NJ Bug?
We just moved into a 1920s cape about 4 months ago. Today I went to open the garage door and saw this bug there. I have NEVER seen this here or in NY before and was mesmerized. It just sat there. Looked like maybe it was gnawing on the wooden garage. It just sat there. I was able to snap this picture without it budging. But about an hour or so later I came back to look for it and it’s gone.
Is it dangerous???
Celia, NJ

Hi Celia,
Your garage is safe, but your potato plants, tomato plants and pepper plants could get eaten by the Colorado Potato Beetle which was originally found only in the Rocky Mountain States. The nationwide commercial growing of agricultural crops is responsible for this pest’s spread far and wide. Both adults and larvae devour leaves.

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what is this bug
I have attached pics of a flying insect of some sort? Do you
have any clue what it is?

Hi Doug,
Thanks for the photo of the summer form of the Snowberry Clearwing Moth, Haemorrhagia axillaris, one of the day flying sphinx moths known collectively as Hummingbird Moths. The species is trimorphic, meaning there are three color forms. Your specimen shows the pronounced yellow band on the abdomen.

and the 2nd pic…what is this creapy looking guy ? an assasin bug ?

Your blurry photo is of a Wheel Bug, a type of Assassin Bug.

(09/11/2004) better pics of my blurry bug

Thanks so much Patrick. Now our readers will be able to identify their own Wheel Bugs. Your photo shows off the cog-like crest nicely.

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Huge Scary Spider, I’m shaking as I type this!
I am from Austin, Texas and we have a very scary spider we’ve been keeping alive (sometimes even feeding it!) on our wooden porch Might I add that this area is wooded with no water close by. His/Her web is a typical spider’s web you see in movies, not a funnel web or an orb web. It usually only comes out at night, burrowing between the metal and the glass during the day. It also usually sits with its legs drawn in. Today I got a special treat, because it had just finished with its molting phase and its web was disturbed so its legs were extended and it out during the day to pose for my camera. The pictures lighten its abdomen markings as they are more of a dark brown with visible hairs, and there are dark brown and white stripes on his legs. In addition his butt is kind of raised up, in the shape of a tear drop. Might I add that I just went outside to check on it, and it jumped from the wall, falling to the ground. I’ve never noted aggressive behaviour before like this, nor have I seen it jump before. I’m so scared now because its very fast, and when its legs are extended, its larger than a half dollar.
Please help!
PS, I took a picture of the molted shell, and feel free to edit any of this!

Hi Rissa,
You have a Barn Spider, Araneus cavaticus. The spider builds a large orb web at night and stands in it, but generally seeks shelter above the web during the day. It is usually found in shady locations.

Writing Spider?
I live in Hickory, NC (Western NC), and this spider just appeared by our front door last Saturday. Sunday morning, spider and web were gone. Monday, I found him about ten feet away with his web between the house and a shrub. Thought you might appreciate the pics. Excellent site!
Gene Annas

Hi again Gene,
Writing Spider, a common name given to spiders who make a stabilimentum in the web like your photo shows, is just one common name for Agriope aurantia, also known as Miranda aurantia. Other common names include Golden or Yellow Garden Spider, Golden Orb Weaver, and Black and Yellow Argiope. Thanks for the beautiful photo.

Beetle Infestation
Hello, I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and have found 40-50 beetles in my house in the past two weeks. They are everywhere … upstairs, downstairs, bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms, etc, etc. They are approximately 1/4 inch (5-6 mm) in length and solid black. We’ve never seen them fly and believe that they don’t have wings. I’ve included pictures. I found one larva. It was redish-brown and appeared striped (very similar to that of a larder beetle). Can you help us identify them, tell us why they’re moving in, and how to get rid of them. Thank you so much for any help you can offer.

Hi Renee,
You have one of the Grain Weevils. This is just one type of Pantry Beetle. Grain Weevils infest stored grain products. Weevils belong to the Family Curculionidae.