From the daily archives: "Sunday, December 22, 2013"

Subject: what’s this?
Location: guanacaste costa rica
December 21, 2013 2:47 pm
ALoha, Very interested to know what kind of insect this is…reminds me of damsel fly or dragon fly…seems to be nocturnal…
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This is actually an Antlion, an insect classified as a Neuropteran along with Lacewings and Owlflies.

many thanks!! aloha

Subject: rattailed maggot safety
December 21, 2013 6:43 pm
we have found rattailed maggots in our soaking seaweed and also in our fish fertilizer barrel. My questions are these.
Would these not be there unless a fly had accessed the water?
How safe are these maggots to feed to chickens( who love insects)?
Humans safety:Is there any problem with watering our vege garden with this water? with these in it ?
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Rattailed Maggots (from our archives)

Rattailed Maggots (from our archives)

Hi Margarette,
Rattailed Maggots are the larvae of Drone Flies and they are generally found in situations associated with decomposition, like foul water or compost piles.  To the best of our knowledge, they do not pose any threat to humans and you should be able to use your fertilizer as well as feed the chickens.  We once wrote an extensive response to someone who found Rattailed Maggots in a Comfrey Tea they were brewing.  You are correct that the female Drone Fly would have been attracted to the decomposition in the water and laid the eggs.

Subject: Silver beetle with gold spots
Location: New bombay, Maharashtra, Western ghats
December 21, 2013 10:31 pm
Hey found this one at my workplace just around the time monsoon was setting in.
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Immature True Bug

Hong Kong Shield Bug nymph

This is not a beetle, but rather an immature True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, possibly a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae.  Nymphs can often be very difficult to identify to the species level even when the adult is easily recognizable.

Update:  Hong Kong Shield Bug nymph
Thanks to a comment by the submitter who was able to continue research based on our response, we now know that this is a Hong Kong Shield Bug nymph,
Erthesina fullo, and we located a photo on website dedicated to Hong Kong insects.