From the monthly archives: "November 2012"
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Subject: what kinda spider is this
Location: Boise Idaho
November 1, 2012 12:00 am
Found this spider in Western Idaho in October. It’s body is about .75”n inches and the legs bring to about 3.5”. can you identify what type of spider this could be. Thanks so much.
Signature: Sherin

Fishing Spider

Hi Sherin,
This looks like a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, but the only species BugGuide lists in Idaho is Dolomedes triton, the Six Spotted Fishing Spider, and your individual is not that species.  So while we are confident with the genus, we cannot provide a species identification.  This might be a significant sighting.

Thanks for getting back with me so quickly. This was spotted at our sisters house who just moved from Spokane Washington. So is it a spider that could have come with them in their stuff? Thanks again for your help.

There are many more eastern species.  We still think this is a significant sighting and we doubt it is from Spokane.

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Subject: What the heck is this??
Location: Auburn Alabama
October 30, 2012 2:54 pm
I saw this bug in a state park and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t scare the crap out of me. The body was somewhere between 5-6 inches long but with those massive pincher things, ~ 10 inches long! I was huge, but never moved.
Signature: Lauren

Male Dobsonfly

Hi Lauren,
We suspect that this photo of a male Dobsonfly was not taken recently, and more likely than not it was taken earlier in the year, during the summer, since most of our Dobsonfly identification requests come between May and August.  Dobsonflies are perfectly harmless, though females, which have considerably smaller mandibles, might bite in defense.  The mandibles of the male, though impressive, are not designed for biting.

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Subject: New Bug in town!
Location: Cottonwood, AZ 86326
October 31, 2012 4:36 pm
This is a large (1.5”) shield shaped black body, long red and black legs and antennae, sawtooth long black legs (like a grasshopper). He moves slowly but can walk on glass. Very small head and mouthparts. There are a few other smaller ones around as well.
Signature: Carol Mosier

Giant Agave Bug

Hi Carol,
Since it is the first of the month, it is time for us to select a new Bug of the Month, and your wonderful photo of a Giant Agave Bug,
Acanthocephala thomasi, one of the Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs in the family Coreidae, arrived on cue, we are selecting your inquiry as that featured insect.  Many people mistake Leaf Footed Bugs for Stink Bugs, and though they are related, they are in distinct families.  The most commonly requested identification from this family is the Western Conifer Seed Bug, and it was selected as the Bug of the Month in the past.  Many members of this family reach adult size in the autumn months and consequently attract more attention.  In colder climates, many species enter homes to hibernate, but they are not destructive, just cold.  Xenogere has a nice first person encounter documentation of the Giant Agave Bug.

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