From the monthly archives: "November 2011"
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not an ordinary cricket…
Location: South eastern Pennsylvania
November 27, 2011 1:58 pm
They jump. FAR. They like the basement. It’s bigger than a quarter and I’m hoping upon hopes that they eat big black spiders (which we also have… EWE!) and that they don’t eat humans.
Any idea what it is? I’ve looked through your site but I’m only getting more skeeved out. Sorry… bugs scare me!
Signature: scared

Camel Cricket

Dear scared,
Your cricket is known as a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket and it is in the family Rhaphidophoridae which is well represented on BugGuide.  Camel Crickets are frequently found in large numbers in damp basements.

Thank you so much for your quick and kind response.   Since I don’t want large numbers of any insect in my home I’m in a bit of a quandry…we do have big ugly spiders too – I wonder if they’ll take care of our problem.   We’ve only seen 4-6 of these guys over the past few weeks.  Thanks again!
Sarah

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Banded Huntsman Spider
Location: Hawkesbury Region, Sydney, Australia
November 28, 2011 3:12 pm
Hi,
I live a little outside of Sydney in a rural area (quite dense bushland) and get quite a few of these Banded Huntsman Spiders (please correct me if I’m wrong). This one was quite large as you can see in the photos. They are quite timid, which is great for taking photos, and their markings are stunning. Thought you’d like the photos as I haven’t seen one like this on your site as yet.
Signature: Tracy

Banded Huntsman Spider

Hi Tracy,
It seems that Banded Huntsman Spider is the correct common name for this spider, and an aptly chosen common name, however, we have encountered two different possible scientific names.  FlickR has a beautiful photograph identified as
Isopeda insignis, though we would not trust FlickR for scientific accuracy.  Another website dedicated to Australian Huntsman Spiders has the species identified as Holconia insignis and states:  “This spider is also known as the banded huntsman spider. The male is 25-30 mm and the female 32-40 mm large. This species is one of the largest in its genus in Australia.”  The photo with the hand for scale does indicate the size nicely.  Thanks for sending your photos.

Banded Huntsman Spider

 

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Re-sending the damselfly
Location: Parksville, Vancouver Island
November 28, 2011 5:26 pm
Hi Bugman,
I will do. All subjects were taken mid-to-late spring 2009, all some time in the afternoon to evening, around the 3-6 time frame. Naturally, all were taken on bright, clear days; mild climate, light breezes. All were on the same rocky beach.
So far as unusual conditions/behaviours go, the most remarkable thing was the lack of it. I mentioned before that the skipper posed for me; in fact, it alighted in the middle of a path of overgrown grass and bramble (almost to my chest), and even amidst much crashing on my part, stayed almost perfectly still. All photos were taken with barely any zooming in; they were very amiable towards my getting the camera inches from their faces. The spiderlings I found under a flat stone on a large log lying horizontally on the beach; I found the jumper on the same log.
The photo I’m attaching is of the same damselfly I sent earlier. Here it was on its first perch. It flew off once and relocated on a log before deciding that I wasn’t a threat.
Signature: Geoff

Damselfly

Hi again Geoff,
Thanks for providing all of that additional information regarding the Arctic Skipper and the Zebra Jumper.

Damselfly eats Sand Flea

 

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What is this larva/worm-like creature in my bathroom?
Location: Southeast Michigan, indoors, second floor bathroom.
November 28, 2011 3:12 am
Hello there!
The other day I found this small crawly thing, moving somewhat like a caterpillar across my bathroom floor. I scooped him up and took it outside. Tonight, I was in the bathroom and saw one on the floor again, then noticed another on the counter, and then I saw a pair of shorts on the floor, and upon shaking them out, two more fell to the floor.
This is the first time I’ve seen anything like these critters; adult bugs usually seem cool to me, but the squishy, wormy types really gross me out.
This was in my second floor bathroom, and I have not noticed these bugs anywhere else in my house (yet?). In the pictures, you will see one end taper to a sort of proboscis, which is the ”head” of the critter, and it uses this to sort of pull itself along, it seems.
Anyhow, I look forward to your help. I’d love to know if these are a potential pest, where they might come from, and how to stop them.
Signature: Adam K.

Seeds? or Larvae???

