From the monthly archives: "November 2009"
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Not a Lady Bug, but a ???
November 23, 2009, 5:52 PM
Found this beetle bug dying in our house today. I have noticed several of these beetles on the vinyl siding of our house, but this is the first one I have seen inside. We recently treated our carpets with pyrethrins as the kitty brought flees in with her. The pics were taken as the beetle was dying and penny added for scale.
A bit more info about our location. We are in central Kentucky and recently bought a house that backs up to a farm that has planted soy beans for the past two years.
Any help ID’ing this critter would be greatly appreciated as I want to make sure it is not a destructive type of pest.
Worried in KY
Central KY

Checkered Beetle

Checkered Beetle

Found it!
6:04 PMNovember 23, 2009
Found the info about the beetle that came inside and died. It is a checkered beetle and I am assuming that since we had an ice storm last year they are feeding on the wood borers that are chewing on the dead wood in the tree line between our house and the soybean field. Thank you for your help!
Not Worried in KY
Central KY

Checkered Beetle

Checkered Beetle

Dear Not Worried in KY, formerly Worried in KY,
We are thrilled to see that within 12 minutes, you correctly identified your Checkered Beetle on our website.  More information on the Checkered Beetle family Cleridae can be found on BugGuide.

Update:  July 24, 2016
While attempting to identify a newly submitted Checkered Beetle, we realized this individual also appears to be
Enoclerus ichneumoneus.

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More Water Striders
November 24, 2009
Hi Bugman,
I saw your comment about the dearth of water striders on WTB, so I thought I’d send these your way. The first one I’m pretty sure is Aquarius remigis based on images on BugGuide and its large size. According to BugGuide this is one of the largest and most common water striders in North America. The second one looks like something different though, based on the white markings on the thorax and abdomen. My best guess is something in the genus Gerris but there’s only one image on BugGuide that looks close. Both of these were found in August 2008, running around on Cascade Creek, Minnesota in large groups.
Joel Gardner (clickbeetle)
Cascade Creek (near Grand Marais, MN)

Water Strider: Aquarius remigis

Water Strider: Aquarius remigis

Hi Joel,
Thanks so much for your wonderful contribution of additional Water Strider images for our website.

Water Strider: Gerris species

Water Strider: Gerris species

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pregnant phidippus mystaceus jumping spider
November 23, 2009
Hi,
I was out in my backyard a few days ago when I came across this female /Phidippus mystaceus/. Her abdomen was huge, and looked like she was carrying eggs. Enjoy the pictures.
Josh Kouri

Female Jumping Spider: Phidippus mystaceus

Female Jumping Spider: Phidippus mystaceus

Hi Josh,
Thanks for sending us your wonderful photos of a female Phidippus mystaceus.

Female Jumping Spider: Phidippus mystaceus

Female Jumping Spider: Phidippus mystaceus

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November 20, 2009
The following water bug pix were taken at Hans Botel Cottage, Cape Coast, Ghana.
AJ

Water Striders from Ghana

Water Striders from Ghana

Dear AJ,
The spareness of your words is amusing.  Our readership tends to be hungry for information, and your succinct entries just leaves them salivating for more.  These are Water Striders, aquatic True Bugs that skate on the surface of ponds and other bodies of water, waiting for insects to fall in which they feed upon.  Though Water Striders in the family Gerridae are quite common in North America and other places around the world, this posting represents a brand new category for our site that previously experienced a noticeable dearth of Water Strider images.

Water Striders

Water Striders

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Spider on our lavender bush
November 22, 2009
We first noticed this spider on our lavender bush sometime in the spring. It was very green. Now it is brown and is holding what looks to be a ball of yarn, but we think it’s an egg sack. Is this spider dangerous? We have 3 small children who like to play outside.
A.A.
Southern California

Green Lynx

Green Lynx

Hi A.A.,
This beauty is our favorite spider, a Green Lynx.  It is harmless, though she will act aggressively if her egg sac is threatened.  Your children are perfectly safe.

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Giant moth?
November 22, 2009
This guy was resting on a wall in some woods I frequent for work in South Jersey. It was alive and did’nt seem to mind me taking photos of it. It was a decent six inches across and it was just impressive to see.
Tom Weightman
Haddonfield NJ

Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth

Hi Tom,
This gal is a female Imperial Moth, and she sure is a big specimen.

Imperial Moth

Imperial Moth

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