From the monthly archives: "May 2017"
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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Cornwall
May 28, 2017 7:02 am
Hi I found this bug on my trampoline never seen one before was wondering what it is
Signature: joanne woolley

Billy Witch

Dear Joanne,
This is a Billy Witch or Cockchafer, a native Scarab Beetle in England.

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Subject: Wolf spider?
Location: Vermont
May 27, 2017 7:46 pm
We see spiders here all the time in the woods of Northern New England. I am guessing this is a wolf spider that looks like it was successful in getting supper. He was on our screen door outside. Curious if I am correct and thought it would make a cool picture. He is not camera shy or timid.
Signature: Jim

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Jim,
This is the second image of a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira, we are posting today.  Nursery Web Spiders do not build a web to snare prey.  They hunt without webs.  The female constructs a web to act as a nursery for her spiderlings once she locates an appropriate location to house the egg case she carries with her.

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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: North Carolina
May 28, 2017 10:46 am
They seem to have showed up out of no where and there are a lot of them sitting somewhat peacefully all around and all over the outside of our home.
Signature: Thanks Joe.

Carpenter Ant Alate

Dear Joe,
This looks to us like a male Carpenter Ant alate, the winged reproductive form that swarms when conditions are right, often a warm sunny day after a good rain.  It might be a
Camponotus castaneus based on this BugGuide image, a species BugGuide calls the Reddish Carpenter Ant and states:  “Nests in rotting logs, soil under rocks, etc., or even in exposed soil.”

Carpenter Ant Alate

Thank you so much. The photo and identified conditions are consistent with what I see.
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Subject: 28.05.2017.
Location: Fruska gora, Serbia
May 28, 2017 10:28 am
I have never seen this before. Did you?
Signature: Late afternoon

Longicorn: Herophila tristis

We did not recognize this Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, so we did a web search for European members of the family and we found this FlickRiver posting from Croatia that is identified as Dorcatypus tristis.  Continued research indicates that name is a synonym as The Longhorn Beetles of the West Palaearctic Region site names it Herophila tristis and states:  ” Adults in:  March – July.  Host plant:  Polyphagous in deciduous trees and herbaceous plants.  Distribution:  Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Corsica, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sardinia, Serbia, Sicily, Slovenia, Turkey.”  It is also pictured on Le Monde des Insectes and Encyclopedia of Life.

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Subject: Found!
Location: Charlotte NC
May 28, 2017 8:08 am
Found this guy outside my front door! We moved him to a better area with some plants!
Signature: MW

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear MW,
This magnificent male Giant Stag Beetle or Elk Stag Beetle has some really impressive mandibles.  Stag Beetles pose no threat to humans and the males use their impressive mandibles to battle one another with the dominant male impressing the female so that he can pass on his genes.  According to BugGuide:  “There is some conservation concern about this species. The related
Lucanus cervus, of Europe, is threatened.  considered by Arkansas to be a “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” (SGCN).”  If you had on a porch light, that might have attracted this guy to your front door.  Because of your kindness in relocating this gorgeous Giant Stag Beetle to a location where he would be safe, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Giant Stag Beetle

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Subject: Possible Nursery Web Spider
Location: Detroit Michigan area
May 28, 2017 7:34 am
Dear Bugman,
My dad found this spider at his work, and asked me to help him identify it. So here I am. It was found in an industrial building in Southeastern, Michigan. Some have suggested it is a ‘Nursery Web’ Spider, but we haven’t been able to convince ourselves given the resources/pictures we could find. Thanks so much for all you do!
Signature: Kristin K

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Kristin,
We are in 100% agreement with you that this is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina miraBugGuide is an excellent source for additional images to verify our identification.

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