Hi Adam,
Autumn is the time of year that many living creatures fulfill their reason for living and reproduce, and this includes plants.  Many plants have evolved unique methods of dispersing their seeds, and this includes the development of spines and stickers that attach to the fur and feathers of mobile creatures, and this includes human beings.  Clothing, like the shorts you seem to have left on the bathroom floor for several days, can become infiltrated with seeds that are transported to new locations.  We believe these are seeds, though before we enlarged the images, we mistook them for the larvae of Carpet Beetles.  If they did in fact move of their own volition, then perhaps, like Mexican Jumping Beans, the seeds contain insect larvae that are feeding on the embryo inside, eventually emerging as adult insects.  In our opinion, your things do not look like insects, but they do resemble seeds.  Perhaps eventually a reader with a more botanical background can confirm or deny our suspicions.

Not larva, but Seed, we believe

Thanks for the response… wow, that’s weird, and really creepy. You see, these things did move, and the pointed end would move around back and forth, as if it was a feeler/antenna/proboscis. The “body” was soft and segmented and moved like a slug/caterpillar, in an inching fashion… and they moved relatively fast for their size and form of locomotion.
The reason it’s weird is that those pair of shorts haven’t been worn outside for at least two months, and they were clean before I took them off. So it is hard to grasp where they came from!
Hopefully plants aren’t evolving in creepy ways! Just kidding… but anyhow, thanks again for the response. It still seems a bit of a mystery to me, but since I removed them, I haven’t seen them again

Hi again Adam,
Maybe we are wrong and maybe they really are some unknown larva or other creature.  Now that this is a featured posting, perhaps someone will be able to provide a conclusive answer.

Eric Eaton responds
Yeah, these actually are larvae.  Some kind of fly as I recall.  Hang on…..Ok, looks like larvae of Fannia:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/562282
Not sure if I want more information on exactly where they were found….:-)
Eric

Thanks much Eric.  We are also linking the the family page for these creatures, which we suspected had to be Fly Larvae if they were insects, and we learned on BugGuidethat the “Larvae live as scavengers in various kinds of decaying organic matter.”

Muscoid Larva

WOW! Holy crap! That has to be it, Daniel! Those look *exactly* like the things I saw, and you will notice that in the page there, the person said they found them “eating” cigarette butts! That must be it! There was an coffee mug that my roommate had been using as an “ashtray”, and it was nearly overflowing with butts. I dumped it out after finding the bugs, wondering if that was the problem. That’s it! Thank you!

At the risk of sounding crude Adam, we are very happy they had nothing to do with the shorts on the floor.  We are put out by human parasites.  We also feel it is fair to call them Maggots.

lol No, no, that gave me a good chuckle. I am quite happy they had nothing to do with the shorts, since the shorts are mine! I guess those little maggots crawled out of the mug, and must have fallen down onto the shorts. Human parasites are no friend of mine either 😉 I still wonder how exactly the maggots got in the glass in the first place, but I suppose a Fannia adult could have laid eggs in there before they died out. That would also explain the small flies I saw in the bathroom about a month ago.
Thanks again!

 

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Location: Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
November 27, 2011
Hi Bugman!
… The final one is of a jumping spider. Not technically bugs (or even insects!), but I thought I might send it in. All pictures were taken the same place as the skipper, along a rocky beach. …
Geoff

Zebra Jumper

Hi again Geoff,
We believe your Jumping Spider is a Zebra Jumper,
Salticus scenicus, based on photos posted to BugGuide.  We believe this is another new species for our website, and though we greatly appreciate the photo, we have an additional request.  Our readership tends to desire information as much as they like to see nice photos.  Since it is now probably very cold in Canada, we suspect your photos were taken earlier in the year or perhaps in some previous year.  It would be very helpful to have that information.  Also, it would be nice to get any information on behavior or unusual conditions that accompanied the sighting.

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Location: Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
November 27, 2011
Hi Bugman!
Thanks for your quick reply. It pleases me greatly that I was able to provide something new to your site.
I’m attaching 3 more pictures: the first is a full profile shot of the damselfly (hopefully, it might help with the identification); the second one is a close up of a cluster of spiderlings, probably of Argiope aurantia? The final one is of a jumping spider. Not technically bugs (or even insects!), but I thought I might send it in. All pictures were taken the same place as the skipper, along a rocky beach.
By the way, regarding the proposed case bearing moths, it was in Hong Kong that they were found (my friend took those original photos).
Geoff

Orbweaver Spiderlings

Hi Geoff,
We are very happy to post your image of Orbweaver Spiderlings.  We agree that they look like immature Golden Orbweavers,
Argiope aurantia, because they match this image on BugGuide.

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