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Ants with aphids
Ants with aphids
Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
April 14, 2017

Wolf Spider with egg sack?
Wolf Spider with egg sack?
Lake Sherwood, Missouri, USA
April 12, 2017
I'm thinking this is a wolf spider? But this greenish-black ball is attached. Is it an egg sac?

Psephenidae - Psephenus herricki
Psephenidae - Psephenus herricki
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
April 8, 2017
2 of 2 images of this specimen.

Psephenidae - Psephenus herricki
Psephenidae - Psephenus herricki
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
April 8, 2017
1 of 2 images of this specimen.

Large Black Spider
Large Black Spider
Lake Sherwood, Missouri, USA
April 14, 2017
Size: 1-1.5 in body size
Came across this very large black spider on my doorstep as I was coming in at 10pm. I'm thinking it is just a Carolina Wolf Spider but I'm not super knowledgeable of these things. Next time I know to get a picture of the front. Any ideas?

carpet moth? - Costaconvexa centrostrigaria
carpet moth? - Costaconvexa centrostrigaria
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
April 14, 2017

wannabe water strider - Hydrophorus
wannabe water strider - Hydrophorus
Brookside Gardens, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
April 2, 2017
2 of 2 images of this specimen.

wannabe water strider - Hydrophorus
wannabe water strider - Hydrophorus
Brookside Gardens, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
April 2, 2017
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
Looks like Hydrophorus but I’d appreciate confirmation/correction of the ID. Found several of these flies around a small and muddy puddle.
TIA

Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes
Black Corsair - Melanolestes picipes
Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska, USA
April 14, 2017
Black Corsair for April in Nebraska on BugGuide.

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

Black Carpenter Ant Queen? - Camponotus chromaiodes - female
Black Carpenter Ant Queen? - Camponotus chromaiodes - Female
Bullitt County, Kentucky, USA
April 14, 2017
Size: 20mm
Very large ant was being stalked by a Jumping Spider until it spotted me. Measured the width of my thumb and calculated it was 20 mm. The scaring visible on the sides look like where the wings had been before they were dropped? Who would win the battle between a Queen ant and a large but still smaller jumping spider?