From the monthly archives: "May 2010"
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Grasshopper from the Amazon
May 26, 2010
This was commonly seen in our hikes in the Manu Jungle, upper Amazon Basin, Peru.
Don Brown
Manu National Park, Amazon Basin, Peru

Monkey Grasshopper

Hi Don,
We don’t recognize your Grasshopper, but perhaps one of our readers can assist.

Karl Supplies an identification
Hi Daniel and Don:
The small size, short antennae and particularly the splayed out hind legs are all characteristic of the family Eumastacidae. The common name for the family is Monkey Grasshoppesr or Monkey Hoppers; sometimes Airplane Grasshoppesr. This is a fairly large family of hoppers with many species throughout the Americas, particularly in the tropics. This one looks very much like Paramastax nigra. If that’s not the exact species, it is most likely the correct genus. It’s a very nice photo. Regards.

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May 26, 2010
We arrived home from a tough day teaching at LACC today to find that the Designed Manuscript was back from the layout artist.  Now begins the difficult task of the final proof reading.  We are making minor changes, like word substitutions and we want to add the following theory on Dragonfly names:  “One might imagine that the Ear Cutter is the evil version, and the Ear Sewer might then stitch up the damage in the manner of a surgeon.
”  Please forgive us if for the next few weeks (curiously corresponding to final examinations, graduation, student learning outcome assessments and committee meetings) we only respond to and post a few letters a day.  The volume of mail is increasing with the approach of summer, and we still don’t have a staff.

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This was on my front step. Big moth.
May 25, 2010
This is a pretty large moth and I’ve never seen one this big or this colorful in my yard. It was just on my front step this morning and it stayed there all day, moving a little up and down my front wall.
Don’t understand the question.
Altamont, NY near Albany.

Cecropia Moth

Your moth is a Cecropia Moth.

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May 25, 2010
Hello Daniel,
I haven’t been able to ID this little butterfly after looking through 35 pages of butterflies on your website. (What a treat, butterflies are my favorite) Can you help with its ID? Sorry I couldn’t get a photo with open wings, which may have made IDing a bit easier. Thank you for everything.
North Middle Tennessee


Hi Richard,
It is a Hairstreak, but since we are late for work, we can’t look up species right now.

Thank you Daniel,  for taking the time to answer my butterfly request. Hairstreak narrows it down close enough for me, please don’t go to a lot of trouble searching for the sub species for me. I know you are busy and I don’t want to take up any of your valuable time. Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

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remarkable big insect
May 25, 2010
spring photo in a little village near the sea
what is this???

Shieldback Katydid, we believe

We believe this is a Shieldback Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae.  We will contact an expert in Orthopterans, Piotr Naskrecki, to see if he is able to provide a species name or correction.

Piotr Naskrecki provides an answer
Hi Daniel,
This beauty is called Callimenus macrogaster (Tettigoniidae: Bradyporinae.) Whether it is a shield-back is still a matter of discussion, although recent molecular data indicate that Bradyporinae may indeed by closely related to shield-backs (Tettigoniinae.) This species has an interesting defense mechanism, and if perturbed squirts hemolymph at its attacker.

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Follow-up to Possibly Red Bug from Costa Rica
May 25, 2010
Re: Follow-up to Possibly Red Bug from Costa Rica – March 31, 2010
Hi Daniel:
I am still working my way through the numerous Hemiptera photos that I collected on my Costa Rica trip and it turns out I do have this very same bug in my own collection (photo attached – taken at Las Cruces Biological Station). Looking closely at my photo and the one that Mary posted I see that both individuals clearly have a pair of ocelli near the posterior margin of the head. Also, the veins in the forewings run parallel rather than being profusely branched as they should be in a Pyrrhocoridae. That means that it can not be a Pyrrhocoridae. Other similar ocelli-bearing families (Berytidae, Lygaeidae and Alydidae) can be eliminated based on other characteristics. Although I can not definitively eliminate Rhopalidae, since key features are not visible in either photo, I have not found any similar looking Rhopalidae. That leaves only Coreidae, and my inclination is to go with Hypselonotus atratus.  Regards.

Costa Rican Coreid Bug

Hi Karl,
Thanks so much for doing all the research on this critter.  It sure doesn’t look like a typical Coreid Bug, commonly called a Leaf Footed Bug or Big Legged Bug.

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