This spider is in my friends house and I cannot find anything or any pictures that can tell us what kind it is and/or anything about it. Can anyone help me identify this and if it is harmful?

You have a female Micrathena sagittata or Arrow-Shaped Micrathena. It has a signature body shape and is not easily confused with other spiders. The species is common in the south and also reported in Massachusetts and Connecticut. It makes a web that is a small symetrical orb in low bushes. The spider is not harmful.

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July in Alabama
Can you tell me what type of spider this beauty is? The web was so interesting. The spider is about an inch or a little less in size. It’s web was close to the gound in some ivy.
Thanks,
Anne

Hi Anne,
You have sent in a photo of Miranda aurantia, the Yellow Garden Spider. The web is unique. They are orb web builders who place a stabilimentum in the center. It is believed to act as a camoflague for the spider. Your spider has made the lace-like stabilimentum. The spider is widely distributed in the United States and other parts of the world.

swarming bugs
We live in NH. Every summer evening before sunset these bugs appear in
swarms of thousands, usually in a tight, stationary "tower" maybe 2 feet across and up to 8 feet tall. They don’t bite and can’t be chased away. If they set up a "tower" over a table, and the table is moved, they will move with the table. They never, ever sit still or land so photos are difficult, but I managed to get the attached which might help. If they’re going to share our back yard with us, we’d like to know what to call them.
Thanks,
John C

Hi John,
It sounds like you have Water Midges from the Family Chironomidae. The larvae develop in shallow areas of lakes, ponds and streams where there is a heavy growth of aquatic plants. Adults emerge in such numbers as to be a nuisance, but fortunately, they do not bite. According to Hogue: “Small clouds of males are frequently seen hovering in the air over or near water. At times, they form larger clouds that look like smoke over trees or tall structures; these aggregations are attractive to females and are the chief mating strategy of many species. Tremendous numbers may also gather around lights on warm summer evenings.”

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Two moths
Hello,
I am a college student at York College of PA in central Pennsylvania, not far from the Maryland border. I am currently working at the college for the summer, and yesterday I saw something very strange when I was outside on my lunch break. Two moths like none I’ve ever seen before were just sitting around on the concrete right near each other, but they were two very different-looking species. They were about the same size (two inches across), but one was white with black spots and the other was army green with orange on the insides of his wings. I was worried about them, so I tried to move them into the grass for safety’s sake. The white and black moth went into the grass willingly, but the green one flew around and I didn’t try to catch it. Today I ate my lunch in the same spot, and although the white and black moth was gone, the green one was still around- all day. Today after work, I gently packaged him up and brought him home so I could take some pictures, which I have sent to you.
I am worried about the green moth. He’s been very lethargic, even when I was handling him, and he is currently downstairs on my porch in the same spot I placed him when I brought him home. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the other moth. He looked very similar to the Eyed Tiger Moth on your site… I’m about 75% sure that’s what he was. However, isn’t it strange to see one in central Pennsylvania? Anyway, this brings me to my two big questions. First, can you tell me what type of moth is in the pictures I have sent you? I can’t seem to figure it out and I’ve looked everywhere. Second, and more importantly, do you have any idea what these two little guys would be doing hanging out TOGETHER on pavement in the middle of the day in central PA? It just seemed so strange and unnatural to see them in this way. Is it common to see something like this, or could they have been, like, specimens that escaped from somewhere?
Eliza

Hi Eliza,
Your letter is so sweet. First question is your olive drab moth. It is an Azalea Sphinx, Darapsa pholus, and is quite common in Pennsylvania. The caterpillar feeds on viburnum and azalea. Regarding the other moth. It sounds like some type of Tiger Moth. The Eyed Tiger Moth, Ecpantheria deflorata, is rare in New England, but ranges south from there. It is common in the Carolinas. Pennsylvania is part of their normal range. The two moths may have been attracted to a nearby light and just found themselves on the sidewalk at dawn. Moths are not long lived, and your Azalea Sphinx may have just been nearing the end of a long, for an insect, life.

Thank you so much! Good news about greenie though- he was flying around last night and I hope to see him gone this morning.
Eliza

I’ve been watching an insect in my sun garden for two days now. It looks a bit like a lady beetle or lady beetle larva, but the head seems different – just small and black – no big platey head with white patches – and it has very long antennae. Also, it is yellow. It has eleven black spots – a row of three near the head, the middle spot being in a “v” shape, and then two rows of four. Can you please tell me what it is? Sorry that I don’t have a camera good enough at closeups to photograph it for you (if you can recommend a good digital camera for photographing insects and flowers, please let me know – I am thinking of requesting that from hubby for Christmas…).
Thanks, and I love your site!!
Julia

Hi Julia,
It sounds like a Spotted Cucumber Beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi. Here is a photo I downloaded from this site which has lots of information on this garden pest.

That’s it! That’s it! Thanks! Julia