From the monthly archives: "November 2013"
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Subject: bug found in Turkmenistan
Location: Turkmenistan
November 19, 2013 4:11 pm
Hello,
on the street in Ashgabat I found a very strange animal, looking nearly like a fossile. But still walking along the street. I stopped and touched it with a little stick, because this little friend seemed not to have wings. And really: he showed some kind of ”alarm-colour” – and stopped.
The animal was surely about 6-7 cm and quite impressing. I helped him off the street (dangerous) and kept thinking, what bug this would have been. I hope you can help me.
All the best from Estonia
Ute Wohlrab
Signature: Ute Wohlrab

Sand Cockroach, we believe

Sand Cockroach, we believe

Dear Ute,
We believe this is some species of Sand Cockroach.  We cannot say for certain that it is the same species as the Sand Cockroach found in Egypt, but it might be.  Female Sand Cockroaches are flightless, like your individual, and males look more like familiar Cockroaches.

Dear Daniel,
thank you very much for your answer, I didn’t expect to get so early to know about my animal. If you want to add my question and the pictures to your website, please feel free to do so – as Turkmenistan is quite a “locked” country, very many reports you propably wont get from there.
Does the size fit? My one was about 6-7 cm, maybe even a bit bigger. And are they rare?
Thank you anyway for your help! I was already searching all kinds of lobsters, shrimps and other strange animals…
All the best to you from Estonia
Ute Wohlrab
PS: If I meet one again, I promise to make better pics for you!

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Subject: Butterfly ID
Location: Braulio Carrillo, Costa Rica
November 19, 2013 1:13 pm
Nr 6 is a butterfly I found in Braulio Carrillo, Costa Rica. In january 2013
I couldn’t take a picture with the wings open but maybe it will do
Signature: ?

Leafwings:  Archaeoprepona amphimachus

Leafwings: Archaeoprepona amphimachus

Dear questioning,
Though you submitted numerous identification requests, we will most likely only be able to turn our attention to one this morning since we must soon leave for work.  These appear to be Leafwings, more specifically, White Spotted Preponas,
Archaeoprepona amphimachus, and they appear to be taking nutrients from what might be a piece of rotting fruit.  We wish you had supplied us with additional information regarding the circumstances leading up to this image.  Wikimedia has a nice image showing the dorsal and ventral surfaces of a mounted specimen.

Hello,
Thank you for your time already.
All the circumstances leading to the 9 pictures were the same.
We were on holiday in Costa Rica and we want to visit all the nature reserves.
As much as possible in 3 weeks
So all the pictures were taken when we walked through the reserves.
We never search for it.
We’ve just taken the pictures when we were following the main road.
Greetings

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Subject: Southern Dogface Butterfly?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
November 19, 2013 1:33 pm
Hello,
Here is a beautiful butterfly, and I think it might be a Southern Dogface Butterfly. You identified one for me last spring, thank you!
I took photo after photo, trying to get an open-winged shot. I can’t tell you how many photos I took of the brick wall, the house eaves, the fence, the mulch, the grass and the flowers (without capturing the elusive flying Dogface), when I finally got a decent shot. Hooray! It’s blurry but distinguishable.
This butterfly stayed near the garden for the half-hour I was there. After feeding, the clever creature rested on the crepe myrtle leaves, only resting on the yellow leaves, never the green leaves. Camouflage?
It fluttered around other yellow butterflies its size that visited the garden, but I don’t know if it was guarding or courting. Once, three butterflies were circling each other. The other two flew off after feeding briefly.
I have photos of one of the other butterflies if you are interested. It may be a female Southern Dogface, but I’m not sure. I’m pretty sure it’s a Sulphur in any case.
Thank you for all of your help!
Thank you!
Signature: Ellen

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

Hi Ellen,
We got a bit of a chuckle at your attempt to photograph this Southern Dogface Butterfly,
Zerene cesonia.  We went through a similar attempt to capture a good photograph of a Western Tiger Swallowtail in our our garden several years ago.  One of the beauties of digital photography over traditional analog photography is that it is much easier to keep shooting and shooting until you get a decent image.  As educators, we still believe that a firm foundation in analog photography makes better photographers despite the fact that they will not be working in analog professionally.  We are very pressed for time due to work obligations, and though you sent several submissions our way, we might not get them all posted this morning.

Southern Dogface

Southern Dogface

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Subject: Can you identify?
Location: Taiwan
November 18, 2013 10:08 pm
Dear Bug People:
Are you able to tell me who is voraciously eating my cute mini-orange tree? (pic enclosed)
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Found on: Orange tree sapling
Size: about 4 cm
Color: green, with some uneven black spots/bands
Built: muscular, probably works out, nice abs, compact
Hairs: none
Behavior: protested against being picked up by sliming me and extending two orange-red tentacle-like appendages from its head, which it subsequently subtracted.
Current status: moping on a Taro leaf on other balcony. Not happy?
Signature: Luuk

Citrus Swallowtail Caterpillar

Citrus Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Luuk,
This appears to be an early instar caterpillar of a Citrus Swallowtail or Lime Swallowtail,
Papilio demoleus.  You can see comparable images as well as images of the entire life cycle on Featured Creatures.  If you can endure the loss of a some leaves on your tree, your will eventually metamorphose into a lovely Citrus Swallowtail.

Dear Daniel:
Thank you so much for your trouble! I really appreciate the prompt and detailed reply.
I have taken the pouting Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar from the Taro where I had put it to save my frail orange tree, and put him back. He’s now happily munching away again. I figured I can always buy a new orange tree sapling, but I would not know where to purchase a beautiful butterfly.
Thanks again!
Luuk

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: SE Oklahoma
November 18, 2013 10:31 am
Iv only ever seen this type of bug once before. After much web surfing, I still cant identify it. What is it?
Signature: Just wondering

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Sycamore Assassin Bug

Wonder no more.  This is a Sycamore Assassin Bug.  Though they are not considered aggressive toward humans, they can inflict a painful bite.  We just approved a comment to a previous posting that details the effects of the bite of a Sycamore Assassin Bug on one individual, though we suspect the effects of the bite will vary from person to person.

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Subject: Sad Butterfly
Location: Coryell County, Texas
November 19, 2013 12:53 am
I found this poor butterfly on the sidewalk of a shopping mall. I think it’s a Sleepy Orange. I don’t know what happened to it. Sad.
Signature: Ellen

Female Sleepy Orange

Female Sleepy Orange

Hi Ellen,
We agree that this is a Sleepy Orange,
Abaeis nicippe, a female since it lacks the band on the lower wings visible in the wing pattern of the male.  Compare this image of a mounted female Sleepy Orange on BugGuide to that of a male, also on BugGuide.  Because of the way the wings are dislocated, we suspect trauma was involved in the death of this lovely butterfly.  Based on the numerous images posted to BugGuide as well as the fine photographs of Sleepy Oranges you have submitted to us in the past, it is difficult to get a photo of the dorsal view in a living specimen.

Sleepy Orange found dead

Sleepy Orange found dead

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