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The Official Bug Identification Thread Starring Arch, Bugboy, and Fiendishrabbit

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  • Blameless ClericBlameless Cleric An angel made of sapphires each more flawlessly cut than the last Registered User regular
    I saw this cool bug!!

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    It was missing part of its butt and a leg so I don't think it's doing well but it was very pretty. Some kind of cool grasshopper??

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  • E.CoyoteE.Coyote Registered User regular
    Looks like a Katydid.

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  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist screaming Registered User regular
    Yep, it's a Katydid. They all come out in September and October in New England and make their "Katydid" "No-she-didn't" "yes-she-did" "she-did she-did she-did" songs at night.



    I find the sound relaxing and leave my windows open at night (when it's not raining so fricken much!) But YMMV

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  • chromdomchromdom Who? Where?Registered User regular
    edited October 2018
    chromdom was warned for this.
    That reminds me, I saw this little bug as I was leaving the office on Wednesday. Any ideas as to what it is?
    I'm in Portland, OR, for what it matters.
    (Also, spoiled for being on mobile and not sure how big this picture is)
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    Huh. Pretty big apparently.

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  • AuralynxAuralynx Darkness is a perspective Watching the ego workRegistered User regular
    That's a shield-bug of some kind. One of the actual-bug guys will be around to tell you which shortly, I'm sure.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    chromdom wrote: »
    That reminds me, I saw this little bug as I was leaving the office on Wednesday. Any ideas as to what it is?
    I'm in Portland, OR, for what it matters.
    (Also, spoiled for being on mobile and not sure how big this picture is)
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    Huh. Pretty big apparently.

    Yeah you gotta fix that.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    Hot tip, if the picture is gonna be huge, just remove the image tags instead of posting it inline.

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  • chromdomchromdom Who? Where?Registered User regular
    edited October 2018
    Ok, trying again.
    What is this apparent shield bug?
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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    chromdom wrote: »
    Ok, trying again.
    What is this apparent shield bug?
    https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/b2/qchey202q49o.png

    Chlorochroa granulosa

    It's really hard to identify which type of "green stink bug" it is, because there are about 10+ different species (in 4+ different genus. I know of Palomena, Chlorochroa, Chinavia and Nezaria) with extremely similar markings, but with dark-ish antenna, transparant wings, green legs and a sort of "skin coloured" edge I'm going to say Chlorochroa granulosa.

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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    "The western world sips from a poisonous cocktail: Polarisation, populism, protectionism and post-truth"
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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Yes, I saw that! Well, not that. This:



    It talks about the moth story at about 3:00. The coral thing is also pretty cool because molecular chaperons fascinate me.

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  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    OK bug peoples

    Found a bunch of these inside a box of christmas stuff, in and through the beard of a santa. Some shells or something that looked like it'd been shed maybe? They're very small, not more than a few mm long. What are?

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit 4.5 MV of POWER! Registered User regular
    edited November 2018
    I had a bunch of these crawling on the outside of my house and now I’ve found a few inside. Wondering what they are. I live in SE Ohio if that helps.

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  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    That handsome black and red fellow is a boxelder bug. They're using your walls to soak up heat, and you can look forward to more of them inside once it starts getting really cold.

    They're harmless by any possible metric, but if you don't want big ol' bugs crawling around the inside of your house all winter, now might be a good time to get new door sweeps and caulk up any gaps around your windows.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    spool32 wrote: »
    OK bug peoples

    Found a bunch of these inside a box of christmas stuff, in and through the beard of a santa. Some shells or something that looked like it'd been shed maybe? They're very small, not more than a few mm long. What are?

    bDVfv5el.png

    I think this is a variety of carpet beetle.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit 4.5 MV of POWER! Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    That handsome black and red fellow is a boxelder bug. They're using your walls to soak up heat, and you can look forward to more of them inside once it starts getting really cold.

    They're harmless by any possible metric, but if you don't want big ol' bugs crawling around the inside of your house all winter, now might be a good time to get new door sweeps and caulk up any gaps around your windows.


