From the monthly archives: "April 2010"
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Bug with Striped feelers
April 30, 2010
I found this bug on one of my building structure in Singapore. Occasionally, the brown patch on the back will lift up to reveal wings. The feelers are very long. Do you know what bug this is?

Unknown Longicorn

Hi Stanley,
This is a Long Horned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  Perhaps one of our readers will attempt an identification while we are at work furthering the education of others.

Karl has an answer
Hi Daniel and Stanley:
I think this longicorn is probably Coptops leucostictica (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae:  Mesosini). I am fairly certain that is the genus, with an outside chance that it may be Mesosa. There is an excellent website called “Longhorned Beetles of Singapore” that you can explore, or go directly to a very nice photo of C. leucostictica. The species is found throughout mainland southeast Asia, Singapore and west to India. Regards.

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Where Are The Insides Of This Bug?
April 29, 2010
Hello! I was at my parent’s home in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida about three weeks ago and while I was out on the dock, I noticed this beetle-looking bug. Upon closer inspection, I saw that the upper-middle section was split open and all of the bug’s insides were gone. First, what exactly am I looking at and second, is this some sort of shedded skin? I am truly intrigued by this and would truly appreciate your assistance in answering these questions. Thank you in advance for your time and efforts!
Lake Panasoffkee, Florida

Cicada Exuvia

Hi Victor,
This is the Exuvia or molted skin of a Cicada.  Immature Cicadas live underground, and when they near maturity, they dig to the surface, shed their exoskeleton for the last time, and emerge as winged adults that buzz in the trees.  The Exuvia is left behind.

Thank you so very much for your prompt and informative reply! I find your explanation fascinating and will pass your information along to my three children who, like me, were intrigued at what this bug would actually be.
Thanks again for your time and efforts,

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Flying Insect
April 29, 2010
These bugs are all over Thunderbird park. They fly and their wings are noisy. They are over an inch long. They are bright red and black. There are a lot of them around the yellow wild flowers. I would love to know more about them.
Thunderbird Park–Glendale, AZ

Master Blister Beetle

Hi Marianne,
The Master Blister Beetle, Lytta magister, is sure a beautiful beautiful beetle, but don’t touch.  Blister Beetles secrete a compound known as cantharidin that can cause the skin to blister.

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Is this a butterfly, cranefly or what?
April 29, 2010
These insects emerged recently (April – springtime) in the meadows here. They look and behave similar to butterflies except that the second pair of wings appear elongated to form tails. They are blue-green in colour with darker markings. They seem to favour the various grasses. They were quite difficult to photograph and the images are not very clear, but you should be able to see the basic shape. I also took some video.
Sue Lilley
Southern Peloponnese, Greece

Spoonwing Lacewing

Hi Sue,
Even with the blurriness of your photo, we are quite certain this is a Spoonwing Lacewing in the family Nemopteridae.  We posted an example from nearby Turkey this past June.
The Nemopteridae website devoted to the family identifies it as Nemoptera bipennis.

Hi Daniel, thanks very much for the info on  spoonwing; its been driving me mad not knowing, yours gratefully sue

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Unusual Specimen
April 29, 2010
Unfortunately I don’t have an actual picture. Me and my buddy were fishing up in the san luis mountains in colorado and were looking for bait under old downed logs. We hooked what we thought was a grub worm at first. After taking a closer look, the bug appeared to have sharp clamps that could latch onto things and refuse to let go, Ive looked everywhere to find what kind of bug this may be. nothing. Maybe someone here may have some insight on what this could be. Sorry i dont have a picture 🙁 im going back up there this summer and hopefully i can find another one.
Jonathan Gage
San Luis Mountains in Colorado


Hi Jonathan,
Your excellent drawing and description leaves little doubt in our mind that you had an encounter with a Hellgrammite, the larva of a Dobsonfly, and one of the best live baits according to anglers who write to us.

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Green-patterned Aussie moth
April 29, 2010
Hello! I have a rather lovely moth for you to look at, and I hope you have better luck identifying it than I have!
I’m writing for a friend who lives somewhere in the southeastern portion of Queensland, Australia who discovered this little moth sitting on her computer screen. She was kind enough to send me a photo since I’m typically pretty good at tracking down an identification. This time, I’ve come up empty handed. 🙁
Any help solving the mystery would be much appreciated!
An inquiring mind
southeast Queensland, Australia

Unknown Moth

We haven’t the time to research this moth this morning since we must leave for work, but we will post it in the hope that our readership might have some luck.  We would probably start the daunting task of identification by looking through the Owlet Moths in the family Noctuidae on the Australian Moth Website.

Thanks for the site link! A quick browse over it and I believe our mystery moth is an aptly named green blotched moth, cosmodes elegans. What a cute little fellow!

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