onenicebugperday
onenicebugperday
One Nice Bug Per Day
**The pinned post at the top of my blog will tell you whether submissions are currently open or closed. One photo (or several photos) of a very nice bug every single day,+ lots of submissions.Submissions do not count towards the one (1) nice bug per day! Hover over photos and click the chain icon to view photographer credits. If you submit a bug you want IDed, please include the location you found the bug!! FAQ Run by: Taylor (ex0skeletal-undead) (he/him) Luna moth header/background by Clara McAllister.
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onenicebugperday · 11 hours ago
Hello!
My fiancé and I like to rescue bugs from our apartment’s pool when we swim, and once we found a cicada floating around. We ended up using a stick to rescue him, but I was wondering- is it generally safe to handle cicadas with your bare hands? (I think this particular one was a dog day cicada ❤️)
Hi! Cicadas are true bugs, which means they have piercing/sucking mouth parts for slorping delicious plant juices and not chewing jaws. So they can’t truly bite, but they are capable of giving you a bit of a painful jab with their mouth-tube. That jab is not dangerous, though, so I personally don’t feel any qualms about handling them.
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onenicebugperday · 11 hours ago
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@alurichter​ Ah in that case I am fairly certain it’s a giant house spider, Eratigena duellica :)
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@alurichter submitted: heres my female hobo spider mochaccino : ) originally found in the corner of my kitchen, but now she has her own terrarium and loves to build her webs along the sides and make little burrows in the leaf cover
I love her! Curious why you’re confident she’s E. agrestis rather than E. duellica? I think I’d lean toward the latter if it were me! And thank you for letting me know your location in your other message :)
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onenicebugperday · 11 hours ago
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Sigfried may not be an orchid mantis, but he still likes flowers! I got him at the Utah Museum of Ancient Life when I was ten years old. He’s just as happy in libraries as on roses, and spends most of his time lying in wait atop my bookshelf. Don’t know how many meals he catches there, though, so it’s probably good that he’s branching out.
Sigfried is a Folkmanis praying mantis finger puppet, named in honor of Frieda, a live mantis that I kept as a pet one summer.
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onenicebugperday · 11 hours ago
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@polymoth submitted: This guy was a surprise visitor in the bathtub! They're missing a leg, but managed to zip around and evade my cup and paper quite handily for a bit. What kind of guy are they? Found in Portland, OR
A large lad! Missing a leg is no problem for spiders at all. This sweet pal is a giant house spider, Eratigena duellica :))
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onenicebugperday · 11 hours ago
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@victorian-doctor​ submitted: found this nice moth outside!! i believe it’s a white lined sphinx month, but i’m not really sure. location is california!!
Yes, it is a white-lined sphinx, and it is beautiful!
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onenicebugperday · 14 hours ago
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@ttngummybear Carpenter bees are not like honey bees whose stinger pulls out of their body after stinging. They’re capable of stinging more than once. So you were likely stung! Smart not to put your fingers in any mystery burrows if you can help it 😉
@confusedocean​ submitted: Hi! I picked up this little one from a cold sidewalk and held her until she warmed up and started moving again, then placed her with some dandelions. I’m pretty sure she’s a bumble bee but I’m not sure. I’m in CT!
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A large and beautiful bee friend! She is an eastern carpenter bee, actually. Bumblebees in general will have a very furry abdomen rather than smooth and shiny like this little lady. And we know she’s a lady because males have a white face :)
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onenicebugperday · 15 hours ago
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@alurichter submitted: heres my female hobo spider mochaccino : ) originally found in the corner of my kitchen, but now she has her own terrarium and loves to build her webs along the sides and make little burrows in the leaf cover
I love her! Curious why you’re confident she’s E. agrestis rather than E. duellica? I think I’d lean toward the latter if it were me! And thank you for letting me know your location in your other message :)
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onenicebugperday · 15 hours ago
Hey, I'm also scared of wasps but for entirely different reasons! Wasps always try to crawl into my ears and I'm terrified that one day I can't stop it fast enough and it will be in my ear :')
Why do wasps always try to crawl into my ears?
Wasps have no reason to want to crawl into your ears. Kinda doubt that’s what they’re trying to do.
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onenicebugperday · 16 hours ago
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Female carpenter bees can definitely sting, but they’re not aggressive. You’re not likely to be stung unless you’re handling them, and even then, as OP shows, they can be chill. Putting your hand out and letting them crawl onto you rather than forcing them is smarter, but it’s not a surefire way to avoid being stung if the bee sees you as a potential threat. And it can be difficult not to seem like a threat when you’re a giant human and they’re just a small bee.
