Subject: What is this
Location: Virginia
June 9, 2016 1:19 pm
I have killed 3 of these so far
Signature: Betty

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Betty,
This is a Wheel Bug nymph, a beneficial predator.  When they hatch in the spring, Wheel Bug nymphs often arouse attention as they look somewhat like spiders as they cluster around their distinctive grouping of eggs.  They soon set out as solitary hunters, taking small prey like Aphids, a scourge to any home gardener.  It actually appears that the individual in your image is feeding off a small insect, possibly an Aphid.  Mature Wheel Bugs have a distinctive “cog” along the upper surface of the thorax that makes them very distinctive looking.  Mature Wheel Bugs are able to take much larger prey, and they help eliminate many unwanted insects in the garden.  Wheel Bugs are also quite large and they are probably the largest members of the Assassin Bug family in North America.  All Assassin Bugs might bite if carelessly handled, but we almost never receive reports from folks who have been bitten by a Wheel Bug.  If it occurs, a bite may cause temporary local sensitivity and swelling, but it will have no lasting effect.  We hope we have convinced you to refrain from future Unnecessary Carnage of Wheel Bugs.

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Subject: Colorful bug
Location: 48118
June 9, 2016 2:47 pm
I saw this crawling at the base of a rose bush on June 9 2016 near Chelsea MI.
It’s very colorful but what is it?
Signature: Curious G

Eyed Tiger Moth

Eyed Tiger Moth

Dear Curious G,
This is a newly metamorphosed Giant Leopard Moth or Eyed Tiger Moth,
Hypercompe scribonia.  Once its wings expand, they will cover the colorful abdomen and the Giant Leopard Moth will be able to fly to seek out a mate.  Adult Giant Leopard Moths do not eat, surviving off the fat they stored as Woolly Bear Caterpillars.

Subject: Is this a ladybird spider?
Location: Mytilene, Greece
June 9, 2016 2:45 pm
Hello I am in Mytilene, Greece, where I found this beautiful spider and tried to take a picture but was too fast for a good shot. I would like to learn if it is poisonous
Goog job
Signature: Eri

Ladybird Spider

Ladybird Spider

Dear Eri,
This is indeed a male Ladybird Spider and they are not considered dangerous to humans.

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Subject: Stick Insect
Location: Cumberland Plateau, southeast Tennessee
June 9, 2016 9:07 am
We frequently see “Stick Bugs” around our house, though more typically in the fall. They usually are 4-6 inches long and are brown. I understand that they must be small when newly hatched, but have never spotted one this small. I though you might be interested.
Thanks for the constant flow of fascinating bug information!
Signature: Bob Kieffer

Immature Walkingstick

Immature Walkingstick

Dear Bob,
Thanks so much for providing our site with your image of an immature Walkingstick, and we commend your foresight in using the ruler for scale.

Subject: Weird bug
Location: Florida
June 8, 2016 8:52 pm
What kind??
Signature: Curious bug hater

Cottonwood Borer

Cottonwood Borer

Dear Curious bug hater,
Almost all of our reports of Cottonwood Borers are from Texas and Oklahoma, so your Florida sighting is unusual, though BugGuide reports the species from both Florida and California and as far north as Michigan.

Subject: moth id please
Location: Baltimore, MD
June 9, 2016 4:47 am
I saw this on my way into the building this morning. Wondering if you can help me ID it.
Signature: Scott Powell

Cecropia Moth

Cecropia Moth

Dear Scott,
This beautiful creature is a Cecropia Moth.