Subject:  Details on this scary spider!
Geographic location of the bug:  Sabino Canyon seasonal pool
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 01:36 AM EDT
I found this spider FISHING for chub in Sabino Canyon, in a seasonal pool. Date – October 30, 2017 at about 3:00 in the afternoon. Outside air temp was warm, about 88 degrees. At first I thought the spider was trapped on the water, but no, it was clearly able to move on top of and stay above the water. It would dip it’s mandibles in and tap-tap-tap the water, I suspect to draw the fish, and it did bring them close. Either that or it’s size, about half the size of my adult male hand, so it cast a shadow. Any details would be appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Rob Bremmer

Long Legged Fishing Spider

Dear Rob,
We have a very old posting in our archives of the Long Legged Fishing Spider,
Trechalea gertschi from the family Trechaleidae that was also sighted in Sabino Canyon, and we believe that is also the species to which your individual belongs.  Since the time the images were submitted to our site, there have been additional postings to BugGuide.  We are curious about your definition of a “seasonal pool” because we don’t know of any fish other than some Killifish that lay eggs in the mud of ponds that dry out, the eggs hatching with the next rainy season.

​Hi Daniel,
By seasonal, I mean that it is part of flowing and running water when wet season allows, and isolated shrinking warm pools as heat of summer evaporates the water. I heard from the rangers that they re-stocked the chub fish because they had died out, and now, apparently, they are able to make it through a full rainy / dry season.​
Thanks for the clarification Rob.
Have you ever seen a photo of a spider fishing like that? It’s a first for me and I’m thrilled to have caught it! Wish I could have lingered all day to see how it played out but the sun was past noon and we still had to hike out.
Rob Bremmer
Yes we have.  We sent you a link to a Long Legged Fishing Spider from our archives.  That predates any postings for the species on BugGuide.  Your submission is our second documentation of this interesting Long Legged Fishing Spider that resembles a Flattie more than it does a traditional Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes.


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Subject:  Plague?
Geographic location of the bug:  Tamaulipas, MEXICO
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 01:14 PM EDT
Hello, i called 3 diferent exterminators and any of them know what kind of bug are these, help me plase. They are in the walls and the roof of my house but they are infested parts of mdf wood in the furniture. The structure of my house isnt of wood is all cement block, concret and stoff nothing of wood and insulating filler.  The weather is tropical and hot with a lot of humidity.  I hope you response as soon as posible good bless you…
How you want your letter signed:  My english its poor sorry about that i dont use an online traductor. Thx…. Agustin


Dear Agustin,
These are Booklice, and according to BugGuide, they are found:  “under bark, in ant nests, in homes” and “worldwide and across NA; many spp. are now nearly cosmopolitan or otherwise widely spread through agency of man, mostly with stored products.”  According to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “Although it is a contributor to the allergens found in house dust and its feeding may do minor damage to book bindings and paper, the presence of the Book Louse is usually no more than an annoyance.”  According to DenGarden:  “Booklice are itsy, bitsy little bugs – about 1/16 ” long and they are not actually lice at all, so although they are harmless, they are still bugs. If you’ve got any dried out, or decaying plants, you might find these little critters enjoying a plant buffet, or they may even be lurking around your stored food. The head and abdomen appear large, and the midsection is more narrow. Huge, compound eyes protrude from the sides of the head. They also have thread-like antennae that sweep backward toward the abdomen. Not all booklice have wings, but some do (usually the booklice that stay outside), and when they do, there are four of them – two smaller front wings and two larger back wings. Most of the ones you will be hunting down should be wingless booklice.  Booklice really love paper, so you might find them on bookbindings, photographs, or even your wallpaper. You can look for them to thrive in a dark basement or storeroom, if you have one, and if you have a second home that you close up for part of the year, they have probably set up residence there as well. If you live in an older, loosely-constructed home, there are probably a lot more booklice living there than people. You may need to invest in a good magnifying glass to see them, but they are there.”

Subject:  Insect id
Geographic location of the bug: Myerstown Pa
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 03:42 PM EDT
Can you identify this insect for me?
How you want your letter signed:  John M

Ailanthus Webworm

Hi John,
This is an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

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Subject:  bee fly
Geographic location of the bug:  San Diego, California
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 03:56 PM EDT
Size of a medium bumblebee. There were a dozen working the flowers in the photo.
How you want your letter signed:  Gerald Friesen

Mexican Cactus Fly

Dear Gerald,
This is not a Bee Fly.  It is a Mexican Cactus Fly, a species of Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on rotting cactus.”

Mexican Cactus Fly

Subject:  Black insect with large abdomen
Geographic location of the bug:  Atlanta GA
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 03:59 PM EDT
I found this fella on my gravel drive in ATL today, which is a warm (75) day in November. I have never seen anything like it.
Its antennae are quite segmented and the abdomen huge. About one inch in total length. Can you tell me what it is? It was alive but slow.
How you want your letter signed:  A little country in the middle of the city

Oil Beetle

This Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe is commonly called a Oil Beetle.

Subject:  should I throw my luggage away?
Geographic location of the bug:  Chattanooga, TN
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 09:48 AM EDT
I found this in my dirty clothes, after I got back from a local overnight convention. I didn’t put any reference in the pictures for lengthy, but it’s about a centimeter long and maybe half that, wide.
How you want your letter signed:  Buggy, in ChattaBoogie

Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Buggy,
This appears to be a Pleasing Fungus Beetle, and we suspect it accidentally entered your suitcase.  It is harmless and will not infest your home, nor will it damage your house or its furnishings.  You do not need to throw your luggage away.

Thank you! Y’all do great work!! Thanks for setting my mind at ease. Happy Holidays!
Buggy in ChattaBoogie