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Subject:  Dalquestia formosa
Geographic location of the bug:  Johnson City, Texas
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 08:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Sharing a photo of a Dalquestia formosa harvestman for your photo library as a reference photo to help others with identification.
How you want your letter signed:  Regards, Mike


Dear Mike,
Thanks for thinking of our readership and our researchable archives by submitting your image of the Harvestman,
Dalquestia formosa, a species we originally identified on BugGuide.

Subject:  Unknown Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Texas Hill Country
Date: 05/04/2019
Time: 08:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I was outside when I saw a cool looking insect, so I took a few pictures of it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on any website, and was hoping you could help. It had an armored body, like a pill bug, and had a white dot on the end of its abdomen. It’s legs had white, orange and black stripes on it. It was about the size of a nickel. Below are some pictures of said insect.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you


This distinctively colorful creature is not an insect.  It is a Harvestman in the order Opiliones, a group sometimes called Daddy-Long-Legs.  They are frequently confused with Spiders, but unlike Spiders, they do not have venom.  We quickly located your colorful Harvestman on BugGuide where it is identified as Dalquestia formosa.  The habitat, according to BugGuide, is “Rocky woodlands – e.g., rocky juniper woodlands in TX.”  This represents a new species for our site and we are very excited to post it.


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.”  

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


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.

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.

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


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