From the yearly archives: "2009"
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“I” think its a was[
December 28, 2009
“I” think its a was[
I apologize that this is the only photo that came out clearly. there was a better position, but it was too fuzzy for any detail. This one is feeding on a wild garlic head of flowers that is blooming here on a very cool day in north Florida. I’m sure you can just spit out the name – which will be fine with me. thank you. rd
rd
Columbia Co., Florida near Lake City

Potter Wasp

Potter Wasp

Dear rd,
This is a species of Potter Wasp, Zethus spinipes.  According to BugGuide it is “Black, thorax has yellow marks. Narrow yellow band on abdominal segment 3. Wings brown to violet. Bizarre stalked abdomen typical of genus.

Thank you kindly for the information – I’ll note it in my book.  It didn’t quite freeze here last night – so much for the wearther folks (but not complaining except I had to get everything under their blankets).  The flower still blooms but the wasp is no longer resting there.  enjoy.  rd

Ed. Note:  September 22, 2012
We just received a correction on the species identification of this Potter Wasp.  We now believe it is
Eumenes fraternus.

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Borneo to be Weird
December 29, 2009
Spotted at night while trekking in Borneo. This insect was quite large (around 12 cm), and was found at our camp in Maliau Basin. I have no idea what it is, but I’m guessing that it’s some type of stick insect. This individual is the only one of its kind that we saw during our three weeks in Malaysia. I would love to know what it is.
Croix
Maliau Basin, Sabah, Malaysia

Mystery from Borneo

Katydid from Borneo

Dear Croix,
Tropical species can often be very difficult to recognize, and diversity in the jungles often results in a physiognomy that is nearly unrecognizable from closely related species found in well documented areas like North America.  We believe this is some species of Longhorned Orthopteran, but we will probably need some time to research that possibility.  Meanwhile we are going to post your photos of this fascinating creature with the hopes that we can identify it online, or that our readership may be able to contribute to the identification.

Mystery from Borneo

Katydid from Borneo

We are also going to contact Eric Eaton to see if he is able to confirm that this is a Longhorned Orthopteran.

Mystery from Borneo

Katydid from Borneo

A Differing Opinion
I think that the insect on the picture should be some kind of Phasmatodea. If I look the third leg pair in the third picture then I can’t imagine how could he jump. The head is also like Phasmatodea’s have.
Mardikavana

Daniel,
Thank you for posting my submission and replying as quickly as you did. I really enjoy your site, and I’m excited to see if someone will be able to identify this insect. Have a wonderful new year.
All the best,
Croix

Eric Eaton writes back
Hi, Daniel:
I’m “cc’ing” Piotr Naskrecki because the images are of a katydid, and Piotr is the most knowledgeable and helpful authority I know for this group of insects.  He will likely know the genus at least.  Wonderful creature!
Best wishes to you and Lisa for a very prosperous and stress-free 2010.
Eric

Katydid Expert Piotr Naskrecki provides an answer
Hi Eric,
This pretty animal is either the genus Olcinia or Sathrophyllia, both common
katydids in Borneo and peninsular Malaysia (hard to tell them apart without
seeing the wing venation.) They are members of the Pseudophyllinae:
Cymatomerini.
Cheers,
Piotr

Wow!  That was ridiculously fast, Piotr:-)  Thank you so much.  I am getting a wonderful education from you.  I have always liked katydids anyway, but you have only increased my fascination and wonder through your helpful comments and identifications.  Thank you again, and happy new year to you!
Sincerely,
Eric

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Is this an assasin bug?
December 28, 2009
Hi, I love your site. While visiting a relative in Naples, Florida, I photographed this bug near a beach. I think it’s an assasin bug, but I can’t find a matching image. It flew away when I got close. Any ideas?
Sammy
Southern Florida

Giant Milkweed Bug

Giant Milkweed Bug

Hi Sammy,
Though it resembles an Assassin Bug, this is actually a Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae known as the Giant Milkweed Bug, Sephina gundlachi.  According to BugGuide, it is found in Florida, and has not been reported from other states.

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Strange orange bug with shiny symmetrical green patches
December 28, 2009
I was standing outside the pharmacy building at the Sydney University, on an Australian Spring afternoon, when this orange bug/beetle landed on my arm. I’m not sure if the bug fell out of a tree (many Eucalyptus trees around) or flew and landed on me, but it didn’t seem to fly away when i flicked it off. It just fell onto the concrete and kind of crawled slowly away. It was slow enough for me to take a couple of good close up pictures of it, including a nice mug shot. To date, I still haven’t been able to identify it, so I was wondering if you could help me out a little. Thanks =)
Mr Tan Luu
Sydney University, NSW, Australia

Cotton Harlequin Bug

Cotton Harlequin Bug

Dear Mr. Luu,
This shimmery creature is a Cotton Harlequin Bug, Tectocoris diophthalmus.  It is also called a Hibiscus Harlequin Bug and you can see photos of it on the Brisbane Insect Website.

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Blue French Bug
December 28, 2009
I saw this bug hidden in a woodpile last july in Deux Sevres, France and am curious as to its species, thanks
Alex
Deux Sevres, France

Blue Rosalia

Blue Rosalia

Hi Alex,
This gorgeous Long Horned Borer Beetle is a Blue Rosalia, Rosalia alpina, and we have read that it is becoming quite rare in Europe.  According to Wikipedia:  “They are distributed from the Alps east to Slovakia. Its numbers across Europe has greatly depleted in recent years, and it is a protected species in Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.
”  The Blue Rosalia has appeared on numerous European stamps.

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Wasp/Grasshopper Cross?
December 27, 2009
Hi Bugman,
I’m hoping you can help me identify this odd red bug. I’ve not seen one before and a cousin thinks it looks like a cross between a wasp and a grasshopper. Don’t know about that . . . anyway, it was very angry with me for bothering it and waved it’s antennae about wildly! I thought it best to leave it alone and hope I’ve gotten a good enough photo for you to be able to help identify. Thanks very much!
Anna Carreon
Hawthorne, California

Short Tailed Ichneumon Wasp

Short Tailed Ichneumon Wasp

Hi Anna,
This is a Short Tailed Ichneumon Wasp, probably in the genus Ophion.  They are solitary wasps that parasitize caterpillars, and they are important natural biological control species.  The ovipositor is short, and we have read reports that it might pierce human skin.  BugGuide has some information and photos.

Short Tailed Ichneumon Wasp

Short Tailed Ichneumon Wasp

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