From the monthly archives: "August 2008"
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California Sister?
Dear Bugman,
Thank you so much for your wonderful site. I found this little (slightly raggedy) creature resting on a curb in the parking lot at Sequoia National Park. Actually there was a German tourist taking pictures of him before me, but as far as I can tell he hasn’t already sent them to you–I did not see this little guy on your site. I thought at first it might be a Lorquin’s Admiral, but the markings did not quite look right, so I googled Lorquin’s Admiral Mimic and came up with the California Sister species, then did a search on bug guide. I have to say it is only from reading up about these creatures on your website that I would have even thought to do all that. So thank you again,

Hi Moira,
Your subject line caught our attention because we don’t have many images of the California Sister, Adelpha bredowii californica, on our site. Thanks for sending it.

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What’s the name of this caterpillar
A friend of mine is a Butterfly collector who has approximately every butterfly that we can find here in Quebec. He came upon this caterpillar yesterday, and is unable to identify it, even after looking it up in his books. Have you an idea what this mysterious Canadian(?) Caterpillar can be?

Hi Gilbert,
The descriptive name for this caterpillar is Paddle Caterpillar, and it is the larva of the Funerary Dagger Moth, Acronicta funeralis.

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Found this bug in our front yard
Can you help us identify this critter that we found in our front yard? We live in Wichita KS and just took the picture today.
Linda Riley
wichita KS

Hi Linda,
Your beetle is a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator.

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Dolomedes Spider
Hi Daniel!
On a recent getaway up in the Muskokas in Ontario I finally found what I think is a dolomedes fishing spider. I’ve seen and read about them on your website, and often heard people talk about these “dock spiders”, but have never seen one in real life. Needless to say, I was quite excited when I found this spider and her spiderlings hanging out on the shed down by the water on the Lake of Bays. I’m guessing that her body was about an inch and a half in length and that she was at least 3 1⁄2 inches including leg span. I’m not sure if this is considered big for this type of spider. I tried a couple of times to get the nerve to put my hand or finger near her to give some better perspective of her size, but I just couldn’t do it. She was HUGE! There was an empty egg sac near her and hundreds of little baby spiders all hanging out in the same area. I’ll send a couple of shot of these. I hope you enjoy them. I’m also going to send a shot of a smaller dock spider that was found on the side of the dock close to the shed. Would this be a male? I ended up finding about 5 of these smaller spiders on the dock, but only one shot turned out. They are quite camera shy it seems. Thanks again for your great website.
Barrie , Ontario

The smaller dock spider
Hi again Daniel,
Here is the shot of the smaller dock spider. I’m guessing it’s male because it’s SO much smaller than the other spider I sent to you. I think this one including leg span was no more than 1 ? inch. Looks like I’m due for a manicure .
Barrie , Ontario

Hi Yvonne,
Thanks for your wonderful images and also for reminding us that in some areas, Fishing Spiders are called Dock Spiders. We believe your speculation that the smaller Dock Spider is a male is correct. In many groups of spiders, including Orb Weavers and Comb Footed Spiders, the male is considerably smaller than the female.

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green spider in roses
Hello again,
I have several beautiful spiders that are hanging out in my roses. They catch unsuspecting bugs that go there to eat the rose or fly by, no web. They are beautiful, but I’ve never seen anything like them. I have three living on my roses. The largest one is about 1 1/2 across with prickly legs. I can take more pictures if you’d like. They have all become larger over the past week or so. I was able the feed one a small green grasshopper by hand the other day. They are very fast when they strike. Thanks!!

Hi Evie,
Despite you not providing our readership with a location for your sighting, we are posting your marvelous image of a Green Lynx Spider, Peucetia viridans. We find them in Los Angeles in our vegetable and flower garden each year and we never tire of observing their remarkable hunting skills. They are found from coast to coast in the southern states.

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Looks like bee but is a fly?
Perhaps you could answer what this fly is. It was found on pole bean leaves in Everett WA on August 24th mid morning. It’s been a cool summer and there is a well established garden that benefits from pollinators and poultry which attract the ugly house flies. But what is this guy? Thanks!

Hi Diana,
Your fly is a Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax, one of the Syrphid Flies in the family Syrphidae. We were surprised to read on BugGuide that this is an introduced species dating back to before 1874. The larvae, known at Rat Tailed Maggots live in stagnant water.

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