In general, I can’t recommend handling bees with your bare hands ever. Bee allergies are common, and can be very dangerous, and you can develop an allergy after being exposed more than once even if you didn’t have a reaction in the past. Your chances of having a bad allergic reaction go up with each time you’re stung.
Highly recommend using gloves or your sleeve or nearby vegetation or whatever to handle a bee if you feel the need to rescue it from an unsafe place.
@confusedocean​ submitted: Hi! I picked up this little one from a cold sidewalk and held her until she warmed up and started moving again, then placed her with some dandelions. I’m pretty sure she’s a bumble bee but I’m not sure. I’m in CT!
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A large and beautiful bee friend! She is an eastern carpenter bee, actually. Bumblebees in general will have a very furry abdomen rather than smooth and shiny like this little lady. And we know she’s a lady because males have a white face :)
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onenicebugperday · 16 hours ago
Idk if this is a bad question, but what’s ur favorite bug? (Or variety of bug)
Answered here :)
Please remember to check my FAQ for general questions!
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onenicebugperday · 16 hours ago
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@jabbers-wild-world submitted: So, I’m 99% sure this is a wolf spider, but I’d love to know exactly which species. Also, is this a male or female? Found in upstate NY, as usual. ;)
It is indeed a wolf! Looks like a rustic wolf, Trochosa ruricola. I’d need a better look at the pedipalps to say whether it’s male or female, though.
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onenicebugperday · 16 hours ago
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@confusedocean​ submitted: Hi! I picked up this little one from a cold sidewalk and held her until she warmed up and started moving again, then placed her with some dandelions. I'm pretty sure she's a bumble bee but I'm not sure. I'm in CT!
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A large and beautiful bee friend! She is an eastern carpenter bee, actually. Bumblebees in general will have a very furry abdomen rather than smooth and shiny like this little lady. And we know she’s a lady because males have a white face :)
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onenicebugperday · 16 hours ago
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Please read!
Asks and submissions are now OPEN!
Please include the location you found the bug if you want it IDed. Location can be removed upon request for your privacy.
Please refer to my FAQ for general questions before asking.
Very broad/vague questions (i.e. please share some facts about wasps) are difficult and time consuming to answer and I will likely ignore asks of that nature. The more specific, the better!
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onenicebugperday · 16 hours ago
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@greyphitus submitted: Do you know what this guy is and what it’s doing? I saw several on different plants doing this. Sorry about the quality, it was cloudy and I didn’t have my magnifying glass. Southern USA
Looks like an aphid? Southern USA isn’t specific enough to ID confidently. How big was it? Aphids will wiggle their butts defensively at potential predators, though.
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onenicebugperday · 17 hours ago
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@give-bug submitted: A plethora of nice bugs! If you can ID any of them, my location is North Texas
Dang this sure is a plethora of nice bugs.
1. Treehopper...not clear enough to say which one. 2. Moth.......idk it’s brown 3-4. Honey bees :) 5. Bee fly - probably a greater bee fly 6. Hairstreak butterfly, probably a gray hairstreak, but too blurry to say for sure 7. Wolf spider probably? Need to see the top or eyes 8. Guinea paper wasp most likely 9. Moth caterpillar maybe Geometridae? 10. Treehopper
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onenicebugperday · 17 hours ago
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Colorful stink bug, Urolabida histrionica, Urostylididae
Photographed in Thailand by Nicky Bay // Website // Facebook
Photos shared with permission - do not remove credit or re-post!
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onenicebugperday · 19 hours ago
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@pusheen-loves-food​ submitted: Hello have these pictures of a shy jumping spider (I believe) that scuttled to hide under my blinds after the first photo! If captured, I'll send a picture before release :D
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A tiny and adorable window friend!! Yes they’re a jumping spider although I can’t say which one without better photos and a location. I can tell you...they will make a very good pal :)
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onenicebugperday · 19 hours ago
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@critterchitters-closedcaptions​ submitted: hi! so i got permission from my friend to send. the picture was taken in Lexington Kentucky, and we're wondering if you can identify this little fella? if not thats okay! we can just admire them :)
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Not without a better picture, I’m afraid! I can tell you it’s a bee, and that’s about it. Oh and also that I love them :)
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onenicebugperday · 19 hours ago
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@whats-good-my-man submitted: Babey grasshopper friend, Pinellas Park, FL
A sweet precious baby. I love them deeply. They are of course an eastern lubber nymph :)
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onenicebugperday · 19 hours ago
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@lemonwed submitted: Here is a pretty bee I found! I found him on the floor alive, gave him some sugar water (I read online that helps flying friends) I’m not sure if he got better or not but he was sure beautiful!!
A cutie! Hope they were all right afterwards. In general, though, I don’t recommend giving sugar water to bees. Plain water is fine or find a nice flower to put them on if they need a little nectar pick-me-up :)
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