do you know what bug this is
Attaching a copy of a photo of a bug I’ve never seen before. Do you know what it is and whether it’s harmful to plants, etc.
Thank you,
Marilyn Bradley

Hi Marilyn,
This is a Painted Arachnis, Arachnis picta, and it is freshly metamorphosed. The wings will soon expand and harden for flight. This is a type of Tiger Moth and it does not feed as an adult. The caterpillars are Wooly Bears and feed on a large variety of weedy plants.

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Something else…
To add to your mating bugs photos. I took a trip down to the Dayton, Ohio area last summer during the emerging of Brood X Cicadas. They only come out every seventeen years, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to witness it. It was truly an awesome experience.
Elizabeth A. Fisher

Hi Elizabeth,
We are truly honored to post your mating Brood X Cicadas. The one time I saw them was 34 years ago in Ohio and it was spectacular. Thank you again.

What the heck is this?
Hi there – after some screaming kids got my attention this morning I captured this into a jar and found your site via Google. Centipede of some sort I suspect – we seem to have a number of these lately – maybe the cooler weather is pushing them inside? Live in Springfield, Missouri – as you can see this puppy is about 2 to 2 3/4 inches long. The photo shows scale tick marks with overlay I did in Photoshop. The picture was taken looking into a gerber baby food jar with macro mode on camera – kinda unique. If you place a bic pen between its tail – at least I think it’s the tail, it will snap the pincers shut and you can feel the clamping force it exerts. I’m not brave enough to try with my finger. So, what is it, besides a centipede and is it harmful at all? thank you – great site – we appreciate your efforts.
Steve Hargis
Springfield, MO

Hi Steve,
BugGuide just lists this as a tropical centipede in the Family Scolopendridae. Their example is from Georgia which is only slightly more tropical than Missouri. I grew up with similar ones in Ohio, but not as large. Centipedes do have poison, and it will cause discomfort. Sorry we can’t be more specific.

Correction: (01/20/2008) Two Centipedes
Regarding centipedes, that from Springfield MO is Theatops spinicaudus Wood, 1871 (order Scolopendromorpha: family Cryptopidae: subfamily Plutoniuminae).
Rowland Shelley
North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

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What kind of spider?
What kind of spider is this?

Hi John,
Nice photo of a Rabid Wolf Spider.

What’s this?
Would please tell me about this spider in the attached picture. I almost mowed it down with my tractor, but I’m glad I saw it first.
Thank you very much

Hi Barbara,
Nice photo of a Banded Argiope, one of the larger North American Orb Weavers.

Webby lawn?
Hi Bugman,
I just discovered your web site while doing a google search in an effort to find out what is decorating our Minnesota lawn overnight. What an amazing and informative site you have… it’s terrific! I did not, however, find an answer to my decorating question. I don’t have a photo of a bug, but rather the results of its handiwork. It’s apparently a spider (or rather, many thousands of spiders) doing this job. ALL of the large grassy area is covered by these webs. Do you have any idea what does this? The only guess I can come up with, considering that the webs are all pretty much parallel, is that they are webs that float in the air during the day and they drop when the breeze dies and the dew sets in. Then again, there really wasn’t much dew this morning when I took these photos…. just the webs sparkling in the sunlight. Or maybe it’s the silks left behind by a herd of caterpillars heading south for the winter???? Thanks for your help!
Candis Gengler

Hi Candis,
Once, long ago, we answered this question, and it is somewhere in the Spider archive which currently consists of five general pages and several other specialty pages. These are Grass Spider Webs. Grass Spiders are funnel web builders in the family Agelenidae. Often lawns are covered as your photo indicates, and the webs are most visible in the morning when they catch dew.