From the yearly archives: "2019"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  spider
Geographic location of the bug:  forestville California 95436
Date: 01/01/2019
Time: 01:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in my sons sandbox very pretty just wondering what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Hannah

Immature Black Widow

Dear Hannah,
This appears to be an immature, female Black Widow which is pictured on BugGuide.  You should use this as an opportunity to teach your son about a species of spider that should be avoided.  According to BugGuide:  “
Caution: Anyone bitten by a western black widow spider should receive prompt and proper medical treatment. While the black widow is considered the most venomous spider in North America, death from a black widow spider bite is highly unlikely.
For the most part, the black widow’s bite may be felt only as a pin prick, during which the spider’s fangs inject a minute amount of highly toxic venom under the skin. The severity of the victim’s reaction depends on his or her age and health, and on the area of the body that is bitten. Local swelling and redness at the site may be followed in one to three hours by intense spasmodic pain, which can travel throughout the affected limbs and body, settling in the abdomen and back (intense abdominal cramping, described as similar to appendicitis), and can last 48 hours or longer. Elderly patients or young children run a higher risk of severe reactions, but it is rare for bites to result in death; only sixty-three having been reported in the United States between 1950 and 1959 (Miller, 1992). Other symptoms can include nausea and profuse perspiration. If left untreated, tremors, convulsions and unconsciousness may result. When death does occur, it is due to suffocation.”

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Subject:  Bug with troll hair
Geographic location of the bug:  Gauteng, south africa
Date: 01/02/2019
Time: 01:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help ID this bug
How you want your letter signed:  Jacques B

Planthopper Nymph

Dear Jacques,
This is a Planthopper Nymph, a group of insects in the superfamily Fulgoroidea.  We have a similar image on our site of an unidentified Planthopper nymph, and now that we have this new request, we will renew our effort to identify the species.

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Subject:  Colorful red legged grasshopper/katydid
Geographic location of the bug:  Ivans, UT
Date: 12/31/2018
Time: 10:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We took this pic 9/23/2017 in Ivans, Utah (aka St. George, Utah)
It stayed long enough for me to take a picture but flew off right after. Tried to find anything similar but to no avail.
Never seen anything like this before! Absolutely stunning!!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan Silcox

Western Bush Katydid

Dear Megan,
Our editorial staff has returned to our home office and despite the holiday, we decided to make a new posting, so your identification request is our first of the New Year.  This is a Western Bush Katydid in the genus
Insara, and in our opinion, it most resembles the Creosote Bush Katydid, Insara covilleae, which is pictured on BugGuide, though BugGuide does not report that species for Utah.  The related Elegant Bush Katydid, Insara elegans, is reported from Utah on BugGuide, but its markings appear different.  We are confident with our genus identification but would prefer that a true expert weigh in on the species.  Happy New Year.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination