Subject: What beetle is this?
Location: Centurion, South Africa
January 22, 2015 2:43 am
Hi Bugman
attached pics from my cellphone refer. Just called out into the garden by my wife, we have both never seen this one before, it was on the figtree ( in fruit). Just interested to know about it? We are in sunny South Africa in the town of Centurion in Gauteng Province….
Kind regards
Signature: Kind regards Andrew & Jenni Foxley

Flower Chafer:  Dicranorrhina derbyana

Flower Chafer: Dicranorrhina derbyana

Have just identified the beetle as a flower chafer…….  no need to reply, thanks all the same!!!

Flower Chafer:  Dicranorrhina derbyana

Flower Chafer: Dicranorrhina derbyana

Dear Andrew and Jenni Foxley,
We are happy that you have already identified your Fruit or Flower Chafer. In our opinion, it is
Dicranorrhina derbyana, a species represented on our site in several postings.

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Subject: Large moth caterpillar in Australia
Location: Canberra, Australia
January 22, 2015 4:05 am
Hi, we found this on the side of our house about a year ago (5th January 2014) in Canberra, Australia. It was a huge caterpillar, about 5″ (15cm) long, for size reference you can see standard house bricks it’s resting on.
Signature: Dug

Batwing Gum Moth Caterpilar

Batwing Gum Moth Caterpilar

Hi Dug,
We believe we have correctly identified your Caterpillar as a White Stemmed Gum Moth Caterpillar or Batwing Gum Moth Caterpillar,
Chelepteryx collesi, in the family Anthelidae thanks to the Butterfly House website where it states:  “This Caterpillar is a great hazard to people climbing Gum trees. Scattered over its skin are tufts of long stiff reddish hairs, which are strong enough to penetrate human skin. When they do, they are very painful, and difficult to remove because they are barbed and brittle. if one should lodge in the eye, it can cause serious sight problems.” The site also notes:  “It is also one of the largest Caterpillars in Australia, growing in length to about 12 cms. Some trees where they may be found most years in Leichhardt are known by local school-children as ‘sausage trees’ because the Caterpillars look from the ground like sausages growing in the trees.”  According to Zip Code Zoo:  “Anthelidae is a family of Australian lappet moths in the Lepidoptera order. It was previously included in the Lasiocampoidea superfamily, but a recent study resulted in reincluding the family in the superfamily Bombycoidea.”

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Subject: Giant African Caterpillars
Location: Ghana Africa
January 20, 2015 7:07 pm
I found these two beauties in Ghana Africa. They looked quite fascinating so I got a pic. Any idea what they are?
Signature: Don

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillars

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillars

Dear Don,
These distinctive caterpillars are Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillars,
Bunaea alcinoe, and they are more typically black in coloration.  This is an edible species.

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Subject: Giant African Beetle
Location: Ghana Africa
January 20, 2015 7:10 pm
This beauty visited us at breakfast one morning in Ghana Africa. Looks a bit like a blister beetle, is that correct? I never got blisters, but I was really gentle with it.
Signature: Don

Longicorn

Longicorn may be Analeptes trifasciata

Dear Don,
This is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We have tried to identify the species without any luck, but we have not finished searching.

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Subject: Blood-sucking roaches?
Location: Nashville TN
January 20, 2015 8:29 pm
A friend’s apt is infested with the bugs shown in photo. They attach themselves to get his blood while he sleeps. Boric acid has diminished their number but does not eliminate them. Bug repellent does not keep them at bay. When he sits at his computer, he observes them gradually, all around, creeping toward him to feed. Adults are ~1/8″, mid photo is a young one. He first thought they were roaches, but now he’s not sure. This is in Nashville, TN. Any suggestions?
Signature: Bug-Puzzled

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Dear Bug-Puzzled,
Your friend has Bed Bugs and re recommend that your friend seek professional assistance in this matter.

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Subject: Stinging Slug Caterpillar
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
January 20, 2015 12:01 pm
Hi Mr Bugman,
Please could you clarify exactly what these demon spawn are… and more precisely how toxic/dangerous they are?
I was pruning a bush and was stung by 5-6 (out of around 100) of these devil bugs! An extremely painful sting that has left an itchy rash…
Any information is appreciated.
Thank you
Signature: Twice bitten, thrice shy.

Stinging Slug Caterpillars

Stinging Slug Caterpillars

Dear Twice bitten, thrice shy,
We just posted several images of identical Stinging Slug Caterpillars that also appeared in large numbers in Johannesburg, but we were only able to identify them to the family level of Limacodidae, but we did not search our own archives at that time.  Back in 2011, Karl identified an image of a Stinging Slug Caterpillar as
 Latoia vivida,  and he provided us with this link to Photo Camel and this link to Outdoor Photo.  The adult is pictured on African Moths.

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