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Subject: Colorful bug from Peru
Location: peru near Machu Picchu
December 29, 2013 4:01 pm
I have found out that this bug is from Peru, that’s all the info I have.
Signature: Brandon

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Immature Leaf Footed Bug

Hi Brandon,
This is an immature Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae, and we already have it represented in our archives, however the image submitted in 2008 was never identified to the genus or species level.  It continues to remind us of the Giant Mesquite Bug nymphs from the genus Thasus, however this individual lacks the modified, flattened antennae feature that is evident in that genus.  We are still not able to provide a conclusive identification as we have not had any luck locating other images that match on the internet.

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Subject: Madagascar insect
Location: Madagascar
December 12, 2013 9:20 pm
Hi Daniel
My guide from my recent Madagascar trip just sent me this interesting photo that I wanted to send you. Sorry the quality isn’t great because I had to zoom in quite a bit. Would you have any idea? This is the only photo I have unfortunately. It doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen before.
Thanks,
Signature: David

I’m looking at this again Daniel and what I thought were two “fangs” may be one “fang” and one of the insects forelegs on the far side. As a result I’m guessing maybe assasin bug nymph?

Assassin Bug Nymph

Assassin Bug Nymph

Hi David,
We believe you are correct that this is an Assassin Bug nymph, but we would not entirely discount the possibility that this is a representative from some group of insects that we are not familiar with.  There are also some anatomical similarities to the wingless Snow Scorpionfly photos posted to the Craneflies of Pennsylvania website and the Bug Tracks site (scroll down to see).

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Subject: What kind of wasp is this?
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
December 16, 2013 8:28 pm
Hello,
I found this in our backyard and was wondering exactly what it is and is it dangerous. We live in Adelaide, South Australia. Thanks.
Signature: Jacob

Ichneumon

Ichneumon

Hi Jacob,
This is some species of Ichneumon, a large and diverse group of parasitoid wasps that are not considered dangerous to humans.  The female uses her ovipositor, which is visible in your photo, to deposit her eggs, often directly into the body of the host insect or arthropod.  Most Ichneumons are very host specific, and the prey include many different orders, including butterflies and moths, true bugs and other wasps.  We hope to eventually determine a species identification for this unusual Ichneumon.

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Subject: Caught during fishing
Location: Brunei darussalam – river
December 12, 2013 4:09 am
Someone send me this photo, his friend caught it while fishing, i wonder what it is?
Signature: Hazwan

That's That Bug???

That’s That Bug???

Dear Hazwan,
We don’t even know where to begin to classify this thing.  We hope you are able to provide additional information.  How large was this thing?  Was it caught with a net or a fishing pole?  Are there any additional photos showing the underside?  Perhaps one of our readers can assist with this identification.  We did need to research your location, and we have learned on InfoPlease that Brunei is a small country on the north coast of Borneo.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this?
Location: Malaysia
December 10, 2013 3:38 am
I found this weird-looking insect during my holiday in Malaysia. What is this? I think, this is possibly a type of mosquito.
Signature: Lanzz

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Possibly Crane Fly

Dear Lanzz,
We have no idea what this insect is, but we do not believe it is a Mosquito.  Our best guess is a Crane Fly, but it is a very unusual Crane Fly.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply a comment with an answer.  We apologize, but our allotted time for research has expired and we have to head for work to give a final examination.

Erwin provides an interpretation
Subject: unknown Malaysian insect
December 11, 2013 3:12 am
Hi,
I would like to give an interpretation of the strange photo presented by Lanzz.
In my eyes there is a dead stick insect lying on the ground, with two legs missing. A tiny part of one of these missing legs can be seen near the insect. And I see another planarium-like creature or maybe a slug attached to the body of the stick insect and maybe feeding on it.
(I know my English is not 100% perfect, but I hope I can make myself understand)
Signature: Erwin Beyer

Close up showing hidden antennae

Close up showing hidden antennae

Update:  December 11, 2013
We are posting an enlarged view in response to Erwin’s comment.  In a lower resolution image, Erwin’s explanation seems possible, however, we took a vertical image of the insect on a wall and rotated it to maximize its size on our site.  The original file was reduced in resolution to be web compliant.  This appears to be a pair of wings held above the body.  At the right of the image, partially obscured by the leg, is the head with tiny antennae.  We do not believe this is a dead Stick Insect being eaten by a Planarium.  We are not certain that it is a Crane Fly, but we do believe it is a flying insect.

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Subject: Butterfly
Location: Costa Rica
December 3, 2013 3:03 pm
Could you help me identify this butterfly?
Thanks,
Signature: RNisly

Brushfooted Butterfly

Brushfooted Butterfly

Dear RNisly,
Our initial attempts to identify which species of butterfly you have photographed so beautifully came up blank, but we can tell you that it is a member of the Brushfooted Butterfly family Nymphalidae.  We will post the photo and continue to try to identify it, and we hope our readership will be able to lend us a helping hand with this lovely butterfly’s identity.

Orion Butterfly
Thanks to a comment from Richard Stickney, we now know this is an Orion Butterfly or Stinky Leafwing.  We found nice photos showing partially opened and closed wings on OdoLep Ecuador after locating this unnamed image on the Nymphalidae Systematics Group.

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