From the monthly archives: "March 2017"

Subject: Weird little red dude
Location: Portland, oregon
March 25, 2017 6:47 pm
I live in Portland Oregon and today I spotted this little dude outside trying to crawl into the garage. I’d say he was the size of a dime.
Can’t figure out what he is!
Signature: Sarah

Woodlouse Hunter

Dear Sarah,
This BugGuide image is nearly identical to your Woodlouse Hunter,
Dysdera crocata, is “The only member of the family in NA” according to BugGuide.  BugGuide also notes:  “Introduced to North America and widely distributed in the Neartic” and “Primary prey is isopods; hence the large chelicerae and fangs.”

Subject: Lady bug or mimic?
Location: Honolulu, HI
March 26, 2017 2:40 am
My husband found this bug on our cribbage board and, after much reaearch, I can’t figure out what it is. I can’t find a single ladybug/bird that matches the color and spot pattern. I found the Anatis mali matched the spots, but the pattern and color of the pronotum doesn’t match.
Signature: Sierra

Ten Spotted Lady Beetle

Dear Sierra,
We believe we have correctly identified your Ten Spotted Lady Beetle,
Bothrocalvia pupillata, thanks to this posting on BugGuide.  The species is also pictured on iNaturalist and on Lady Beetles of Hawai’i.


Subject: Tiger Moth??
Location: Perth, WA
March 25, 2017 6:52 pm
Hello, I found this fluffy guy on my front porch in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. It was found in April 2016. This was the only photo I managed before it flew away! I’ve been trying to find what kind of moth or family it belongs to since. The closest resemblance I can find is a Tiger Moth, what do you think? I would love to finally find out!
Signature: Lisa

Unknown Tiger Moth

Dear Lisa,
We agree with you that this is a Tiger Moth, but we have not had any luck identifying the species.  None of the species pictured on Butterfly House resemble your moth, nor did we find it on the Brisbane Insect site.  We will contact Tiger Moth expert Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you! I have been searching for so long trying to find one similar, but haven’t had any luck. Your expertise is much appreciated!
Kind regards,

Julian Donahue provides some information and resources.
Hi Daniel,
Cool moth, and indeed a gravid female tiger moth. Not illustrated in Australian Moths Online
Another CSIRO site that you may find useful for all other groups of Australian insects:
I suspect that it’s a melanic specimen, related to Creatonotos or “Diacrisia,” and may not be from Australia (or an accidental import).
For a modern, updated list of Arctiidae of the Oriental Region, Australia, and Oceania, with current names, check out:
The author, Vladimir V. Dubatolov, may be your best bet for identifying this animal.
For New World tiger moths, I’d suggest Dr. Chris Schmidt, an active worker in the field (Canadian National Collection, Ottawa)
Good luck,

Large flying insect in Torrevieja.
Location:  Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, southern Spain
March 25, 2016 2:16 PM
We have recently had the company of a large flying insect and would like to know what it is please. It has been on our patio for the past few weeks and has been nibbling at our potted plants. It doesn’t appear to be doing any large scale damage and we feel honoured and entertained by its presence. I can’t get close enough to measure it but I estimate it is about 8cm long. Thank you.
(Sorry, I clicked send before I had written anything on my last post to you just now.  Also, I think I may have sent the request several times as it didn’t look as though it was going through, sorry.)
Thank you for your reply.  I look forward to getting an identification in due course.

Probably Desert Locust

Dear Dawn,
Thanks for attempting your submission several times so that we are able to post your request.  This is a Grasshopper, and more specifically, we believe it is a Desert Locust,
Schistocerca gregaria, or a closely related species in the same genus.  Zip Code Zoo does list Spain as part of the range of the Desert Locust.  According to Encyclopedia of Life:  “There around 13 species of locust. Locusts are grasshopper species that form swarms. When enough of them come together, changes occur. They change color and eat and breed more. This forms huge swarms that fly long distances and destroy crops. Desert locusts may be the most harmful. The biggest known swarm was made up of around 40 billion locusts.”

Dear Daniel
Thank you very much.  That was very interesting and very useful information that you provided.  I appreciate your help in this.  Thank you.

Subject: Strange Bug
Location: Burlingame, CA, USA
March 25, 2017 10:18 am
Hello WTB!
I live in Burlingame, CA (near San Francisco) and I was trying to identify this bug on your web site but I haven’t been able to find it. At first I thought it was a spider. However, it has only six legs. The front two appendages don’t seem to be legs, but seemed to be antennae or maybe some sort of stinger. This bug was very aware of me, and as I got close to it, it would point its front antennae at me menacingly, which is why I thought they might be a stinger. Any clue as to what this might be? Thanks!
Signature: JM

Jumping Spider

Dear JM,
This is in fact a Spider and what you have mistaken for antennae are the first pair of legs on this Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Jumping Spiders do not build webs to snare prey.  Rather they pounce on prey, often from a considerable distance, and they are such adept hunters because of their excellent eyesight.  We will attempt a species identification for you.

Subject: Chrysalis?
Location: Southeast Pennsylvania
March 25, 2017 9:16 am
We found this on a knock out rose bush, that came with a home we just bought. We did find evidence of rose cane borers, but this doesn’t appear to be related. Did some searching for chrysalis and cocoons online, but they all see so much prettier than this.
Signature: Scott

Mantis Ootheca

Dear Scott,
This is the ootheca or egg case of a Preying Mantis.  When the weather warms, several hundred hatchlings should emerge.  Mantids are predators that will help keep unwanted insects from your plants without the use of pesticides.