Whenever I move, I am always amazed at how different bugs can be from place to place and region to region. Some of the bugs are easily identifiable while others are not. Here are a few of Clarksville’s common but odd, backyard bugs (and insects) to help you identify them.
Red Velvet Ant: This is not actually an ant but a wingless wasp. They have a painful sting but are non aggressive. They would rather hide than fight, and will burrow in the ground.
Luna Moth: Very common but not seen often due to their one week life span. They do not have mouths and cannot eat.
Saddleback Caterpillar: This larvae feeds on a variety of plants. It is covered in little hairs that secrete a venom that is irritating to humans. It is best to not touch them.
Widow Spiders: Black Widow is the most well known of the widow family, but they can come in brown and grey as well. This spider is venomous and considered dangerous because of the neurotoxin. The female usually has the larger venom glands and that bite can be particularly harmful to humans. But, the bites are rarely fatal.
Widow Spider Eggs: have unique eggs. It has what appears to be spikes coming out of it. When you see this specific egg. Know there is a female widow near by.
Brown Recluse Spider: Has a necrotic venom. Their bite, like various other recluse bites, sometimes requires medical attention. They are also known as: fiddleback spider, brown fiddle and violin spider.
Cave Cricket: Cave crickets are commonly found in caves or old mines. Some species can be found in other cool, damp environments such as rotten logs, stumps and hollow trees, and under damp leaves, stones, boards, and logs. They are harmless but can be a nuisance if they get indoors.
Green Lacewing: Adults are nocturnal. They feed on pollen, nectar and honeydew. Sometimes they also will eat mites, aphids and other small arthropods.
Ladybug Larvae: The larvae will feed on tiny mites and aphids as soon as they hatch. They will continue to grow and molt until they are ready to enter the pupa stage.