What kind of bug is this?
What kind of bug is this? It was 2 inches in length.
Craig Vallelunga

Hi Craig,
What a puny specimen of a Dobsonfly you saw. Yours is a female recognizeable by her smaller mandibles. Check out our Dobsonfly page for some photos of behemoths.

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What’s this bug!
Hi I live in New Mexico, and while remodeling an old building my grandfather found two weird big bugs. He decided to hand them over to me, I’ve had them for over a year and I am still curious in finding out what they are. Here are some pictures, I hope you can help me out. To describe them more, they are about the size of standard size tweezers and are dark brown in color, they have claws much like a scorpion but a tail like a cocroach, long and slender. Please help me out.

Hi Nat,
Your critters are Giant Vinegarones, also known as Grampus, Mastigoproctus giganteus. They are Whip Scorpions in the Family Thelyphonidae. They are found in the South and Southwest and are rarely seen since they hide during the day. Despite their fearsome appearance, they are harmless.

What is this ?
Noticed this guy crawling outside my window. Could you tell me what it is? I live in Nova Scotia Canada.

Hi John and Tracey,
Your Stink Bug,Menecles insertus, photos are perhaps the most intriguingly beautiful ones we have seen. They are truly works of art.

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large spider
We live in rural Nova Scotia, near the middle of the Annapolis Valley. We are used to seeing spiders but this one seemed out of place. Any ideas? The picture was taken earlier this week.

Hi Ted,
The startlingly large spiders in the genus Dolomedes are commonly called Fishing Spiders or Nursery Web Spiders. The former name comes from the fact that they can dive below the water and capture small fish. The latter name comes from the maternal habits of the mother who is one of the most protective of all species of spiders.

I have attached two pictures. The slightly out of focus one shows a large number of these bugs, mostly juvenile (I assume) and at least one of the larger ones (adult of the same species?) and the other photo shows just a few, but is sharper. These, as you can see, have been all over my tomatoes, and are also on my peppers and eggplants. Are they good bugs or bad? I am assuming bad, and have tried to kill them, but so far insecticidal soap and pyrethrum dust have both failed to do much damage. Any suggestions?
Thanks, Mary
Mary Elizabeth Word

Hi Mary,
It is difficult to be certain based on your photos, but I’m guessing you have a type of Coreid Bug, known as Big Legged Bugs or Leaf Footed Bugs. These include many plant pests including the Squash Bug, Anasa tristis. Be careful, they can bite.

Spider ID
Hi, This is a spider that my boyfriend found in our garage. We live in Cave Creek, Arizona. The body was about a centimeter long. We thought it was unusual. Can you identify it?

Hi Patti,
Your spider is not really a spider, but a Solpugid, sometimes called Sun Spiders or Wind Scorpions, though they are neither spiders nor scorpions. They are vicious hunters, but are harmless to people since they do not have venom.