From the yearly archives: "2018"
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Subject:  Grass crab spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Wilderness, South Africa
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 02:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I would love to know if this is A Grass Crab spider on my Egg Plant. And if is a dragonfly that it is eating?
How you want your letter signed:  Herman Jungbauer-Rudman

Grass Crab Spider eats Flower Fly

Dear Herman,
We concur with your identification of a Grass Crab Spider in the genus
Oxytate which is pictured on Jungle Dragon where it indicates there are four species found in South Africa.  The prey is not a Dragonfly.  It is a True Fly and in our opinion, it appears to be a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae.

Grass Crab Spider eats Flower Fly

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Subject:  White enigma
Geographic location of the bug:  Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 11:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi WTB
Please tell me what big this is. Found on my orchid in big groups. They’re quote small and seem hairy.
How you want your letter signed:  Simone

Mealybug

Dear Simone,
This looks like a Mealybug to us, a common pest on houseplants as well as cultivated plants in the garden.  Mealybugs feed by sucking fluids from plants, and if infestations are in large numbers, their feeding could conceivably weaken the plant.

Thank you so much, Daniel 🙂
So interesting to finally know what they are.
Merry Christmas/ Happy holidays
Simone
You are most welcome Simone, and Happy Holidays to you as well.
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Subject:  I think these are eggs….
Geographic location of the bu:  Ontario Canada
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 05:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I have a vivarium for Poison Dart Frogs and found some small white nodules growing under a piece of wood. My hope is that this is some sort of fungus or mold. But my concern is that these are the eggs of some bug that could do harm to my frogs or their eggs.
The piece of wood was harvested many years ago from a forest in Ontario. I included a picture of the wood with suspicious object, as well as a picture of my cute frog!
Happy Holidays
How you want your letter signed:  Jason Kemp

Growth in Dart Frog Vivarium

Dear Jason,
These do not appear to be eggs, and we believe your suspicion that they might be fungus or mold is probably correct.  Friends of ours in the Los Angeles area formerly bred Poison Dart Frogs.  They had several pairs that bred in bromeliads, but alas, the vivariums were discovered by invasive Argentine Ants that killed the frogs.

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Subject:  Strange Maybe-moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Philadelphia, PA USA
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 05:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I forgot I’d taken this photo – it was taken on September 13th or 14th. This insect was on a door.
How you want your letter signed:  curious citizen in Philly

Plume Moth

Dear Curious Citizen in Philly,
This is indeed a Moth.  More specifically it is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

 

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Subject:  Possible Leaf Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 01:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Any help to identify this guy would be most appreciated!  It was photographed in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest 05-15-2018.
How you want your letter signed:  John

Leaf Beetle

Dear John,
We agree that this is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but we have not been able to substantiate its identity.  The white-tipped antennae are distinctive.

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Subject:  What is that
Geographic location of the bug:  11214
Date: 12/22/2018
Time: 08:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  the mm ruler is on the left
How you want your letter signed:  Alex

Smooth Spider Beetle

Dear Alex,
This is a Spider Beetle, a common Household Pest that will infest stored foods.  We are confident it is a Smooth Spider Beetle,
Gibbium aequinoctiale, which is picture on BugGuide where it states the habitat is “Mainly houses, flour mills, occasionally warehouses, hospitals, stores” and food includes “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”

Thank you very much for your help – it was done perfectly
Alex

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