From the monthly archives: "November 2010"
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Location: Sierra Nevada mountains, Spain
November 3, 2010 3:50 pm
I took this photo last week, 2,550 metres up in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia. Can you tell me what it is, please?
Signature: Pat

Shieldback Katydid

Hi Pat,
This is some species of Shieldback Katydid and though they are related to true Crickets, they are classified into distinctly different families.  Sometimes the common name cricket is applied to a Shieldback Katydid like the Mormon Cricket that is found in western North America.  We will contact Piotr Naskrecki to see if he is able to provide any species information since he is an entomologist who specializes in Katydids.  We can tell you that because of her swordlike ovipositor, she is a female.

Update from Piotr Naskrecki
November 7, 2010
Hi Daniel,
My e-mail regarding the Spanish katydid must have gotten lost, somehow; I sent the ID a couple of days ago. In any case, this is a female of Pycnogaster, possibly P. gaditana, judging by the shape of the pronotum (Tettigoniidae: Bradyporinae).

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Wolf Spider – Att: Daniel
Location: Mid-Missouri
November 2, 2010 10:41 am
I found this wolf spider this weekend in my yard. It was fairly large and I would guess the body length to be about an inch with overall length (with legs) to be in the 2 inch range. He was very friendly (as most all wolf spiders I come across are). One of these days I’m going to get the nerve to let one walk on my hand….yesterday wasn’t that day though.
I have searched and searched for an ID and can not get farther than the Lycosidae Family. I have not seen this species before and most I come accross are Rabidosa or Pardosa. Hopefully you can give me some help to nail it down to a species or even genus.
Signature: Nathanael Siders

Wolf Spider

Hi Nathanael,
We scanned through the Wolf Spider images on BugGuide, and we believe your lovely Wolf Spider might be
Gladicosa pulchra.  The markings resemble the markings on this image on BugGuide, and the face is a dead ringer for this image on BugGuide.

Wolf Spider

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Walking stick from Eastern Washington
Location: Yakima, WA
November 2, 2010 11:17 am
I was surprised to find a couple of these Phasmatodeans in Eastern Washington. Do you think they live in sagebrush or the shrub elm I found them near. If they hadn’t been blow onto the pavement, there would be no hope of finding them. Real short antennae.
Signature: Paul Huffman, President-for-Life, Moclips Surf Club

Western Shorthorned Walkingstick

Hi Paul,
Your Walkingstick photo is quite nice.  We believe it is a Northern Walkingstick,
Diapheromera femorata, which is found in nearby Alberta Canada, according to BugGuide and your image matches an image posted to BugGuide that is identified as a Northern Walkingstick.  According to BugGuide, they feed on “Foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs, especially oaks and hazelnuts” so we would hazard that your individual was more likely feeding on the elm than the sagebrush.

Once Paul wrote a comment on the length of the antennae, we realized that this must be a Western Shorthorned Walkingstick,
Parabacillus hesperus, which is illustrated on BugGuide, though its range is listed as California and Oregon, and not as far North as Washington.

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your site
November 3, 2010 10:55 am
This site is just amazing. I love the  many mantis pictures and .. well alll them Bugs.
I forge Bugs in a smithy (though i might try unicorns if I want money) and the pictures really really help me visualise these amazing creatures.
Thank you.
Signature: jack frost

Hi Jack,
Thanks for the compliment.  We wish you would send us a few photos of your sculptures.

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strange moth bends over backwards
Location: SE Pennsylvania
November 2, 2010 11:12 am
I found this moth on the ice chest at work in southeast Pennsylvania in early August. What is it called, and what is with the strange pose? My back hurts just looking at it. Thank you.
Signature: Phil

Greater Grapevine Looper

Hi Phil,
This is either a Greater Grapevine Looper,
Eulithis gracilineata, or Eulithis diversilineata, or a closely related species in the genus.  You can read about the Greater Grapevine Looper on BugGuide. Eulithis diversilineata is also pictured on BugGuide. We are going to take tremendous creative license and call this an Acrobat Moth so that we can easily locate it in our archives when needed.

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Scorpion floresence
Location: Naches, WA
November 2, 2010 1:18 pm
Thought you should have some pictures of scorpion florescence under UV. I was surprised that these scorpions are fairly common on rocky arid ground around Yakima in Eastern Washington. Don’t know the exact species or the sting hazard, but it seems like a big tail, smallish pincher. Around 1.75 inches with tail.
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Signature: Paul Huffman, President-for-Life, Moclips Surf Club

Northern Scorpion under Black Light

Hi Paul,
Thanks for your wonderful image of a Scorpion glowing under black light.  We suspect it is the Northern Scorpion,
Paruroctonus boreus, which we determined upon locating a website with images of the Northern Scorpions photographed in Washington.  ENature has some information on the species, including:  “Most scorpions are not dangerous and do not attack people. If disturbed, they will inflict a sting that can cause painful swelling, but the poison of most North American species is not lethal to people.”  According to BugGuide, it is:  “Highly variable throughout its range, and depending on habitat. Throughout much of its range it is the only scorpion found. It has the basic identifiers of Paruroctonus scorpions, such as relatively robust hands and a somewhat slender metasoma/tail in which the keels do not terminate in an enlarged denticle. In most areas it is pale, light brown. In volcanic habitats it can be quite dark with a striped tail.”  According to AnswerBag:  “All scorpions glow in the dark—even after death, even fossilized! A thin, transparent film (hyaline) in the outermost layer (cuticle) of their exoskeleton contains a protein that fluoresces. At night in the Arizona desert, you can see scorpions within a 20-foot radius by shining a black (ultraviolet) light around. They glow bright green-blue or green-yellow like scorpion jewels.  Newly molted scorpions don’t fluoresce. As the cuticle hardens, it glows more. The hylane skin toughens into an incredible substance. After hundreds of millions of years, after all other cuticle layers are lost, the hyaline layer remains, fossilized in rocks. It still glows.   We don’t know why scorpions fluoresce. Maybe it helps the antisocial creatures locate each other in the dark and either stay away (usually) or find a mate. Scorpions hunt at night and gladly eat fellow scorpions. In fact, mating is an extremely dangerous activity (to the smaller, usually male, partner).”  The reasons Scorpions glow under black light is not fully understood, and this is an excellent posting for us to tag as a Mystery.

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