From the monthly archives: "August 2010"
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Fuzzy black and white caterpillar
Location:  Torrington, CT on August 29th 2010
August 29, 2010 9:26 am
I spotted this beautiful caterpillar on my side porch and would love to know more about it. Love your site. Keep up the good work!

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Hi Jennifer,
Your caterpillar sure looks like a Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Lophocampa caryae, to us.  You can compare your individual to images posted to BugGuide.

Thank you so much for your help. I’m always amazed by what is right in front of you if you just bother to look. Bugs rule!

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Evil lerking in the fields of Ottawa
Location:  Ottawa, Ontario. In a field with no water nearby.
August 28, 2010 7:04 pm
Hey Bugman,
I was trying to take an interesting picture and to do so, it involved walking through this small field.
Upon tredging through this tall grass my friend and I noticed this huge horrid looking spider!
All it’s legs were black, and about half-way towards its body they seemed to be almost clear.
It was mainly black with a yellow sploch between where all its legs meet, near it’s ”head” on its underside, then also further up along its body.
On its top it seemed really almost soft to the touch (not that I touched it)but it looked almost like suede.
It was also mostly black with a yellow sort of design.
Lasltly, it seemed to have a small-ish flat, grey head.
After we saw one we started to notice them everywhere, so I snapped a few pictures and got out!
Thanks so much

Golden Orbweaver

Hi Jessica,
Many people consider the Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, to be the most beautiful spider in North America.  They are not aggressive and rarely bite, and when they do bite, the reaction is mild and does not last long.

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Hi, in need of urgent identification
Location:  Penang, Malaysia
August 29, 2010 4:37 am
Hi, this bug has been causing havoc over here in the northern region of Malaysia, particularly in Perlis and Penang. Please help me identify it mr bugman 🙂
Kelvim, the pharmacist

Paederus Rove Beetle: Cari-Cari

Hi Kelvim,
Your insect is a Rove Beetle in the genus Paederus and merely handling it or having it walk across a person’s body is enough to result in a severe case of contact dermatitis.  Our first several letters regarding the Paederus Rove Beetles came from Africa where its warning coloration and unique defense system have earned it the local name of Creechie Bug. While doing additional research for our response to you, we found a website called DOCFILES with many photos of the Paederus Rove Beetle and the resulting contact dermatitis, and the page begins with this information:  “The Rove beetle that is increasingly common in Malaysia. Their bodies contain the toxin paederin (hence Paederous dermatitis) that causes burns on human skin whenever they are crushed. Interestingly the beetles were used to burn off warts in the past. It starts off with some erythema/redness and then with patches of ulceration where the beetle has been crushed.
There are numerous comments posted regarding remedies for the contact dermatitis posted to the site. It is quite interesting to us that the image you provided appears to be a very degraded version of the exact image on the DOCFILES page.  We are also intrigued by the title of the digital file you supplied for us to identify.  What is the origin of the name Cari-Cari?  Is that a local name for the Paederus Rove Beetle?

Dear Daniel,
I am delighted at the prompt response and information you have
given me. This will indeed aid me in treating and informing my
customers. The file name was typed in by myself, as the locals call it
“cari-cari” (in the malay dialect they like to repeat words as names
i.e. orang-orang, ubur-ubur).
Regarding the photo file of the rove beetle found in DOCFILES, it
IS extremely similar with the file I sent you. However, after close
examination using the superimpose technique in photoshop, i found that
they ARE different. Besides, the background is different too. This is
the add from where i got the photo
If you DO happen to come by any different treatment options or
ways to control the spread of this bug, please do let me know.
Thanks a million for what you have provided me! 🙂

Sorry for some “misinformation”
The word “cari-cari” is actually a malaysianised pronunciation of
“charlie”. Don’t ask me why charlie, but the locals also call it semut

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Fiery Searcher
Location:  North Middle Tennessee
August 28, 2010 9:07 am
I owe this one to the kittens as they were the ones that found it. It was first at the tree line going into the woods. I tried taking a photo, however it was moving too fast. I ran inside for a container to catch it, but it was gone when I got back. A little later they had it surrounded in the yard. I captured it for a photo and then released it.

Fiery Searcher

Hi Richard,
Our readership will be happy that you have included a measuring tape to indicate the large size of the Caterpillar Hunter known as a Fiery Searcher.

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Location:  northern wisconsin
August 28, 2010 12:35 pm
just wanted to know what this is

Pigeon Horntail

Dear Clauson’s,
This is a Pigeon Horntail,
Tremex columba, one of the non-stinging Wood Wasps whose larvae bore in wood.  The female Pigeon Horntail in your photo is in the act of ovipositing.  She uses her stingerlike ovipositor to deposit her eggs in diseased wood where the larvae live and feed.  We have gotten some nice recent photos of Giant Ichneumons, which are the primary predator of the Pigeon Horntail.

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Bright Pink Caterpillar/Worm?
Location:  Caneyville KY
August 28, 2010 2:39 pm
This little guy was found in Caneyville Kentucky. He is approximately 1-2 inches long, bright pink in color, an orangish face with two little black eyes very close together. I cannot see any legs, so I suppose this could be some sort of grub worm? Any ideas?

Prominent Caterpillar

Hi Ashlee,
We knew immediately that this was a Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Heterocampa, but we needed to browse BugGuide to determine the species.  We are quite confident that this is the Caterpillar of the White Blotched Heterocampa, Heterocampa umbrata, and we even found an identical color match on BugGuide.  The normally green caterpillar changes color just prior to pupation.

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