From the monthly archives: "January 2011"
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ID for this handsome beetle?
Location:  Paso Robles, California
Date:     January 5, 2011 1:15:56 PM PST
he was in our bathroom at paso robles on fake flowers… (oaks and chapparal outside).
i loved his red antenna ends (for which i expect there is a technical term!).
Clare Marter Kenyon

Black Burying Beetle

Hi Clare,
What died in your bathroom?  This appears to be a Black Burying Beetle,
Nicrophorus nigrita, one of the Sexton Beetles.  Burying Beetles mate and then share the responsibility of burying small animals like mice upon which they lay eggs.  Both parents then care for and guard the young as they feed on the putrefying flesh.  The antennae are clavate or clubbed (see BugGuide).

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4 legged spider
Location: Sydney, Australia
January 5, 2011 6:25 am
This has me stumped. Never seen anything like it!
Looks a bit like a spider. Hangs around on the wall like a spider.
Seems to have a thin long body and 4 legs that spread diagonally.
Signature: Sincerely Jonathan

Net-Casting Spider

Hi Jonathan,
We do not recognize your spider and we are posting your letter as Unidentified since we haven’t the time to research this at the moment.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some luck.  You may also try scanning through the Spiders of Brisbane webpages.  There are some spiders that rest with two pairs of legs together, creating the appearance of four legs rather than eight, and this specimen appears to be one of those.

Identification courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel and Jonathan:
It appears to be a male Net-casting spider (Deinopidae), probably Deinopsis subrufa. You can also check out this site. Regards. Karl

Thanks Karl.  Trevor also supplied us with an identifying comment.

That’s great!  Thank you.
It does look a lot like this one:
I reckon that is what I saw or something very close.
Jonathan Young

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Location: Central GA (Baldwin Co.) (woody area)
January 4, 2011 11:22 pm
My friend found her cat having a bit of fun with this cool little guy in the house. She scooped him up out of harms way and got a picture before releasing him (well away from the feline)! We live in middle GA. Our current temps average about 32 degrees at night and 40 to 50 degrees(F)during the day in early January. She has some wooded area around her house. We had quite a lot of fun searching your site for something like him but unfortunately we couldn’t find one.We didn’t know where to start, he looks like he only has 4 legs?(I can only pray that she got there early enough and that if there were missing digits it was not due to the cat) He looked like he had a stinger too! Could you please tell me what he is so that we could learn more? Thank you so much for your time!
Signature: Courtney&Tammy

Camel Cricket

Dear Courtney and Tammy,
Most of our readers encounter Camel Crickets from the family Rhaphidophoridae
in the basement and they are repulsed by them.  Your letter was quite refreshing.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is actually an ovipositor on this female Camel Cricket.

Thanks a bunch! We are big animal (and bug) people, it takes a lot to gross us out! We thought he (rather she) was quite cool. Thanks again,
Courtney & Tammy

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the curious world of bugs
January 4, 2010
hi daniel,
just wanted to say that my husband gave me your book “The Curious World Of Bugs
for christmas. i was thrilled to receive your book and i am enjoying it immensely! i am very
happy you wrote the book. i so enjoy your perspective.
venice kelly

Thanks for the positive feedback Venice.

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Possible Rove Beetle
Location: Andes – Ecuador
January 4, 2011 9:01 pm
I was browsing the web trying to find this beetle I saw in Cajas National Park in Ecuador and came across your website. It seems that someone hiking there sent in a picture of a similar creature.
I was wondering if based on my pictures you could give any more information about what I found.
When this guy walked his tail was flat on the ground, but when I stopped to take a picture of him his tail swung up like you can see it in the picture. My first thought was Scorpion, but then I counted the legs and ruled that out.
Signature: Dan Hall


Dear Dan,
While the jury is still out on the posting you cited, we are confident that you photographed a Phasmid or Walkingstick.  We are going to try to identify the species.  Your letter and photograph also bring up the possibility that the previous posting was also a Phasmid or Walkingstick, though our original comment that including the head in the photograph would assist in the identification still stands.


Identification courtesy of Karl: Monticomorpha semele
Hi Daniel and Dan:
It’s a Walkingstick in the genus Monticomorpha (family Pseudophasmatidae; subfamily Pseudophasmatinae; tribe Anisomorphini). There appear to be seven species in the genus, all but one of which is limited to the northern Andes, and most of which can be eliminated on the bases of color. As far as I can tell, the only species with both reddish legs and head is M. semele (formerly Anisomorpha semele), which is found in both Ecuador and Peru. I can’t be certain but it looks like M. semele may be the species. Regards.  Karl

Thanks so much Karl.  Do you agree that the creature in our previous posting, 2010/03/23/andean-insect-rove-beetle-perhaps/ is also a member of this genus?

Hi Daniel.  All the pictures I have seen for this genus look quite similar and collectively they are very unique (at least I haven’t come across anything else that looks like this). I think they pretty much have to belong to the same genus. K

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Some guy by the shower
Location: Chicago IL, USA
January 4, 2011 8:12 pm
Hello, my wife and I just moved into a new apartment and I found this guy hanging out by the shower. He looked alright, not too mean or anything. I’d say he’s about 3/4” in length… and pretty light. dark up by the head, then fading out to silver/off white maybe. Found another one of the same type of bug, almost exactly, in the exact same spot, right along the wall by the shower yesterday. As much as I want to be friends with them, any advice you could give to help them from coming back would be helpful. Judging by the photo, that trim could use some help too. Thank you.
Signature: Jeremy


Hi Jeremy,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest that will feed on a wide variety of items in the home.  They are difficult to eradicate.

Hey Daniel/WTB folks,
Thanks a ton for this. You’d think I would have put 2 and 2 together since I specifically called out silver in my description… but no. Great site by the way, I’ve always been interested in insects and probably spent a good hour reading through 12 pages today at work just for fun.
Thanks again!

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