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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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Subject: Unknown species of harvestman
Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
February 4, 2017 7:17 am
Hi Bugman,
I found this harvestman under a rotting log while I was hiking. I’ve browsed your website and I believe its the same species as the one in
https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2016/11/11/unidentified-harvestman-malaysia/
I hope you can try to identify what species it is. Thank you!
Signature: Mitch

Harvestman

Dear Mitch,
We agree your individual looks very similar to the Harvestman in our archives from Malaysia.  We will see if we can find a species or genus identification for you.

Harvestman

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Subject: Unknown Species of Harvestman
Location: Penang, Malaysia
November 11, 2016 10:05 pm
Hey Bugman,
I flipped a rock and found this harvestman but I can’t seem to find any pictures that exactly match this species. Can you identify it?
Thanks!
Signature: Jon

Unknown Harvestman

Unknown Harvestman

Dear Jon,
Though we successfully identified your previously submitted Harvestman, we could not find any matching images of this individual on Classification of Opiliones or elsewhere on the internet in our initial searches.

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Subject: Spider found near Jungle
Location: Penang, Malaysia
November 6, 2016 8:13 pm
Hey Bugman,
Can you identify this spider I found in Penang, Malaysia? I’ve been trying to ID it online, but I can’t seem to find anything that closely resembles it. Thanks for the help.
Signature: Jon

Harvestman: Sandokan sp

Harvestman: Sandokan sp.

Dear Jon,
This is not a spider, but a different type of Arachnid in the order Opiliones, and the members of the order are known as Harvestmen.  We found your individual identified as Sandokan sp. on the Classification of Opiliones site, but you have to scroll down to see the image.  The same image is posted to FlickR.  Here is another FlickR image.

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