Subject: What’s this interesting looking bug?
Location: Alpharetta, GA
April 2, 2017 6:11 am
I have never seen one of these and I cannot find a picture of one.
This one was sunning on my garage pillar in early spring north of Atlanta. My backyard has a 20 foot wooded buffer around a small stream. This bug was in my front yard -a typical suburban landscaped area.
Signature: Lynn

Whitecrossed Seed Bug

Dear Lynn,
The aptly named Whitecrossed Seed Bug,
Neacoryphus bicrucis, is also called the Ragwort Seed Bug, according to BugGuide, where the habitat is listed as “Fields, meadows; adults come to light.”

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Subject: Sigmoria Trimaculata
Location: Briceville, tn
April 1, 2017 10:03 pm
My husband found this little fellow along a creek bank in Briceville, TN this evening (04/01/2017). Approximately 3″ in length. Am I correct in identifying it as Sigmoria Trimaculata?
Signature: John and April

Flat Backed Millipede

Dear John and April,
Alas, we have not the necessary skills to identify this Flat Backed Millipede to the species level.  It certainly might be
Sigmoria trimaculata (please note the first letter of the second word of the species name is lower case), based on this BugGuide image, but it also looks quite similar to this BugGuide image of the Appalachian Mimic Millipedes in the genus Brachoria.  According to BugGuide, the family Xystodesmidae contains many similar looking species.  You might be correct, but we cannot confirm that for certain.

Subject: Please help identify this bug
Location: Northern Virginia
April 1, 2017 7:57 am
We found this in our bed and although I think it is a spider, I just want to make sure it’s nothing that we should be concerned about. Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.
Signature: Brenna

Jumping Spider

Dear Brenna,
This is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Jumping Spiders do not build webs to snare prey.  They use their excellent vision to stalk prey, often pouncing from a great distance.  You have nothing to fear.

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Subject: Fishing spider?
Location: Southeast texas
April 1, 2017 8:01 am
I have a backyard pool that we don’t clean or put chemicals in during the winter, so by the time spring comes the pool is full of life. After a storm came a trash bag flew into the pool and when I pulled it out it had this guy on it. From his (or her?) distinctive spots I assume it’s a 6 spotted fishing spider, but I’m not sure. The spider would have had its legs hanging a few mm off of a quarter if he had been standing on one. Around the edge of the pool I have been finding dried out dead spiders stuck on the side with a little bit of webbing. Could those be what this guy leaves behind? How big can these spiders get? Thanks!
Signature: Vikky

Six Spotted Fishing Spider

Dear Vikky,
We agree that this is a Six Spotted Fishing Spider,
Dolomedes triton, a species that is generally found near a body of water, and it sounds like your dormant swimming pool has been a perfect environment for her.  Since it sounds like you are getting ready to clean the pool, we hope you are able to relocate this beauty so that she can live out her life and produce progeny.  The “dried out dead spiders” you describe might have been prey, or they might have been cast off exoskeletons left behind when this individual molted.  Since it is the first of the month, we will be selecting your submission as the Bug of the Month for April 2017.

Subject: Please identify
Location: Reno NV
March 31, 2017 3:05 pm
I moved into a new house in Reno, NV. There’s lots of trees and ground cover. This insect is all over my yard, especially in the ground cover. We saw them a lot in August last year too. Right now they are a little annoying, but I want to know if I need to protect my plants, kids, etc. I’m pretty sure they are a beetle, 2 sets of wings, mainly black, some orange/red marks on the back, red body under the wing, and when they breed they connect with their tail ends and walk around.
Signature: Stephanie

Western Boxelder Bug

Dear Stephanie,
This is a Western Boxelder Bug, and while they can be a nuisance if they are plentiful, they pose no threat to you, your pets, your home or your plants.

Subject: moth? ant?
Location: Tucson, Arizona
March 31, 2017 8:55 pm
I don’t really know what to say here. I’ve never seen an insect like this. It’s completely black, and about the size of a nickel.
At first glance, I thought it was a moth, but it has aggressive looking wings that I relate more closely to a wasp or an ant.
I’m sorry the picture isn’t great. I’m actually pretty terrified of bugs.
Signature: phobic, yet fascinated

Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer

Dear Phobic, yet fascinated,
Do you have any grape vines nearby?  This appears to be a Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer,
Harrisina metallica, and you can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are a severe pest in some California vineyards.”  The Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer is a moth, but it probably derives some protection against predators because of its resemblance to stinging wasps.