Subject: Spider in the Flower Garden
Location: Menifee, California
January 12, 2017 10:15 am
We recently moved from Santa Ana, Ca. to Menifee, Ca. nearer my wife’s parents to care for them and one day my wife spotted this amazing spider in her Aunt’s flower garden. She said that the size of the one flower is about the size of a half-dollar. Haven’t seen the spider since then but will keep and eye open for them.
Signature: David Nadzam

Green Lynx Spider

Dear David,
This is a nice female Green Lynx Spider, one of our favorite species on What’s That Bug? and this is quite late in the year to see one.  Judging by her size, she is eating well, and she may be ready to lay some egg sacs that she will guard.  Green Lynx Spiders do not build webs to snare prey, but rather, they pounce on their prey, often from a great distance.  Green Lynx Spiders are frequently found on blossoms in the garden.

Thanks Daniel,
I will definitely go looking through Patti’s Aunts flower bed come the spring for more of them.  Maybe I can get some on my side of the street here to hunt through my bonsai trees.
Regards, Dave

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Subject: Weird bug
Location: San Antonio, Texas
January 12, 2017 2:55 pm
Hello,
I found this slender yellow bug on my way to get the mail today. It has large blue eyes, long antennae, semi-long legs, and a long backside. Can you help me figure out what kind of bug this is? I’ve searched 10 websites and have not been able to figure it out!
Signature: Courtney Richardson

Short Tailed Ichneumon

Dear Courtney,
This is a parasitic Ichneumon in the genus
Ophion, the Short Tailed Ichneumons.  You can compare your individual to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Most all Ophion larva are parasites of caterpillars” and “Adult Ophion species will hunt for their host caterpillar. Usually one egg is laid per host. Caterpillar usually dies during pupal stage though wasp larva remains to pupate itself.”  It should also be noted that Short Tailed Ichneumons are frequently attracted to lights, and though Ichneumons are considered harmless to humans, the Short Tailed Ichneumons are capable of stinging.

Subject: Name that bug!
Location: Vancouver WA
January 12, 2017 9:23 pm
This moth (?) evidently came in on the firewood. What kind of bug is this ? I could not find an image on the internet but I don’t know what search words to use.
Signature: Kurious Jo

Introduced Pine Sawfly

Dear Kurious Jo,
Based on this BugGuide image, we feel quite confident this is a male Introduced Pine Sawfly,
Diprion similis.  According to BugGuide:  “adventive from Europe; ne. US (ME-MN to NC-TN) + WA; in Canada, NF-MB & BC.”  We first reported the larvae in Washington in 2008.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Northern Maine woods
January 13, 2017 8:59 am
Hi , these bugs have just started randomly showing up in our newly built hunting/fishing home . It was stick built with knotty pine on the inside and spray foam insulation., and pine siding. We started building in may of 2015 and still have a painted plywood floor but other then that it is quite finished. It is located in Northearn Maine and we have not seen these bugs until this past November. Any help in identifying it would be extremely appreciated. Thank you
Signature: Pete

Cedar Tree Borer, we believe

Dear Pete,
Was any Cedar used in the construction of your new home?  This looks to us, based upon this BugGuide image, to be a Cedar Tree Borer,
Semanotus ligneus.  According to BugGuide: “hosts: Thuja, Cupressus, Juniperus.”  The appearance beginning in Novemnber may coincide with indoor heating being turned up higher.  If the beetle larvae or pupae were in milled lumber, they may have emerged with the increased heat.  They may also have been introduced in firewood.  If they were dormant in wood used in the construction of your home, you may continue to see them in subsequent years, but the good news is that they will not continue to breed in your home.

Well that does explain things. We did put up som cedar boards on a few interior walls.   So happy to hear that they won’t reproduce. Thank you for your reply.

Subject: Brazilian weevil
Location: Brazil
January 13, 2017 3:43 pm
Greetings, I found this weevil in a batch of unidentified specimens collected back in the 1970’s and deposited in the North Dakota State University insect collection. I don’t even have a clue where this fits taxonomically in the weevils….any help would be greatly appreciated
Signature: Guy A. Hanley

Weevil

Dear Guy,
This Weevil looks very familiar to us, yet we have not had any luck searching the internet.  We are posting your image and perhaps one of our readers, Cesar Crash perhaps, may be able to provide some assistance.

Hello Daniel and Guy:

This is a very interesting looking weevil. Try checking out Odontopus sp.  Regards, Karl

Thanks Karl.  The images on Entomofauna Guyane look like a match to us.

A Facebook Comment from Tina:
I am thinking possibly in the genus Odontopus… A few links to other specimens in the genus that are similar, however I couldn’t find an exact match.

http://entomofauna-guyane.fr/?q=image/3143-gen-sp75/images/113-curculionoidae

http://entomofauna-guyane.fr/?q=image/3229-curculionidae-gen-sp80/images/113-curculionoidae

http://entomofauna-guyane.fr/?q=image/4777-odontopus-sp81/images/113-curculionoidae

 

Subject: Who’s that Poke-Bug?
Location: Dallas, TX
January 12, 2017 4:35 pm
I found this tiny insect in my office the other day. I know it’s an insect becasue it only has 3 pairs of legs. It walked pretty fast for those tiny legs and it seemed to have either thick antennae or pincer-like mouth. also it’s movement was similar to that of scorpions (without a stinger) and it was even able to lift its tail a little.
Signature: Edwin M.

Aphid Wolf

Dear Edwin,
This Aphid Wolf or Aphid Lion is the larva of a Lacewing.  Both Aphid Wolves and adult Lacewings are gregarious predators that consume small plant feeding insects, like Aphids, in prodigious quantities.