I can answer most questions related to the identification of "mystery bugs" in NORTH AMERICA, including spiders. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. No technical questions about insect physiology.
Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.
Insects and related creatures are so diverse that it is impossible to become bored learning about them; and there is a great deal left to be discovered about them.
I am a writer/illustrator, and hope to publish more books and articles on natural history, especially insects and spiders.
You share over 20% of your DNA with common "fruit flies," genus Drosophila. You like bananas?:-)
Chemical insecticides do more harm than good in most cases. Returning agriculture to a smaller scale (largely doing away with agri-BUSINESS), would solve many pest problems without chemicals.
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Belinda: Early morning (dawn) is when the birds would have found them, if that is what happened.... These can be abundant spiders, and often locally common, in small "colonies," so this is not an
Belinda: I grew up in Oregon, so I am familiar with this...Thanks for including the images. The spiders are all male "folding-door spiders," related distantly to trapdoor spiders and tarantulas.
John: There are many resources for identifying bees (and other insects). I am biased, but I think the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America is a great book (I am principal author)
Sierra: If you had intended to attach an image with your question, it did not come through; and, without at least some kind of clear, fairly detailed visual clue, I cannot possibly give you a definitive
Derrick: Thank you for including the image with your question. I believe this is the larva of the "Mealybug Destroyer," a kind of lady beetle in the family Coccinellidae. It could also be the larva
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