From the monthly archives: "June 2019"

Subject:  Saved from pool in Kefalonia
Geographic location of the bug:  Kefalonia, Greece
Date: 06/03/2019
Time: 08:58 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just thought youd like to know. Ladybird spider Saved from a pool in Kefalonia
How you want your letter signed:  ..

Ladybird Spider

Dear ..,
Thanks for letting us know about your rescue of this beautiful male Ladybird Spider.  Thanks to your kindness, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Subject:  Black-orange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  New Brunswick, Canada
Date: 06/03/2019
Time: 10:27 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
On May 31st 2019 I have found a large number of these strange bugs appearing here in New Brunswick, Canada and also in Maine, USA. They do not seem to harm anything. I have seen them in clusters of over 1,000. They are fly like and have orange and black segmented legs. Wings have markings. The antennae are very short, maybe around 2mm. I have looked all over the internet at thousands of bugs and can not find anything anywhere. Any help would be appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  JP

March Fly

Dear JP,
This is a March Fly in the family Bibionidae, and during mating season, there may be great numbers of adults emerging and mating, and then vanishing as quickly as they appeared.  We believe your individual might be a female
Bibio xanthopus, and you can see an image of a sexually dimorphic male which has much larger eyes pictured on BugGuide.

Subjec:  Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia Beach, Virginia
Date: 05/31/2019
Time: 06:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify this moth
How you want your letter signed:  Maurice culken

Noctuoid we believe

Dear Maurice,
Because of its resemblance to the moths in the genus Tolype, we thought this might be a member of the family Lasiocampidae, be we could not find any similar looking species on BugGuide, so we now believe this is a member of the very large superfamily Noctuoidea represented on BugGuide, but we have not had luck identifying the species.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize this Moth. 

Subject:  Male ladybird spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Between Lindos and Pefkos
Date: 05/30/2019
Time: 08:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
We saw this today walking across the patio of a villa. It walked casually across the patio, attempted to climb one of the walls, then found shelter behind an aircon unit. It was about the size of a €2 coin. We think it’s a ladybird spider from our Googling, but would love an experts opinion!
How you want your letter signed:  No

Ladybird Spider

Dear No,
Thanks so much for submitting your detailed and beautiful image of a male Ladybird Spider sighted between Lindos and Pefkos.

Subject:  Crane fly sting
Geographic location of the bug:  Eau Claire WI USA
Date: 05/29/2019
Time: 11:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I’ve been reading that the crane fly is harmless and does not bite or sting. I was outdoors this evening and felt a sudden sting under my shirt, I instinctively grabbed and squeezed the offender. The sting was intense and spread under the skin like tiny lightning bolts. I have attached a picture of the insect and the bite area.
I also have the specimen in a bag I’m willing to mail at your request.
How you want your letter signed:  Shelly K

Ichneumon, not Crane Fly

Dear Shelly,
We have always relied on the response from experts, including Dr. Chen Young, that Crane Flies neither sting nor bite, and we have had numerous inquiries that dispute that opinion.  We even have a posting with a Crane Fly and what appears to be a sting perpetrated by the pictured Crane Fly.  For years we have also suggested that the perpetrator might be an Ichneumon, a parasitoid Wasp.  In your case, the pictured insect is an Ichneumon, not a Crane Fly.