From the monthly archives: "February 2012"
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Zoniopoda Grasshopper
Location: Pirituba, São Paulo/SP, Brazil
February 17, 2012 6:41 pm
Hello, there!
In november 2011, I sent some photos of an immature grasshopper 2011/11/24/immature-grasshopper-from-brazil/ which Karl believes it could be Zoniopoda tarsata. This mature one that my friend Paulo found, looks a lot like the image he sent us a link I noticed little differences in the forelegs, but I still believe this must be a subspecies of Z. tarsata.
Signature: Cesar Crash

Grasshopper from Brazil

Hi Cesar,
Thanks for sending this photo of a beautiful grasshopper.  We believe the previous identification is correct and this is
Zoniopoda tarsata.

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Unknown Type of bug
Location: Long Beach, NY
February 18, 2012 1:17 pm
I found these bugs in my house. It is a slab foundation with radiant hot water heat in the floor. I live in Long Island, NY I found them on 2/18/12. Can you please tell me what type of bug it is.
Signature: Chris


Hi Chris,
This sure looks like a Termite to us.  Compare your individual to this photo on BugGuide.  You may want to capture a few and take them to your local natural history museum to be certain before you spend any money on an extermination service.

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Is this a Devil’s Coach Horse?
Location: Wright County, MN
February 21, 2012 11:16 pm
My wife freaked out last night when this bug started jumping around by her drawing table. It had a stance like a scorpion after I finally caught it. It seemed to have wings but it only flew (more like a jump) at a short distance like a pheasant. At first I thought it was an ant because of the head and jaws. Than I noticed on its tail it had two antenna type thingys. Sorry for the poor photos but it would not listen very well and stay still. Oh yeah, its also black, brown at tip of tail, and antenna’s on its head as well. Thanks.
Signature: Alan Gunderson

Rove Beetle

Hi Allen,
While this is not a Devil’s Coach Horse, a much larger species, you are correct that your individual is in the same family.  Rove Beetles are a very large family and we will not be able to provide you with a more specific identification.

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Brazilian Sphinx Moths
Location: Amazon River, Brazil
February 21, 2012 4:01 pm
Thanks to your bug of the month I worked out that the last picture I’d sent you was a mole cricket, which I later whittled down to a tawny mole cricket. I’ve also worked out that many of the moths that landed on our cruise ship were sphinx moths, and I’ve identified some. Confused about the one that looks like a black Pandora Sphinx though, and another one that I have no idea what it was.
Signature: Tracey

Sphinx Moth, possibly Eumorpha anchemolus

Dear Tracey,
This is a real challenge.  We are turning to the Sphingidae of the Americas website and then following the indices by nation for Brazil, there is a huge list of possibilities to search through.  We are going to attempt a few identifications and then contact Bill Oehlke to see if we are correct with any of them.  The first photo in our posting is what we suspect you believe to look like a black Pandora Sphinx, and it may be in the same genus.   It resembles Eumorpha anchemolus that we found on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

Sphinx Moth, possibly Eumorpha anchemolus

  It also appears that you have submitted two different views of the same moth, though we are not certain of that.

Sphinx Moth: possibly Pachylioides resumens???

The third moth in our posting reminds us of a Ficus Sphinx and there are several members of the genus in Brazil, though none seem to match your moth.  Your individual more closely resembles Pachylioides resumens which we found on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  All of our identifications are just guesses and we hope Bill Oehlke can either confirm or correct our amateur identification attempts.

Tracey Responds
Thank you so much for taking the time to find out.  I’ve looked at the links and you seem to be spot on.  For info, the photos of the possible may be the same moth, but I think perhaps not, because they were taken 3 days apart and there were quite a few examples that landed on the ship.  In fact it is amazing the how many different moths and insects came aboard of a night time.
Thank you again for your help. Because of your website, I also identified gawdy sphinx’s, streaked sphinx’s, black witches, and gorgeous pink Spanish Moths.  And the very large and beautiful moth I photographed last year is actually a white witch. Awesome.   But I have so many photographs to work through.  Please keep up the good work.

Bill Oehlke confirms identification
Hi Daniel,
I agree with your determinations. Please see if you can get a more precise location and also forward to me contact info of photographer or ask her to contact me so that I might add the images to the data base and display on internet, credited to photographer.

