California colorful jumping spider
Hi, Can you help us identify “Volfie?” He was found jumping and web-spinning among some Chocolate Cosmos in Sonoma County, CA. Thanks.
Tracy and Matt

Hi Tracy and Matt,
Sorry about the delay. We don’t have an exact species name for you, but we suspect your Jumping Spider belongs to the genus Phidippus and that she is female.

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Need Identification Help on Spider
Dear Bugman,
I was wondering if you could help me identify this particular spider. I live in Northeast Texas, about 10 feet off of a river. I at first thought it was some sort of wolf spider but its coloring was not the brown I am used to seeing. The silver color really jumped out and caught my attention, especially against the brown background. I can’t imagine this sneaking up on anything! J Also, does his stance (4 front legs together and forward) imply anything or is he just resting? Thanks for your time and help.
Gina
P.S. The board he is hanging out on is a 2×4 underneath my porch.

Hi Gina,
You have a fishing spider from the genus Dolomedes. These large spiders are usually found near water and are capable of catching small fish. I’m guessing your species is Dolomedes albineus, commonly called the Whitish Dolomedes. “This is a large species,” according to Comstock, “closely allied to D. tenebrosus. The female is easily recognized by a yellowish longitudinal band edged with black on the ventral (ed. note: your view is dorsal) aspect of the abdomen. … This is a Southern species. Hentz states that it does not dwell habitually in caves and cellars, but is usually found on the trunks of trees, yet in dark, shady places.” The stance appears to be a resting position.

What is it
Sorry about not sending this last with this last email. Do you know what this is? It was on my car under a bunch of Chinese elm trees.
Suzanne Koglin

Hi Suzanne,
This is a photo of the larva of a green lacewing (family Chrysopidae, order Neuroptera). Also called “aphid lions.” They eat large quantities of aphids. Adults are sometimes called “Golden Eyes.”

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very large grasshoppers
Hi Guys,
Recently my girl and I visited Cancun. I was mentioning to her about the pretty little birds flying from the trees to the fifth floor of the hotel balcony. On the second day I realized they were some sort of grasshopper, all green, about 4" long with a red body under its wings only visible when they flew. What the heck are they?
Paul, Boston, MA

Hi Paul,
We are not really familiar with Mexican Grasshoppers, but we have a large American species, the Green Valley Grasshopper, Schistocerca shoshone, that is big and travels in devastating hordes, severely damaging grasslands. We do love your photo though.

Help
I’m having trouble identifying this bee? It was photographed in Cook county Illinois yesterday. I am a volunteer with the restoration of the Grassland Prairie in Orland Park called Orland Grassland. Thank you for any help you can give me.
Suzanne Koglin

Hi again Suzanne,
You cannot identify your bee because it is not a bee. Eric Eaton has corrected us on the Family here. He says it “is actually a bee fly of some sort (family Bombyliidae).” Bee Flies, are true flies and friends of the gardener. Most species have larva which parasitize beetle larvae, wasps, bees and other burrowing insects. Adults are often seen hovering near flowers which they pollinate. Many species mimic bees and wasps as a defense mechanism. Flies have two wings while bees and wasps have four.

I am an Urban Entomologist at Clemson University in South Carolina. I noticed the cockroach photo sent to you from Jennifer on 12/24/05. To me, the species in her house looks like a late instar, native wood cockroach, probably Parcoblatta lata. They are not found in grocery stores like German cockroaches. These non-pest species can be found in wooded areas and around the outside of homes. On occasion, one will wander indoors, but they do not establish indoor infestations. As you correctly pointed out, she has nothing to fear from this incidental intruder. They are actually pretty cool little woodland creatures, not nasty home dewelling pests.
Eric Benson