From the yearly archives: "2013"

Subject: Spiny orb-weaver
Location: Ulu Belum, Perak, Malaysia
January 4, 2013 2:24 am
Hi bugman,
what is this spesies?
Signature: Asyraf

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Dear Asyraf,
This is a Crablike Spiny Orbweaver in the genus
Gasteracantha, and we located one very similar looking spider on the Jungle Asia website, however it is only identified to the genus level.

Hi Daniel and Asyraf:
It is probably Gasteracantha kuhli, a Spiny Orbweaver native to southern Asia from India to Japan and including Southeast Asia. It also appears under the synonym G. kuhlii, but I believe the accepted name only has one “i”. To confuse the issue, I also found several sites that included photos from Asia of what looked to be the same spider, but that identified it as G. cancriformis. Both species are somewhat similar and both are characterized by six prominent abdominal spines, but G. cancriformis is a New World species (southern USA to South America). I suspect these are probably further incidents of online misidentifications. According to Wikipedia… “It has also been sighted in the Whitsunday Islands, Australia and Palawan, Philippines, as well as Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.” These observations also may be based on erroneous identifications or, alternatively, G. cancriformis has been getting around. To me, G. cancriformis looks different enough that I would go with the native species, G. kuhli. Regards. Karl

Subject: Is this a NZ Puriri Moth?
Location: New Zealand North Island, Coromandel Peninsula
January 3, 2013 8:11 pm
I spotted this big fellow late last night on the outside settee. It’s midsummer here and it had been raining steadily through the evening. I would estimate the moth was about 2 – 2 1/2 inches long (5 – 6.5cm), it was pale/bright green with beautiful iridescent markings on the wings. I have been here for 10 years and I’ve never seen a moth like this here before. I would love to know what it is.
Signature: Maureen

Puriri Moth

Dear Maureen,
This is indeed a Puriri Moth or Ghost Moth in the family Hepialidae.  We are not certain if the name applies to only one species within the family as so many members look quite similar.  Here is another Puriri Moth from our archives.  We will do additional research on this matter.  More on the Puriri Moth can be located online on the Kiwi Conservation Club website.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your quick response to my query. I hope I don’t have to wait another ten years before I see another one of these beautiful moths in my garden!
Kind regards,

Subject: Namibian creature
Location: Namutonia, Etosha, namibia
January 3, 2013 4:10 pm
What is this?
Signature: Ward

Giant Water Bug

Dear Ward,
This is a Giant Water Bug in the family Belostomatidae and they are the largest True Bugs in the world.  They are aquatic predators that are also capable of flight.  In North America, they are commonly called Toe-Biters because they sometimes bite swimmers and waders, and the bite is reported to be very painful.

Subject: The Most Beautiful Bug in the World
Location: Southern Pacific Costa Rica – near Golfito
January 3, 2013 12:16 pm
Hi there!
We found this amazingly beautiful large Bug in our pasture near Golfito, Costa Rica in July. The picture does not do it justice. It measures approx. 2.75” long and about 1.25” wide & had metallic green gold with metallic, iridescent pinkish peach colors on its back. I did an image google and have found nothing like it. Any information you might have would be great. Also, can you advise us on a good insect book for Costa Rica?
Thanks much,
Signature: -Kate

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Hi Kate,
This is indeed a beautiful beetle.  It is a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer and it is relatively well represented in our archives.  We have gotten photos from Central America as well as at least one image of a Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer from Brazil.  It is in the family Buprestidae, a group of beetles sometimes called Jewel Beetlesbecause of their beautiful metallic coloration.

Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer

Subject: Spider
Location: Ulu Belum, Perak, Malaysia.
January 3, 2013 8:16 am
Found this spider at Ulu Belum, Perak, Malaysia.
Can you identify it
Signature: Asyraf

Jumping Spider

Hi Asyraf,
We can tell by the eye arrangement that this is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  See BugGuide and scroll down to the family for a diagram and examples of Jumping Spider eye arrangement.  Your spider resembles this unidentified Jumping Spider on FlickR and this Jumping Spider on Fred Miranda’s website.

Subject: Red Beetle
Location: Ulu Belum, Perak, Malaysia
January 3, 2013 8:13 am
Found this beetle, beetle I think, at Ulu Belum, Perak, Malaysia.
Can you identify it
Signature: Asyraf

Leaf Beetle

Dear Asyraf,
This appears to us to be a Leaf Beetle in the family Chrysomelidae.  We are not certain of the species.