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Subject:  Bug found walking under leaf litter
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina midlands
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 02:57 PM EDT
I found this creature in late summer when clearing a thick layer of leaf litter off the ground. It was walking oddly (it’s back legs almost bent backwards over its other legs?) and the color caught my eye. I scooped it into a glass jar and took some pics but I can’t figure out what it is no matter how much time I spend googling. It was fascinating to watch and I’d love to know what to call this little dude.
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Harvestman

Dear Appreciative Novice,
This is a Harvestman in the Arachnid Order Opiliones.  Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident it is in the genus
Vonones, but we are uncertain of the species.  Harvestmen are sometimes called Daddy-Long-Legs, and though they resemble Spiders, unlike Spiders they do not have venom, so they are harmless.

Harvestman

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Subject:  Summer Spiders from the Italian Mountains
Location:  Dolomites Mountains, Italy
August 24, 2017 1:06 PM
Dear bugman,
I just came back from a trip to the Dolomites mountains in northern Italy. I had many encounters with spiders. I took a picture of some of them, hoping that you could help me identifying them.
Can you?
Thanks!
Saverio
PS: I have better quality files if needed.

Harvestman

Dear Saverio,
Though they resemble Spiders, most of your images are actually Harvestmen or Daddy-Long-Legs in the order Opiliones.  Unlike Spiders, they do not have venom.  It appears you have three different species represented.

Harvestman

Harvestman

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Subject: Light Gray beetle?
Location: Denver, Pennsylvania
July 27, 2017 5:22 am
Hi,
Last weekend my family and I were camping in Denver PA and my daughter came across this beetle type insect. He was eating a daddy long leg. Any idea what he is?
Thanks!
Signature: Curious in PA

Wheel Bug Nymph eats Harvestman

Dear Curious in PA,
This predator is not a beetle.  It is an immature Assassin Bug known as a Wheel Bug.  The prey is a member of the order Opiliones, commonly called a Harvestman or as you have indicated, a Daddy-Long-Legs.

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Subject: Desert Spider near Borrego Springs
Location: Anza-Borrego desert
April 23, 2017 6:02 am
Season: spring
Habitat: sandstone rock with eroded wind crevices (I noticed one of the spiders retreat into a small wind eroded den in the sandstone just large enough for it to comfortably fit (how convenient for it to escape my camera and curiosity)
Abundance: there were several of these climbing around the area I had camped at outdoors the night before. I may have though twice about sleeping without a tent had I know but none of them bit me so it all turned out fine.
Location: Anza-Borrego desert, Southern California, east of San Diego
Coloration: designed to blend in with the course sand in the area
Signature: Chris Hunkeler

Desert Harvestman

Dear Chris,
This is not a spider.  It is a non-venomous Arachnid known as a Harvestman, and we believe it is a Desert Harvestman in the genus
Eurybunus.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults found in winter and Spring.”

April 29, 2017
Wow, this is amazing. I had not heard anything for a day or two and when I started trying to investigate myself I became completely overwhelmed with trying to identify the arachnid. I couldn’t really see how many eyes it have for my photo much less would I have been able to see it’s genitalia or look it up in some book and I rather quickly became discouraged so thank you so much for your identification. I was very curious and I will check out other images of what you’re saying it is before I go ahead and update the description on my Flickr page. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I really appreciate it.

 

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Subject: Assassin Bug or Spider?
Location: Palm Desert, CA
April 7, 2017 10:02 pm
Hi Bugman,
This morning I encountered scores of what I thought were spiders were all over the shear rock slope, off a hiking trail in Palm Desert.
The body was about an inch long, the legs were striped and really long. The front legs seemed to be about 4″ or more long and extended way out in front. They were really well camouflaged on the rocks. I was taking photos of one with my phone and soon realized they were everywhere in a 100′ length on the upslope side of the trail. Two seemed to crawl into a small crevice when a 2″ black beetle started climbing up the rock about a foot away. The 2 bugs disappeared into the rock and the beetle never made up the steep rock wall.
All of the mystery bugs were about the same size. Maybe it’s mating season?
It was overcast around 9 AM. and this would’ve been the shady side of the hill. The trail has about 45° grade. I’ve not seen these bugs before. I included wide shot of the rock wall. There is at least 1 in the wide shot.
Reading about assassin bugs makes be glad I didn’t get to close…
Signature: Hiking the Desert

Desert Harvestman

Dear Hiking in the Desert,
These are not Assassin Bugs, nor are they Spiders.  They are Harvestmen in the order Opiliones, and they do bear a resemblance to Spiders because like Spiders, they are members of the Arachnid class.  Unlike Spiders, they are not venomous, hence they pose no danger to humans.  Finding them on the shady side of the trail makes sense.  According to BugGuide:  “In some cases, in dry climates, they gather in large numbers during the day, probably to avoid dessication, and wander about in search of food after the sun goes down.”

Desert Harvestman

Update courtesy of Diane
Diane who submitted the images just sent us a BugGuide link to the Desert Harvestman, genus Eurybunus, which sure looks like her individuals.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults found in winter and Spring.”

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Subject: Photographs of
Location: Ancud, Isla de Chiloé, Los Lagos, Chile
February 4, 2017 12:04 pm
Hi there! I just wanted to know if I could share some of my photography of some beautiful insects which I have been lucky enough to capture. Anyhow, I am sending a few shots because there is the option to do so. Thanks and regards!
Signature: Misterknapp

Harvestman

Dear Misterknapp,
We are going to deal with your identification request one image at a time.  The creature that looks like a Spider is a Harvestman in the order Opiliones, not too dissimilar looking than this other Harvestman from Chile in our archives.  We located an image of a
Sadocus species from Chile on the Classification of Opiliones site, and that image is also posted to FlickR.

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