From the yearly archives: "2016"

Subject: What kind of bug Is this?
Location: Wisconsin
December 4, 2016 7:23 pm
I keep finding this bug in my bathroom. Do you know what kind of bug it is??
Signature: ?

Cockroach Nymph

Cockroach Nymph

This is a Cockroach nymph, and it sounds like you have an infestation.

Subject: Cicada casualty
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
December 12, 2016 7:47 pm
I gather this insect is a cicada, but I wonder if its demise was due to the powdery substance on it, if that could be smaller insects or a fungus. It just landed and died. This photo is from August 2013.
Signature: Lulu

Cicada

Cicada

Dear Lulu,
We are unable to determine the cause of death of this Cicada, but it does appear to have a red Mite crawling on it.  We will be postdating your submission to go live during our trip away from the office for the holidays, and this mystery will give our readership an opportunity to ponder what caused the demise of your Cicada.

Thanks!  BTW it was the bug, not me that landed & died!~~~

funny.  We didn’t notice the missing “t” in it and we will correct the typo.

Subject: What bugs are these?
Location: Cairns, QLD, Australia
December 3, 2016 7:11 am
Found these in my yard.
Signature: CE

Palm Planthopper Nymph

Palm Planthopper Nymph

Dear CE,
We are pretty confident this is a Planthopper nymph in the family Family Lophopidae, probably a Palm Planthopper nymph,
Magia subocellata, based on images posted to the Brisbane Insect site and FlickR.  We are postdating this submission to go live to our site at the end of the month while we are away for the holidays.

Subject: Spider
Location: uruguay
December 9, 2016 10:21 am
Hi I was hoping you could identify this spider. There are a lot of them that live out in the field. As you can see in the 2nd photo they often have thick webs in a zig-zag extending from where they put their legs. Thanks.
Signature: Louis

Silver Argiope

Silver Argiope

Dear Louis,
This is an Orbweaver, and it really resembles a North American species
Argiope argentata, the Silver Argiope, which BugGuide states is found in:  “CA, TX, FL (mostly in southernmost parts of those states). There’s also one data point from AZ.”  The zigzag web you mention is known as the stabilimentum, and many scientists believe it helps to camouflage the spiders in the web, and the presence of the stabilimentum gives spiders in the genus Argiope the common name Writing Spiders.  According to Colnect, the Silver Argiope was pictured on a stamp from Uruguay in 2009, which is good evidence the range extends well into South America.  According to EcoRegistros, the species is known as the Araña Tigre or Tiger Spider for our English only speakers.  We will be postdating this submission to go live at the end of the month while our staff is away from the office for the holidays.

Writing Spider:  Argiope argentata

Writing Spider: Argiope argentata

Subject: Found dead on kitchen table
Location: Brazoria county tx
December 6, 2016 3:29 am
Found south of Houston tx in brazoria county in someone’s house already dead. First week of December. Even has hairs on its head. Has wings. It’s really creepy looking. No idea what happened to the legs either. Was found like that on a kitchen table dead. No animals live in the house.
Signature: Curious

Legless Insect

Legless Insect

Dear Curious,
Generally legless insects found in a home have been serving as “cat toys” prior to their death, so we can’t explain why this legless insect was found on the table.  Because of what appears to be an ovipositor, we believe this is most likely a Cricket or other Orthopteran, but the eyes remind us of a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We are going to guess that this is a Cricket with all its extremities removed, and we suspect it might have looked like this female Carolina Ground Cricket on BugGuide prior to mutilation. We have contacted Eric Eaton for verification.

Legless Insect

Legless Insect

Eric Eaton provides identification:  Male Trig
Hi, Daniel:
It is an adult male “trig” of some sort, or maybe even a ground cricket.  Here’s where I’d start:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/16187
So, yes, an orthopteran.
Hope you are having a lovely holiday season so far!
Cheers,
Eric

Subject: larva found in bathroom
Location: Souteastern Pennsylvania
December 12, 2016 12:10 pm
I periodically find these very small (1/8th inch) fellows on the walls of my bathroom. Usally in fall/early winter. Usually just one at a time, rarely two or three. I’m thinking some kind of carpet beetle, though we don’t have carpets near the second floor where I find them.
Signature: huffy49

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear huffy49,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva, a common household pest that will feed on many organic materials in the home.  We will be away from the office during the holidays, so we are postdating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the month.