From the monthly archives: "September 2015"
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Subject: unusual beetle
Location: Western Harford County, MD, USA
September 29, 2015 1:13 pm
Hi!
We found this fella a few days ago on our deck at our home in Harford County, MD. Hadn’t seen one like it before- and haven’t been able to ID it!
Thanks!
Signature: Bob and Susan

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Dear Bob and Susan,
As its name implies, this American Carrion Beetle feeds on rotting flesh, though it will also feed on certain smelly fungus.

Thank you SO MUCH Daniel!  Pretty interesting little fella!
Bob

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Subject: strange insect
Location: portugal near spanish border spain
September 29, 2015 10:00 am
Hello,
while I was on my computer I saw a strange insect. It looked like walking piece of dust, I took it under microscope and then I realized it looked like a ball dust because it had a dust ball on its back that got stuck due to some big hairs on its back. It is about 1 to 2mm big and strangely has a pair of mandibles inside an other pair of mandibles.
Greetings
Signature: Karl

Lacewing Larva

Lacewing Larva

Dear Karl,
This looks like the larva of a Lacewing to us.  Many Lacewing Larvae use camouflage, covering themselves with the carcasses of prey as well as other detritus.

Thank you very much dear Daniel.
Your site is great I am really thank full for your hard work at this page.
Greeting Karl

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Subject: Help identifying flying insect
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
September 29, 2015 8:37 pm
Hi,
I’m from Puerto Rico and there are some fun bugs down here in the Caribbean. We recently found this guy in the bedroom and as I reasoned with my wife not to swat it we lost it. What is it? I am including a photo.
Signature: Antonio Rodríguez, bug apologist

What's That Bug???

What’s That Bug???  A Barklouse Perhaps

Dear Antonio,
This has us a bit stumped, and we haven’t much time to research this morning, though we did quickly look at the Insects of Puerto Rico site.  Our initial thought is that it reminds us of a member of the order Mecoptera (see BugGuide) which includes Scorpionflies and Hangingflies, but we might be way off the mark.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply some information.

Update:  Barklouse perhaps
Lepidopterist Julian Donahue wrote in a comment indicating perhaps Psocoptera, and we located a similar looking Peruvian Barklouse on Alamy.

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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: Aurora, IL
September 29, 2015 9:11 pm
Found this guy outside my work. It was a windy day today and he was on his back trying struggling to get back on his feet. I took it upon my self to help him out and got him back on his feet. But the wind kept flipping him over, so I found a save haven for him under a wooden crate. First time I have ever seen such a beautiful moth. 🙂
Signature: Aleks

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Hi Aleks,
Thanks for sending in your image of a Luna Moth.  This seems like a very late season appearance for your part of the country.

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Subject: what is this bug?
Location: Morgan County, Tennessee
September 28, 2015 10:08 pm
We caught this inside a metal processing plant in East Tennessee. Can you identify it please?
Signature: Kent a. Warren

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Kent,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean insect that uses its powerful front legs to dig beneath the surface.  Some species fly and are attracted to lights.

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Subject: What kind of spider is this?
Location: Southern California
September 29, 2015 12:32 am
We live in the mountains of Southern California, and this was outside our front door this morning. I am having a hard time figuring out what it is. It is probably 1.5-2″ in diameter.
Signature: Shannon

Tarantula

Tarantula

Dear Shannon,
This is a Tarantula, and if you are in the mountains, we suspect you have considerable amounts of open space that can provide habitat for Tarantulas which have been eliminated in many urban areas because of over building and habitat loss.

Thanks for getting back to me! I thought it was a tarantula, but I couldn’t be sure. Is it probably young since it is small-ish?

That is possible.  Males tend to travel in search of mates and they are smaller than females, and California Tarantulas are smaller than many tropical relatives.

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