Subject: Found in grapes
Location: Southeast Michigan
June 1, 2017 7:28 pm
My wife was bitten in the finger as she was packing some grapes in a bag. We live in southeast michigan but not sure where the grapes come from
Signature: Bill Lowry

Brown Widow Spider

Dear Bill,
This sure looks like an immature Brown Widow Spider,
Latrodectus geometricus, to us, but viewing through the plastic bag is somewhat distorting.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  The Brown Widow is a recently introduced species According to BugGuide:  “World wide in the tropical zone. It was introduced in Florida and has since been observed moving north through Georgia, and into South Carolina; it has also been officially recorded in California, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.”  If the grapes were imported from California, it is entirely possible that a Brown Widow was imported with them.  BugGuide also notes:  “Widow Bites:  NOTE: It is recognized that this particular species of widow is most likely not medically significant (not an immediate medical concern to those who are bitten).  The brown widow produces clinical effects similar to that of the black widow but the typical symptoms and signs being milder and tending to be restricted to the bite site and surrounding tissues.   Brown widow spiders usually curl up into a ball, and drop to the ground as a primary defense. It is highly recommended that people leave this spider alone; observe, but don’t touch.  The brown widow is an extremely timid spider which has rarely been reported to bite.”

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Subject: Mud Dauber Exhibitionists
Location: North Las Vegas NV
June 1, 2017 1:46 pm
It’s the beginning of Summer here in Las Vegas NV and as I was going back into the shop I spotted a small orgy.
Not sure what that top male thinks he’s doing, but I’m sure everyone is having a good time!
Signature: Unintentional Voyeur

Black and Yellow Mud Daubers Mating

Dear Unintentional Voyeur,
Apparently, multiple male Black and Yellow Mud Daubers competing for the same female is not unusual behavior as this image from our archives illustrates.

Subject: Tiger Beetle But Not?
Location: Norther Illinois
June 2, 2017 7:07 am
A little help if you please! My family enjoys looking up in wildlife guides, the bugs we find outside (and inside) our suburban home in Illinois. The closest thing we come up with for these two is the “spotted tiger beetle.” But these little guys are not spotted as the description/images/name would have us believe. Are they an undeveloped youngster version of this beetle perhaps? Or are we barking up the wrong bug? We’ve been able to identify all the other local insects thus far but are very unsure on this one. Thank you for taking the time to look! It’s kinda buggin’ me.
Signature: Benjy

Green Immigrant Leaf Weevils

Dear Benjy,
Tiger Beetles are fast moving predators, and they are nowhere near as docile as these invasive Green Immigrant Leaf Weevils.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Europe (widespread there), adventive in NA, established in the northeast (NS-*SK to *PA-IL) + *UT & BC” and they feed on “primarily Yellow Birch (
Betula alleghaniensis).”

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Subject: Fish fly?
Location: Minnesota
May 30, 2017 9:49 pm
I’ve found 3 of these in the last 3 days in my home and am wondering what they are. They’re roughly 2.5″ black and gray with multiple sets of wings. They’re quite loud when they fly and quick on their feet. I do live next to a river and have seen them outside but this is the first time I’ve seen them in my home.
Signature: DJ


Dear DJ,
This is not a Fishfly.  It looks more to us like a Stonefly, another insect with an aquatic nymph that is found near water.

Subject: lady beetle?
Location: Southcentral Alaska
June 1, 2017 12:01 am
I looked through your lady beetle archives until I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep tonight, trying to identify this beetle in Southcentral Alaska. Same size as the famous ladybugs we all know, but an entirely different pattern.
Signature: Jeanne

Leaf Beetle

Dear Jeanne,
This is not a Lady Beetle.  It is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  We do not receive many identification requests from Alaska, and we always enjoy trying to identify insects from the far north.  We identified your Leaf Beetle as
Chrysomela falsa thanks to this BugGuide image, but alas, other than providing data that there are sightings in Alaska and the Northwest Territories, BugGuide does not provide any information.  Of the subgenus, BugGuide does note:  “hosts: willows, poplars (Salicaceae), alder (Betulaceae).”  We hope we have restored your ability to sleep.

Leaf Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Subject: Flying fuzzy beetle
Location: KT1 4DQ
June 1, 2017 5:15 am
Dear Bugman,
Last night at dusk we spotted 2 of these flying fuzzy beetles approx. 2 inches long flying around our small back garden. At one point they landed and seemed interested in the underside of a pot of thyme herbs. This morning we found one photo attached) on the table outside. Keen to know what they are as we have never seen them before. Many thanks, A
Signature: A

Stag Beetle

Dear A,
This is a male Stag Beetle.  Where is KT1 4DQ?

Dear Bugman,
Thank you! He was back again this evening.
KT1 4DQ is Hampton Wick, UK (down the road from Hampton Court Palace).