From the monthly archives: "March 2018"

Subject:  South Louisiana Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  South Louisiana
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 09:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found my dog barking  and observed it was a fairly large spider I have not seen before. Was curious to find out which it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Glenn D

Wolf Spider

Dear Glenn,
This looks to us like a harmless Wolf Spider in the family Lycosidae.

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  West slope of the Cascades, Washington.  Ele 2000 ft
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 01:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this walking on the snow.  Some kind of wood eater?  There is natural hot springs in the area.
How you want your letter signed:  Dylan Rhys

Fishfly Larva

Dear Dylan,
Because the critter in your image looks so similar to a Hellgrammite, we are concluding that it is a nymph in the same family, and that it is most likely the nymph of a Fishfly.  Unfortunately, there is not much visual documentation of the larvae of western species.  What excites us most about your submission is that we can tag your posting as a Snow Bug.

Fishfly Larva

Subject:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  North NJ USA
Date: 03/24/2018
Time: 01:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have these moths in our house and cannot identify what type these are
How you want your letter signed:  Mitch K

Mating Meal Moths

Dear Mitch,
These are mating Meal Moths,
Pyralis farinalis, one of several species that will infest stored foods, especially grain products.  You should search the pantry for the site of the infestation.  According to BugGuide:  “mainly in homes, barns, warehouses and other buildings where grain or processed grain products are stored” and “larvae (caterpillars) feed on stored grain and grain products.” 

Subject:  Identifying spider species
Geographic location of the bug:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 03/17/2018
Time: 10:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
Yesterday I was in my backyard and found this very pretty spider hanging out on top of my speakers. Any idea what it might be? Sorry the picture isn’t the clearest, the little guy jumped away shortly after I took it.
Many thanks,
How you want your letter signed:  Daniel

Jumping Spider: Psecas species

Dear Daniel,
This pretty spider is a Jumping Spider in the genus

Thank you! Great website 🙂

Subject:  Unknown bug, thornbug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oceanside, CA
Date: 03/13/2018
Time: 11:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would love to know the ID of this tiny alien-looking bug.  I  found thousands of these bugs on a bush in my yard in June of last year.  They are less than a 1/4 inch long.
How you want your letter signed:  Heidi G

Immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers

Dear Heidi,
Though you did not specify what type of bush in your yard you found these immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers living upon, we are speculating they were feeding by sucking the fluids from a tomato plant, pepper plant or some other member of the family Solanaceae.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Subject:  Nymph German Roach?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bathroom
Date: 03/23/2018
Time: 11:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this in the bathroom on several occasions randomly.
Looks like a baby roach to me.
How you want your letter signed:  alex

Brown Banded Cockroach Nymph

Dear Alex,
This is definitely an immature Cockroach, but based on this BugGuide image, we are not convinced it is a German Cockroach nymph.  Based on images posted to Featured Creatures, we believe it is an immature Brown Banded Cockroach,
Supella longipalpa.  That site states:  “Domestic cockroaches such as the German cockroach and brown-banded cockroach are closely associated with humans and have the potential to adversely affect human health. According to Kramer and Brenner (2009), cockroaches are recognized as one of the most important sources of allergens, with about half of asthmatics allergic to cockroaches. Allergens from cockroaches include cast skins and excrement. Some symptoms of cockroach-induced allergies include sneezing, skin reactions, and eye irritation (Wirtz 1980).”  As an aside, we consider the “Geographic location of the bug” to mean a city, state, or country, not a room in a house like a bathroom, which does not in any way clarify where the sighting occurred.  Many insects have limited geographic ranges, and knowing exactly where the sighting occurred is often a great assistance in making an identification. 

Thank you.
And location is Southeastern PA.