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Subject: Love this site
October 16, 2015 9:50 am
Good day everyone,
I just stumbled across this site when I googled “orb weaver, egg sac“.  I have a few golden orbs hanging around and just noticed the sacs tucked away…figured they were either egg sacs or snacks saved for later. Your site cleared up that question, as well as identified the weaver as a golden one. I wish I had the finances to donate to your site, I find it absolutely fascinating. However, I’m a Diabled Combat Veteran and on a severely fixed income. If there is anything I could do to help your site, I can donate my time…THAT I have plenty of to spare, please let me know.
We are originally from Buffalo, NY, now in Georgia and I’ve traveled all around the USA and several other countries and have seen many unknown creatures….it’s great to be able to identify some of those critters I’ve encountered throughout the yrs. I spend a lot of time in the yard and garden these days and seem to come across something new  at least once a month.
Thank you to all of you that make this site what it is.
Have a wonderful day and please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
Signature: Jennifer

Golden Orbweaver with Egg Sac

Golden Orbweaver with Egg Sac

Dear Jennifer,
We are so charmed by your fanmail that we are posting it and illustrating the posting with an image of a Golden Orbweaver and her egg sac from our archives.  Your offer to assist is most generous, but though our tiny staff hasn’t the time to respond to all the email requests we receive, there is no easy way to divide the labor.  We still manage to select at least one, and on an average five submissions per day to format and post live to our site.


Subject: Thanks
August 16, 2014 12:38 pm
Thanks for a great site. How easy it is to find my bugs . So glad I found you and I’m going to buy your book can’t wait. I’m at the eastern end on the north fork of Long Island  and seem to find new bugs all the time.ITS SOOO KOOOOL! Will look to you again soon. Hairy Mary.
Signature: Mary manning

Subject: Peacock bug
August 16, 2014 12:09 pm
Saw one today 8-16-14 on my red bud tree hare in southold , L.I N.Y. Absolutely beautiful! Never saw one before and thought it was just so very cool had to find out.Thank you for your site. Will never forget  that one . Mary.
Signature: Mary manning

Dear Mary,
We are happy you are satisfied with our site and that you are interested in reading Daniel’s book, The Curious World of Bugs, however your second comment has us confused.  We are not certain what you mean by a “Peacock Bug” that is on your red bud tree since you did not include an image.

I couldn’t get a picture of the little peacock bug but found it on your site. Very tiny with wings that close over the back but not flat they stand up! Soo cute but no pic. I’ll look again and send pic when I can. Love your site!

Ed. Note:  We have Peacock Moths, Peacock Butterflies and a Peacock Fly on our site, but no Peacock Bugs.

I think it’s a peacock fly not bug not sure how to get you a pic. I’m new at this internet stuff. Thanks again!

Peacock Fly from Germany

Peacock Fly from Germany

Thanks Mary,
We do have a Peacock Fly from Germany, and since it is listed on BugGuide, it is a North American species that also has been introduced to Europe.

Subject: Thank You
July 7, 2014 2:31 pm
Just wanted to drop a quick line telling you guys how AWESOME you are! Just discovered your sight recently, and it is now one of my top go-tos.  I work at a retail nursery, and spend a lot of time helping customers with ‘pest’ identification.  We all feel this is our opportunity to help educate the public about the wonders of the insect world, and change their philosophy from “it’s a bug– kill it!” to “wow! what’s that?” I like to recommend your site, and appreciate your live-and-let-live attitude. Keep up the good work!
Signature: Mary Elliott

Dear Mary,
It is nice to hear that folks working in a nursery share our philosophy regarding the importance of insect life on our planet.

Subject: Meal moths and case bearing moths
February 21, 2014 10:57 am
Thanks so much for your extremely helpful site!
I’ve read your identification responses for both the Indian meal moths and the case bearing moths. I was wondering if the Indian Meal Moths also make the flat pods. I have found worms, cases and moths in my house for months now.
We moved to Puerto Rico from Maryland and I believe we unpacked the pests after they sat in a shipping container for two months. We threw away everything that we thought was contaminated, but they seem to be back! Just wondering if all three are maybe the same thing or if we have two kinds of bugs.
Thanks for any help!
Signature: Sara

Thanks for the nice compliment.  You are probably thinking of the Case Bearing Moth Larvae which are different than the Indian Meal Moths.

Subject: your kindness & knowledge
November 27, 2013 2:31 pm
I cannot thank you enough for your consideration, kindness & knowledge you try to pass on to people.  The insect & arachnid world is amazing!  I have passed onto my son the NECESSARY kindness to all animals.  I’ve seen him rescue praying mantis (and others)  from death by shoe, etc.  We carry our visitors outside. I’ve been known to take spider egg mass’s into jars and into a safe place for the winter.  We take pictures of them and admire them.  I’ve been viewed as “odd”; these people need to be educated and that is where you fit right in! I’ve educated many people about as much as possible without forcing it upon them.  Knowledge is power.  Besides, they are small and we are HUGE! How much of a bully are these killing, uneducated jerks anyway!  Oh, sorry… that is how we feel about it.  I have to say, there are a few I have a hard time with; cockroaches, ticks and fleas.  Blood suckers are not in my “to be kind to” list.  I’m not perfect!  Keep up the fabulous work!
Signature: PAULA

Thanks so much for your passionate comment.  We have to admit that the invasive Argentine Ant, which we have heard called a Sugar Ant, is at the top of our “take no prisoners” list.

Subject: Just a Thank You
July 28, 2013 7:31 pm
I just wanted to send a message to say THANKS for all the hard work on this awesome website!! Thank you for educating so many people about all the great bugs out there too. Enjoy the rest of your summer and THANK YOU AGAIN!!
Signature: Kara Osborne

Thank you for your kind email Kara.