From the monthly archives: "November 2013"
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Subject: Spiders
Location: Stellenbos
October 25, 2013 1:03 pm
Hi
I rent a bachelor of which all my windows are at ground level due to the mountainous incline of the ground. Of amongst all the things that occasionally dare it into my space, there are spiders, and I am not a screaming girl, but these spiders are HUGE, they vary in size from [body span] about 4 cm – 10 cm. I caught one in a large round salad bowl of which the bottom diameter? is 20 cm and this creature’s leg span filled it. I haven’t killed any yet, but I am getting tired of having to catch these things, almost daily… Is there a natural repellent, like a type of plant or something to discourage them from making my home theirs?
They are big brown, 6 eyes, some have small white lined markings on the top, some have had red talons (if that’s what they’re even called), others have a striped leg pattern, their mostly nocturnal, and tonight I caught one with a very distinct goldish color V-shaped marking at the bottom of it’s back body, and they do come in different sizes.
Please let me know how to get them to leave me in peace without killing them off…
I don’t have a decent camera, but tried to get pics of the last 2 I caught.
Signature: Bex

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Hi Bex,
This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider, but we cannot determine the species.  They are nocturnal hunters and are generally shy around humans.  We will be postdating your submission to go live in early November when we are away from the office.

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Subject: Black Bug ID
Location: Florence, Alabama
October 29, 2013 5:48 pm
My daughter photographed this bug. It has a very clear pattern on its back, like a decorated suit coat.
Signature: Jerry Owen

Barklouse

Barklouse

Hi Jerry,
These are Barklice and they are commonly called Tree Cattle because they form colonies on trees.  They are benign creatures that feed on lichens and they do not harm the trees.

Tree Cattle

Tree Cattle

Daniel Marlos,
My daughter lives in Alabama and I in Mississippi.  But she got me an insect book for Father’s Day, and with the PC, we stay in touch.
And I thank you.
Jerry W. Owen
Ripley, MS

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Subject: Polyphemus Moth
Location: NE Ohio
October 27, 2013 2:54 pm
I think this is a Polyphemus Moth? If not, I would really like to know!
Signature: Ed

Modest Sphinx

Modest Sphinx

Hi Ed,
This is not a Polyphemus Moth.  It is a Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx,
Pachysphinx modesta, and this sighting seems quite late in the year.  You can find more information on the Modest Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  We will be postdating your submission to go live during our absence from the office in early November.

Thank you very much for your identification. The pictures were actually taken ‎Friday, ‎July ‎29, ‎2011. I have been meaning to post them, but I am sure that you understand what time constraints can lead to! I don’t remember if I uploaded all 3 pictures that I took, so I will include them with this reply. Feel free to use them as you wish, just a minor acknowledgment would be appreciated. Thank you again for your time.
Edward Grether

Thank you Edward.  The photos were so similar that we felt we only needed to post the best with a bit of color correction.

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Subject: Daniel – Neoscona crucifera?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
October 26, 2013 8:49 am
Hi Daniel,
Can you confirm my tentative id of this happy spider?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Possibly Barn Spider

Possibly Barn Spider

Hi Anna,
This might be a Barn Spider,
Neoscona crucifera, but we are not certain.  Except for Orbweavers in the genus Argiope, and certain species in the genus Araneus, we do not feel confident enough to identify most Orbweavers to the species level.  According to BugGuide:  “Can usually be distinguished from Neoscona domiciliorum by rusty red color and the lack of pattern on the abdomen” and “N. crucifera & N. domiciliorum build thier webs at dusk and then take the webs back down around dawn.”  If the webs are removed during the day, it is a good indication that this is a Barn Spider.  It appears that your photos were taken during the day, which would indicate this is most likely not a Barn Spider.  We will be postdating your submission to go live during a brief absence from the office in early November.

Possibly Barn Spider

Possibly Barn Spider

Hi Daniel,
The fact that this spider was on the web during the day confused me also, as I am aware that they normally do their thing at night.  For some reason, there she was during the day and only on that day.  It is very strange.  She had two or three bees to work on, so maybe that is why she was still out in the open?
Anna

 

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Subject: cockroach?
Location: seattle, wa
October 31, 2013 1:23 am
Hi, I found this bug on my wall at midnight. I live in sesttle washington. Is it a roach?
Signature: bugman

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

This is not a Cockroach.  It is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, and it has greatly increased its range in the last fifty years.  Seattle is within the natural range of the species.  Western Conifer Seed Bugs often attract attention when the weather begins to cool as they are prone to entering homes to hibernate.

 

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Subject: Large Spotted Grasshopper
Location: Perth Western Australia
October 26, 2013 10:47 am
Hi my girlfriend spotted this guy hanging out on the side of our shed last night. The large size (7-8cm) of it intrigued me and repulsed her. I initially thought it to be a cricket but know believe it to be a grasshopper – possibly Valanga irregularis. We live in Perth, Western Australia. I snapped the photo on my Iphone and it was easily half the length of it. Any help with an ID would greatly be appreciated.
thanks in advance
Signature: Troy

Subject: Giant Spotted Grasshopper
Location: Perth, Western Australia
October 26, 2013 9:12 pm
Hi I don’t know if that pic I sent came out clear try this one.
Signature: Troy

Giant Grasshopper or Hedge Grasshopper

Giant Grasshopper or Hedge Grasshopper

Dear Troy,
Thanks so much for resending the photo.  The first was just a tiny thumbnail and it was impossible to make out the details.  We agree that this is most likely a Giant Grasshopper or Hedge Grasshopper,
Valanga irregularis, and you can verify that on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture page or the Brisbane Insect website.  We are postdating your submission to go live in early November while we are away from the office.

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