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Subject: larva from Peru
Location: Peru; near Iquitos
March 13, 2014 5:49 pm
Hello, this one is really a quest. I have no idea what is on the photo. I think its some larva from some incest. However which one.. I dont know. Any help ll be appreciated :)
Signature: Jiri Hodecek

Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Hi Jiri,
We really haven’t had time to research this request, but we believe it may the the larva of a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  The somewhat similar looking Spotted Tortoise Beetle larvae pictured on the South African Photographs website support our speculation.

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Subject: I know its not a ladybug, but what is it?
Location: Norman, OK
March 6, 2014 3:27 pm
hopefully you can figure this out, I’ve had troubles identifying it. thank you! it is much larger than a ladybug and doesn’t have the same type of head and the antennae don’t seem remotely familiar… spots AND stripes? or would they be more like squares? lol
Signature: Lox

Swamp Milkweed Beetle

Swamp Milkweed Beetle

Dear Lox,
This sure looks like a Swamp Milkweed Beetle,
Labidomera clivicollis.  The black spotting pattern of the Swamp Milkweed Beetle is highly variable, and some individuals have more black than others.  BugGuide notes:  “Part of the orange and black milkweed mimicry complex, which includes Monarch Butterfly, Red Milkweed Beetle, milkweed bugs, and at least one assassin bug.   Larvae and adults of this species cut several side-veins of a milkweed leaf prior to feeding, to reduce the sticky latex that would otherwise be produced at their feeding sites. “

Yay! thank you so much!! I do believe you are correct, I would’ve never figured it out, as I’m not exactly knowledgeable about insects. It does make sense tho, because there where it was heading was a bunch of milkweed all around some rosebushes! now I feel better lol!

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Subject: Found it! “Crioceris bicruciata” shining leaf (asparagus) beetle from Cyprus
Location: Nicosia (Lefkoşa), Cyprus
February 24, 2014 11:54 am
Well, it took a while but I kept searching and stumbled upon the Crioceris family (?) which has 9 members which all seem to have the wing netting, and one by one I eliminated them including the common Asparagus Beetle which has the same markings but different coloring, till I finally came to one that looks just like the one I photographed last February in Cyprus (the timing is part of why I am sending it so others might find it too).
It seems to be Crioceris bicruciata, which by all I can tell is not that common, but it has the pattern, coloring (including leg color) that the one I photographed does. For once, I did not stumble upon a bug everyone else in the world has (insert a “smiley” without it being an obnoxious yellow thing here).
I am feeling pretty proud at the moment (another “smiley”).
Signature: Curious Girl

Leaf Beetle:  Crioceris bicruciata

Leaf Beetle: Crioceris bicruciata

Dear Curious Girl,
Thank you so much for informing us of the identity of this Leaf Beetle from Cyprus.  We are sorry we did not have the time to identify it when you first sent the photo several days ago.  Both the image on BioLib as well as the image on the Wroclaw University of Poland website are good matches to your individual.

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Subject: 8mm Thornbush-Bug
Location: Limpopo, South Africa
February 13, 2014 12:25 pm
I photographed this bug at Mabula Lodge, Limpopo.
It’s about 8mm long.
It carries it’s tail, which looks like dry twigs, above it’s back.
When relaxed and no movement about the tail relaxes and gets let down behind it.
Signature: Johann

Subject: 8mm Thing
Location: Limpopo, South Africa
February 15, 2014 12:40 pm
Photographed this thingy at Mabula Lodge, Limpopo, South Africa.
It’s about 8mm long and carries it’s, dry twigs type tail above it’s back.
Signature: Johann Clements

Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Possibly Leaf Beetle Larva

Dear Johann,
Thank you for resending your request.  Though we have not been able to identify your insect, we can provide you with some information.  Due to the absence of pro-legs, we believe this is a beetle larva and not a caterpillar.  What you believe to be dry twigs is actually the cast off skin that occurs during the molting process.  There are many species of Leaf Beetle Larvae that exhibit this behavior, so we believe this might be the larva of a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  Is the thorn bush an acacia?  Knowing the food plant should aid in the identification process.

Hi Daniel
Thanks for the feedback, greatly appreciated.
Sorry, the “thorn bush” was only a name I gave the photo.
I did not identify the plant that it was on.
Thanks a lot!
Johann

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Subject: Pink Bug from Peru
Location: Central Peru
January 14, 2014 5:59 pm
Hello Bugman,
tonight I submit a picture of this beauty which I photographed in the cloudforest of central Peru a few months back. Can you help to identify it?
Thank you very much!
Signature: Frank

Leaf Beetle

Leaf Beetle

Hi Frank,
We don’t really have the time to research this, but this is a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.

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Subject: Beetle from Peru
Location: Central Peru
January 2, 2014 7:08 pm
Please help me to identify this beetle from the cloudforest in Peru (photo taken at about 1.200 m Elevation on the eastern slope of the Andes). Thank you!
Signature: Frank

Tortoise Beetle

Tortoise Beetle

Dear Frank,
We are in awe of the bold, complimentary colors of this stunning Tortoise Beetle in the subfamily Cassidinae and tribe Cassidini.  This Peruvian Amazon relative pictured on FlickR bears a resemblance and we would would not doubt they might both be in the genus
Eugenysa, or this individual also on FlickR and also from Peru and also tentatively in the genus Eugenysa.

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