From the monthly archives: "November 2011"
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Female Phiddipus jonsoni
Location: Oxnard, California, USA
November 24, 2011 4:22 am
My friend caught this beautiful girl, who we’ve named Ruby, near her boyfriend’s apartment in Oxnard, California. Since her capture, she has laid three egg sacs, I am now taking care of the last remaining baby from the last sac(3 months old now, still too immature to determine gender). I figured you would like these pictures, though they aren’t the most high quality out there. I’ve loved spiders since I was a little girl, I assure you she’s well fed (mostly crickets, though she adores flies if I can catch them), and has a comfortable enclosure with fake plants and moss.
Signature: California Spider Lover

Jumping Spider

Dear California Spider Lover,
We are positively charmed by your letter, however, we do have a few questions.  Did you raise many of the spiderlings?  What did you feed them?  Were they released back into the wild?

Jumping Spider

We also believe that raising local spiders like this and then releasing them back into the wild is an excellent educational opportunity for young children.

Jumping Spider eats Fly

The first set of spiderlings (over 100!), I released after the majority of them hatched, I placed their sac under a bush near my husband’s grandma’s house in Ojai. The second sac only hatched a few spiderlings (around 30), I planned to raise them, but I didn’t have a car and lived half an hour away from the nearest store that sold fruit flies, and they didn’t survive. When Ruby laid the third sac, it was hard to see and I wasn’t sure whether it was a sac or just one of her webs, so it stayed in her enclosure until I noticed the spiderlings (a few weeks old at that point) around it. I carefully removed the sac and as many of the spiderlings I could to a large jar, and had around 60. With school and moving keeping me busy at the time, I neglected to get more jars or other suitable enclosures to separate them once they got to be around a month old, so most died, but I ended up with two who cohabited for quite a while. I separated them, but one died, and now I’m left with the last one, who is currently still being fed on fruit flies, and the occasional tiny cricket that gets into the cricket bag when I buy some for Ruby. I plan to keep him, and move him to a similar enclosure as Ruby once he’s big enough.
Attached is a picture of the spiderling I just took (through the glass of his jar, shows his underside), he’s about a centimeter long from head to spinnerets, still has the juvenile black and white pattern on his back, but, I just checked and he does have one spot of red, should hopefully know gender in another 2 or 3 molts!

Jumping Spiderling

Wow, that is a much more thorough update than we expected.  Thanks so much for providing that additional information.


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Singapore Green Shiny Insect
Location: Singapore
November 25, 2011 12:47 am
Hi, I am pretty sure this is a common insect, but no one knows what this is. I will appreciate if you could tell me what this is. Thanks!
Signature: Huaguang

Emerald Cockroach Wasp

Dear Huaguang,
Despite the lack of clarity in your photo, we are certain you have submitted an image of an Emerald Cockroach Wasp,
Ampulex compressa, which we recently featured because of its amazing life cycle.  A female stings an American Cockroach, turning it into a zombie that can be led back to the nest where it becomes a meal for the developing wasp larvae.  There is much online information available on this food chain relationship.

Thanks for the information. It’s such an amazing insect, especially in a country where cockroaches are absolute pests. Unfortunately I hardly see them at all!

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Shield bugs
Location: Namibia, Southern Africa
November 20, 2011 2:29 pm
Can you please help identify these shield bugs. They are on the seed cone of Welwitschia mirabilis. The picture was taken at10.50a.m. on 19th April 2011 by the C39 roadside west of Khorixas in Namibia.April was unusually wet in Namibia.
Signature: Roger Pinkney.

Cotton Stainers

Hi Roger,
We aren’t entirely convinced that these True Bugs are Shield Bugs.  They may be in another Hemipteran family.  We will try to determine their identity.

Hi Daniel and Roger:
These are Cotton Stainers (Pyrrhocoridae); specifically Odontopus sexpunctatus, the Welwitschia Bug. Regards.  Karl

Thanks Karl.  They aren’t very red for being a Red Bug.

