From the monthly archives: "April 2018"
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Subject:  What is this!?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greensburg IN
Date: 04/02/2018
Time: 04:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug started appearing in my home a week ago, Im noticing more of them everyday. I have no idea what this is. It does have antennas as well.
How you want your letter signed:  Jen

Hickory Borer

Hi Jen,
Do you have a fireplace or a wood burning stove and a stack of firewood indoors?  Is the firewood hickory?  Our bet is that this adult Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus
Megacyllene emerged from firewood you have stored indoors.  The Hickory Borer, which is pictured on BugGuide, is a species that emerges in the spring and the Locust Borer, a nearly identical looking member of the same genus emerges in the fall, is also pictured on BugGuide.  Either species will emerge in the spring from wood stored indoors, so the season is not definitive, but if the wood was black locust wood, then we would lean toward this being a Locust Borer.  This emergence might be an annoyance for you, but the beetles will not infest your home or furnishings.  They will infest newly cut trees and logs.

Yes, I do have a fireplace and just brought a new box full of wood in a little over a week ago. Thanks so much for the information. I was starting to think they we’re invading my home & was freaking out a little bit! It’s great to know that’s not going to happen! Thanks again

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Subject:  Painted carnage!
Geographic location of the bug:  Irrelevant
Date: 03/28/2018
Time: 07:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, Bugman! I work at a retail store in South Dakota, but much of our merchandise is made in China. I think this poor creature must have been painted into this canister at the factory in China. Can you identify, despite his ‘blue mood’? Hard to say with legs folded under, but I’d put the length of each limb at 3″+. For scale, the floor tiles are 12″x12″.
How you want your letter signed:  Josh M

Huntsman Spider painted Blue

Dear Josh,
We agree with your assessment that this Spider must have been painted at the factory.  We believe this is a male Giant Huntsman Spider,
Heteropoda venatoria, a species that has been introduced to many parts of the world because of banana shipments.  This would have made a good April Fool’s posting were it not for real.

Huntsman Spider painted at factory

Canister where Huntsman Spider was found.

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Subject:  Found bug claw in clean laundry
Geographic location of the bug:  North Florida
Date: 04/01/2018
Time: 06:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a brown 1″ long pincer claw hanging onto a sock in my laundry. Any help figuring out what bug it could have belonged to is appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Grace

Crayfish Claw

Dear Grace,
This looks to us like the claw of a Crayfish, a small, freshwater Crustacean that resembles a lobster.

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Subject:  What is this cool looking guy
Geographic location of the bug:  North Florida
Date: 04/01/2018
Time: 05:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just trying to identify this little guy
How you want your letter signed:  Daniel Hopper

Oak Treehopper

Dear Daniel,
This is an Oak Treehopper.  According to BugGuide:  “Does almost no damage to the host trees—leaves only a few twig scars from oviposition.  There are four named varieties and several other color variations, and some individuals lack the pronotal horn.” 

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Subject:  Mysterious glowing multi-legged critter
Geographic location of the bug:  Terre Noire, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: 03/30/2018
Time: 05:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Photo taken at 9:26 pm (Atlantic time) September 27, 2017 at the brushy edge of my long rural driveway. On a number of nights, I saw a faint glow in several places on the ground as I was walking. When I investigated, I saw this character moving slowly and glowing at the edges of its sides. Never saw more than one at a time in any given spot, but some weren’t far from each other. I think it was approx 5-7cm long.
How you want your letter signed:  Andrew

Firefly Larva

Dear Andrew,
This sure looks to us like the larva of a Firefly, and since you did observe it glowing, your observation does lend credence to our identification.  Some Firefly larvae are capable of bioluminescence.

 

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