From the yearly archives: "2010"

A wired black grasshopper???
January 1, 2010
i sent you guys this awhile ago, not sure if it went though,or if you just habvnt gotten around to identifiying it ot not, but yea outside my door one day in october i found this bug, captured it then set ti free later that evening,i wus confused about what kind of bug /insect it would be.?
i sent it in last time as ” Fred ”
British colubia ,canada

Field Cricket

Field Cricket

Dear i sent it in last time as “Fred”
This is a common Field Cricket.  In many cultures it is considered good luck to have a Cricket in the home.

Thank you very much i wus really curious about what kind of bug it wus, and your site askes “are we experts yet ?”
i would deffinetly say so, i have been on you site quite a few times and i think it is amazing all the diffirent insects!!
have a great day/night, and a good new year!

Wandering spider in Ecuadorian Chocó
January 1, 2010
Dear Bugman!
Being in Ecuador there is plenty of opportunity for ecological experience.
On a night walk in a forest area in Puerto Quito (Western lowland, Chocó region) I almost stepped on this interesting fellow in December 2009. It was a rainy night.
The spider was standing on the ground, hardly moving, even when I measured its body length. It was about 31-32 mm, and its leg span between 11 and 12 cm. Quite impressive and grey as a wolf.
However, I can’t tell wether this might be a giant crab spider/huntsman spider or a wandering spider. The animal was not aggressive at all, but turned into a defensive position (shown on the other photo) when I measured it with a “paper ruler”.
When I returned later it had disappeared.
Might this even be a Phoneutria species?
Thank you so much for an answer, I’m very curious!
Dan Jestrzemski,
Germany
Puerto Quito, Western Ecuador

Unknown Spider

Unknown Spider

Happy New Year Dan,
We don’t really have the necessary skills to answer your questions, but we will post your photos in the hopes that one of our readers might assist.  In North America, Giant Crab Spiders or Huntsman Spiders in the family Sparasidae are quite harmless, though it is our understanding that some tropical Huntsman Spiders can be quite venomous.  We would not discount your speculation that this might be a dangerous Wandering Spider in the genus Phoneutria which may be seen on Wikipedia.

Unknown Spider

Unknown Spider

What beetle is this?
December 30, 2009
I caught this huge beetle flying around outside my classroom window in Mesa, Arizona in the middle of April. On a warm sunny day.
My class thought it was a “flying spider”! What is it? any ideas? It’s not in any of my bug books. I enclosed two photos. Thanks in advanced for any help! 🙂
Lisa
Mesa, Arizona

Hardwood Stump Borer

Hardwood Stump Borer

Hi Lisa,
Your beetle is a Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus.  You can find additional images and information on BugGuide.