From the monthly archives: "March 2011"

Weird Bug
Location: South East Texas
March 24, 2011 4:43 pm
Mr. or Mrs. Bugman…
I have a black little bug…about a millimeter long…oval shaped…light colored spots…crawls but has wings…
Thought it was a ladybug; but can’t find any pics of it. HELP PLEASE.
Signature: Infested

Carpet Beetles

Dear Infested,
You have Carpet Beetles.  The larvae feed on wool and other types of animal fibers and the adults are pollen feeders.  When the beetles mature, large quantities of the adult accumulate on windowsills in an attempt to reach the outside where the flowers are blooming.  Larvae can do tremendous damage to museum collections as well as home furnishings.

Carpet Beetles

What kind am I
Location: Middle Eastern Missouri (USA)
March 23, 2011 10:22 pm
I found two of these near the same spot behind my living room couch. At first glance i thought they may be Brown Recluse but a closer look and I 99.9% sure they are not but what are they?
Season: Start of spring
Signature: Tim Cochran

Running Crab Spider

Hi Tim,
Our first inclination is that this looks like a Giant Crab Spider in the genus
Heteropoda, though Missouri is a bit north for us to feel comfortable with that, not to mention that your specimen appears smaller.  The large pedipalps indicates this is a male spider.  We are going to enlist assistance from our readership with this identification.

Running Crab Spider

We also wish the resolution of your image was better because moving in close does not really reveal the eye pattern very clearly.

Running Crab Spider

Eric Eaton provides an identification
Nope, it is a “running crab spider,” family Philodromidae.
Sorry, gotta run.

According to BugGuide, Running Crab Spiders or:  “Philodromids tend to have the second pair of legs significantly longer than the first pair, which distinguishes them from the similar Thomisid crab spiders. In addition, thomisids have third and fourth legs that are shorter and more slender than the first two pairs of legs, while philodromid legs are subequal in length.”

Luna moth in Florida
Location: Gainesville, FL
March 23, 2011 3:32 pm
This morning before work, I noticed a luna moth on my neighbor’s window. I was in a rush, so I wasn’t able to go get a camera.
I was pleased to find that it was still there when I got home! I’m pretty sure this area is within their natural range (Gainesville, FL) but I don’t remember ever seeing one around here before.
Since I’m almost certain this is a luna moth, there’s no need to identify it, but hopefully the pictures are nice enough to keep!
Signature: L. Z.

Luna Moth

Dear L.Z.,
The Luna Moth most certainly ranges in Florida, though this is the first Floridian example we have received this year.

Strange bug
Location: Coronado National Memorial, Hereford, AZ
March 23, 2011 9:54 am
I spotted this bug yesterday while eating lunch. I am more of a plant guy so I am clueless.
Oak Woodland/desert grassland habitat. Decomposed granite soils.
Signature: Dean


Hi Dean,
This is sure a marvelous photograph of an Antlion Larva, commonly called a Doodlebug.  They remain buried in the sand at the bottom of a pit with only the mandibles exposed.  They prey upon any hapless insects that fall down the pit and into the waiting jaws.

I suspect its a borer of some kind…
Location: Merrillville, Indiana
March 21, 2011 5:24 pm
Hello Mr. Bugman, I was wondering if you could help me identify this bug. I suspect it might be a borer of some kind. I found him climbing up the window today. Thank you so much! And thank you for your wonderful website!!!
Signature: Merrillville Lady

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Dear Merrillville Lady,
You found a Western Conifer Seed Bug.  We have tagged this species as one of our Top 10 identification requests because Western Conifer Seed Bugs often enter homes as the weather cools.  They hibernate indoors and become active again in the spring.

Caterpillar ID
Location: Ocala National Forest
March 22, 2011 11:07 pm
I cannot find another image of this caterpillar anywhere. Can you help identify it?
Signature: Buteo

Echo Moth Caterpillar

Dear Buteo,
Without a doubt, this is the caterpillar of an Echo Moth, one of the Tiger Moths.  BugGuide only reports it from Florida, though it may also be found in other Southern states.  BugGuide also indicates that it feeds upon “Coontie, cabbage palmetto, crotons, lupie, oaks, persimmon and other woody plants”.