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Cellar spiders

The name, cellar spider, comes from the location where they are often found: damp cellars, basements, and crawl spaces. They have very long, thin legs and are often confused with the harvestmen or...

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are not native to the United States.  They were introduced to the US probably on coffee ships from Brazil and Argentina through the port of New Orleans sometime before 1891. They...

Acrobat Ants

The acrobat ant gets its common name from raising its abdomen over its thorax and head when disturbed. These ants, which are actually several species, will bite on occasion and will give off a...

Booklice

Booklice belong to a large group of small to medium sized insects called Psocoptera. Also known as psocids, booklice are related to plant insects called barklice. Though booklice may have a body...

European Hornet

The European hornet was introduced into the New York area in the 1850’s. It is the only true hornet in North America. Since its introduction, the European hornet has spread throughout most of...

Baldfaced Hornets

Known for large nests and a defensive nature, baldfaced hornets are an impressive and often misunderstood members of the wasp family. Contrary to the name, the baldfaced hornet is not a hornet. It...

Assassin Bugs

When working in the yard or garden, you may notice a rather fearsome looking creature crawling among foliage of shrubs or trees. The insect has a large (1-1.5 in.), brownish-grey body with a large...

Earwigs

Earwigs are fearsome looking insects, known for the popular superstition that they will burrow in the ears of humans. While they can give you a little nip if you pick one up, they cannot burrow into...

Brown Widow Spiders

Widow spiders are among the most recognizable spiders in the United States.  In South Carolina, there are three widow spiders: the Southern black widow, the Northern black widow, and the brown...

Paper Wasps

If growing vegetables and flowers is your hobby, you may consider paper wasps as welcomed guests. Like many other social wasps, paper wasps feed on many insect pests of gardens. Unfortunately, paper...

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