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Subject: Daniel – What’s This Egg Sac?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
May 29, 2014 2:44 pm
Hi Daniel,
I found this egg sac on the bud of a Pincushion Bloom yesterday. I wish I knew what creature emerged from it, but have been unable to identify. I tried Vanessa Annabella, Gulf Fritillary, Gray Hairstreak and Cabbage Butterfly. None of them seem to match what we have. Can you help?
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

What's That Empty Shell???

What’s That Empty Shell???

Dear Anna,
Because of the silken anchor lines, we do not believe this is an egg, but possibly a pupal shell.  We are pretty certain it is not a butterfly egg.  How large was it?  It seems too large for an insect egg, but we are not certain of the scale as we are not familiar with the pincushion bloom.  Sadly, only two cosmos plants sprouted in the garden, and since we are dealing with a gopher this year for the first time, we hope they make it to maturity and reseed.

Perhaps a Pupal Casing

Perhaps a Pupal Casing

Dear Daniel,
I’m so sorry to have not responded before now.  This was just a little less than 1/8″ in diameter and the pincushion bloom bud was just a little under 1″ in diameter.  I am also inclined to say that it was a pupal shell as I looked at more photos of it and found some detritus inside.
We are sorry to hear that only two cosmos plants sprouted in your garden.  Ours are just now returning, maybe you will have more as time goes on.  How’s that darn gopher?
Anna

It ate the onions.

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Subject: What is the name of this beautiful bug
Location: Naran valley, Pakistan
May 28, 2014 12:44 am
This is a bug, I saw in Naran Pakistan. Can you please tell me the name of this bug? I am attaching the image of the bug for your analysis. Please tell me if you identify the bug.
Thank you!
Zohaib.
Signature: For analysis

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear Zohaib,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  The larvae bore in the wood of trees and shrubs, and most species of Jewel Beetle have specific host plants rather than feeding indiscriminately.  We will attempt to identify your beetle to the species or at least genus level.

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Subject: Mating pair
Location: Singapore
May 18, 2014 3:01 am
Hi Daniel
I was wondering if you could help me with an ID for this mating pair. I found them in rainforest habitat on the trunk of a tree. They’d shuffle to the opposite side of the trunk when I approached them with my camera. They look like little mouse heads :-)
Thanks,
Signature: David

Mating Big Eyed Bugs, we believe

Unknown Mating Bugs

Hi David,
Our first thought is that these might be mating Big Eyed Bugs in the family Geocoridae, based on images posted to BugGuide of North American species.
  We will try to get a second opinion.  Do you by chance have an image that shows the antennae?  That can often be a helpful identification feature.  If we are correct, this is a new subcategory for our site.

Eric Eaton provides some input
Oh, lord, I have no idea.  Maybe Rhopalidae for family?  That is at best an educated guess.  I really don’t do well outside of North America for most things.
Eric

Hi Daniel
I’ve attached another photo (and Flickr link) of the same pair but from a slightly different angle. You can see the antennae a bit better on the left bug. Let me know if this helps with your identification.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davegball/14181986096/
David.

Or perhaps Mating Scentless Plant Bugs

Unknown Mating Bugs

Thanks David,
Eric Eaton suggested perhaps Scentless Plant Bugs in the family Rhopalidae.  Your Bugs are not represented on the Bugs & Insects of Singapore website, nor did we find them on ThaiBugs.

Thank you Daniel.
By the way you might want to bookmark this site below. It has IDs for a lot of South East Asia insects that you might encounter from whatsthatbug.com subscribers.
http://www.natureloveyou.sg/Minibeast.html

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Subject: Strange Tentacled Mountain Snail
Location: Mulu National Park, Borneo
May 18, 2014 7:16 am
On my recent climb to the Pinnacles limestone formation at the Mulu National Park, I encountered this strange grey and red snail displaying two long grey tentacles emerging from its back at an elevation of about 1000 metres above sea level. I have not seen this snail elsewhere and I see it turn up again and again in pictures from blogs of other folks who have climbed the Pinnacles – but till date, no one was able to give a positive ID.
Signature: Yours sincerely, Kok Sen Wai

Terrestrial Snail

Terrestrial Snail

Dear Kok Sen Wai,
We can’t believe we are posting two requests for very unusual Terrestrial Snails in the same day.  The markings on the shell of your Snail are very similar to this example of
Naninia obiana from Indonesia that is posted to FlickR.  We did find a matching example on FlickR that is unidentified and Eric Hunt who posted the image made this observation:  “The snail had two structures that it rapidly wiped over the shell like it was cleaning it.”  There is also an image on Laura Loves It’s Blog and another example on FlickR.  We will try contacting Susan Hewitt who frequently assists in the identification of Molluscs on our site to see if she has any ideas.

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Subject: Cerambycidae – ? Longhorn, but what kind of?
Location: Sri Lanka
May 16, 2014 9:10 am
Hi!
We are trying to identify this longhorn-like bug. We spotted it today and Yesterday in Belihuloya, Sri Lanka. Thanks for the help!
Signature: Jeroen & Petra

Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Jeroen & Petra,
You are correct that this impressive beetle is a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae.  We cannot provide anything more specific at this time, but perhaps one of our readers will write in with additional information.

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Subject: Beautiful Grasshopper in Kenya
Location: Kijabe, Kenya
May 6, 2014 5:36 am
Can you identify this grasshopper? It was found in May in the mountains of Kenya (7,000 feet).
Signature: Matt

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Matt,
This is a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae, but we are having difficulty finding a species identification.  We have located a matching image on FlickR that is called a Clown Grasshopper, but we don’t believe that name has any importance.  That individual was found on Mount Kenya, so we suspect this might be a high altitude species.
Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck today with a species identification.

Could it be the nymph of the phymateus viripedes as seen at
http://thesmallermajority.com/2012/09/18/dangerous-candy/
It looks very similar.
Thanks for what you’re doing. It makes this fun!
Matt

Hi Matt,
While we would not entirely rule out that possibility, we believe the markings on the abdomen of the individuals in the two images are quite different.  Your Grasshopper has a dusting of small yellow spots over the entire body, while the example on The Smaller Majority has very different markings.

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