From the monthly archives: "March 2018"

Subject:  Possible false wolf spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Oxnard, CA
Date: 02/27/2018
Time: 10:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this pretty spider sitting on the top of an outdoor table after cleaning the umbrella above it of cobwebs. It probably fell from the umbrella. Maybe it was hunting for webspinners and not in a web. I didn’t see where it came from. The legs were a dark redish color in the darker parts (not black like in the picture). It was about half an inch in body length and moved very slowly.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious homeowner

Unknown Spider

Dear Curious homeowner,
We are posting your submission as unidentified and we will attempt a species identification soon.

Update:  Moments after posting, we received a comment from Sean McCann “I think it may well be Badumna longinqua, an introduced desid spider” and upon researching BugGuide which states “In North America, known only from coastal urban areas of California,” we are in agreement.  We had no category for this introduced species from Australia, so we added a Desidae subcategory for this family.

Subject:  Dancing Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  South Florida, USA
Date: 02/28/2018
Time: 10:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! There is a bug I seen often that does a little dance. They waive their front legs around in big circles, and do a little squat with theit
back legs. The backside of their abdomen is hooked under and sometimes rattles or shakes while they dance. Sometimes they have a red hue on their thorax. They fly and although it looks like they have a stinger, I’ve never noticed them sting anyone or be aggressive.
How you want your letter signed:  Nina M

Stilt Legged Fly

Dear Nina,
Your subject line “Dancing Bug” really caught our attention, and your description of the behavior of this Stilt Legged Fly from the family Micropezidae, is very descriptive.  According to BugGuide:  “Known for their walking around and lifting their prominently marked front legs imitating ichneumon wasps.”

Subject:  large milkweed bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  San Diego co
Update:  March 1, 2018
Hi Daniel
Hope you are not angry that I am contacting you again.  Why are some of the larger bugs turning white.  See the picture.  I don’t know if it is a young bug getting mature or a mature bug getting older.
Susan Rykowski

Newly Metamorphosed Large Milkweed Bug

No Problem Susan.  The light individual is newly metamorphosed, and once the exoskeleton fully hardens, the color will darken.

Thank you.  I really am afraid of bugs.  this is a whole new experience for me.
Thanks for helping me.