From the monthly archives: "January 2012"
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Possible Phasmid?
Location: Upstate New York
January 24, 2012 12:11 pm
We saw this guy in our hedges last summer around mid July. It had two tiny wings and could fly, but not very fast. It also had tiny vice-like forearms, similar to a mantid. I tried looking this up online but can’t seem to definitively identify this bug.
Signature: lureah21

Thread-Legged Bug

Dear lureah21,
Though it somewhat resembles a Phasmid, it is not.  Your observation of the raptorial forelegs was keen, identifying this as a predator and not a vegan.  Your insect is a True Bug in the Assassin Bug family.  It is subclassified as a Thread-Legged Bug in the subfamily Emesinae.  We believe it is most likely in the genus
Emesaya, possibly Emesaya brevipennis which you can find on BugGuide.

Thread-Legged Bug

Thank you for your response, that does appear to be the bug we saw.

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could not identify this fly
Location: riyadh, saudi arabia
January 24, 2012 10:39 am
i have searched the internet and asked some people but still know nothing about it,the fly interested me with its unusual wings there are picture of an insect on them. so i caught it around afternoon under a clear sky in a cold day where the temperature was 14-9 c not far from my orange tree in my home Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. thank you for this chance and any idea will be grateful.
Signature: by keyobo

Unknown Fruit Fly

Dear keyobo,
While we don’t have an actual identification, we do have an idea.  In our opinion, this is a Fruit Fly in the family Tephritidae.  We will link to the BugGuide page of North American species for comparison.  We haven’t had any luck identifying any Egyptian possibilities.  Many Fruit Flies are important agricultural pests, especially if they are introduced from exotic locations. 

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Insect ID
Location: ???? but a sticker in plastic casing says Columbia
January 23, 2012 5:21 pm
Hi Bugman,
I teach a 4-6 Special Needs Class and have come across this insect that I would like to ID for my students. It is in an acrylic case. Can you help?
Body…..5 cm long…2.5 cm wide…1 cm thick
Color…..Black and Brown
Antenna…..10 cm long with segments (about 9)
Wings…..looks like 1 pair (hard to tell)
Feet look like they have 2 toe-like extensions
Signature: D. Jimenez

Harlequin Beetle in Lucite

Dear D. Jimenez,
This is a Harlequin Beetle,
Acrocinus longimanus, and it does range in Columbia as well as other places in Central and South America.  They are much more impressive and beautiful alive.

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What is this butterflies called
Location: Austin, Texas
January 24, 2012 9:54 am
I have taken a picture of two butterflies and will like to know what kind are they, and if they are mating or are co-joined together. thank you for your help
Signature: Mauricio Alvarez

Checkered Skippers Mating

Dear Mauricio,
These Common Checkered Skippers, Pyrgus communis, which we believe we correctly identified on BugGuide, are in fact mating.
  BugGuide indicates:  “Larvae feed on mallows (Malvaceae), including Althea, Abutilon, Malva.  Adults take nectar.”  Thanks for sending these great photos, and we are especially happy that you show both the upper and under views of the wings.

Mating Common Checkered Skippers

Thank you very much for your help. Feel free to use those pictures in your website.

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Striped Beetle??
Location: North-East Goldfields, Western Australia
January 24, 2012 6:15 pm
I’m currently working in the Goldfields of Western Australia. This is on a new mine development in a very remote location to the north east of the city of Kalgoorlie. I found this interesting specimen. I think its a beetle and a rather attractive one with its strips. Its currently summer time here, but we have had a fair bit of rain. Hope you can help me identify it!
Signature: Josh

possibly Rhytiphora macleayi from Australia

Dear Josh,
This strikingly beautiful beetle is a member of the family Cerambycidae, commonly called Longhorns, Longicorns or Bycids.  Our initial search has not turned up a conclusive species identification.  Insects from the more populous eastern parts of Australia are more available on the internet. 

We continued to search after posting and stumbled upon the Silver Striped Beetle, Rhytiphora dallasi, on the Shell Picture Card website which states:  “Card data: “This is another magnificent Longicorn – a native of Western Australia. It measures about 1 1/2 inches in length and has a distinctive silvery white body adorned with black lines. This beetle is only found during the warm months. Its grubs are borers in native timbers. Family:
Cerambycidae. ” Comments: Nothing appears to have been written on the biology of this species since publication of the Shell Picture Card series.”  The Antennae of the specimen on Csiro  or the pair on the Worldwide Cerambycidae PHoto Gallery don’t seem to match as they are not striped like your individual.  The related
Rhytiphora macleayi from the Agriculture of Western Australia website seems a better match.

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moth? with flash
Location: new zealand
January 24, 2012 4:45 pm
I found this specimen sitting quite still on the garden path at night. it was apparently not bothered by the camera flash.
Signature: greg

Other enquiries suggest that it’s a Huhu beetle:

HuHu Beetle

Dear Greg,
We are happy to hear you self identified your HuHu Beetle, Prionoplus reticularis.  We have at least one previous submission of a HuHu Beetle in our archives, and we are very happy to include your letter and gorgeous photo as well.

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