From the monthly archives: "December 2017"

Subject:  scorpion?
Geographic location of the bug:  Argentina
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 04:12 PM EDT
This was found over my bed. Geographic location of the bug:  Buenos Aires, Argentina. Could you tell me what this guy is? It is 5 mm long.
Many thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Marcela

Jumping Spider

Hi Marcela,
This is a harmless Jumping Spider, not a Scorpion.  Jumping Spiders in the family Salticidae are hunting Spiders.  They do not spin a web for hunting prey.  They use their excellent eyesight to stalk prey before jumping toward, capturing and sucking vital fluids from Flies and other small insects.

Subject:  What kind of bug and is it dangerous?
Geographic location of the bug:  Split, Croatia, Europe
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 06:05 AM EDT
Hi, this little bug is about 0,5 cm large and kids constantly find it in their room. It is fall now, winter soon, but the bugs are present whole year. What kind is it and is it dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  Irena V.

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Irena,
This is a Carpet Beetle larva, a common cosmopolitan pest found in homes.  They will feed on many organic materials found in the home, including shed pet hair and wool rugs.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the month when we are away for the holidays.

Subject:  Metallic mosquito
Geographic location of the bug:  Ohio
Date: 11/28/2017
Time: 12:58 AM EDT
Noticed this golden metallic looking mosquito with long legs on some Golden Rod   Would love to know  what type of insect this is. Thank You
How you want your letter signed:  Alane

Male Gallinipper

Dear Alane,
We believe this large male Mosquito is a Gallinipper,
Psorophora ciliata, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “The word gallinipper originated as a vernacular term in the southeastern US referring to ‘a large mosquito or other insect that has a painful bite or sting’ and has appeared in folk tales, traditional minstrel songs, and a blues song referencing a large mosquito with a ‘fearsome bite’ (McCann 2006)” and “one of the largest mosquitoes in the U.S. Not known to vector any mosquito-borne pathogens.”  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site later in the month when our editorial staff is away for the holidays.

Subject:  What´s that bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Portugal
Date: 12/16/2017
Time: 10:31 AM EDT
Can you please help on identify this bug ?
How you want your letter signed:  Pedro Santos

Ichneumon

Dear Pedro,
This is a parasitoid Ichneumon and it looks similar to
Ophion luteus which is pictured on Wildscreen Arkive.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while we are away from the office for the holidays.

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  South Florida
Date: 12/13/2017
Time: 11:51 AM EDT
Eewww. Grandmas house has a lot of these ugly spiders, what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Dear Dawn,
Beauty, hence its antonym ugly, is relative.  We find this Crablike Spiny Orbweaver to be quite beautiful.  Like other Orbweavers, the Crablike Spiny Orbweaver is harmless and it poses no threat to humans.  We are postdating your submission to go live at the end of the month while we are out of the office for the holidays.

Thank You.  My first encounter wasn’t pleasant when I walked into a web!  Yikes  The more I look at it, the more interesting it becomes.

Subject:  What’s this spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Avondale Heights, Melbourne Australia
Date: 12/16/2017
Time: 05:18 PM EDT
Hi
Can you identify this spider?
How you want your letter signed:  Thankyou Suzana

Huntsman Spider

Dear Suzana,
This is one of the Huntsman Spiders in the family Sparassidae.  There are some nice images of Huntsman Spiders on the Brisbane Insect site.  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site at the end of December when our editorial staff is away for the holidays.

Great thanks for the speedy reply Daniel…didn’t know it was there until.my cat noticed it and went nuts. Thankfully it was up high and out of reach