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Subject:  Spider/beetle/ant?
Geographic location of the bug:  Estrella, Arizona
Date: 03/20/2019
Time: 10:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These guys were everywhere off the side of the road in the washout area but now we can’t figure out what they were!
How you want your letter signed:  CJSM

Desert Harvestman

Dear CJSM,
Though it resembles a Spider, this Harvestman in the order Opiliones is a related, non-venomous Arachnid.  Thanks to the Sonoran Desert Naturalist site, we identified it as a Desert Harvestman in the genus
Eurybunus.  The site states:  “Desert Harvestmen, like most other harvestmen are probably scavengers that feed on dead insects. They are harmless and do not bite or possess venom. Probably the most astonding feature beyond the ultra-slender legs is the mid-body turret upon which the simple eyes are attached.”  According to BugGuide:  “Adults found in winter and Spring.”  

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Subject:  Spider brazil
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Brazil
Date: 03/09/2019
Time: 09:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  O Foundation this spider in a forest, near a creek. What species Is it? Is it venemous? Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Silvia

Harvestman

Dear Silvia,
Though it resembles a Spider, this Harvestman is an Arachnid in the order Opiliones whose members lack venom.  This Harvestman poses no threat to humans.

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Subject:  Unidentified insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Wales LL38 2PX
Date: 08/14/2018
Time: 04:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a huntsman? It was in my tissue box one morning .
How you want your letter signed:  L.morton

Harvestman: Dicranopalpus ramosus

Dear L.morton,
This is not a spider.  It is a Harvestman,
Dicranopalpus ramosus, in the order Opiliones, and it is an introduced species in the U.K.  According to NatureSpot:  “The species has spread across Europe from Morocco. As early as 1957, it was reported in Bournemouth in southern England, from where it spread. It reached Scotland in 2000.”  This might be a symptom of global warming.

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Subject:  Unknown Harvestmen
Geographic location of the bug:  South Mississippi
Date: 05/25/2018
Time: 02:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman,
I’m an environmental biology student from Mississippi who loves all things nature. As a hobby I collect salvaged insects that die of natural causes, because I hate the thought of killing anything. I was looking around in my garage when I discovered what I believe to be some sort of harvestmen entangled in a cobweb. At first glance I thought it may just be the cephalothorax of a spider, but upon closer inspection there are no broken off attachment points where an additional abdomen would have been located.  It was very decicated when I found it, so several legs fell off upon retrieving it. I’ve done my best to glue them back on in the correct position. It is a rusty orange color with a defined “Y”  behind its eyes in a cream color. It’s hindmost legs are attatched directly to the rear of its abdomen. It’s chelicerae also appear to  have an underdeveloped claw like appearance. It does not possess “fangs” as a spider would though. I’ve never seen anything like this and it would be a huge help if you could help me identify it!
How you want your letter signed:  Jaden Hendrix

Harvestman

Hi Jaden,
We believe we have identified this Harvestman as a member of the genus
Vonones thanks to these BugGuide images.

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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.
How you want your letter signed —
Appreciative Novice

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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