From the monthly archives: "September 2017"
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Subject:  What kind of spider is this (if, indeed, it is a spider)
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Illinois
Date: 09/30/2017
Time: 02:59 PM EDT
This critter has been hanging out on our back sliding door.
How you want your letter signed:  Just curious…

Male Thick-Jawed Orbweaver

Dear Just curious,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident you encountered a male Thick-Jawed Orbweaver in the genus
Pachygnatha.

Male Thick-Jawed Orbweaver

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Subject:  Bug that looks like it’s in a Marching Band
Geographic location of the bug:  Clearwater Florida
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 03:08 PM EDT
Hi Bugman I shot this COOL! looking bug yesterday. It looks like it’s in a Marching Band Outfit. Would it be possible for you to identify for me? Thanks Again Very Much!
How you want your letter signed:  Brent Hansen

Mating Cotton Stainers

Dear Brent,
We love your colorful description.  These are mating Cotton Stainers,
Dysdercus suturellus, and according to BugGuide:  “found on many plants, incl. cotton, hibiscus, oranges, etc.”

Mating Cotton Stainers

Hi Bugman – Thanks Again Very Much!!! for your identification – It’s a really Cool looking bug. Have a Great Day! Brent

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Subject:  Is this a bed bug? Kinda looks like one.
Geographic location of the bug:  Clinton township, Michigan
Date: 09/30/2017
Time: 02:15 PM EDT
Been getting bug bites once in awhile not sure if they are mosquito bites, because it’s only one at a time. Thinking the worst bed bugs. I haven’t been sleeping in the bed, my husband never gets bit.  But I found out mosquitos only go for my type of blood, maybe bed bugs do to? Anyways found this bug on my bed today he’s a 1/4 inch big, thought bed bugs were smaller? And the legs don’t look like they are all in the front like a bed bug. Can you help me?
How you want your letter signed:  Sue

Black Ground Bug

Dear Sue,
This is NOT a Bed Bug, but it is a True Bug in the same suborder, Heteroptera, as Bed Bugs.  We believe this is a Black Ground Bug,
Microporus nigrita, which we found on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “native to, and widespread all across the temperate and southern Palaearctic, adventive in NA.”

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Subject:  Wasp eating Mantis
Geographic location of the bug:  Dayton, Ohio
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 07:10 PM EDT
This mantis has been hanging out on our flag pole for the last 2 days. He is alive, but has been letting a wasp land on his tail for long periods at a time. Now the mantis’s tail is chewed up and half gone. Why would the mantis let the wasp do that?
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Mantis

Dear Mike,
We wish you could provide an image of the Wasp.  Generally, when wasps prey upon other insects, it is to feed their young.  We have not heard of a situation where a wasp returns to its prey repeatedly without killing it.

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Subject:  Unidentified bug Los Angeles
Geographic location of the bug:  Inside home Los Angeles CA
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 02:32 PM EDT
I cant seem to identify this bug.  I saw  crawling on my couch
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Termite

Dear Kat,
This is a Termite, probably an alate that has lost its wings.

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Subject:  Carpenter Bee?
Geographic location of the bug:  Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 03:05 AM EDT
I cam across this cheerful fellow in the garden and my first thought was that it is a bumble bee, but according to Wikipedia bumble bees are not found in Southern Africa. I then had a look at carpenter bees, but the images I saw all looked fairly different.
How you want your letter signed:  Robin Lankes

Carpenter Bee

Dear Robin,
We agree that this is a Carpenter Bee, probably a male because of his golden color.  Based on this iSpot image, it might be
Xylocopa caffra.

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee

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