    Thanks! That actually makes a lot of sense, whenever I saw them outside they seemed to always prefer the side of the house that was getting the most sun.

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  • Ark EvensongArk Evensong The NetherlandsRegistered User regular
    Hello thread. 3 months and page 4 isn't too dead-and-buried to abstain from necro-ing this, right?
    Not exactly a bug question, as it's arachnids this time.

    My sister found a not-so-pleasant surprise on her bananas earlier today:
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    Banana's quarantined in a plastic bag for now:
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    But she did catch three of the little buggers crawlies on the table. She vacuumed the surrounding area, but isn't quite sure she got all of them. Google-Fu isn't exactly alleviating her fears, either. (Oh, could be Brazilian Wandering Spiders, only one of the most venomous ones around!) With two young kids (4 and 2) at home, the prospect of those tiny little smudges-as-soon-as-you-touch-'em growing into something deadly is probably a good cause for the heebie jeebies.

    Photo quality isn't that great, but she mentioned wanting to go grab a proper camera w/ lens later today.
    Here are some blurry (cropped) close-ups anyway:
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    We're in the Netherlands, but considering they were on a banana, that's probably not much of a factor.

  • ArchArch Neat-o, mosquito! Registered User regular
    Well, I'll just say this- I'm pretty certain those aren't the juveniles of a Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria nigriventer). First of all, most of the bananas produced in Brazil are consumed locally, so it's unlikely that these came from Brazil (unless your fruit specifically says "grown in Brazil").

    Secondly, according to some research, the egg sacs of Phoneutria typically contain upwards of 800 spiderlings, which would make them much larger than those pictured here.

    I don't know what species you have, but it's probably not anything dangerous. In fact, even if it were a wandering spider, the danger of their venom is massively overstated (as are the claims about nearly all venomous spiders!). Only 0.14% of reported, verified bites from a wandering spider have resulted in death and only about 140 of the bites have required medical attention.

    If you haven't already killed the spiders, just put the bananas in the fridge for a few hours to make them sluggish, brush them off into the toilet, and enjoy your fruit!

    Here's some receipts

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  • ArchArch Neat-o, mosquito! Registered User regular
    Fun fact that I will repeat until I die (from spider bites, probably)

    Most venomous spiders won't kill you. Yes, even Black Widows and Brown Recluses are more likely to just make you sick for a few days, but unless you are very susceptible for other reasons, most of the time these bites resolve themselves with little medical attention. In fact, most of the time there aren't actual medical treatments for bites (there are some anti-venoms for Black Widows, but most of the time muscle relaxers are prescribed instead, and the treatment for Recluse bites is "keep it clean, and also that's probably MRSA").

    By all means, dispose of them if you feel uncomfortable, but the worst thing that will happen to you in the case of a Black Widow bite is generally severe lower back pain for a day or two, and then symptoms will clear.

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  • Ark EvensongArk Evensong The NetherlandsRegistered User regular
    edited February 2019
    Thanks! She wasn't all too concerned, but the "ah don't worry about it" advice from someone who knows what they're talking about is quite welcome.

    Not sure of the current state of the banana/spiderlings, I expect they're still in the ziploc bag. Forwarded her this post, anyway.

    [EDIT]
    Yup, still in ziploc, waiting for hubby to come home and take proper closeup pictures. More for fun than any left-over worries, though. Will share when I get them.
    Also, sticker on bananas said "Tucán Colombia", so uh, probably from Colombia.

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  • VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    I'm almost more interested in how it survived whatever process they used to treat/fumigate the imported bananas.

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  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    If it makes her feel better, an arachnologist looked into it. Not only are they almost certainly harmless, but:
    I have personally seen 10 to 20 egg sacs from bananas, several with live spiderlings. I was not successful in raising the babies; they wouldn’t eat anything that I offered them including each other and I have reared thousands of baby spiders of other species to adulthood in my career. So people freak out because they fear that these spiders will establish in their homes, when I couldn’t get them to eat anything to get them to the next instar (stage between molts).

