From the monthly archives: "April 2005"

My dog found this in our front porch area, in central Oregon. It was in the rocks, near a deck. I have no idea what it is….can you help??
Thanks, No Bugs Allowed

Dear Barbers,
You don’t have a beetle, but a Giant Water Bug, also know as a Toe-Biter or Electric Light Bug. They can bite painfully, are the largest North American True Bug, and are equally at home in the air or in the water, but they are clumsy on the land.

What’s this bug?
I live in Southern California , about a mile from the beach. I have been seeing these in my house for about 2 years now. They are usually slowing climbing up a wall, but just yesterday my son found one on his shirt. Any help would be appreciated.

Hi Michael,
You have a Case-Bearing Moth Larva, Phereoeca fallax. They usually feed on pet hair and will not harm clothes.

What is this?
I came home today and found about 5 of these in the lower level of my home. Do you know what they are?
Thank you!

Hi Erica,
We contacted Eric Eaton for a more expert opinion, and he believes it is some species of Rove Beetle, wingless predators that often eat destructive insects. There are so many similar looking species that he can’t provide anything more concrete that that.

Weird Spider of Aruba DWI
While working at the Met equipments at the Airport we found a weird spider. Its a bit bigger than a black widow, and its body is more built than a black widow. We found black widows (common in Aruba) too hidden in dark areas, but this one had its nest (not a like a regular spider web) sitting on an instrument metal box cover, with barely any shade. Therefore I assume that the spider does not seem to care much about sunlight. The meteorological equipments are at the runway of the airport. If anybody recognizes this spider, I will appreciate it. We need to add a couple of stuffs again to the Met site, so I’ll see if its still there and get a better pic.
ps. Aruba is hot and humid year round and the airport is near the sea.

Hi Marck,
It is difficult to tell exactly, but your photo resembles a female Giant Crab Spider, Family Sparassidae, which included the Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria. They are mostly tropical spiders that do not make webs. Females care for the egg sac which is, I believe, what you have seen. They hide by day and hunt by night.

Spiders at home
Hi Bugman!
Shot some spiders at home. Request you to ID them. I stay in Palm Meadows in Bangalore.
Thanks much,

Hi Shastri,
The spider with young is a species of Wolf Spider. The females often carry the young on their backs. The “Monster Spider” is either a Silver Argiope or a very close relative. These are orb weavers and totally harmless, as is the Wolf Spider. The spider you have labeled Spidey Long Legs is unknown to us, but an awesome specimen.

What’s that witchdoctor doing on the insect’s back?
Hi Bugman,
Please ID this weird insect that I shot in our garden.I stay in Palm Meadows in Bangalore.

Hi Shastri,
We checked with Eric Eaton who identified this insect as a member of the Cotton Stainer Family Pyrrhocoridae which are common in the tropics and the South. One species, Dysdercus suturellus is very injurious to cotton by piercing the stems and bolls with its beak and sucking the sap. The greatest damage is done by staining the cotton with its excrement.