From the monthly archives: "January 2014"

Subject: Huge katydid
Location: Arenal area, Costa Rica
January 26, 2014 6:08 pm
Found in women’s bathroom (not by me!) at zipline facility (SkyAdventure) near Arenal National Park, Costa Rica (elevation approx. 600 meters, Caribbean slope). The body was about 4 inches; total length about 12 inches including antennae. I couldn’t find a good resource online, but a few somewhat similar images I stumbled onto were labelled as either Acanthodiphrus or Haemodiasma.
Thanks.
Signature: Ben Jesup

Possibly Moss Mimic Katydid

Katydid

Hi Ben,
We have a photo of a Moss Mimic Katydid,
Haemodiasma tessellata, from Costa Rica in our archives, and Piotr Naskrecki who identified it states:  “often found in mid- to high elevation forests. They sometimes fly to light at night” which explains its presence in the women’s bathroom.  Piotr is currently on expedition in Mozambique, but we will attempt to contact him for verification.  A photo on FlickR looks nearly identical to your individual.

Possibly Moss Mimic Katydid

Katydid

Piotr Naskrecki Responds
Hi Daniel,
This pretty katydid is Championica montana (Pseudophyllinae), a fairly common species in lowland to mid-elevation forests of Costa Rica and Panama.
Cheers,
Piotr

Ed. Note:
See Natural Visions and Master File for additional photos of
Championica montana.

Thanks!  And thanks to Piotr.  I have some books on order (or interlibrary loan) that I hope will help me with the Lepidoptera, but this gorgeous monster had me stumped.
Ben

Subject: Bug Identification.
Location: Santa Monica, CA
January 26, 2014 12:54 pm
Hi Bugman, I love your site. Thank you so much, i love bugs too. I am a dog walker here in Santa Monica CA and I get a chance to see lots of interesting things on my walks. I saw this little guy and just before my dog pack walked on him I picked him up and put him on a vine growing on a wall. He or she is quite beautiful really iridescent green. What kind of beetle is this?
Signature: Lauri Crosssman

Figeater

Figeater

Hi Lauri,
We are surprised you spotted this Figeater in January.  Figeaters, which are large, green Scarab Beetles, generally fly from August to October in Southern California.

Hi thx for the ident, i didn’t actually just find him it was last year around october I think, also he was under a very large ficus tree which I believe is a variety of fig.
Thanks again,
Lauri

Subject: Possibly a wasp?
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
January 25, 2014 12:57 am
Hi there,
Saw this on my bush in my garden, at first i thought it was a group of seeds, until i looked closer, just wondering what they were, and if they were anything to worry about.
Location: Australia, Melhourne, Eastern Suburbs
Season: Second Month Summer
Sorry if the photos are not great, very bright day so was hard to get one that wasnt overexposed a little
Signature: Curious

Bachelor Party of Longhorned Bees

Bachelor Party of Sweat Bees

Dear Curious,
This is a Bachelor Party of male Longhorned Bees in the tribe Eucerni, but we are not certain of the species.  Male Bees do not sting, so they pose no threat to you.  You can see similar images of Bachelor Parties from North America in our archives.

Update:  February 5, 2014
We got a comment that these might be male Green and Gold Nomia Bees,
Lipotriches australica, a type of Sweat Bee that also exhibits this Bachelor Party behavior in Australia.

Subject:  Nepali Caterpillar
Location:  Marchan Paradise View Resort, Nepal
January 24, 2014
Dear Bugman,
While taking an early morning walk through the vegetable fields in a village near Marchan Paradise View Resort, I found this caterpillar. Please tell me what kind it is.
Allison Jones

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Hi Allison,
This is definitely a Moth Caterpillar and not a Butterfly Caterpillar.  It resembles a Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we found a similar looking North American species on BugGuide identified as being in the new world genus
 Apantesis.  We will post your photo and attempt some additional research.

Subject: Spider – Vietnam
Location: Vietnam (Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park)
January 26, 2014 9:33 am
Dear Bugman,
I’ve been trying to identify this spider I saw in Vietnam (the Phong Nha Ke Bang area) in 2012, but have not yet succeeded. Is the photo of enough to identify it? As a fairly new bug enthusiast any information you can help with would be great.
Thank you!
Signature: Sarah

Unknown Spider

Unknown Spider

Hi Sarah,
Do you have any additional images of this Spider?  This is not the ideal camera angle for an identification, but it is sure an interesting looking Spider.  We will post your photo and try to research its identity.  It reminds us of a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to make out the eye pattern arrangement which is one of the best means of identifying the different spider families.

Spider closeup

Spider closeup

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for looking at the picture so quickly!
Unfortunately this was the only angle I got – it was peeking out of a hole under the path I was walking on (also was before I knew what was needed to identify spiders).
The closest I thought too was a Huntsman but the colouring on this one seemed quite distinct – I love the distinct black feet (must learn the technical terms!) on this spider.
Thanks for the assistance, I’ll keep researching and fingers crossed too.
What a wonderful site WTB is.
Kind regards,
Sarah

 

 

Subject: What’s That Bug
Location: Gabon
January 25, 2014 8:01 am
What’s That Bug ?
Taken May 16, 2012
Gabon Deep Forest
Signature: Oddfeel

Longicorn

Longicorn:  Poimenesperus ligatus

Dear Oddfeel,
This is a stunning photograph of a gorgeous Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We will try to identify the species for you.

Ed. Note:  December 31, 2014
See this BioLib image of
Poimenesperus ligatus which is an identification that we received in a comment.