From the monthly archives: "October 2017"

Subject:  i wish to know what bug this is
Geographic location of the bug:  new delhi, India
Date: 10/01/2017
Time: 10:02 AM EDT
Hey there. I have seen this unusal bug for the first time today and i am quite intrigued by its behaviour. It behaves like a scorpion by raising its hind parts and usig the front two claw like things. I would like to know which species this bug is. Thank You for the help.
How you want your letter signed:  Revanth

Solifugid

Dear Revanth,
Commonly called a Sun Spider or a Wind Scorpion, this Solifugid is a non-venomous relative of both Spiders and Scorpions that is classified in the order Solifugae.  Your individual looks very different from North American Solifugids.  We found a similar looking individual from India, that is not identified beyond the order level, on the Animal Photo Album site.

Solifugid

Subject:  What’s this bug/insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey Pine Barrens
Date: 10/01/2017
Time: 11:07 AM EDT
A friend of mine in NJ found these on her shed in the Pine Barrens.  It’s a wooded, swampy, sandy area that is densely populated with many trees including oaks and pines of all sorts
How you want your letter signed:  Curios creature that

Barklice

Dear Curios,
We often receive identification requests for Barklice that are found in large numbers on trees in lawns.  Though they appear as though they are harmful to the trees, Barklice actually feed on lichens and they do no harm to the trees.  Barklice are commonly called Tree Cattle.

Subject:  Unknown large spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Sierra Nevada foothills
Date: 09/30/2017
Time: 03:06 PM EDT
Could you tell me what this spider is?
How you want your letter signed:  Jesse

Tarantula

Dear Jesse,
This Tarantula might be
Aphonopelma eutylenum, a species found in California and represented on BugGuide.  This Reddit image is described as a “California Ebony Tarantula (Aphonopelma eutylenum).”

Tarantula