From the monthly archives: "November 2014"
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Subject: Unidentified Flying Insect!

Location: Ocala, FL
November 25, 2014 7:39 am
Just saw this insect flying around outside and I have no idea what it is. Do you know? The wing markings are identical and the body looks like a house fly. Thanks
Signature: Wendy

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Polka Dot Wasp Moth

Dear Wendy,
The Polka Dot Wasp Moth is a common species in Florida that develops from Oleander Caterpillars that feed on the leaves of Oleander.

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Subject: Beautiful South African spider
Location: Mpumalanga, South Africa
November 25, 2014 8:11 am
Hi there. This spider is sitting on a huge web outside the window of our chalet in sanbonani, hazyview South Africa.
Hoping you can identify since all my googling has proven useless.
Signature: Cait, bug enthusiast

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Hi Cait, bug enthusiast,
Though there are not prominent markings on its abdomen, we believe your Orbweaver in the genus
Argiope is most likely Argiope australis, the Garden Orbweaver, which is pictured on iSpot.  Because of the zigzag stabilimentum that is incorporated in the web, Argiope Spiders are sometimes called Writing Spiders.

Thanks! I had narrowed it down to the orb web species but couldn’t seem to find one with such a plain body.
Photos don’t do it justice. It is really beautiful! And the tiny male is also on the web, just staying out of her way!
Thanks for such a speedy reply!!
Kind regards
CaitB

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Subject: Giant Grasshopper
Location: Costa Rica
November 24, 2014 3:22 pm
Seen in Puntarenas, Costa Rica in March 2011. Biggest bug I’ve ever seen.
Any ideas please?
Signature: Mike, The Gloster Birder

Giant Brown Cricket

Giant Brown Cricket

Dear Mike the Gloster Birder,
It is our understanding that this “Giant Brown Cricket” which is actually a Grasshopper,
Tropidacris dux, is so large it is frequently confused with a bird in flight.

Tropidacris dux is Giant Brown Cricket

Tropidacris dux is Giant Brown Cricket

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Subject: White African Grasshopper?
Location: Tanzania, africa
November 19, 2014 3:04 pm
I was trekking in Africa this summer [2014] and came across this strange Grasshopper, any ideas?
Signature: NBaril

Grasshopper

Grasshopper may be immature Rain Locust

Dear NBaril,
Our initial search did not turn up anything, but we are posting your image and we hope to be able to provide you with an identification soon.

Update:  November 27, 2014
Thanks to a comment from Daria, we agree that this appears to be an immature Rain Locust in the genus Lamarckiana based on this image on Africa Wild.  The white coloration may be due to a recent molt.

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Subject: Please identify this, insect
Location: Sierra Leone
November 24, 2014 9:57 am
Hello,
I’m currently based in Sierra Leone as part of a military op and have had the chance to take pics of a few bugs. I appreciate that you said you won’t be able to identify all pics, so I’ve narrowed it down to just one bug.
Signature: Na

Possibly Euchroma lethe

Possibly Euchroma lethe

Dear Na,
This is one of the diurnal Wasp Mimic Moths in the genus Euchroma, and we believe based on your location and this African Moths posting that it might be Euchroma lethe.  The species is pictured on a Palau stamp where it is given the common name The Basker and the stamp is reproduced on the Colnect site.

Thanks so much,
I’ve had a lot of people impressed by your speedy and knowledgable reply, not to mention, being able to impress two little boys, Francis and Ryan…
Candis

We are happy the youngsters were impressed.

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Subject: Identify Bug
Location: Canada, Ontario
November 23, 2014 7:18 pm
Hello, I hope to hear back from you as i am a little panicked to exactly what this is. I woke up with some type of bite on my arm and then found this little sucker on my wall and want to know what it is, if its harmful, what happens if it bites stuff like that but i can find that out on my own i just really need to know what this bug is!! Thank you for reading this and i hope to hear from you soon 🙂
Signature: Robyn

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Robyn,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva, a common household pest.  To the best of our knowledge, they do not bite, however we have received comments from people connecting Carpet Beetle Larvae to contact dermatitis and to asthma, but those claims have not substantiated by any medical data to our knowledge.

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