Whats My Bug?
I hope these photos will suffice – afraid I cant seem to get a closer one. These little guys show up every time we put the sprinkler on or when it rains.They are in our house – as well as being all over outside. These little guys look grey, but have a very pretty gold to them in the sunlight. They are about 1/2 inch long. They are soft bodied and don’t seem to have a “shell”. They like to jump – about 2-3 inches – when you disturb them. They seem to like darkness and move a lot during the night. The top right photo is a scan of the underside of the bug. The rest are digital pictures taken with a webcam. I live in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada, and I appreciate any insight you might have as to identifying and controlling (read: keeping out of basement!) these little guys. Thanks alot!

Hi Christina,
You have Jumping Bristletails, Family Machilidae, relatives of Silverfish. They usually live under stones and leaf rubble.

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Thanks for helping me identify this polka dot moth on your web page
Attached is my photo for your use if you want. I think it shows it nicely.
Thanks for your site.
Dave Simon

Hi Dave,
We are so happy we could be helpful. In these days of digital capture, it is awesome how many observant people are rewarded with great photos of their observations. Your Polka-Dot Wasp Moth, Syntomeida epilais jucundissima, will be proudly featured on our site.

What’s this bug?
I have never seen anything like this bug. It literally looks like a piece of wood. Being that I’m in Florida, I don’t know if it flew away, hopped away or got eaten by something even bigger. By the way, does it bite? Does it eat wood? Yes, I still have a door! Or, is it just hanging around waiting for it’s next meal?

Your “It” is acutally “Them”. You have a pair of Two-lined Walkingsticks, Anisomorpha buprestoides, also known as Musk-Mares or Devil Riders because of their habit of remaining in coitus for extremely long periods of time, as witnessed in your photograph. Beware!! They do not bite but they can spray a noxious substance from their necks that is painful if it gets in your eye. We are toying with the idea of adding a “Sex” or “Love among the Bugs” page to our site and we will definitely use your image when that day arrives.

So my “it” was a “them” doing “it!” Too funny! Not only was your website helpful; but, very educational as well. Thank you so much for your help.

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Moth or What?
Saw this today in Co Kildare, Ireland. Found your site while trying to identify. Can you save me the bother of further searches? Nearest description I can find is for a Hook-tip Moth.
Best Regards
Ray Stewart

Hi Ray,
Though we did not recognize your species, we quickly located the Elephant Hawk-moth, Deilephila elpenor, with a google search. Your moth is quite beautiful. Here is a site with more photos.

new centipede picture
Hey there,
I’m sure you have enough, but this is a pretty good picture of what I believe is a multi-colored centipede. Identification based on other pictures on your website. Found originally in a door frame, but later in the garbage disposal. Hope you can use the picture.

Hi Zac,
Please, please tell me the poor centipede crawled out of the garbage disposal and went its merry way.

He is being temporarily held for observation, but should be released later today. Those guys are quick. He came flying out well before any damage occurred.

crazy bug Hello!
I found your website and wondered if you can help me identify this bug… i can’t tell if it’s a moth, or what, but i think it’s nocturnal anyway. it has crazy clawed feet and a curled tail… it is less than two inches wide and less than one inch long. it looks like it could be dangerous, but i can’t tell! i have never seen anything like it, and couldn’t find it any of the books i have.
Charlottesville, VA

Hi Leslie,
We have gotten photos of the distinctive caterpillar of the Spotted Apatelodes Moth (Apatelodes torrefacta) in the past, but yours is the first photo of the adult (other than one we nabbed from the internet to accompany the caterpillar photo on our caterpillar page). This moth ranges from Canada to the Southern state and west to the Mississippi River. It is relatively common in the Appalacian region.