From the monthly archives: "June 2008"

High Resolution Nursery Web spider picture
I was moving some trim into the garage of my house that’s under construction, and my buddy noticed what I presume to be a nursery web spider, about 2-3" long. He/she posed for me long enough to take a nice close-up before scurrying on its merry way, so I thought I would share.
Kent Nelson
Fox Lake, IL

hi Kent,
Thanks for sending us your great photo of a female Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira.

Unknown Moth from Singapore
Hey there bugman,
Would you know what moth this is? We actually got them at caterpillar stage, about 30 odd of them. Each caterpillar was a dirty yellow and sticky if you irritated them. Due to a lack of food plant (i’m not sure what type of plant either) they were left for dead. But no! Surprised to see 3 survive and make it into adults (hah, better than none). The pictures are just one of the three…anyway, thanks for your help! It’ll be great to know what they are. &n bsp;

Hi Jon,
We can’t tell you the species, but this is a Lichen Moth in the family Lithosiinae.

Looking at your photos of grasshoppers mating it struck me that our grasshoppers living on our Hibiscus here in Hilton Head Island, SC, mate in a different way. Not to be indelicate but they are rear to rear and during dinner parties on the deck they make for interesting after- dinner conversations. I’m not certain what kind of grasshoppers these are but we actually look forward to their arrival in the summer, and yes, they love to dine on new Hibiscus blooms but they have to eat too! Thanks for a wonderful site. I’ve sent many new viewers your way.
Patti Trobaugh

Hi Patti,
Your mating grasshoppers are Obscure Bird Grasshoppers, Schistocerca obscura. We found a photo on BugGuide of a mating pair in Florida that have assumed the position depicted in your photo. We believe Grasshoppers begin mating “piggy back” and then over time change position.

love letter to the bugpeople
Hello there, I can’t even tell you how many bugs I’ve identified from your site. I prefer it to bugguide because I learn so much more while I’m searching for what I’m really looking for. I end up seeing some other interesting things and learning about them and soon enough (sometimes) I run into that very insect/arachnid. Thank you, thank you! For instance, this morning I was trying to ID what turned out to be a Giant Ichneumon and I ran across another photo which besides a wasp contained Cerambycid Beetle larva which I had run into last winter and completely misidentified as mud dauber larva. I love your site. Thank you so much. I know you must be swamped, so don’t feel it’s necessary to reply. Thanks again

Dear Marielle,
Your letter put us in a very good mood today. We love hearing that our tangled method or archiving has led to identifications of some of your previous encounters, albeit through a circuitous route. We are huge fans of BugGuide and are in awe at the site’s organization, but slobs that we are here at What’s That Bug?, we doubt our own archives will ever be quite as tidy.