Southern Ontario Spider ID
Ran into this tough looking guy in my Garage this morning. Been trying to track it down, but have been unable to as of yet. Just a little larger than a dime as you can see by the photo. Any ideas on what kind of spider it is?

Hi Chris,
Yours is the second photo of a Cross Spider, Araneus diadematus, that we received today.

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strange bug
Hi there, I’m from Edmonton, Alberta. I’ve found some strange bugs in my bathroom and I have no idea what they are. I don’t have a picture, but they are about two centimeters long, grey and they look almost exactly like trilobites (a prehistoric crustacean extinct hundreds of thousands of years ago) Here’s a picture of what a trilobite looks like, I hope it will help.
Thank you very much.

Hi Carla,
Since Trilobites have been extinct for millions of years, we can eliminate that posiblility. Silverfish are one of the most primitive groups of insects. They frequently are found in bathrooms. I’m guessing that is what you have. They are household pests which damage books.

Ed. Note: We just recieved this notice which probably identifies Carla’s trilobytes.
(01/16/2005) Carla & trilobites
I used to live in Edmonton too and I can tell you that those sure aren’t silverfish. Carla has SOWBUGS. They are totally harmless but really creepy, and they love to live in your basement. They are also impossible to keep out of your home. Here is a great link to information on the sowbug, which is really a crustacean!
Chelsea Smith
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Cool Moth
My husband and I found this moth one evening this summer and then over the next two weeks there were tons of them. They were our constant companions as we enjoyed our deck after dark. It has a creamy yellow back edged with black and a black pattern on the wings that looks like a fleur-de-lis or a sword. The underside is a deep rich orange. Any idea what it is?
Kim Z.

Hi Kim,
The common name for Haploa clymene is the Clymene Moth. According to Holland, there is much confusion in the classification of this genus due to variations in the amounts of black and white on the wings. Your moth, however, is a constant species which ranges from New England to Georgia and westward to the Missisippi. One of the food plants is willow. It is a member of the Tiger Moth family Arctiidae.

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help please? What’s this bug?
Found in Danville, California in a kitchen in late afternoon, for whatever that’s all worth. Can’t find a closely matching description anywhere. The antennae are extremely long, about the same length as its hind legs.
Ethan Filner

Hi Ethan,
You have sent in a very interesting photograph of a Short Tailed Ichneumon, Ophion species. Large specimens get to close to an inch in length, not counting the long antennae. Adults drink nectar and larvae eat the internal tissues of caterpillars, hence they are beneficial. They are actually a type of Wasp, but do not sting. They are attracted to artificial lights, which might explain the presence in your kitchen.

some kind of beetle?
Dear Bugman,
I found this bug crawling in the hallway of our home in San Francisco, CA. Sorry about the blurry photos — it was a fast mover and I’m not good with the digital camera. It had wings, but didn’t use them much. I’ve never seen this bug inside or outside, so it piqued my curiosity. Thanks!

Hi Julie,
We can’t seem to find an exact identification for your Long Horned Borer Beetle, Family Cerambycidae, in our old Dillon and Dillon Beetle Book, but fear not as we have several beetle experts who will probably be notifying us shortly.

Ed. Note: We just received this information.
(08/09/2005) identifications
Hello – I was recently shown your site, and it is excellent. My specialization is longhorned beetles, and in cruising around I notice a number of incomplete or uncertain IDs for this family. I don’t know if you are interested in receiving this sort of input, but if you are, I offer the following additions to your identifications.
This is Xestoleptura crassicornis, an uncommonly collected species which typically breeds in older, dried pine logs, and is found throughout most of the forested portions of the north and central coast, and inland in southern CA.Keep up the good work. You are a valuable resource.
Frank Hovore

This spider has been building a spectacular web outside my parent’s house for the last 2 weeks. Its body is about 1 inch long (head to tail), and about 2 inches from tip of front legs to tip of back legs. It has spots on its back that aren’t obvious in this photo- it builds its web each night and hides during the day so we have had trouble taking its picture! It is a magnificent spider, but we haven’t seen anything like this before (in Cupertino, California) and I we are wondering if it is introduced from somewhere else.
your help will be much appreciated!

Hi Karah,
Your Orb Weaver, Araneas species, is a common spider in the United States as well as other parts of the world. The spiders spin a new web each night.