From the monthly archives: "April 2017"
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Subject: Fishing spider?
Location: Southeast texas
April 1, 2017 8:01 am
I have a backyard pool that we don’t clean or put chemicals in during the winter, so by the time spring comes the pool is full of life. After a storm came a trash bag flew into the pool and when I pulled it out it had this guy on it. From his (or her?) distinctive spots I assume it’s a 6 spotted fishing spider, but I’m not sure. The spider would have had its legs hanging a few mm off of a quarter if he had been standing on one. Around the edge of the pool I have been finding dried out dead spiders stuck on the side with a little bit of webbing. Could those be what this guy leaves behind? How big can these spiders get? Thanks!
Signature: Vikky

Six Spotted Fishing Spider

Dear Vikky,
We agree that this is a Six Spotted Fishing Spider,
Dolomedes triton, a species that is generally found near a body of water, and it sounds like your dormant swimming pool has been a perfect environment for her.  Since it sounds like you are getting ready to clean the pool, we hope you are able to relocate this beauty so that she can live out her life and produce progeny.  The “dried out dead spiders” you describe might have been prey, or they might have been cast off exoskeletons left behind when this individual molted.  Since it is the first of the month, we will be selecting your submission as the Bug of the Month for April 2017.

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Subject: Please identify
Location: Reno NV
March 31, 2017 3:05 pm
I moved into a new house in Reno, NV. There’s lots of trees and ground cover. This insect is all over my yard, especially in the ground cover. We saw them a lot in August last year too. Right now they are a little annoying, but I want to know if I need to protect my plants, kids, etc. I’m pretty sure they are a beetle, 2 sets of wings, mainly black, some orange/red marks on the back, red body under the wing, and when they breed they connect with their tail ends and walk around.
Signature: Stephanie

Western Boxelder Bug

Dear Stephanie,
This is a Western Boxelder Bug, and while they can be a nuisance if they are plentiful, they pose no threat to you, your pets, your home or your plants.

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Subject: moth? ant?
Location: Tucson, Arizona
March 31, 2017 8:55 pm
I don’t really know what to say here. I’ve never seen an insect like this. It’s completely black, and about the size of a nickel.
At first glance, I thought it was a moth, but it has aggressive looking wings that I relate more closely to a wasp or an ant.
I’m sorry the picture isn’t great. I’m actually pretty terrified of bugs.
Signature: phobic, yet fascinated

Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer

Dear Phobic, yet fascinated,
Do you have any grape vines nearby?  This appears to be a Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer,
Harrisina metallica, and you can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are a severe pest in some California vineyards.”  The Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer is a moth, but it probably derives some protection against predators because of its resemblance to stinging wasps.

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Subject: Is this a bug?
Location: Costa Mesa CA
March 31, 2017 2:21 pm
Hi Bugman!
Last month is was in Costa Mesa CA at the Pelican Hill Golf Course and this flew in front of our golf cart. It was between 6-7 inches long. Seem like it was translucent pale pale green- almost a little glowy. It was around 2:00 p.m. sunny warm day
Signature: Hilary R Gad

Likeness of a Katydid

Dear Hilary,
We like your sketch.  Because it appears that the creature in your sketch has long back legs, we suspect you saw a Katydid, but we would not rule out that you encountered a Preying Mantis.

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Subject: Some sort of aphid or ant?
Location: Birmingham Alabama
March 29, 2017 9:25 am
These guys hatched from a perfectly straight row of connected eggs. Each insect is about 1 centimeter long. This was on the inside widow ledge of my apartment in urban Birmingham Alabama.
Signature: Allison Martin

Hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs

Dear Allison,
These are hatchling Leaf Footed Bugs in the family Coreidae, and most likely in the genus

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