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  • Bliss 101Bliss 101 Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    If it makes her feel better, an arachnologist looked into it. Not only are they almost certainly harmless, but:
    I have personally seen 10 to 20 egg sacs from bananas, several with live spiderlings. I was not successful in raising the babies; they wouldn’t eat anything that I offered them including each other and I have reared thousands of baby spiders of other species to adulthood in my career. So people freak out because they fear that these spiders will establish in their homes, when I couldn’t get them to eat anything to get them to the next instar (stage between molts).

    Maybe they need mama-spider to inject the prey with digestive enzymes before they can eat it?

    Suddenly I feel sorry for the little ones. Their mother must be worried sick somewhere in Colombia.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Listen, if Charlotte's Web has taught me anything, it's that children's authors hate innocence.

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  • Ark EvensongArk Evensong The NetherlandsRegistered User regular
    Aww, look at that translucent little cutie:
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    For scale, compare pictures in previous post.

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  • Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
    Bliss 101 wrote: »
    Jedoc wrote: »
    If it makes her feel better, an arachnologist looked into it. Not only are they almost certainly harmless, but:
    I have personally seen 10 to 20 egg sacs from bananas, several with live spiderlings. I was not successful in raising the babies; they wouldn’t eat anything that I offered them including each other and I have reared thousands of baby spiders of other species to adulthood in my career. So people freak out because they fear that these spiders will establish in their homes, when I couldn’t get them to eat anything to get them to the next instar (stage between molts).

    Maybe they need mama-spider to inject the prey with digestive enzymes before they can eat it?

    Suddenly I feel sorry for the little ones. Their mother must be worried sick somewhere in Colombia.

    At a guess the transport process probably fatally injures them. Cold unpressurized cargo containers, airports that aren't exactly tropical..

    I doubt the spiders he raised were from treated bananas. The process for that is usually comically huge doses of methyl bromide, which is nasty stuff

  • FryFry Registered User regular
    I was aware that some types of spiders eat each other, but it still creeps me out a bit that the spider scientist is just casually like, welp, they wouldn't eat anything I offered them, including each other

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  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    Fratricidal infant cannibalism is what the arachnid world refers to as "quality control."

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    Don't a lot of animals practice filial infanticide? Fish and hamsters/mice come to mind from personal experience.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Sharks.

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    ceres wrote: »
    Sharks.

    Baby sharks?

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    ceres wrote: »
    Sharks.

    Baby sharks?

    Do.

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  • BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    ceres wrote: »
    Sharks.

    Baby sharks?

    Do.

    n't you dare.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    VishNub wrote: »
    I'm almost more interested in how it survived whatever process they used to treat/fumigate the imported bananas.

    It happens with grapes more often than you realize.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    A lot of processes that kill bugs don't kill their eggs. You can't really heat treat a raw banana, so I'm guessing the treatment killed the adult and left the eggs, which hatched later.

  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    edited May 2019
    It's a wolf spider! The way they glue their egg sac to their butt is very distinctive. After they hatch, she'll carry the spiderlings around on her back while they grow, in one of nature's most disgusting yet touching miracles.
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    They're solitary hunters, not inclined to bite, and do not have venom potent enough to harm humans. Plus, if you've ever held a flashlight up to the side of your head and shone it into your yard to see all the spider eyes, the biggest and brightest were wolf spiders. Since they're hunters rather than webspinners, they've got two great big peepers in addition to the six small ones. A fine addition to any flower bed.

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  • FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    Based on shape and the fact that it's carrying a silk pouch for its eggs the way it does: It's some kind of Wolf Spider.
    I can't tell more than that. There are literally hundreds of different wolf spiders that have that pattern and which only an arachnid specialist could tell apart.

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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Ah, that makes sense then. She’s on her way from the raised garden over to the conveniently recently harvested rhubarb plant my wife has seen them holed up in before.

    Thanks thread denizens!

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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Ok, still digging up garden and finding little lovelies. What’s this beauty?

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    https://i.imgur.com/aznEUOZ.jpg

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