From the monthly archives: "January 2014"

Subject: Spider
Location: Sonoma , Ca.
January 28, 2014 8:37 pm
Hi,
I live in Sonoma, Ca. in the Boyes Hot Springs area. I found this spider in my water meter volt. I would appreciate your help in identifying it. It’s @ 1- 3/4” long and dark brown in color, it had no web that I noticed. Thank you for your help.
Signature: Rigobert gutierrez

Tarantula

Tarantula

Hi Rigobert,
This sure looks like a Tarantula to us.  The eye arrangement, which is an important criterion for the classification of spiders, looks similar to the eye arrangement of the Tarantula on the PHotos of Utah Spiders site.

Tarantula closeup

Tarantula closeup

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much for your help. Additionally, can you please tell me what I should feed it.
Thanks again,
Rigo

Hi again Rigo,
That is a cricket with the Tarantula in the photo, and crickets make splendid food for spiders.  You can buy crickets at a pet store.  About.com has some information that might be helpful to you.

 

Subject: Aquatic Larvae
Location: Western WA
January 28, 2014 6:11 pm
Love your site! Hopeing you can identify the aquatic larvae living in my 1000 gallon indoor pond. There may be more than one species – not sure. They make a loose case, dont seem to like bright light, and i think predominately live in the sediment and bio filter. I also suspect they ate all the baby guppies. The water tempature averages 74 degrees. I live in WA State, its January but i suspect they have been in there for at least a few months. Thanks!
Signature: Jerry

Aquatic Creature

Aquatic Creature

Hi Jerry,
Thanks to your excellent photo, we believe an expert will not have much trouble identifying this aquatic creature, however, that is beyond our ability.  We are posting your images and perhaps someone with more knowledge will write in with a comment.

Aquatic Creature

Aquatic Creature

Subject: Flower Beetle
Location: Paraburdoo..WA
January 29, 2014 8:12 pm
Hi there..I found this wee fellow yesterday after we had quiet a fair bit of rain & wind trying to shelter inside the house..We live in Paraburdoo..WA..never come across one like this as we get all sorts of crawly insects whenever it rains here & that’s not very often..I noticed a couple of other pics from the Pilbara as well..
Paula
Signature: Paula

Flower Beetle

Flower Beetle

Hi Paula,
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Flower Beetle,
Eupoecila inscripta.  This is our third submission in the past month and this is the first year we have received images of this beautiful Scarab Beetle.

Subject: Pyrrhocoridae
Location: South San Francisco, CA
January 29, 2014 9:34 pm
I like to send flowers to my girlfriend (email photos), as I come across many nice landscapes while I’m in the field. Today these yellow daisies caught my eye, and the colorful insect made it all the more interesting. Thanks to your site, and the rest of the web, I believe this to be a type of cotton stainer in the Pyrrhocoridae Family.
The last few weeks have been unseasonably warm with almost no rain. We had a dry cold snap in December. Today was cloudy, cool and misty. Is this insect usually found in Northern California?
Signature: Teltec

Cotton Stainer

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear Teltec,
We agree that this appears to be a Cotton Stainer in the genus
Dysdercus, and we have not been able to locate any information confirming them occurring in California.  According to BugGuide’s data, there are some species found in Arizona, including the Two Spotted Cotton Stainer, Dysdercus bimaculatus, but this is most definitely not that species.  The Texas Entomology page Checklist of North American Cotton Stainers does contain sightings in California.  With so much global travel, it is possible this was a recent introduction.

Correction  May 3, 2014:  Whitecrossed Seed Bug
Thanks to a comment from Scott Carroll, we have updated the posting to include the correction on this Whitecrossed Seed Bug, Neacoryphus bicrucis, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject: A weird insect
Location: Greece,Rhodes
January 30, 2014 6:25 am
Hello, sorry about the comment but I was confused of this site. Well,this insect is almost 2 cm long, it hasn’t got any wings, its brown colour (near to red ),and the rest of it’s body is bee’s colour. It has got 6 legs and when i touched it, it made a sound like a hamster.
Signature: Manol

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Hi Manol,
Though in English it is commonly called a Velvet Ant, this is actually a flightless female wasp in the family Mutillidae.  They are known for makings sounds as you described.  We found a very similar looking Velvet Ant from Greece on FlickR, but it is not identified to the species level.

Ed. Note:  This posting was created from a followup correspondence from Curious Girl who submitted some photos of Lady Beetle Larvae for identification.  The addition of images of a different species of an adult Lady Beetle resulted in a distinct posting.

Subject: Lady Bird Nymphs* from Portugal
Location: Portugal
January 28, 2014
Danke Daniel (I am in Germany at the moment, soon to return to my beloved Portugal),
It’s hard to keep all the insect terms straight but that’s what is so great about the site is it educates us neophytes :^D
So, the 7 spot at least I have pics of in her (his) adult form as well, but in Porto (about 30km or so southwest).
And a couple others since I’m here and a little loopy tired…
So glad to know what I was seeing. Seems the 7 spot is native then to Europe even if the other is not. Funny how humans have so changed the world even beyond the Asian Lady. :^)
Muito obrigada to Mardikavana for the IDs. Awesome!
Later I’ll send some of the Asian variety spotted (ha ha) in Germany. :^)

Unknown Lady Beetle from Portugal

Cream Streaked Lady Beetle from Portugal

Hi again Curious Girl,
We have posted your new photos of a Lady Beetle, but we have not had any luck determining the species.

Ed. Note:  Thanks to a comment from Curious Girl, we now know that this is a Cream Streaked Lady Beetle, Harmonia quadripunctata, which is pictured on Wikimedia Commons .

Lady Beetle

Cream Streaked Lady Beetle