From the monthly archives: "October 2013"
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Subject: bug id
Location: california
October 31, 2013 12:38 am
This bug was found in a blanket in the closet. Any ideas?
Signature: AngelSixx

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear AngelSixx,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva, a common household pest.

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October 31, 2013
We will be away from the office for the first week in November and we will not have internet connectivity, so we will not be responding to any identification requests. In our absence, kindly search our extensive archive using our effective search engine.

Our Mount Washington Orbweaver

Our Mount Washington Orbweaver

Update:  November 7, 2013
We are back but overwhelmed with work and way behind in responding to identification requests.  Thanks for your patience.

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Subject: what is this?
Location: Braxton County, WV
October 30, 2013 11:54 am
here is an insect on a Queen Anne’s Lace. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Nora Dotson

Flower Longhorn: Typocerus deceptus

Flower Longhorn: Typocerus deceptus

Dear Nora,
We identified your Flower Longhorn as
Typocerus deceptus on BugGuide, however the season is listed as June-July.  We checked the metadata on your digital file and learned the photo was taken on July 4, 2013, which is consistent with the season.

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Subject: Black Orb Weaver
Location: San Diego, CA
October 30, 2013 9:57 am
Need scientific name for this unusual black orb weaver with gold specs on its abdomen.
Signature: Donna Walker – Writer/Trail Guide
Hearts Pest Management Writer/Blogger

Western Spotted Orbweaver

Western Spotted Orbweaver

Hi Donna,
We believe we have correctly identified your spider as a highly variable Western Spotted Orbweaver,
Neoscona oaxacensis.  We first found a photo on Mokka mit Schlag blog, and we verified the identification on BugGuide.

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Subject: Yellow Bug
Location: Detroit, MI
October 30, 2013 4:05 pm
Found these on my back porch today and I have no idea what they are. I tend to have a lot of lady bugs in the backyard but this doesn’t look like a lady bug. This was taken in Detroit, MI. Today (October 30th). And there was a bunch of them in various sizes. Some super tiny like the tip of a pen and others about 2-3 times that size…so bigger than the babies but still small.
Signature: Mari

Milkweed Aphid

Milkweed Aphid

Hi Mari,
This is an Aphid.  If you have plenty of Lady Beetles, they must have a ready food supply, and they prey upon Aphids.  We believe your Aphid is a Milkweed Aphid.

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Subject:  thick headed fly
Location:  Lancaster, PA
October 30, 2013  10:12 AM
Hi again
Don’t mean to be a pest, but thought you might be able to use some shots of thick headed-flies making maggots. I took these in my flower garden on Joe Pye weed, Lancaster PA. There are abundant bumble bees which I imagine is why they’re hanging around.
Melody McFarland

Mating Thick Headed Flies

Mating Thick Headed Flies

Hi Melody,
Pest?  You have provided our archives with two marvelous additions of underrepresented species on our site.  We only had two Thick Headed Fly images in the category, but because of posting your submission, we realized that we had several additional older postings that were never categorized.  According to BugGuide, Thick Headed Flies in the family Conopidae are “usually found on flowers” and “Adults take nectar. Larvae are endoparasites of wasps, bees, ants, crickets, cockroaches, and some Diptera (mostly calyptrate); host group varies by subfamily.”

Mating Thick Headed Flies

Mating Thick Headed Flies

We are trying to post a few last minute submissions as we will be away from the office for the next week without internet connectivity.

Thick Headed Fly

Thick Headed Fly

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