From the monthly archives: "July 2013"

Subject: what is this?
Location: marietta, ohio
July 3, 2013 3:38 am
what kind of bug is this and is it harmful?
Signature: doesnt matter

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

This is a Toe-Biter or Giant Water Bug.  It is a beneficial predator, however, it has been known to bite swimmers or waders who accidentally contact it or folks foolish enough to try to pick one up carelessly.  They are not considered to be harmful, though the bite is reported to be quite painful.

Subject: What is this??
Location: Spokane, WA
July 3, 2013 12:24 am
Hi there,
Last night it was super hot in my house (Summer, 90 degrees plus) so I had all the windows open. I was in bed, minding my own business when this bug dive-bombed me. Needless to say it scared me half to death. I composed myself, caught it and released it the next morning. I have no clue what kind it is but I am insanely curious. Thank you for your help!
Signature: Taylor S.

Yellow Douglas Fir Borer

Yellow Douglas Fir Borer

Hi Taylor,
Though the distinctive pair of black spots on the wings is not as visible in your photo, this looks unmistakably like a Yellow Douglas Fir Borer,
Centrodera spurca, which you can also find profiled on BugGuide.

Subject: Beetle ID
Location: Yuba City, CA. N of Sacramento
July 2, 2013 10:04 pm
what kind of bugs are these?? They are all over my yard, and a few are in the house. they are about 3/8 – 1/2 inch
Signature: Scott

Mediterranean Seed Bug

Mediterranean Seed Bug

Dear Scott,
You have Mediterranean Seed Bugs,
Xanthochilus saturnius, an invasive, exotic species that is, according to BugGuide:  “native to Europe and the Mediterranean, adventive in NA (WA-CA) and now locally abundant” and “can be very abundant in grass seed fields in so. OR.”  It was first reported in North America in 1994.

Great thanks…. So how do i get rid of them!!!

We do not provide extermination advice, and we tried unsuccessfully to find an agricultural fact sheet on them.

Subject: Whats this bug
Location: Mio, MI
July 2, 2013 6:20 pm
Me and the wife would appreciate to know what is this bug. Found on this plant near our house in Mio, MI
Signature: Paul Heist

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing

Hi Paul,
The diurnal Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Hemaris thysbe, is frequently confused for a hummingbird when it is seen hovering over flowers.
  See Sphingidae of the Americas for additional information.

Subject: Whats this moth
Location: northeast Pennsylvania
July 2, 2013 5:16 pm
Found this moth in northeast pa on brick wall. What is it.
Signature: mantis

Small Eyed Sphinx

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear mantis,
Your moth is a Small Eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops, and you can read more about it on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

Subject: Six Spotted Fishing Spider?
Location: West Milford, NJ
July 2, 2013 4:11 pm
I moved to NJ from WI about 3 years ago. I chose a house in Northern NJ, close to work but still in the woods. I’ve seen large insects & arachnids in WI. I used to play with Walking Sticks the size of a pencil when I was a kid.
Always amazed by Wolf Spiders. Recently learned their ability to overwinter. Even more astounding.
Then I started finding extremely large spiders around my house.
Especially near the creek by my house. With heavy rains as of late, I managed to find a corpse along the bank today. I’ve caught these before, but let them all go after a day or two of studying them. I’m almost positive this is a female Six Spotted Fishing spider. I watched one catch minnows one night, hanging off a rock in the current. Using its ”toes” it would lure the fish in. When the fish took a sample from its leg, it attacked, only losing one hook, to have a sushi meal.
Simply astounding.
I wanted to share this corpse, because of sheer size. I can’t get, or don’t want to, get close enough for pictures. These things are fast. And seem to have the intelligence & ability to jump from point to point. (Short distance, small gaps)
But at this size, a short distance can be 4+ inches!!
I’ve never seen spiders this large in an area with 4 months of winter. I’ve seen them on the side of the house, and some were larger than this….
Signature: Jordan S. Phillips

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider

Dear Jordan,
Based on this photo from BugGuide, we are more inclined to identify this as Dolomedes vittatus, not the Six Spotted Fishing Spider.  Thanks so much for providing our readers with your amazing observations on the fishing habits of a Fishing Spider.

Fishing Spider

Fishing Spider