From the monthly archives: "October 2015"
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Subject: What spider is this
Location: Victoria
October 27, 2015 5:58 pm
Hi I found this guy running outside on a hot night. I have an idea of what it might be was hoping if you could tell me. Hopefully it’s not what I think it is
Signature: ?

Funnel Web Spider

Funnel Web Spider

We thought this looked like a male Trapdoor Spider, and when we began to research its identity, we thought we found a match with the Sydney Funnel Web Spider, Atrax robustus, which according to the Australian Museum site:  “are shiny, dark brown to black spiders with finger-like spinnerets (silk-spinning organs) at the end of their abdomen. Males have a large mating spur projecting from the middle of their second pair of legs. If threatened, Sydney Funnel-webs show aggressive behaviour, rearing and displaying their impressive fangs.”  Regarding the bite of the Sydney Funnel Web Spider, the Australian Museum states:  “Again, it is true that Sydney Funnel-webs have one of the most toxic venoms (to humans) of any spider. However, it is not true that all funnel-web bites are life-threatening. The venom of juvenile and female Sydney Funnel-web Spiders is much less toxic. Nor do they jump onto, or chase people, or live in houses – these are all urban myths.”  We then checked Animal Diversity Web and learned that Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are:  “Found only in Australia within a 160-kilometer radius of Sydney. There are other species of funnel-web spiders in Eastern Australia, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania” so we suspect your individual is a different species of Funnel Web Spider.  Since we will be away from the office for a few days and we are currently post-dating submissions to go live in our absence, we thought this would make a great Halloween posting, a holiday you probably do not have in Australia, as well as a good Bug of the Month for November 2015.  Poor spider appears to have met an untimely end, so in the spirit of promoting appreciation of the lower beasts, we are also tagging your submission as Unnecessary Carnage.

Funnel Web Spider

Funnel Web Spider

Thank you so much for the quick response.  I thought it was a Sydney funnel as well I’m not disrespecting you at all I have read the same information but I just don’t believe that they couldn’t be here in Victoria. I have sent the pics to several different sights and exterminators and they all say Sydney Funnel Web too so I don’t know what to do I’m just worried about my kids. So if you think it might be another type it would be fantastic if you can find out and let me know. Thanks again. Happy Halloween
Hayley Saunders

Hi Hayley,
If it is true that Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are found only within 160 kilometers of Sydney, then your spider is probably a different species.  It would stand to reason that other Funnel Web Spiders, especially if they are in the same genus, would look very similar, but perhaps do not have as dangerous a bite.  We would suggest taking it to your nearest natural history museum and ask if there is an arachnologist that could verify its identity. 

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Subject: What’s this?!
Location: Penticton bc Canada
October 27, 2015 10:49 am
Hi! My boyfriend recently found this gigantic bug of some sort… Hoping you can help us figure out what it is!
Signature: Jenn

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jenn,
That Toe-Biter looks almost like a Centipede with those nails resembling too many legs for an insect.  We will be post-dating your submission to go live on Halloween while we are out of the office.

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Subject: What’s this insect?
Location: Homosassa, Florida, United States
October 27, 2015 10:58 am
Hi. I found this ‘creature’ in my back yard by my deck. Can you identify it? I’m in Homosassa. Many thanks.
Melanie Ragaller

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Melanie,
This is a Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar, a species that is fond of feeding on Penta, a common garden plant.  Please use our standard form by clicking the Ask What’s That Bug? link on our site for future submissions as it makes it easier for us to format postings for the web.  We will be post-dating your submission to go live while we are on a business trip later in the week.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Virginia Beach Virginia
October 27, 2015 8:01 am
Tia is sitting on a sculpture on my back deck. We live in an agricultural area. Our lot is 3 wooded acres. 10 /27
Signature: Ginny

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

Dear Ginny,
This is a Wheel Bug, a species of Assassin Bug.  Wheel Bugs are among our most common identification requests, and most images of adults like your individual arrive from mid summer to late fall, when they mature.  We are post-dating your submission to go live later in the week while we are away from the office.

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Subject: Two Tiger moths from Brazil
Location: Rio Cristalino, Brazil
October 27, 2015 11:57 am
Hi Bugman,
Here are a couple of beautiful moths which I am having trouble pinning down. They were both seen at Cristalino Jungle Lodge in lower Amazonia, Brazil.
The Wasp Moth is similar to many I’ve found on the web but I have not found one where the gold stripes are vertical along the body, as in this one!
The Tiger moth looks like many similar Eucereon sp. but I have not found any with this color combination.
I look forward to your opinion.
Signature: Jczinn

Wasp Mimic Moth

Wasp Mimic Moth

Dear Jczinn,
We found a matching image to your Wasp Mimic Tiger Moth from the Subtribe Euchromiina on FlickR, that is identified as
Calonotos angustipennis.  We don’t know if the subtle differences represent a different species in the same genus or if it is subtle variation within the species.  We located a second image on FlickR that is nearly identical to your image and Cahurel Entomologie has many similar looking species. Your second moth we have not had a chance to identify, but we will give our readership an identification challenge while we are out of the office for a few days at the end of the week.

Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth:  Eucereon latifascia

Daniel,
Wow, that was fast–thank you! It certainly looks good for Calonotos angustipennis. Hope someone can ID #2 as well.
Really appreciate it!
Janet

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Subject: Black bug with white stripes
Location: near Tucson, Arizona
October 27, 2015 6:53 pm
The attached photo was taken October 27, 2015, about 4pm. This bug is frequently found on Ericameria laricifolia: Turpentine Bush (shown).
Signature: Tucson Gardener

Veined Ctenucha

Veined Ctenucha

Dear Tucson Gardener,
This lovely diurnal Tiger Moth is a Veined Ctenucha,
Ctenucha venosa, a species found in the states of the Southwest.  You can compare your individual to images posted to BugGuide.  Since we will be away from the office later in the week, we are post-dating your submission to go live in our absence.

Thank you. I had no idea some moths were not “fuzzy”.

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