soldier beetle . I couldn’t find it on the web anywhere, so I decided to write What’s That Bug? and within 24 hours – despite being swamped, they identified it as a Harlequin Beetle, Acrocinus longimanus . Apparently, this is the first bit of information on it on the web, as searching for Harlequin Beetle and Acrocinus longimanus turns up absolutely no results at the time of this writing other than noting that it is missing in the Wikipedia . Go figure. In searching around for information on it, I found out that longimanus is ‘????????? “Macrocheir (Latin =Longimanus)”‘ through the referencec on Artaxerxes I of Persia , which is related to the disparity in length of appendages. Interesting stuff.

clearwing moth question/answer
Hello fellow bug-lovers!
The moth Valerie from Ontario asked about looks an awful lot like the "squash borer moth" that attacks our garden plants (see attached). These buggers lay their eggs in the stems of the fruits of squash, pumpkins, and the like, and their caterpillars consume the interiors of the stems until there’s no surviving fruit. I think they pupate in the soil. I’m not sure of the species, but they are a very interesting pest. I live in Central Minnesota.
Don Dinndorf
St. Augusta, MN

Hi Don,
The moth in your photo is a Squash Vine Borer, Melittia satyriniformis, and what you say about it is true. The photo that Valerie sent is not quite as sharp as your image and makes exact identification difficult, but we can say with some certainty that they are two different, though related species. Clearwing Moths in the family Sesiidae are Wasp Mimics. The caterpillars from this family are borers in the stems, roots and bark of various trees and other plants, and some can do considerable damage.

Tailless Whipscorpion from Chamela, Mexico
After searching the web to find out what bug I saw the other night I came across your site that had good pictures of the Tailless Whipscorpion and that made me pretty sure that what I saw was just that. The thing that confuses me is that the locals say that it’s poisonous. A girl at the house where I live told me that she got bitten three years ago. It had hidden in her shorts and when she put them on it bit her. If you get stung you will loose your vision and sense of hearing. If you don’t get and antidote within 30 minutes you will die. Since you say it’s harmless I guess it must have been something else that bitten her. What could that be that kill you in 30 minutes and disables your eyes and hearing? I attached a picture of the Tailless Whipscorpion for your site. Best Regards
Niclas Skold

Hi Niclas,
While we were in Iscamilpa Mexico for the total solar eclipse, we were amused by a sign outside the church warning the locals to stay indoors because scorpions would fall from the sky. While there are many poisonous creatures in Mexico that will sting and bite, the Tailless Whipscorpion is not one. Their fierce appearance belies their harmlessness.