From the daily archives: "Thursday, December 5, 2013"

Subject: Indoor Nuisance
Location: Woodstock, GA
December 4, 2013 2:03 pm
Dear Bugman,
My friend posted this picture of an insect on social media wanting to know what it was. She’s found three of them in her house recently. One bit her daughter, and it felt like a bee sting. I looked through your stinging bug collection of photos, and the only one that seemed close was a wheel bug nymph, but December seems an unlikely month for insect nymphs.
Signature: Jeni

Assassin Bug Nymph

Assassin Bug Nymph

Hi Jeni,
We do not believe this is a Wheel Bug nymph, however, we do believe you have the Assassin Bug family correct.  In our opinion, this looks like a mangled Assassin Bug nymph from the genus
ZelusThey are reported to have a very painful bite, but they are beneficial predators.  There are probably more generations in the southern portion of the range, which would explain a nymph in the fall.

Subject: brown recluse? crab spider? help.
Location: Atlanta GA area
December 4, 2013 8:12 pm
Hey guys. Hoping you can help me as I have 2 children in the home and hoping they arent in any danger of brown recluse spiders in my house.
Thanks yall are always amazing!!!!
Signature: Allison

Crab Spider

Crab Spider

Hi Allison,
This is most definitely NOT a Brown Recluse.  Because of the relative length of the two pairs of front legs, we agree that this is a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae.

Subject: Brown Katydid
Location: Ecuador
December 4, 2013 6:37 pm
Found this in my jardin.
Ecuador, Baños de Agua Santa
Many, many thanks!
Signature: Leona Kali

Katydid

Katydid

Hi Leona,
We will check with Piotr Naskrecki, a Katydid expert, to see if he can provide a genus name for your Katydid.

Katydid

Katydid

Subject: identification of a bug
Location: San Jose, CA
December 4, 2013 9:33 am
Hi,
Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer this question. My 6 year old son woke up this morning and found a bug in our kitchen. I believe it was about an 1.5 inches long. I have never seen anything like this and not really sure how it got into the house based on its size. I have attached the picture and would appreciate if you could help me identify this bug.
Thanks,
Signature: Mohit

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Hi again Mohit,
We wrote back with a quick response yesterday, and we have a bit of time so we can provide you with additional information.  As we have already indicated, this is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, and it is a relatively common insect in California and other parts of the southwest.  Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that generally pass unnoticed until the fall rains begin, and they come to the surface.  Because of their large size and somewhat humanoid appearance, they attract attention when encountered the first time.  Though they are not venomous or dangerous, large specimens have powerful mandibles and they might deliver a painful bite, especially to tender six year old fingers, so they should be handled with caution.

Thank you Daniel. Looks like it must have come into the house from our backyard. I carefully removed it our of the house. Apparently my son has read about potato bugs and was familiar with them 🙂

Subject: student need help
Location: sudan africa
December 4, 2013 2:10 pm
This wasp was found inside eggs of buprestidae beetlr
Signature: ms. mawada saad

Parasitic Wasps

Parasitic Wasps

Dear Ms. Mawada Saad,
If they were found in Buprestid eggs, they must be very tiny.  These are many parasitic wasps and the taxonomy of North American species it not very well organized or understood.  We suspect there must be even less documentation on species from Sudan.  We are providing a link to BugGuide so that you can compare your specimens to the images to see if you are able to at least determine a family.  We do not have the training necessary to provide any dependable taxonomy.