You bet it is.
(09/10/2004) Hello from Houston Tx
We caught this cool pic of what I believe to be a Green Lynx munching on a leaf footed bug (we have a bunch of leaf footed bugs on our young pecan tree) We live in a suburb of Houston (Katy Tx).
We moved into our home about a year ago and we have been trying to make our large backyard into a sort of wildlife haven for our 4 children to enjoy and learn . We planted Butterfly weed, morning Glory Passion flower, and all sorts of other flowers and foilage. The Butterfly , Hummingbird, and Tree frog response has been fantastic! The unexpected insect population has been even more fascinating! I never cared for "Bugs", but over the summer I have developed a big interest! Seeing creatures that I have never seen before.
A couple of weeks ago we found a Assassin bug on one of our vines. Iwas researching on the internet trying to Identify this creature to see if it was harmful to our vegetable garden, when I stumbled upon your site. Since then I have been a daily WHAT’S THAT BUG visitor, and my wife has used it for reference in the classroom! (She is an Environmental Science Teacher at the High School level) Needless to say , I credit your extremely Cool site for sparking this interest in me (at the ripe old age of 37), and my wife is thankful for anything that keeps me off the golf course!
Thanks
Tony Fossee

Hi Tony,
We get many letters that make us feel good about our humble site, but yours is one of the best. I am so happy to hear we are helpful and have had a positive influence. Yes, your spider is a Green Lynx, Puecetia viridans. It is our favorite spider. I once saw one leap about a foot to capture a butterfly, which it missed, but I was still impressed. If you are a recent visitor to our site, you should know that we usually go offline about mid month due to heavy traffic.
On a side note, we were just approached to do a limited edition What’s That Bug? calendar, and we would love to include your letter and photo. Most of our favorite letters are so old we cannot even contact the senders, but I wanted you to have a heads up. Thanks again for the warm letter and have a nice day
Daniel

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moths
Hello, I caught these moths outside my home in Tucson Arizona and i was wondering if you could identify one, the other I know is a white- striped sphinx moth. Thank you, Jossy
( The pins are because they are apart of aninsect collection, 521 and 526 are the sphinx moth, 527 and 523 are the unknown moth Thanks!)

Hi Jossy,
Your sphinx is a Striped Morning Sphinx or White-Lined Sphinx as you supposed. Your unknown moth is Leptarctia californiae, though that name may be obsolete. It is a highly variable species found in Southern California.

Corrections
(11/10/2004)
I happened upon your site and noted a few errors that should be corrected. I only dealt with the Giant Silkmoths (Saturniidae) and Hawkmoths (Sphingidae) for which I have written textbooks and am intimately familiar. The corrections are as follows: In the photo dated September 9, 2004 labeled moths

black caterpillar with a red horn
We saw this caterpillar along side the road in British Columbia. I went through most of the sites that you’ve linked to on your page, but I think this guy’s out of range for those sites.
Any ideas?
Thanks!
Lea Ann
p.s., I also included a pretty clear picture of what I think is a Common Clear-Wing Moth… (Taken in Mayo, Yukon)

Hi Lea Ann,
WE have been trying unsuccessfully to properly identify your unknown black sphinx caterpillar with the red horn. We will continue to try. Your Hummingbird Clearwing Moth is a welcome addition to our site as well.

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Can you tell me if this caterpillar is a type of tussock moth? I’ve
looked at several caterpillars and can’t decide what it is exactly.
Ran across it in the woods near where we live that is primarly pine and
oak in Virginia. Saw one dangling and another was beginning to roll
itself up into a leaf. Hope you can help. This is a great website.
Marge Leitner

Hi Marge,
The Pale Tussock Moth or Banded Tussock Moth, Halysidota tessellaris, according to the Caterpillars of the Eastern Forest website, is: “Gray, dirty tan to yellow-brown with long paired white and black lashes on second and third thoracic segments. Food: oaks, willows, poplars, hickories, and many other forest and shade trees. Caterpillar: July to October”

A beautiful Creature
Dear Bugman [Daniel]:
Thank you so much for your informative website. Thanks to your insight, I can now sleep at night, and continue to watch this amazing creature for as long as she wants to inhabit our garden. My 4 year old daughter pointed it out to her mother while weeding the garden recently. We were aprehensive until I found that the Golden Orb Weaver in our garden is harmless. Her abdomen would almost cover a nickle I guess and she is about 1 1/2" long when her legs are arranged top to bottom. I hope you enjoy the attached photo. This is the first time we have encountered this spider in our 5 years in this residence. We live in the rural area of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada about 25 miles west of downtown Toronto. By the way, do I have to be worried about being overrun with weaver babies??? Many thanks, and kindest regards,
Peter J. Solomon

Dear Peter,
Thank you for your beautiful letter and gorgeous photo. I am so happy you spared the lovely female Argiope aurantia. I don’t think you need to fear being overrun by spiders. We had a female in our garden several years ago who laid eggs, and we haven’t had a mature specimen since. The spiders balloon away after hatching, catching the wind with silk lines and flying away, dispersing great distances. The adults, on the contrary, are not mobile, and will continue to make a web in the same vacinity night after night.

Can you help id this spider?
Wasn’t sure if this was a spotted fishing spider, wolf spider or something else?
Rick

My Rick
I admire your courage getting close enough to a Rabid Wolf Spider, Lycosa rabida, to place a $5 bill. The spider, though large and fearsome appearing, is actually harmless. It is found in woods and meadows among litter and on low foliage from Oklahoma north to Nebraska, east to Maine, and south to Florida. People fear the bite, hence the common name. A closely related species in Europe, Lycosa tarentula, is responsible for a crazy legend stating the only way to survive the bite is to dance the wildly provocative tarentella.