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Subject: What insect is this?
Location: Mpumalanga
March 8, 2013 12:51 am
Hi there
I came across this insect while holidaying in Marloth Park – Mpumalanga Dec 2012.
Signature: unsure

Orthopteran

Orthopteran

Dear unsure,
This is some species in the order Orthoptera that contains Katydids, Crickets and Grasshoppers.  We are unsure of its identity.  A head on view is not the ideal vantage for trying to identify an unknown creature.  A lateral view would be highly preferred.  It also appears that this is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera.  We were unsure of your location, but we now know that Marloth Park and Mpumalanga are in South Africa.

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Subject: Black Beetle
Location: Taman Hutan Raya Insiyur Haji Juanda, Bandung, West Java. Indonesia
March 4, 2013 8:26 pm
Hello Daniel,
I got this photo from 2010, this beetle have this strange flat antennae and his/her eye is also strange.
The size is not more than 3 cm, and it’s a lone individual.
Hope that you could help.
Signature: Mohamad Idham Iskandar

Weevil

Weevil

Hi Mohamad,
This is some species of Weevil, we believe, though we have not had any luck with a matching image.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with a species or genus identification.

Weevil

Weevil


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Subject: Hibernating Moths
Location: Seattle WA
February 21, 2013 10:33 pm
I was cleaning the Garage, and when I opened the barbecue grill (to fix the handle) I found that it had become a ”den of choice” for hibernation. I think these are Ectropis crepuscularia – Small Engrailed. There are a lot of them, dozens, all through the garage, and they move only very slowly, but I thought this grouping amusing.
Signature: George

Winter Geometrid Moths

Hibernating Winter Geometrid Moths

Dear George from Washington,
These are Geometrid Moths in the family Geometridae.  They are also commonly called Measuring Worm Moths or Inchworm Moths.  We located on JSTOR an online article called Bat predation and flight timing of winter moths,
Epirrita and Operophtera species (Lepidoptera, Geometridae) by Mats G. E Svensson, Jens Rydell and Richard Brown,  when we searched for “hibernating Geometrids.”  We then searched those names and found additional information, but the photos are all of rather drab and unremarkable looking moths shaped similarly to your beauties, but without the intricate markings on your moths.  These must be hibernating male Winter Geometrid Moths, and we don’t really know how to tell them apart for certain based on the markings found in photos of individuals online.  BugGuide has some pictures of several species from the genus Operophtera found in North America and all three species are found along the West Coast.  The markings on the Espirrita species pictured on BugGuide are more defined, but different from the markings on your moths.   We love your photo.  We rotated it and cropped it to a square prior to sizing for the internet.  Moth PHotographers Group has nice photos of the Autumnal Moth, but they do not look like your moths.

 

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Hi Daniel,
Once again, greetings from Goa, India.
I am attaching three images here of two very pretty snails from Bali. Feel free to use them if you would like! And if you do know what kinds they are, I would be grateful!
Cheers
Sucheta
P.S. – I am about to order your book on Amazon! Will let you know once it arrives.

Snail

Hi Sucheta,
We must confess that identifying snails is not our strength, but we attempted to do some research.  We found your yellow snail and possible the other Snail on My Growing Passion, but they are not identified.  Bali for Kids also has a photo of your yellow snail, but it is not identified.  We eventually found a FlickR page where it is identified as
Tropis bekicot, but we cannot verify that name.  Perhaps Susan Hewitt will see this post and write in with a comment.

Snail

 

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Subject: what fly is it
Location: Taman Insiyur Haji Juanda, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
February 8, 2013 1:31 pm
Hello Daniel,
I took this one on 2010, beautiful colored fly… but I wonder what is it.
Signature: Mohamad Idham Iskandar

Could it be a False Plume Moth???

Wow Mohamad,
We don’t even know where to begin with this one, except to eliminate what it is not.  We are confident it is not a fly, beetle or orthopteran.  Our best guess is that it is some type of moth and some of its features are similar to hymenopterans.  We wish you had additional photos.  Perhaps one of our readers will provide some information.  The antennae are unusual and there appear to be structures associated with the mouthparts that are pointing upwards as well.

Trevor suggests False Plume Moth
Looking at those heavily spiked legs makes me think it may be in false plume moths. These moths are usually small (with wingspans around 1-2 cm/less than 1 inch) and brownish in color. They have large compound eyes, thread-like antennae, and prominent labial palps. The body is slender, and the legs bear large spines.

Thanks Trevor,
We had to do important things unrelated to What’s That Bug? today, and we are satisfied that we did more than expected.

Thanks alot Daniel and Trevor,
Ahhh… (Bang on the head) I forgot about lepidoptera (scale wing). Just like what Trevor said, yes…it is small, no more than 1,5 cm long.
Sadly after looking in my photo collection from that place 2010, I only have 1 decent looking photo of them.
I only met this guy once, and until now I haven’t met them again.
If I ever met them again, I’ll take more decent photos and inform you …

Karl provides some suggestions
Hi Daniel and Mohamad:
You are quite right Daniel. This is one of those frustratingly difficult Microlepidoptera, a group of tiny moths made up of numerous families and innumerable species. I think it is likely some sort of Concealer Moth in the family Oecophoridae. They are sometimes referred to as wasp mimics, which is in line with your suggested resemblance to a hymenopteran. However, it could also be Cosmet Moth in the family Cosmopterigidae (and there may be other candidate families as well). The prominent upturned facial appendages are its labial palps, a feature that is common to all sixteen or so families of the superfamily Gelechioidea , the Curved Horn Moths, to which the Oecophoridae and Cosmopterigidae both belong. Identifying it any further would require some serious expertise. Regards.  Karl

Thanks so much Karl.  We will classify it as Microlepidoptera.

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Subject: Skull faced caterpillar
Location: Gamkaskloof ”Die Hell” Western cape, South Africa
January 25, 2013 3:03 am
Hi Guys.
On a recent camping trip, I found this little guy crawling along my serviette.
He was only about 20mm long and looked more like a caterpillar than a millipede / centipede.
Thank you.
Kevin
Signature: Skull faced caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar, we believe

Hi Kevin,
Our quick research turned up no visual matches, but we believe, based on the similarity of appearance to some North American Tussock Moth Caterpillars, that this is also a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the subfamily Lymantriinae.

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Hi Daniel.
Thank you very much for your prompt reply.
Interesting – I will have to read further on what Tussock moths we get in SA.
Keep up the good work!
Kind Regards.
Kevin

Hi again Kevin,
You might have some books on South African insects in your local library.  If you find out what species this is, please write back to us with any updates.

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