From the monthly archives: "April 2014"
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Subject:  Slow Worms
Winchester, UK
April 1, 2014 7:47 PM
my sister and friends have “slow worms” in winchester.
they are all excited!
i’m not sure how i can send you a photo from FB…?
this photo is from our friend wendy, who is a very accomplished artist and excels in beautiful paintings of flora and fauna.
http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/slow_worm.htm
c.

Slow Worms

Slow Worms

Dear c.
Thanks for sending us your photo.  We hadn’t heard of Slow Worms before, and the link you provided is of great assistance.  According to the Reptiles and Amphibians of the UK link you provided:  “The Slow-worm is often mistakenly thought to be one of our native snakes. Slow-worms have very few markings other than the vertebral stripe of the female. This is thin and straight and not similar to the indented zigzag stripe of the Adder (
Vipera berus).  The Slow-worm has a noticeably blunter tail than any of the native snakes and the head is quite indistinct from the body. They have very small, highly polished scales, giving a glassy appearance.  On very close examination, it might be seen that the Slow-worm has eyelids, a typical feature of lizards. Another typical feature of lizards displayed by them, is the shedding of the tail when captured. The shed tail falling to the ground and thrashing makes a very effective decoy to predators, whilst the Slow-worm makes for cover.  The Slow-worm is a harmless creature, please remember, whether it is a Snake or Legless Lizard, it is a criminal offence to kill or injure any of the UK’s native reptiles.”  Since the UK Slow Worm, Anguis fragilis, is in a different genus than our local California Legless Lizard, they are not that closely related. 

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Subject: Crusty thing on fence
Location: Denver, Colorado
April 1, 2014 8:06 pm
We found thes crusty pupa thing on our fence. We live near Denver, Colorado. Does anyone know what it is.
Signature: Thank you for your help.

Preying Mantis Oothecae

Preying Mantis Oothecae

These are Oothecae or egg cases of Preying Mantids.  Each will release up to several hundred hatchling mantids when they are ready to emerge.

Thank you for the answer-it’s been stumping me for about 6months. I am so glad we found your web site. Keep up the awesome work.
Thanks from Denver.

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Subject: beetle
Location: san diego CA
April 1, 2014 8:34 pm
can you identify this guy? very pretty beetle, about 1 in long. iridescent and had a green back under the wings when it flew off. found mar 31 in san diego, ca. curious as i am always looking at bugs in my neighborhood and have never seen this one before. any help much appreciated
Signature: d

Jewel Beetle:  possibly Dicerca hornii

Jewel Beetle: possibly Dicerca hornii

Dear d,
This is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae, and we believe it may be
Dicerca hornii based on the photos and range listed on BugGuide.

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

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Subject: running on a trail
Location: Santa Rosa, California
April 1, 2014 7:10 pm
Greetings,
I was running on a trail in Southern California and came across this…… bug spider guy/gal. I stopped and noticed it was actually being attacked by an army of ants. Never seeing a spider this big in California I decided to pick it up with a stick. I managed to get the ants off and relocate the creature to a safer location.
Signature: Jamie

Trapdoor Spider

Trapdoor Spider

Hi Jamie,
This beautiful spider is a Trapdoor Spider, but we are not certain of the genus or species.  It looks very similar to this
Aptostichus stanfordianus that is pictured on BugGuide.

Trapdoor Spider

Trapdoor Spider

Thank you! It was quite beautiful and intriguing.

WE forgot to tag your posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award for rescuing this Trapdoor Spider from the Ants.

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Subject: Unidentified Caterpillar
Location: Bloemfontein region, Free State, South Africa
March 31, 2014 10:24 am
Hi, I found this caterpillar on our Private Game Farm in the region of Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa and am hoping you may be able to assist in it’s identification?
It’s an active night feeder, resting during the day .
Feeding on Quilted Bluebush (Diospyros lycioides).
Numerous groups have been contacted in regards to it’s identification, but as yet, no such luck.
Signature: Toby Esplin – About Nature, Wildlife and Birding Tours

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Dear Toby,
We don’t think we will have time to research this request this morning, but we are posting all of your images and perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a response.  Our initial guess is that this is probably the caterpillar of a large moth in the family Erebidae because it reminds us of the Underwing Caterpillars from North America.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

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