@brainstirfry submitted: Well, I have an unorthodox submission I suppose, I was admiring Golden tortoise beetles online, when I came across this picture, taken by one Chime Tsetan in Mundgod, India. (Source from the ladbible site, not hard to find) I was wondering what the vibrant blue and yellow beetle was?
Legally I can't share the photo you submitted with this, but the beetle in it looks like a leaf beetle in the genus Agetocera. Here's one I can share:
Photo by jamesmifan
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@gaiawonderland submitted: Hi! I found this fella in my sink a few days ago and I was hoping for an ID because I've never seen a creature quite like it before. It either had two heads (?) or could pop out back and forth from either side of it's little casing/shell very quickly. And it moved around by means of its mouth, kind of resembling an inch worms movement. I live in central florida! Thanks in advance! :)
Hello! It's a household casebearer moth caterpillar. Would be cool if they had two heads! But no, they have an opening at each end of their case and space inside to turn around easily. Their case is made from their own silk and debris from their environment. The caterpillars eat spider and other bug silk, human hair and dander, and wool, so they can potentially be damaging to fabrics in your house. Adults look like this:
Precious :)))) Photo by simondenis142857
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I was wondering if I could get an ID on this little bug from Illinois! I think it's some kind of moth?
It is a moth! An ailanthus webworm :)
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@wacktacular submitted: Saw your post about a skippers and figured I’d share my shot with you. Taken in Bayonne, NJ.
Beautiful shot of a PRECIOUS little pal. Look at that fuzzy face...makes me emotional
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@plantlegs submitted: I was picking some goldenrod and on it was this AMBUSH BUG!! no id needed :) these friends convergently evolved to have grabby front legs like a praying mantis!
Bold of you to handle them with your bare hands! Their stabby mouthparts hurt like heck. What a beautiful friend, though! I cherish their raptorial front legs...
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Tree millipede, Anadenobolus arboreus, Rhinocricidae
This arboreal species is found primarily in Puerto Rico, but also on some surrounding islands, and occasionally in Central America and northern South America.
Photo 1 by stenthesnake, 2 by willyburgos, 3 by elspethpierce, 4 by cullen, 5-7 by derick_gil, 8 by scott_stafford, 9 by carmen-sanchez7, and 10 by zlange123
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@bebe-yaga submitted: No ID needed, just wanted to share this gorgeous gal who was perched in my mom's garden the other day (northern OH). I liked the jaunty little head tilt she's doing for the camera!
Ohhhh girl WERK. She's beautiful and perfect.
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@digitalhourglass submitted: I found this beautiful orb weaver when I was coming in with the dog. What kind is she?
She's a cross orbweaver and I love her :)
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@spiderskull142 submitted: I offer a tiny baby Scorpion who i found in my home today
I accept this tiny baby....thank you.....
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Saw this beautiful spider hanging out in the weeds of my farm yesterday. I assume its some sort of orb-weaver but I'd like a more specific identification if you know... Bosnia is the location.
Yes, it's a wasp spider, Argiope bruennichi. She is perfect!
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@bunnieswthknives submitted: I found this cutie in Louisiana, absolutely massive. Do you know what it is?
I do! It's...a friend :') And also a golden silk spider, Trichonephila clavipes. This is of course a female as males are very small comparatively. Size reference for a female for anyone curious:
l o r g e
Photos by thehaplesshiker and anamaresreyes
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@musclekittysenpai submitted: An assortment of millipedes! Found in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
I am losing my dang mind about this handful of assorted pals! I love them all deeply. I hope they know...
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@fireyturtle submitted: Found this cool moth while I was on a delivery! They looked so much like leaves I actually didnt think they were real. I had to leave for my next delivery otherwise I wouldve gotten more pics of different angles. They sat super still and didnt move an inch. Found in South Florida
Not surprising they didn't move at all in the middle of the day. That's normally when they rest to prepare to go do moth stuff at dusk. And yes, their camouflage is incredible! If I were a bird I don't think I'd see them at all hidden among leaves. Anyhoo they're a tersa sphinx moth. Caterpillars can be green or brown:
:) Photo by seaheart88
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I have some sad news this evening. My sweet little wolf spider Jackie has passed away tonight, but not of any sickness or injury. Just that she passed on from what I believe was likely just old age. I found her quietly curled up under her favorite rock, still and peaceful. I will miss her antics as she scurried around her terrarium, and I will never forget getting to see her pounce on her prey. She was a gift to have in my life, a gift that I am very thankful for. I plan to immortalize her in a clear resin cast that I will keep on my desk, so she will always serve as an inspiration, and a reminder of all the great things she taught me about her species, and all the beautiful experiences she gave me as she allowed me to peek into her world over these last months.
Oh no! I'm very sorry to hear about Jackie's passing. It's tragic they don't live particularly long. But it's great you can immortalize her and appreciate her for so much longer! I'd love to see her once you cast her in resin if you want to share :)
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@buckwheatf1our submitted: spotted in miami! big too!
A big bold beautiful lady!! She's a silver garden orbweaver, Argiope argentata :)
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I don't have any pictures, but my desk is under a partially-vaulted ceiling and it is spiderling season again. Every once in a while for the past few days I've seen tiny little friends balloon down onto my desk space. I've tried relocating some of them (I know they're supposed to be scattered by the wind, not all drop onto the same desk) but I think they can jump because they vanish off my hand in a blink. They're the smallest creatures in my home's ecosystem I can see, and I can't help but worry about them.
It's possibly they ballooned off your hand as well. Even the smallest draft can catch them! I have baby spiders that appeared recently all over my apartment and they seem to be doing very well for themselves, so I wouldn't worry too much :)
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Funny bug story for you. Yesterday my family was having outdoor brunch and we realized there was a wasp in the empty bowl of sweet pepper soup. He couldn’t fly out somehow, and he was clamoring to climb out of the bowl, so we scooted him out with a spoon and we realized he was a bit covered in soup, wings included. And he was staggering a bit like he might have gorged himself on it. Got him over to a nearby flowerbed to recoup. He was cleaning himself and was later gone, so I guess he succeeded!
Lost in the soup....what a life
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@irradiated-cutie submitted: Hey! Anyway you could give me an ID on this beautiful moth that happened to lay eggs in my friends car? Thank you! Spotted in South Carolina!
I can! She's an imperial moth. Absolutely terrible place to lay her eggs lol. If your friend wants to relocate them, they could be placed gently on any of their host trees: pine, oak, maple, sweet gum, box elder, or sassafrass. :)
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I work in a grocery store and today when a coworker and i were cleaning the backroom a spider made an appearance!! We had spilled some milk and she looked like she was drinking it-- putting her leggies in the milk then seeming to bring her leg to her mouth/face. Perhaps she was thirsty? My coworker helped me get her on a piece of cardboard and set her outside to live her best big beautiful buggie life. She was the highlight of my day, so i wanted to share. Didn't get a photo sadly but she was definitely a friend. She was very cooperative about getting placed outside, crawled right onto the cardboard then crawled right back off when i found a good crevice for her. I hope she lives out the rest of her spidery days with lots of insects to eat and plenty of babies to carry on the good name of spider friend.
This is a beautiful story thank you. Yes, I imagine she was just thirsty! Milk is just as good as water. Although it brings up the question of whether or not spiders can digest lactose lol. Anyhoo I also hope she's out there living her best spider life now!
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Caria chrysame psittacus, a type of metalmark butterfly known for its shimmery green markings. Photo credit: Kim Garwood
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