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Subject: Orange and Black Pentatomid?
Location: US Virgin Island
March 22, 2016 9:57 am
Hello, I was recently on a study abroad course to the VI and took a few pictures of the insect I found there. I haven’t been able to find any resources on identifying what I found (especially since I only have a few pictures instead of pined specimens). If there is any chance you could identify this bug for me?
Signature: Brandon Claridge

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Dear Brandon,
The closest match we were able to find to your individual is this image on FlickR of
Euryderma ventralis, but the markings are different.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

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Subject: Strange mantis-like bug
Location: Singapore
March 19, 2016 6:09 am
Hi bugman,
I’ve recently captured a strange little bug which looks like a miniature mantis but has these 2 “tails” located at the abdomen. It has a very erratic response to flashing lights and movement around it. The bug sometimes goes even goes apeshit when either of the 2 factors come in play. I’ve tried feeding it small red ants and grapes but I think it eats ants but they could’ve escaped by the small air hole I’ve poked on the plastic lid but it has been surviving for 3 days now and I’m starting to see tiny droppings so I guess the ants were its meal. It’s just a little over 2cm in length and I’d say a rough estimate of half a cm in across. The camouflage is stone coloured with black brownish splatters. I’d really like to know the name and characteristics of this interesting little bugger as I really like to keep it as a pet!
Cheers
Zuohan
Signature: WZH

Mantis

Mantis

Dear Zuohan,
We cannot imagine that this is anything but a Mantis, though we cannot locate a similar looking image online.  The front legs on your individual do not have the typical appearance of the raptorial front legs characteristic of most Mantids, enabling them to grasp prey.  Perhaps it is just the camera angles.  We will continue to attempt to identify your Mantis to at least the genus level.

Mantis

Mantis

Hi Daniel,
thanks for the reply and your attention towards this particular matter, I know that it isn’t mantis but at first glance it looks to me as it was a mantis-like creature. Particularly due to it’s forelegs tucking in like a mantis (I don’t have much knowledge on mantises though I have seen one up close, and this struck me on first sight as one). It has been 5 days now and it’s still going strong, I’m pretty sure its surviving off the red ants I keep dropping into the air hole. I’ve observed that it sits waits for its prey to cross it instead of going for the hunt. When the red ants come across it, the creature just grasps the ant, places it in its mandibles and sort of throws it aside, but as I’m typing this, I’ve observed it has just devoured one red ant (I’m pretty sure it has as I saw it swoop it’s head downwards and the mandibles are executing a chewing motion) I can provide you guys more and maybe higher quality photos of it upon request, I maybe sending some better ones your way later during the day.
Also, I found out the two ‘tails’ are actually the ovipositor (whatever that means) and whilst typing this again I caught some “winged ants” and the creature finds them particularly edible and devours one within seconds of it crossing its path unlike the red ants which it is very picky.
Anyways hope this helps in your data matching
Cheers
Zuohan

Mantis

Mantis

We look forward to receiving additional images.  Please try to get details of the forelegs.

Update:  March 21, 2016
Hi Daniel,
please find attached to this email are photos of the bug, I’ve tried getting the best shot out of my crappy iphone 6 camera and these were the best ones I’ve chosen to send to you.
there are 4 previews of the bug together with 13 other photos attached
Cheers
Zuohan

Mantis

Mantis

Thanks for the new images Zuohan.  The front legs look more clearly raptorial in your new images.  This is a very small Mantis, but we still do not have a species for you.

Mantis

Mantis

Update:  March 22, 2016
Hi Daniel,
Oh so it really is a mantis? Wow what a petite one it is! Well the mantis recently just gave up and died (Heart breaks) about an hour ago, I can maybe send it to you guys for further analysis on it. I live in Singapore and I can cover the cost of shipping to you guys if you allow it. I’ll source for a small capsule of sorts and add silica gel to preserve it. I don’t the proper way to preserve a dead so maybe you can offer me some guidance.
Cheers
Zuohan

Thanks for the offer.  You should consider donating the dead Mantid to your local natural history museum for identification.

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Subject: Species ID request
Location: Inland of Port Hedland
March 4, 2016 5:01 pm
Hi, this little guy is from Cloudbreak in the Pilbara and am just curious who he is please?
Signature: Regards, Kerry

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Dear Kerry,
This is a Grasshopper in the suborder Caelifera, but we don’t believe we will be able to identify the species based on the unusual angle of your image.  The image is quite stunning, which is why we are posting it as unidentified.

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Subject: Pretty sure this is a bug egg…?
Location: Seattle
February 25, 2016 5:05 pm
I live near Seattle. For Christmas, we received a wicker picnic basket, and because because it was winter, we left the basket on the carpet in a room we don’t typically use. The room doesn’t receive much sunlight and typically is a little cooler than the rest of house, since it is a daylight basement.
A few weeks ago I decided to clean it up and wash the utensils that come with the basket, when I found these little white spheres in multiple spots in the basket. In addition, when I picked up the basket I saw the same white spheres sitting in clumps on the carpet, which I’ve photographed (and since vacuumed).
I took the basket, did a quick wipe and set it on a chair in the dining room. Within a week or two, I started seeing more of those same dots on the chair. Any ideas what they are? I think they are bugs, but haven’t seen any evidence of any bugs. I presume I should probably throw the basket away…
Signature: some guy

Growth on Basket

Growth on Basket

Dear some guy,
Despite the high resolution of your image, we don’t quite know what we are looking at, but we do not believe it to be insect related.  Our first impulse is to suspect this might be some type of fungus.  Damp conditions in Seattle could cause fungus to grow in some unlikely spots.  Moving the basket from the room to the chair would transfer the spores and cause a fungus to grow there as well.  Perhaps one of our readers will have a better suggestion.

Growth on Basket

Growth on Basket

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Subject: Spruces with tiny scale on stem.
Location: Pennsylvania 19446
February 7, 2016 11:04 am
There is an area of several miles with Colarado Spruce and White Pine decline. The White Pines have Eriophyid Mites and Pine Oystershell scale. The Spruces also have Eriophyid Mites and a scale that looks smaller and different than spruce bud scale. Any ideas?
Signature: Chris

Scale Insect on Spruce

Scale Insect on Spruce

Dear Chris,
We have tried several times to find information on Scale Insects that attack spruce, but to no avail.  We could really use a Hemipteran expert to assist with this ID.

Scale Insect on Spruce

Scale Insect on Spruce

Scale Insect on Spruce

Scale Insect on Spruce

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Subject: bug ID
Location: Uganda
February 12, 2016 9:42 am
Hi,
I found these two on a carcass of a zebra in Ugnada, Africa. Time of year was August. Any ideas what these might be?
Thanks,
Signature: Gideon

Unknown Stink or Shield Bugs

Shield Bugs

Dear Gideon,
We are having a difficult time finding any matching images of your True Bugs which are in the superfamily Pentatomoidea, which includes Stink Bugs and Shield Bugs.  They are not pictured on Some Kenyan Hemiptera and Homoptera, and we could not find them on iSpot.

Update
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we have matching images from Alamy indicating this is
Solenosthedium liligerum.  There are also several images on iSpot.

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