From the monthly archives: "August 2010"
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Back Porch Spider
August 29, 2010
Hi Daniel and Lisa,
This spider has been nothing but tenacious over the last week.  It has taught me to look before I step out onto my back porch.  Three webs in six days were constructed overnight to trip me, to brush my hair, or to keep me from using the back steps!  Here, it lies in wait for breakfast!
Is it simply “an orb-weaving” spider or something more specific?
Thanx for your time,
R.G. Marion
Cosby, TN
Great Smoky Mountains

Orbweaver Web

Dear R.G.,
Thanks so much for sending us your photo of an Orbweaver Spider and its web and providing details of the spider’s nightly activities.  Each year, as summer nears an end and the warm autumn days shorten, we get countless requests to identify Orbweaver Spiders and questions regarding the danger they might cause.  Spiders with orb webs in the family Araneidae (see BugGuide) are not aggressive and they rarely bite.  The bite, in the unlikely event that it occurs, is not serious and will cause minor local swelling and tenderness.  Orbweavers do not pose a threat and they should be left to spin their webs and capture flying insects like flies and mosquitoes.  Your photo illustrates the classic orb web.  We suspect your spider is in the genus Araneus.

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Orange-Striped Oakworns enjoying some sand
Location:  Swanton, OH
August 29, 2010 12:43 pm
Went to the Sand Dunes today – Oakworms everywhere! They had decimated many of the baby oaktrees in the area, but my favorite part was the little tiny trails COVERING the sand.

Orange Striped Oakworm

Hi Katy,
Thanks for sending us your photos of Orange Striped Oakworms.  They must be very plentiful if trees are being defoliated.  The perspective of the trail photograph is a nice addition.

Orange Striped Oakworm leaving trail

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Congregation of the Milkweed Bugs
Location:  Swanton, OH
August 29, 2010 12:40 pm
I’m sure this is a pretty normal sight this time of year, but I was still pretty exciting to find this many buggers in one place!

Large Milkweed Bugs

Hi Katy,
Thanks for sending us your photo of Large Milkweed Bugs,
Oncopeltus fasciatus.  Because they are a relatively common sight at this time of year is a perfect reason to post your photograph.

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Unusual Orthoptera?
Location: Lawrence County Ohio (far southern ohio)
August 29, 2010 10:08 am Dear Bugman,
I wonder if you can identify this odd insect that I found on my front porch light. I live in rural Southern Ohio and have never seen any insect like this. Hopefully you can tell by the photo, it appears to be wingless, has extremely long curling antennae, and a large stinger or ovipositor. I believe it is order Orthoptera, and looks similar to the shield back katydid, but not exactly. Any ideas? Thank you!
Hilary duDomaine

Photo is too small to make out any details

Unusual Orthoptera New Photo Attached
Thanks for writing back! Attached is a much better picture taken with a digital camera. Hope this helps!

Carolina Leaf Roller

Hi again Hilary,
Thanks for sending a much better image.  Even though some parts of the body are obscured, we cannot imagine that this could be anything other than a Raspy Cricket in the family Grillacridadae known as the Carolina Leaf-Roller,
Camptonotus carolinensis.  You can compare it to this photo on BugGuide. The information page on bugGuide indicates it:  “Hunts aphids at night” and “Bites through leaf in order to form flap. Flap is folded over, edge is pulled down with legs, and then edges are glued together with silk from gland on mouth. Sometimes uses empty Bladdernut (Staphylea) pods in which to hide instead of leaves.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Runs rapidly. Antennae very long, at least five times as long as body. (These do not stick out of leaf shelter.) Ovipositor is upturned and carried over back.

Wow thank you! That is definitely it! I have never seen one of these around my home, so it was great to get info on this unusual cricket! Thanks for your help,

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fly-like bug in Maine
Location:  Maine
August 28, 2010 7:44 pm
I took this picture of a fly-like bug on an Asiatic Dayflower while hiking in Maine. Can you help me identify this bug?

Bee Fly

Hi Sally,
This really is a beautiful Bee Fly.  Though we could not identify the exact species, we found a match on BugGuide that was identified to the genus level of

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Haitian spider?
Location:  Haiti
August 28, 2010 6:22 pm
While in Haiti I was amazed to see this lovely spider hanging out beside the path. I looke at your site and it seems that you do not have any from Haiti. Is this in fact a Golden silk spider? Or am I incorrect?

Golden Silk Spider

Hi Lorraine,
You are correct.  This is
Nephila clavipes, the Golden Silk Spider, and it is the only New World representative in the genus.

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