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Subject:  Spider eating an ant?
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Collins, CO
Date: 06/19/2019
Time: 09:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this lovely spider on my Siberian iris this evening. I can’t tell but it looks like she’s eating an ant, maybe? I’d love to know the species of spider as I haven’t seen one like this. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Sheryl Highsmith

Western Lynx Spider eats Ant

Dear Sheryl,
The spiny legs and shape of the body reminded us of a Green Lynx Spider, and we quickly identified this Western Lynx Spider,
Oxyopes scalaris, thanks to images on BugGuide

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Subject:  Winged insect, big, drowsy and erratic behavior.
Geographic location of the bug:  Algiers’ countryside, Algeria. (North Africa)
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 11:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello sir/madam bugman.
Tonight is a windy night and I left the window open yet the light was off. After I closed the window and turned the light on, I noticed something moving on the floor, and it was the insect of which I am joining pictures to this letter. Its movement were “goofy” and when I put it on a sheet of paper I noticed that its legs did not stick well to paper, I mean, it fell off as the angle or the slope of the sheet gets stiffer. And also,it tends to roll its abdomen a lot.
I mean no offense to you or to that creature, but I don’t like it. I swear though, I didn’t kill it, I released it to the outside.
Thanks in advance.
Take care.
I love you.
How you want your letter signed:  Ahmed B. Otsmane

Sausage Fly

Dear Ahmed,
Luckily, we have now identified male Driver Ants or Sausage Flies enough times that we only need to link to our own archives, but the first time we received an identification request for this very unusual insect, we were quite puzzled ourselves.  According to Alex Wild on his Diversity of Insects website:  “
Dorylus is an African and Asian genus of nomadic predatory ants. The surface-foraging species conduct spectacular raids and are often referred to as driver or safari ants.”  Because of your catch and release actions, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Dear Daniel,
I would like to thank you for your efforts. I really appreciate your reply. I love you even more now, guys.
Sincerely.
Thanks
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Subject:  Ant Queen Shedding Her Wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Missouri, USA
Date: 06/05/2019
Time: 08:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve seen plenty of queens but never found one in the process of leaving her wings behind! I thought you might like to see. sadly my video didn’t turn out well, but I got these pictures of her that aren’t too bad. (my camera isn’t made for macro, sorry!)
How you want your letter signed:  Michael

Carpenter Ant Queen

Dear Michael,
Thanks so much for sending your image of a female Carpenter Ant shedding her wings.

 

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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:  Big ant with provision for winter
Geographic location of the bug:  Tonasket WA
Date: 09/04/2018
Time: 10:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Amazing how much ants can carry. And I suspect this was light for it! Do ants paralyze their quarry, or would this one be dead?  I feel bad about the spider, but grateful the ants get to eat.
How you want your letter signed:  Cathy

Western Black Carpenter Ant with Spider

Dear Cathy,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are pretty certain your ant is a Western Black Carpenter Ant, and according to BugGuide: “Omnivorous – eat honeydew, sap, living and dead insects, etc. Do not eat wood, only nest in it, and usually only after fungi have softened it.”  That said, the curl to the Spider’s legs indicates it was probably dead before the Western Black Carpenter Ant discovered it.

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Subject:  To identify flying insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Portland, Oregon
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 06:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found dozens of these inside the house today. I think they got in when we opened doors, but we’re not sure. They are just under 1/2″ long, brown, and appear to have a 3 section body with wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Is this carpenter ant, or something else?

Carpenter Ant Alate

This does appear to be a reproductive Carpenter Ant alate, and the wing veinage looks like that of this individual on BugGuide, so we believe you are correct.  If you found them in your house, we believe they probably swarmed from inside rather than entering from the outside.

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