Any ideas what this is? I live in Arizona and this big huge moth thing flew into my patio one day, I looked online and it looked like a Giant Wich Moth. I am I right?
Brandi Diaz

You are absolutely right Brandi. It is a Black Witch, Ascalapha odorata.

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The bug is black with orange and yellow spots. It flys although it looks too small to be a butterfly. Could it be a moth? Please see attached for more details.
Thank you

Hi Katie,
Holland’s Book of Moths does little more than identify your photo as a member of the genus Atteva, either Atteva aurea or Atteva gemmata. Both are small moths found in the South. Of the two, A aurea has the larger range, being distributed in the Gulf States southward and westward into Mexico and still further South. A. gemmata is found in the warmer parts of Florida. These moths are part of a small Family Yponomeutidae, known as Ermine Moths. The larvae of Atteva aurea feeds on ailanthus leaves.

Hi bugman,
My fiancé and I moved into our new home in December. We’re in a very rural, wooded Central Pennsylvania . All of a sudden, within the past five days…these spiders have emerged and they are EVERYWHERE. They seem to be aggressive, but I haven’t gotten too close. They are all over my plants, flowers, deck , and outbuildings. Do you know what they are?

Well Jennifer,
They aren’t spiders, but Assassin Bugs. They are immature and will grow wings. They are beneficial in the garden since they ravenously eat many garden pests, however, if mishandled, they will give you a painful bite. Treat them with respect and they will not bother you and your garden will be pest free.

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One of our readers sent this photo of a spider wasp dragging its prey, a large what appears to be a Wolf Spider, Lycosa rabida, to its nest. Sadly, we have lost her original letter.
Ed. Note: (09/06/2004) Eric just wrote in and gave us an identification on both creatures. Spider wasp is Tachypompilus ferrugineous, and Wolf Spider is Rabidocosa rabida

Any idea what type of beetle this is. I found it crawling across my kitchen floor. It’s a dark brown color with orange/tan legs underneath the body. A nickle is a shown on the attached photo for size comparison. I live in Madison, Wisconsin (south central Wisconsin).
Where do they nest?
Are they poisonous?
Do they come in numbers?
Do I need and exterminator?

The Stag Beetle photos are beginning to arrive. You have a species from the genus Pseudolucanus, probably P. capreolus, a male that can be identified by his large jaws. The grubs can be found in decaying logs and wood. The adults fly and are attracted to lights, which explains the presence in the kitchen. They do not swarm, but are seasonal, so you may encounter additional specimens. They are not poisonous, and the jaws can pinch, but will rarely break the skin. You do not need an exterminator.

Wolf or other?
I found this spider one morning moving though the grass. It’s overall size is about as big as a Gatoraid top and it seems to be highly aggressive. Most of the wolf spider I have seen only want to make a quick getaway but this one lifts it’s front four lets in an almost vertical stance, very similar to that of the funnel web spider in Austraila The longest of it’s two legs in the front, upon close examination, has small hooks almost identical to the stingers found on scorpions (have not seen that before in a wolf spider here in Virginia, most of them are of a brown color variation and have no "claws" that are visible. Here is one of the clearer images I shot.
Any help on this one is greatly appreciated….

Hi Joe,
Your photo looks like a Trapdoor Spider to me. Definitely not a Wolf Spider. I believe Trapdoor Spiders are related to Funnel Web Spiders. Both build a silk line burrow and wait for prey. Your specimen looks like a male who is probably searching for a mate. We recently got a letter from Florida from a reader who has found two dead in his pool.