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Cottonwood Borer?
May 27, 2010
Found this guy wandering about last night at a friend’s house. He’s has one heck of a grip & a serious set of mandibles. Is it in fact a cottonwood borer?
We’re located 50 miles south of New Orleans.
Southeastern Louisiana

Cottonwood Borer

Dear Lindsay,
You are absolutely correct.  This is a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator.  This is one of the most beautiful images we have received this year.  Your photograph put a bug in our head to produce a 2011 What’s That Bug? calendar.  We last produced a calendar for 2006 in 2005.  That was quite a project, but with finishing the book, we wouldn’t mind a small visual publication.  Would you mind terribly Lindsay, if we wanted to use your image in a 2011 calendar?  Your photo is exactly what we love in an insect image:  that it not ever be included in a legitimate entomological text.  So dear readers, is a 2011 calendar something that you would like to see?  Please let us know by posting a comment to this announcement.

Family of spiders living in my shower!
December 14, 2009
I recently moved back into my old room in Costa Rica, after living 9 months in Australia. One day, all of a sudden, a pretty big spider came out of my shower drain. I don’t really like to kill bugs so I just let her share the shower with me. A couple of days later I saw two of them… but it wasn’t until I saw THREE of them staring at me that I really freaked out. I must say I’m used to worms, spiders, ants and pretty much any bug you can imagine, but I had never seen these spiders here before… and neither has my family. Any clues? Please don’t tell me I brought them from Australia!!!!
San Jose, Costa Rica

Tailless Whipscorpion

Tailless Whipscorpion

Hi Karla,
These beautiful Tailless Whipscorpions are native to Costa Rica.  They are harmless nocturnal predators that will help keep your house free of cockroaches and other unwanted visitors.  In Mexico, the Tailless Whipscorpion is called a Cancle and it is erroneously believed to be poisonous when it actually lacks venom.

Tailless Whipscorpion

Tailless Whipscorpion

In the interest of sharing – picture from Ingomar, Mississippi
This may end up in the trash, and that’s OK. I don’t need an explanation of what he is – they are all over the place in Virginia where I live. This is my reminder to never leave home without a camera. The attached picture has not been altered; this guy was hanging out on the front porch of my cousin’s home in Ingomar, Mississippi. In 2005 I spent a week with her while she was undergoing cancer treatment. The backdrop is a plaque on the wall beside the front door just below a porch light, and was a gift from another cousin so the picture has even more sentimental value. It just happens to be the same color and similar pattern as the garden spider’s head. Three years later we both still use this picture as our Windows desktop wallpaper. Date: October 11, 2005 Place: Ingomar, Mississippi

Hi Lynne,
This photo of Argiope aurantia, the Golden Orb Weaver, or Yellow Garden Spider, or Black and Yellow Argiope, or Writing Spider, or Yellow Garden Orbweaver, is just the type of quirky photo that appeals to our aesthetic. If we ever do another calendar, it would be exactly the type of image we would select. Though we get many technically gorgeous photos for our site, we really prefer those that cross the line from mere identification documents to artistic representations. We can only wonder how many traveling sales persons, proselytizers and neighbors turned away in horror at the front door.

thought you might enjoy this image
i took it the other day next to my front door. feel free if you’d like to use it.

this one is from my nursery about a month ago. my camera battery died before they finished which is a real shame, because she turned on him and ate him.
pete veilleux
oakland , ca

Hi Pete,
We love both of your photos. The disobedient Preying Mantis and the “No Hunting” sign is exactly the type of image that we would include in a future calendar if we ever manage to produce another. Your mating Mantid image is also quite stunning, especially in light of the information you provided.

Ceanothus Silk Moth
Just wanted to share the photo of the beautiful moth we found in my mom’s backyard on Sat. 5/20/06, the neighbor Dick decided to take a picture of it and he gave it to us. Isn’t it pretty.
Andrea Beutler
Santee, CA (San Diego)

Hi Andrea,
Not only is the moth beautiful, the photo is gorgeous. It is just the type of photo that appeals to our aesthetic, and if we do a calendar next year, we would love to use it.

Hi Bugman,
We found this mantis in our garage on 9/28/05. Can you tell us what type of manits this is?
Thank You
Oklahoma City

Hi Christina,
We needed to check with Eric Eaton to be sure and this is his response: “Looks like another Brunner’s mantis, but a female this time(?). Another nice shot we could use on Bugguide. Eric ” We would like to ask your permission to post this on BugGuide as well, as per Eric’s request.