From the yearly archives: "2013"

Location:  West Java, Indonesia
January 13, 2013 3:06 pm
Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much Daniel,
I only took 2 pic of the strange looking beetle at that time October 2010 it’s rainy season here in Indonesia, I took it around this coordinate -7.136685,107.391701, the local name of the place is Ranca Upas, Ciwidey, West Java, Indonesia;it’s a camping ground with mountain, tropical forest, and mountain swamp all around. even though the local people use it it for plantation and crop :(.
I don’t know about what does it eat and is it attracted to lights because I took the photo using flash in the afternoon, and yes it’s alone individual.
This is the other photo, it’s a little bit to the left from the top;


But recently December 2013 rainy season here in Indonesia, I got 4 other species similar with the above from the other place but with different color pattern, around this coordinate -6.837636,107.751589 the nearest village in the south is Genteng Village, Tanjungsari, West Java, Indonesia. This place is a well preserved pine forest. I took the picture around 10 am in the morning. Same with the above it’s alone individual and for the size it’s relatively small;around 4-7 mm.


Wow Mohamad,
This is much a much more detailed followup from your earlier submission than we expected.  Eric Eaton has already confirmed our suspicions that though they resemble beetles, these insects are more likely Hoppers in the order Hemiptera.  It is interesting that there are so many individuals with similar morphologies, but different colorations.  We suspect that they are most likely in the same family, and perhaps that family is only represented in the tropics.  They might be in the same genus as well.  We hope to hear more from the expert that Eric Eaton wrote that he would contact.



Thanks Daniel and Eric,
Hope to hear the news about the ID of this bug, because they have this strange looking eye and it’s somehow similar to hover fly face.
Recently Dec 2012 I started to make a blog the aim is to give information to the people about what kind of bugs here in Indonesia, because I hardly see sites about it;maybe my info could be useful for them, and your identification is really helpful… thanks again Daniel.

Congratulations on your Blog Mohamad.  We applaud your ambition.


Sorry Daniel a little of mistype the last 4 picture is from December 2012 not 2013 :D.

Karl provides a family, subfamily and tribe
Hi Daniel and Mohamad:
I believe most or all of these are Issid Planthoppers (Issidae) in the Subfamily Hemisphaeriinae and Tribe Hemisphaeriini. This includes 13 genera and numerous species, all restricted to east and southeast Asia. Most are very poorly documented online and photos are difficult to find, but similar bug photos can be found under species such as Hemisphaerius, Gergithus and Gergithoides. Regards.  Karl

Thanks a lot for the ID karl and Daniel, and also you gave me another wonderful sites to read.

Eric Eaton also responds January 15, 2013
Ok, Lois O’Brien got back to me late last night about the beetle-like hopper thing from Indonesia.  Apparently it is in the family Issidae, and tribe Hemisphaeriini.  Not much online about them.


Subject: Beetles
Location: Ranca Upas, Ciwidey, West Java, Indonesia
January 10, 2013 3:06 pm
Hi Daniel,
I take these picture in a forest 2010, there are two beetles.
The first one with black and beautiful brushed like orange colored, I suspect that this one is a lady beetle but I’m not sure.
and the second one I don’t have a clue what is it.
Hope that you could help.
signature: Mohamad Idham Iskandar

Flea Beetle, we believe

Hi Mohamad,
The beetle you believe to be a Lady Beetle is most likely a Flea Beetle, which is a Tribe Alticini within the Leaf Beetle Family Chrysomelidae.  Though it is not an exact match, there are certain similarities between your individual and this photo from Encyclopedia of Life.  The other insect is a puzzler for us and we have requested assistance from Eric Eaton.  While it looks beetle-like, there is something about the eyes that does not seem right.  Do you have any additional photos that show the antennae or mouthparts?  That might help.  Where was this insect found?  Was it feeding on a plant?  Was it a lone individual?  Was it attracted to lights?  Please provide any additional information.  It almost has us thinking it might be a Hemipteran.

What’s That Bug?

