From the yearly archives: "2012"

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
December 1, 2011 12:15 pm
I first saw this bug in my bathroom floor and posted it on facebook, noone knew what it was. It measured 1cm in lenght with its tail straight back. This time it kept its tail rolled up and forward like a scorpion even when running wild. It was very fast. Its back legs are bigger. 6 feet total. Last time I had played with it a little and felt its back with a metal pick and it felt hard. I would like to know if it is a dangerous bug or not. I also looked it up here and saw a similar one but the tail is different. The one in your site, also from Puerto Rico is from the west coast of the Island. This one is from the Northeast side. Nearby is a river. I let it go outside, even though a couple people said I should kill it.
Signature: Samuel

Earwig from Puerto Rico

Dear Samuel,
You are correct that this is an Earwig, and it does look like the same species we posted previously from Puerto Rico that Karl identified as
Doru albepes.

Cool looking Bug!
Location: Chang Mai, Thailand
December 1, 2011 5:11 am
Found this crazy bug in Chang Mai, Thailand in May this year.
Signature: Mike S

Spiny Orbweaver

Dear Mike,
Your bug is actually a Spider known as a Spiny Orbweaver.  We believe we have correctly identified it as
Gasteracantha arcuata on FlickRiver.  There are also some nice images on the PhotoMalaysia website.  It is believed that the spines discourage birds and other predators from trying to eat Spiny Orbweavers.

What is this?
Location: Muley Point, southeastern Utah
December 1, 2011 2:45 pm
We found these swimming in a shallow pool in a big rock on top of Muley Point in Southeastern Utah not far from Monument Valley in mid-October 2011. I don’t know if it is a bug or not but it sure looks like a descendent of the trilobite. The biggest ones were about an inch long. What are they?
Signature: Royce Carlson


Dear Royce,
This is a Triops or Tadpole Shrimp, a primitive crustacean that is considered a living fossil.  Like Fairy Shrimp and Brine Shrimp, the adults are relatively short lived and begin laying eggs as the pools of water they live in begin to dry out.  The eggs are preserved, often for many years, until the area is once again flooded with rain water.  You can read more about Triops on the Triops Information Page

”pine cone” cocoons in Pennsylvania
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
December 1, 2011 1:37 pm
Dear Bugman,
I noticed these mini pinecone-looking cocoons growing on the back of a stop sign by my work. Could you help me identify what creature created these cocoons? Thank you very much.
Signature: Kyle Helal


Dear Kyle,
You have noticed the cocoons of Bagworms, a family of moths whose caterpillars construct bags from silk and foliage.  The caterpillar enlarges the bag as it grows, dragging around its home as it feeds.  When it is time to metamorphose, the Bagworm retains its bag to house the pupa.  Female Bagworm Moths are flightless and mate in their bags.

Australian Moth
Location: Sydney’s Northern Beaches
January 2, 2012 5:41 pm
Hello again bugman. I’ve got another potentially tricky moth for you. I managed to find a photo of a similar one on the net, that was of a moth in Georgia, U.S. ( Could mine be the same species (I’m in Australia after all)?
Thanks for the previous identification!
Signature: Ridou

Redlined Looper

Dear Ridou,
We are very happy you included a photo of the distinctive underside of this Geometer Moth.  We quickly identified it as a Redlined Looper,
Crypsiphona ocultaria, on the Brisbane Insect website, and then we substantiated that identification on Dave’s Garden.

Redlined Looper


Happy New Year
Location: Queensland, Australia
December 31, 2011 8:01 pm
Hi guys,
Happy New year to all, hope it is another great one for bugs.
Thought you might like this shot of an Ironbark Cicada. They are emerging in great numbers right now following a quite wet December. This is about as big as they come, I have seen ones only half this size so perhaps the difference is gender.
They don’t make a lot of noise and will scurry around to the other side of the tree as you walk around trying to spot them. Very frustrating.
Signature: Aussietrev

Ironbark Cicada from Australia

Happy New Year to you as well Trevor.
Thanks for thinking of us and sending your wonderful photo of a new Australian Cicada species for our site.  We found a page devoted to Cicadas in the genus
Burbunga from Australia that are called Bark Cicadas, but other than that, we cannot locate much information.  The hiding behavior you describe is typical of many of the Leafhoppers and Treehoppers that are classified with Cicadas in the superfamily Cicadoidea.