Dear Tracey,
We are attaching Bill Oehlke’s confirmation of our identification.  We hope you will allow Bill to post your photos on his very comprehensive website.  He also likes very detailed sighting information.  Moths often have very localized populations.
P.S.  We can’t wait to post your White Witch photo.  Can you please supply more details on that sighting, like location, time of day, terrain.  This are all interesting details we love to post.

Hi again Daniel
…  The first Anchemola Sphinx photograph was taken on 18 Jan 2012.  The moth had landed on our cruise ship (Marco Polo) overnight.  The ship was anchored outside Icoaraci, near Belem, Brazil that morning.  I’ve worked out that the second Anchemola Sphinx is a different moth, this one appeared on the ship on the morning of 21 Feb 2012.  We were anchored in the middle of the Amazon river near Almeirim.  I do have another couple of clear pictures (one with scale). if required of the second moth, and many more pictures of similar sphinx moths taken last year.   More than happy for Bill to use them, if he needs a name, it’s Tracey Heath, in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
I’m very pleased you all liked them.

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Location: Singapore
February 20, 2012 11:59 pm
hello, i was wondering what this beautiful butterfly was – it’s gorgeous!
Signature: Cassia

Mangrove Tree Nymph

Hi Cassia,
This really is a gorgeous butterfly, and we suspected it is one of the relatives of the Monarch in the subfamily Danainae.  Our suspicions proved correct, and our first potential identification hit came on the Butterfly Craze webpage where we found a photo of the Mangrove Tree Nymph.  The real shock was reading this on
Butterfly Craze:  “MANGROVE TREE NYMPH:  This species was thought to have gone extinct from Singapore.  Already a very rare butterfly even in Malaysia, The Mangrove Tree Nymph is a seashore species known to only make its appearance deep in mangrove swamp vegetation.  Although there were several unconfirmed reports of its sighting at Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong in the late 80’s, no confirmed observation of its existence was obtained until recently, where this photograph of the species was taken with a digital camera. It was indeed a pleasant surprise to record the existence of Idea leuconoe chersonesia in Singapore.   Mangrove Tree Nymph is a black and white butterfly like the other species of the genus Idea, but the marginal and submarginal spots are conjoined to form an irregular black band, and the wing bases are yellow-tinted.  Like the other Idea species, the butterfly glides gracefully amongst the treetops and floats like a piece of paper.  The butterfly is believed to be distasteful to predators.”  The Butterfly Circle website has much of the same information.  FlickR lists the common name Rice Paper Butterfly and notes:  “Idea leuconoe chersonesia is a black and white butterfly like the other species of the genus Idea, but the marginal and submarginal spots are conjoined to form an irregular black band, and the wing bases are yellow-tinted. Like the other Idea species, the butterfly glides gracefully amongst the treetops and floats like a piece of paper. The butterfly is believed to be distasteful to predators.”

thank you so much for replying – and so quickly too!
that’s amazing, I really must be lucky to have seen one! it certainly was the largest butterflies, i’ve ever seen and the way it flew was hypnotising!
thank you so much,

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Small australian stag beetle
Location: Mount Gambier S.A Australia
February 21, 2012 4:53 am
I was wondering if you could identify this stag beetle for me?
I left the light on in the kitchen at night and it was sitting on the windowsill in the back yard(in summer). I went outside and chaught two of them to take a closer look at.(i could only find two) a day or so after they died sadly 🙁 . The largest is 14mm (quite small) and the othe 12mm. they are brownish red and both have the lareish antler like mandibles. I cant find a picture or anything about this cute little Beetle…
Signature: Liam

Possibly Stag Beetle

Dear Liam,
We agree that this is most likely a Stag Beetle, however, we did not have any luck with an online identification either.  We are posting this as unidentified in the hopes that we might eventually be able to provide you with a species name.

Possibly Stag Beetles

Comment from mct5548
It seems to be the genus Syndesus MacLeay, which is indeed a stag beetle. Two species occur in Australia, S. cornutus and S. macleayi.

Ed. Note:  We found this link on Alain Galant’s website and the beetles look like a spot on match to us.

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