Unusual backyard find
My daughters brought me what looks to be some sort of larvae from the backyard today. They wanted to know what it was and after a good amount of searching online I am stumped. I will enclose a picture of the thing. It is a little over 3/4″ long, cylinder type body narrowing at both ends, has 3 “rings” that look to be joints towards one end of the body. There are no visible legs, eyes, or antannae. It has a brown hard body. When touched the thing will rotate the tip nearer the rings in a circle, bending at the rings. Please help satisfy my daughter’s couriosity (and mine, too).
Thanks. Dan

Hi Dan,
You have dug up a moth pupa. I can’t tell you the species, but many moths bury themselves in the ground and form a naked pupa like the one you found.

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Frisky Jumper
I found this hyper spider in my apt. which is next to a creek in dallas, tx. The spider got defensive of the camera light, it waved the two front legs up high then lunged at me.

It is difficult to give you a species name based on your photo, but the behavior you describe is consistent with Jumping Spiders, Family Salticidae. They do not built webs, have good eyesight, stalk and leap on prey, move briskly, and are harmless. They are usually small spiders. Waving the front legs up in the air is a common mating position as well. Were you enticing that spider?

Thanks bunches for checking out my picture, i’ve been trying to capture more images of various spiders that wonder in but they’re all so hyper i can’t get a clear shot. By the way, that was so freaking funny finding out that it was a mating position, i guess the blood red hair does it since many creatures react to me in such a way.

Box Elder Bugs
How did BE bugs also become called Democrat Bugs?
Steve Paige
Topeka, KS

Sadly, Steve, we don’t know the true origin of the common name Democrat Bug. We can only surmise that it has something to do with the aggregations which to some people look like the Democratic National Convention.

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We have a 7th grade science project due Monday (05-09-05). We have this insect we would like to use in the project, but don’t have any idea what it is. Can you identify it?

Hi Ben,
This is one of the Click Beetles known as the Eyed Elator or Big Eyed Click Beetle, Alaus oculatus. Adults eat little and larva attack roots and small creatures in the soil. Click Beetles are so called because if they are turned on their backs, they quickly flex their body making a clicking sound and flipping in the air to right themselves.

Thank you so much for your help. Gotta finish that bug project. Love your website!

What is this?
We are currently living in Germany and I have found 3 of these bugs in my house this spring. The first one was on the bathroom floor and was all dried up and dead when I found it like it had fallen out of a crack. The other two were alive and crawling around, one upstairs and one down, in hallways when I found them. I have not seen any for a month, but worry if it is some sort of harmful bug. We do have a dog and small children.
Margie Lucas

Hi Margie,
Stink Bugs or Shield Bugs from the Family Pentatomidae are harmless to humans and pets, but they do emit a disagreeable odor. They also seek shelter inside homes to hibernate over winter, which is probably why you have recently found them.

Yucky Ugly Spider !!!! Can We Be Friends???
I found this creepy guy under my kitchen sink! He completely freaked me out and yet I can’t bring myself to kill him (what if he just wants to be friends?). He seems a little aggressive but maybe he’s just bold. Anyway, I have him in a container now but would like to let him go outside. I just want to make sure he’s not dangerous. If he comes back, I need to know what to do.
BTW, I live in East Texas.
PS: My 7 year old is completely obsessed with spiders and wants to make a career out of it, so I’d really rather not kill his buddy.

Hi Karen,
You have a Wolf Spider. They have excellent eyesight and hunt prey rather than building a web. They might bite, but are not dangerous.

Wow! That was a fast response!!! Thanks a lot. We let him go in the backyard but for some reason, even though he took off really fast, he just decided to hang out on the fallen tree I put him on. So later that night my husband moved him to a nearby field. My son is feeling pretty smug right now because he was right. He had a great time pointing out all of Mr. Creepy’s lovely features and gave me a great speech about the greatness of spiders. Thanks again.