From the yearly archives: "2019"
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Subject:  what is this spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  mindanao, philippines
Date: 01/16/2019
Time: 07:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi.. my daughter found this kind of spider which becomes her pet but we cant identify what kind of spidrr is this..hope you can help us..thanks..
How you want your letter signed:  Jean

Tree Stump Spider

Dear Jean,
In our opinion, this is not a Spider, but rather a Harvestman, a group of Arachnids in the order Opiliones.  Harvestmen do not have venom, so they are not a threat to humans.  Alas, we have not been able to find any matching images online, so we cannot verify the species identity of your Harvestman.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Christoper, who provided a link to Flying Kiwi, we now believe this IS a Spider, possibly a species of Orbweaver.

Update:  February 3, 3019
Thanks to a comment from frequent contributor Karl with links, we now believe we have a species identification for this Tree Stump Spider, Poltys illepidus.  Here is an image from Life Unseen.

 

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Subject:  SPIDER FOUND
Geographic location of the bug:  HOAGLAND INDIANA
Date: 01/16/2019
Time: 10:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  WHAT KIND OF SPIDER IS THIS?  I THOUGHT IT LOOKS LIKE A WOODLOUSE SPIDER. JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT DANGEROUS. LOL
How you want your letter signed:  JODI W.

Sowbug Killer

Dear Jodi,
You are correct.  This is a Woodlouse Hunter or Sowbug Killer and it is not dangerous.

Thank you.  Since it’s winter here, and colder than a witch’s heart, I have it in a small terrarium and offered some crickets.We will see if it survives, it’s worth the effort.   It it such a cool spider.
Thank you so much!!!  I was surprised to find it, they aren’t normally found in Indiana are they?
Again,
Thanks.
Jodi

Hi Jodi,
BugGuide does include Indiana in the range of the Sowbug Killer, and it even ranges north into Ontario.

Cool thanks so much, you are terrific!!

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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Pennsylvania
Date: 01/15/2019
Time: 11:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What type of bug is this found it in a wall of a house
How you want your letter signed:  Quinnell

Silverfish

Dear Quinnell,
You have Silverfish, a common household pest.  According to BugGuide:  “often found indoors in warm, damp environments; the Common Silverfish (
Lepisma saccharina) is frequently seen in bathrooms and kitchens, whereas the Firebrat (Thermobia domestica) is usually found in basements around furnaces and in insulation around hot water and heating pipes; these and other species also occur outdoors under bark, in leaf litter, caves, ant nests, deserts, etc” and preferred foods include “omnivorous: starchy foods, cereals, moist wheat flour, glue on book bindings and wallpaper, starch in clothing made of cotton or rayon fabric; outdoor individuals eat lichens.”

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Subject:  I found an alien
Geographic location of the bug:  Bradenton, Fl
Date: 01/15/2019
Time: 04:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I found this fella by my porch steps. He moves fairly quick and had a couple peek-a-boo sections in his body (shown).
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Bradentuckian

Lappet Moth Caterpiller

Dear Curious Bradentuckian,
This is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar, possibly from the genus
Tolype which is pictured on BugGuide, or possibly the caterpillar of a Dot Lined White also pictured on BugGuideBugGuide states:  “Larva: excellent twig mimic – body mottled gray and whitish with black markings and fringe of sublateral hairs; displays pair of dark bars between thoracic segments when crawling or disturbed.”  This is a native species, not an alien.

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Subject:  Bug on car
Geographic location of the bug:  Hawaii
Date: 01/14/2019
Time: 09:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this hanging on the car. Pretty creepy. Is it dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  Hawaii bug

Big Legged Bug

This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae, and we believe it is in the genus Acanthocephala, but BugGuide does not report any sightings from Hawaii.  We are trying to verify the presence of this genus in Hawaii.  The similar looking Sweet Potato Bug, Physomerus grossipes, is reported from Hawaii according to Graham’s Island where it states it:  “is a fairly recent introduction to Hawaii, most likely sneaking in on an imported plant.”

Supercool! Thank you!
Mahalo,
Eryn

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Subject:  Identify this bug please
Geographic location of the bug:  Kerala, India
Date: 01/12/2019
Time: 12:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
Can you please help identify this bug.
My daughter found this and wanted to know what it was. I’m guess it is some kind of locust.Can you please confirm?
Thanks in Advance
How you want your letter signed:  Rijil

Mango Stem Borer

Dear Rijil,
This is not a locust.  It is a Mango Stem Borer, a Beetle in the Longhorned Borer family Cerambycidae.  The species is native to India, and according to Plant Pests of the Middle East, host plants include:  “Fig, mango, apple and about 50 other plant species.”  It is our understanding that guava is another host.  The Mango Stem Borer is a significant pest in the agricultural industry.   

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