Eric Eaton provides some information
Wow!  What a great birthday mystery for me 🙂  Definitely some kind of ‘hopper in the Hemiptera order (and you *can* see one antenna, under the eye on the left side of the image), but it is surely a mimic of a beetle, maybe even a lady beetle.  Don’t know where to start….Ooooh, I’ll e-mail this to the wife of the weevil expert, she might know 🙂

Subject: Longhorn Ant?
Location: Southern New Jersey
January 11, 2013 2:19 am
Ok, this one has me stumped. I spotted this inside the house on Nov. 25 and I cannot remember seeing anything similar to it before. I’m not even sure whether to call it an ant, ground wasp or other. The insect is about 1/2 inch long and walked in an ant-like fashion.
Signature: Wileyscott

Female Ichneumon: Gelis species

Dear Wileyscott,
We deduced because of the stinger and the antennae that this was a female Parasitoid Wasp, most likely an Ichneumon, and we were correct.  Upon researching, we matched your image to this photo of a
Gelis species female on BugGuideBugGuide notes that there are over 82 species in the genus in North America, and in our opinion, they look very much alike.  BugGuide also notes:  “Many species of Gelis are wingless. Habits are diverse. Many are external parasites of Lepidoptera in cocoons, others are parasitic on Symphyta, spiders, Diptera larvae and pupae, or wood-boring Coleoptera larvae. Many are Hyperparasites.”  Ichneumons, Wasps and Ants are all in the same Order, Hymenoptera.

Thank you! I am familiar with Ichneumon at least by name, but I was unaware there were wingless varieties.

Subject: What is this?
Location: Bobin, NSW,Australia
January 6, 2013 12:03 am
My brother caught this beetle last night which was quite large & it bit him several times, drawing blood.
We live on the Mid North Coast just out of Wingham NSW.
We would like to know what it is.
Signature: Jean Cameron


please attach a larger photo if possible.

Ed. Note:  We never received a response to our request.
Hi Jean,
This is a Prionid, a member of a subfamily among the Longhorned Borer Beetles.  We would really love a higher resolution file.  It looks similar to, but not exactly like the female
Rhipidocerus australasiae pictured on the Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery website.  It might be a greenish Poinciana Longicorn, Agrianome spinicollis, which is pictured on the Queensland Museum website.

Subject: Monarch Caterpillar Chrysalis
Location: Hawthorne, CA
January 11, 2013 3:59 pm
Hi Daniel,
I was just about to give up and let you know I couldn’t find a single Monarch Chrysalis when I spied one! Wasn’t even looking for it this time. So, there were 16 total caterpillars of varying ages. There are five left now, one larger and four of medium size. The very first hatched the day before Thanksgiving. The large caterpillars have been disappearing into the Cigar Plant bushes one at a time over the past week. Hope your holidays were great and I’ll be keeping an eye on this gem now that I’ve found it!
Signature: Anna Carreon

Monarch Chrysalis

Happy New Year Anna,
Thanks for sending us this photo of a beautiful Monarch Chrysalis.  We hope the other mature Monarch Caterpillars wandered away from their food plants to metamorphose in a different location and you have just not been fortunate enough to spot them.

Happy New Year to you and yours!  Thanks for the kudos on the photo.  I’m beside myself, which, according to certain members of my family, is a dangerous thing!  I have no idea why this fourth generation of caterpillars took so long to pupate.  I’ve read that the butterflies from this generation live 6-8 months so they can make the journey southward, but nothing on the caterpillars themselves.  Can you shed any light on this?

Hi Anna,
Cool weather slows down the metabolism and consequently the growth rate.  We suspect that might be the cause of the extended period of time in the larval state.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks very much.  I suspected the same.

Subject: Sci-fi moth
Location: Glenwood, Durban [Ed. Note:  South Africa]
January 11, 2013 12:50 pm
Hi, I found this moth a few years ago at my home in Glenwood, Durban. Never been able to find it in a book on bugs. Any idea?
Signature: Ash

Coffee Bean Hawkmoth

Dear Ash,
This stunning creature is a Coffee Bean Hawkmoth or Oriental Bee Hawkmoth,
Cephanodes hylas, according to the BioDiversity Explorer website which states:  “This is one of the three main species of hawkmoth that are active in the daytime, the other two species being Macroglossum trochilus and Leucostrophus hirundo” though it is unclear which location that statement is made regarding since the Coffee Bean Hawkmoth ranges in “Africa south of the Sahara, Asia and Australia.”

Wow Daniel,
thanks for the prompt reply!  I thought it might be a Clearwing Moth – they seem so similar. But I’ve just found the exact same one as mine under Hawkmoth!
I see my image can be found on google now. Would you mind terribly putting this one up instead? It has my copyright on it.  I’ll change the name on my site.
Many thanks again!

We have replaced the image.