From the monthly archives: "April 2010"
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Colorful Worm
April 29, 2010
It is look like worm, it’s head look like a hammer. and the length of body is approximate 40mm.
Goree Chong from Malaysia
Penang State of Malaysia

Terrestrial Planarian

Hi Goree,
Your photo is the second Terrestrial Planarian we received today, the other being a different species from Japan.  Your specimen most closely resembles Bipalium rauchi which is pictured on the Terrestrial Planaria website.  There is also a YouTube video that looks quite similar.

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Damp terrestrial arrowhead flatworm
April 29, 2010
I came across this flatworm under a moist slab of wood in my backyard garden. The flatworm has a head that resembles a fan at times and at other times an arrowhead. The tail anchored the flatworm to the moist wood, although this flatworm was pretty much curled and very mucusy. Along with this flatworm were orange winged beetles resembling ladybugs the size of peppercorn kernels and sow bugs under the wood slab. The dorsal side of the flatworm were 2 outer broad dark stripes (running from head to tail) with a thinner light dark stripe between and parallel to the 2 broad stripes. The underside was basically pale. There was only one flatworm not a community of them. For April it has been raining a bit more than usual, and the garden ground is a bit moist making it easier to pluck out unwanted baby weeds. I was just curious to see what community lived under this particular slab of wood.
My question is what type of flatworm is this?
Lucy
Fukuoka City, Japan

Land Planarian

Hi Lucy,
Thank you for including the detailed information about the community you found under the slab of wood.  We do not have the necessary skills to identify what species of Planarian you have discovered.  It is very possible that it is a young Arrowhead Flatworm, Bipalium kewense, which can grow to ten inches in length.  The markings are consistent with that species.  The Texas Master Gardener website has a nice page on the Land Planarian.  The Featured Creatures website has a great page on the Land Planarian.

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what type of moth is this?
April 28, 2010
would you please let me know what type of moth is this?
thanks for you time and help
ohio

Polyphemus Moth

The Polyphemus Moth represented in your photograph ranges across the continental United States and Canada from North to South and East to West.

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Ed. Note:  February 5, 2013
We just posted a similar spider from Sumatra, Indonesia, and our research tends to indicate that we originally misidentified the spider in this posting.  While we are confident the genus is
Nephila, we cannot claim the species for certain.

Spider from Indonesia
April 28, 2010
This was on my porch. What is it? It is pretty cool. I live in Central Java, Indonesia. I found it just before the rainy season-January of this year-2010
Isaac
Java Indonesia

Batik Golden Web Spider

Good Morning Isaac,
We took the liberty of rotating your image 180º in order to orient this Golden Silk Spider into the position it is usually encountered.  Golden Silk Spiders in the genus Nephila generally do not leave their webs, and they await prey suspended up-side-down.  The common name Golden Silk Spider refers to the color of the silk, which is possibly the strongest silk spun by spiders and is also a lovely golden color.  There have been several attempts in the past to harvest the silk from Golden Silk Spiders in order to produce textiles, but the process is cost prohibitive on a large scale.  We believe your spider is the Batik Golden Web Spider, Nephila antipodiana, which can be viewed on the Guide to Common Singapore Spiders website as well as the Malaysian Spiders website.

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orange and black bug
April 27, 2010
It is spring and we went to a park were we found this orange and black bug. There were two of them that we found on a hill. We got close to them and they did not fly off, so I believe they don’t fly.
Amanda
NE Texas

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Amanda,
Because they hibernate as adults, adult Large Milkweed Bugs, Oncopeltus fasciatus, like the individual in your photograph, are seen in the spring as they begin producing a new generation.

Large Milkweed Bug

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Brown bug with debris from Madagascar
April 27, 2010
Hi
I don’t even know where to start research with this bug. It was on a post about 3 feet off the ground in Madagascar in summer. It’s relatively slow moving and about .75″ long. Can you help?
Thanks,
Theresa
Andasibe, central Madagascar

Cicada Exuvia

Hi Theresa,
The bug in your photo is actually the Exuvia of a Cicada, and the insect had previously left the premises.   Insects have an exoskeleton that must be shed before the insect can grow or metamorphose.  Immature Cicadas live underground for many years, and as they mature, they crawl to the surface and climb a tree or other vertical structure several feet before beginning the final metamorphosis.  The exoskeleton splits and the adult winged Cicada emerges, leaving behind the cast off exoskeleton known as the exuvia.  Exuvia of Cicadas and Dragonflies are often noticed, and they are probably among the most commonly submitted insect remains to our website.

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