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Location: kwazulu natal midlands, south africa
November 24, 2011 4:54 am
Please could you identify – I have been told perhaps a Southern Marbled Emperor, although the markings are slightly different to the photos already on your site (eg. no grey line through head). We live in natural grassland in Kwazulu Natal Midlands, South Africa. We see loads of these on our outside house walls in the summer. Size 10 – 15cms wingspan.
Signature: don’t mind

Marbled Emperor

Dear don’t mind.
The reason your moth looks so similar to the Southern Marbled Emperor already posted on our site is that it is in the same genus.  We believe your moth is the Marbled Emperor,
Heniocha dyops, which is pictured on the African Moths website.

Bill Oehlke confirms correction submitted in comment by Ryan
Heniocha marnois
Bill Oehlke

Ed. Note:  We found a couple of links with images of Heniocha marnois, including National Geographic.  Interestingly, though the scientific name is different, the common name Marbled Emperor is the same for multiple species in the genus.  The Saturniidae of the World website has photos of mounted specimens.

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Location: Namibia, Southern Africa
November 20, 2011 2:39 pm
Can you please identify these beetles. Images 1 & 2 were taken around 9a.m. on 13th April 2010. in the gardens of Nunda Lodge near Divundu, in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia. The beetles were very abundant and we saw them again when we returned in April 2011.
Signature: Roger Pinkney

Unknown Blister Beetles from Namibia

Hi Roger,
These colorful creatures are Blister Beetles in the family Meloidae.  The larvae often feed on Grasshopper Eggs or they parasitize the nests of Solitary Bees.  Adults feed on vegetation.  They have a complicated life cycle.  Blister Beetles get their common name because they exude a substance called cantharidin that can cause blistering of skin, so they should be handled with care.  We need to leave to get to Whole Foods to buy some cheese for Thanksgiving dinner, but we will try to find a species identification upon our return.

Blister Beetles

While your individuals look very similar to this unidentified species from Namibia the distinctive red markings evident in your photo are absent.

Dear Daniel, Many thanks for another swift identification. Glad we didn’t touch these beetles. Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. Kind regards, Roger.

Hi Daniel and Roger:
Your Blister Beetles probably belong to the genus Mylabris (Meloidae: Meloinae). It’s a very large genus (apparently over 200 species) so as usual I can’t be certain, but it looks very much like M. tricolor. The species probably occurs throughout Southern Africa as I also found references to it from Angola and Botswana, as well as images from Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. None of these images look exactly the same as those in the submitted photos but all are very similar. Variability in appearance is quite common within insect species, particularly if the species has a wide distribution, so that may account for the small differences. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any additional information about the species. Regards.  Karl


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November 19, 2011
Hi Buggy!
I found this beautyful Grasshopper. It was about the size of my nail and I think it’s immature. Any clue about it?
The Location is Jaraguá, São Paulo, Brazil.
Cesar Crash

Grasshopper Nymph

Hi Cesar,
Please use our standard form for submissions in the future.  We apologize for the delay, but we have been busy.  We don’t know the species, but you are correct that this is a nymph.  Often nymphs change their coloration drastically as they mature.

Grasshopper Nymph

I think my concept of delay is quite different from yours. It was so fast! And please do not apologize, I just have to thank you for everything I learned with you.
Muito Obrigado!

Identification Courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel and Cesar:
I believe it is an immature Lubber Grasshopper (Romaleidae) in the genus Zoniopoda. It looks a lot like Z. omnicolor (see enlargement here), but apparently that species does not occur along the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Another possibility is Z. tarsata, which is more common and more widely distributed than Z. omnicolor. I was only able to find one online image identified as an immature Z. tarsata, on a site for the Reserva Natural Isla Martin Garcia (once you figure out how to navigate through the site it is the third last image).  (See adult Zoniopoda tarsata here.)  Regards. Karl

Thanks much Karl.  We now have to update the mating Heteropterans from Namibia.  We didn’t read your identification yet, but we did notice you sent it.

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