From the monthly archives: "May 2013"
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Subject: Spotted Bug Thailand – Koh Lanta
Location: Thailand, Koh Lanta – Southern part of Thailand
May 25, 2013 8:45 am
Dear Bugman
I spotted this scarab pin my bath room at around 9 pm Thai time. It is bit as my nail, maybe 1 and a half cm. has cream colour shell and black spots and yellow legs.
I have tried to identify it but cannot find anything on the web.
Thank you for your time.
Cheers Aruna
(www.baanraobedandbreakfast.com)
Signature: Aruna Singh

Leaf Beetle from Thailand

Leaf Beetle from Thailand

Dear Aruna,
We believe this is some species of Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, but like you, we have not had any luck matching any photos on the internet.  Leaf Beetles will not pose any threats to you, your structure or your guests.

Thank you Daniel for your quick response. I was actually nor scared of it, was only very curious as I had never seen a beetle like that. Thank you for your time and welcome to Baan Rao anytime.
Cheers
Aruna

Karl provides an identification
Hi Daniel and Aruna:
I believe it is a species in the genus Podontia (Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini), probably P. quatuordecimpunctata. The submitted photo is a bit fuzzy but I think the match is pretty close. This link provides quite a lot of good life cycle information, including: “Podontia quatuordecimpunctata is the best-known Podontia species because both adults and larvae defoliate the tree Spondias dulcis. This tree, commonly known as the mak-ok, hog plum, or golden apple tree, is cultivated for its edible fruits in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, and the Caribbean…”. Regards. Karl

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Subject: ok!! I found her-spider
Location: livingston texas
May 25, 2013 8:39 pm
A pea sized red body with legs forever. Delicate, spindly, easy three inches out from her body. I’m so sorry I cannot find her anymore for a picture. You do, of course, have my permission to publish my artwork but I most certainly will sue if I catch you smiling or falling out of your chairs laughing. I think there is too much activity on the porch now. It was all hers for 2 years.
Why is it always 8? Is that a leg thing?
Signature: petie

Daddy Longlegs

Daddy Longlegs

Dear petie,
Though your drawing isn’t anatomically accurate, it is an excellent rendering of a Harvestman in the order Opiliones.  Before we enlarged the images, we saw a thumbnail of the drawing and we knew immediately what you had seen.  Like Spiders, Opiliones are classed as Arachnids, but they are in different orders.  We were unable to verify the species you submitted, not even to the family level.  See BugGuide for more information on Opiliones.  

Rendering of a Harvestman

Rendering of a Harvestman

We just posted a really cute photo of Aayla with a Harvestman crawling on her face.

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Subject: Unusal request for a bug loving six year old
Location: Syracuse, New York
May 25, 2013 8:58 pm
Hello there!!!
I’m a long time fan of your site and have submitted many photos in the past which you’ve generously shared. I have an unusual request that I hoped you’d be able to help me with. My best friend’s little girl Aayla is a budding entomologist. She loves all creatures great and small, in particular the small! Aayla is going through some tough times. She has a yet undiagnosted condition that affects her mobility. It’s getting harder and harder for her to move fast enough to keep up with the bugs and butterflies she loves. I set up a fundraiser for her family on GiveForward.com to help pay for much needed diagnostic testing, and I wondered if you’d be interested in sharing the link with your readership. I think it’s so important to support the love of the natural world in our young ones, and even if money is tight Aayla can benefit so much from the kind words and encouragement of fellow bug lovers. Even if you’re not able to share the link, maybe you could post the awesome photos I’ve attached to help lift her spirits! Thank you so much for your site and continued championship of the smallest among us!
Kindly,
Emily Rush
Here’s the link to Aayla’s fundraiser http://gfwd.at/10TtznU
Signature: Emily Rush

Aayla with Daddy Longlegs

Aayla with Daddy Longlegs

Dear Emily,
We are sorry to hear about Aayla’s mysterious situation.  We are posting your request and we feel confident that our readership will help to contribute to Aayla’s diagnosis and recovery.

Aayla and Katydid

Aayla and Katydid

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Subject: They’re Everywhere!
Location: Holden Beach, NC
May 25, 2013 5:08 pm
These bugs are on our porch railings, lined up in a conga line. Touch them and they fly away!
They form lines or groups. Birds seem to ignore them.
Signature: Tom on the Beach

Lablab Bug

Lablab Bug

Dear Tom on the Beach,
This invasive, exotic species is a recently introduced True Bug from China known as the Lablab Bug, Kudzu Bug or Bean Plataspid,
Megacopta cribraria.  It is a known pest on several crops including soybeans and its one benefit is that it feeds on another invasive species, Kudzu.  See the University of Georgia article entitled Megacopta cribraria as a Nuisance Pest for more information.

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Subject: Beautiful insect from Guatemala
Location: Guatemala
May 25, 2013 7:53 pm
My daughter took this photo in Guatemala of what I think must be the most beautiful insect in the world. I am curious to know more about this insect, and what function its beautiful markings might serve. I tried to find out more about it through Google images, and found a photo of another specimen, but with no useful information (https://contest.thesca.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/large/IMG_2098.JPG ) Can you tell me about this insect?
Signature: Ed Max

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymph

Hi Ed,
This is the nymph of a Leaf Footed Bug in the genus
Thasus, and they are commonly called Giant Mesquite Bugs.  They are edible, which is interesting since the color would most likely be described as aposomatic or warning coloration.  We have not been successful in identifying this particular insect to the species level, but we are confident that the genus Thasus is correct.

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Subject: Crawfish Hanging Out In the Street
Location: Northeastern US (Western MA)
May 24, 2013 8:08 pm
I found this bug in the road and have no idea what it is. If anyone has any idea what type of bug it is my thirst for knowledge would be satisfied as far as bugs I have found in the road goes. It was probably about 3-5 inches in length. Thanks everyone for any help.
Signature: The Bug Discoverer

Crawfish

Crawfish

Hi Bug Discoverer,
Crawfish, Crayfish and Crawdad are all commonly used names for this small crustacean.

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