From the monthly archives: "February 2012"

Location:  Laos
February 29, 2012
Recently our friend and neighbor Carol handed us a CD with some butterfly photos taken on a trip to Southeast Asia.  Carol did not provide any details.  This lovely Common Bluebottle,
Graphium sarpedon, is a member of the Swallowtail family and it is puddling.  We identified the Common Bluebottle on Butterfly Circle.  Often butterflies congregate in large numbers around moist areas to drink mineral rich fluids from mud puddles and damp sandy areas.  We will try to get more information from Carol.  After reading a bit more on Butterfly Circle, we learned:  “Habitat & habits : The males of this species can often be found feeding on roadside seepages or urine-tainted sand.  Occasionally, more than eight butterflies can be found congregated on one spot. This swift-flying butterfly is common in the nature reserves. In flight, one normally catches a glimpse of its blue wings. Females are rarer, but often encountered when she tries to oviposit in areas where the host plants grow in abundance.”

Common Bluebottle

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for identifying the butterfly!
The River Ou in Laos was where the riverside photos were taken.  We were between Muang La and Luang Prabang.
The caterpillar suspended across a very large open space was probably on a low mountain near a temple near Muang La, Laos.
The other photos were near the Queen’s Garden in a mountainous area near Chiang Rai or Chiang Saen in Thailand.
Where is the butterfly site you are hosting?


what is this!? lol
Location: Dallas, Texas
February 28, 2012 2:19 pm
i rarely see bugs in my apartment because i live in on the 3rd floor.. nothing ever makes its way up here haha. Til I was in my daughters bedroom last night and this thing makes it way up her wall. Totally freaked me out!
Signature: Malia

House Centipede

Dear Malia,
Though it looks quite fearsome, this common House Centipede is actually a shy nocturnal hunter.  It is a beneficial creature that will help keep the Cockroach population down.  We have selected your submission as the Bug of the Month for March.

Location: Georgia
February 28, 2012 4:18 pm
Please help me ID this spider Im terrified he might bite my 3 year old. I’ve killed 2 in my house in the last 3 days. Its the biggest spider ive seen in person ever. 2 friends say it looks like a wolf spider— How do I keep them out of my house?
Signature: Squeemish in GA

Terrified Spider

Dear Squeemish in GA,
If Spiders were capable of being terrified, the possible Wolf Spider in your photo is most assuredly terrified.  You live in Georgia.  It is the south and there are numerous spiders and insects both indoors and outdoors.  The only way we can think of for keeping spiders out of the house might be to move to Antarctica, or then again, maybe not anymore.

That was most unhelpful- Thanks for nothing. I would have preferred to
get no reply over a smart-alec one.

Dear Squeemish in GA,
While we understand that you might be squeamish about spiders, Wolf Spiders are relatively harmless.  It is also true that Southern States, because of the milder climates, tend to have a higher population of larger insects and other arthropods for the greater part of the year.  Insects and spiders are everywhere and they occasionally wander into the home.  You can spend a great deal of money attempting to hermetically seal your home from the natural world, and creatures may still enter.  Some folks claim that placing osage oranges in the home discourages spiders, but we cannot verify that claim.  See the Great Plains Nature Center website for information on osage oranges.

You are most welcome.  You should read Spider Champion Ms Muffet’s comment on your posting:

Thank you!

Bedbug Educational Graphic
February 28, 2012 4:36 pm
Hi there. I just got through designing an educational graphic about bedbugs and was hoping you might consider sharing it with your readership. You can see it here:
I realize that it takes time and effort to blog, so I’d be more than happy to make a donation for your time if you’d like.
Thanks so Much,
Signature: Stephanie

Dear Stephanie,
Send us a gif or a jpg and we will post it along with your email.  We have linked to Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bitewebsite.

Bed Bug Graphic


just wondering
Location: Vero Beach, FL
February 27, 2012 6:17 pm
I was down in florida last year and I got lucky and saw a few different kinds of things that no one that lived there knew what they were so I found your site and thought it would be cool to know what they were… I just kept running across interesting insects,etc..
Signature: Brandy Kay

Scarlet Skimmer

Dear Brandy,
WE believe your Dragonfly is a Scarlet Skimmer,
Crocothemis servilia.  According to BugGuide, the Scarlet Skimmer is a:  “Native from southern Japan and China to northern Australia. Introduced accidentally to south Florida and to Oahu, Hawai’i” and “In the US, typically uses low-quality wetlands, either artificially constructed or highly degraded, where low dissolved oxygen, introduced fish, or other alterations make the habitat unsuitable for sensitive native species.”  Your spider is an Orchard Spider and the beetle is an Eyed Elater

weird very large bug i found in fl
Location: norther fl
February 27, 2012 6:02 pm
i have never seen anything like this. im sure it came in on some shipment from another country. it has a very large ant like head with large pincers. a body kinda like a moth and with that looked like dragonfly wings except that they were way thicker they could bend with out breaking. on top of it in the pic is a worm cuz my friend wanted to use it for fishin. please help me identify this crazy thing
Signature: Larissa


Hi Larissa,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and it is a local insect for you.  Interestingly, the larvae, which are known as Hellgrammites, are a favorite bait for fishermen.

i found out what it was its a Dobsonfly