From the monthly archives: "September 2016"
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Subject: BUGS
Location: On my head
September 30, 2016 2:42 am
today i was bush walking and when I got home after a couple hours one part of my head really started to ache and I felt something scab like and I tried pulling it off, it just would not come off so I went into the bathroom and ripped it off to find it was something that looked like a spider, very small. Now there is a large lump where it was and my head still hurts. What was it?
Signature: I don’t know what this means

Tick

Tick

You picked up a Tick in the bush, and it sounds like it bit you.  You might want to seek medical attention as Ticks spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease and other potentially dangerous pathogens.

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Araluen NSW 2622
September 30, 2016 2:52 am
Please can you help me identify this centipede
Signature: Glen

Giant Centipede:  Scolopendra laeta

Giant Centipede: Scolopendra laeta

Dear Glen,
The longitudinal striping on your Giant Centipede is quite distinctive, and the closest match we could locate is
Scolopendra laeta which we found on FlickR, and the individual depicted also has blue legs.  We then found additional images on Arachoboards, and it seems the species has variable coloration, but the longitudinal striping seems a constant.

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Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Serengeti, Tanzania
September 28, 2016 12:27 pm
Hi. I am glad I found your page while searching for African grasshoppers. I took the picture of the two grasshoppers last December in Tanzania/Serengeti ad I’d love to know the name of this species. Can you help me?
Signature: Sabine

Mating Grasshoppers

Mating Grasshoppers: Pyrgomorphella albini

Dear Sabine,
We spent a little time attempting unsuccessfully to identify your mating Grasshoppers, and because we want to make a few more postings this morning, we are going to post your image as Unidentified and try to get back to it later.  Maybe one of our readers will have more success than we have had.  We suspect these interesting Grasshoppers may be in the family Pyrgomorphidae.

Dear Daniel,
based on your information I kept on searching and found somebody who finally could identify the mating grasshoppers from Serengeti.
So I wanted to give you some feedback and send you the link to the page with detailed information:
http://orthoptera.speciesfile.org/Common/basic/Taxa.aspx?TaxonNameID=1121129
By the way, I have ordered your book The curious world of bugs and like it very much.
Kind regards from Marburg, Germany
Sabine Peiseler

Dear Sabine,
Thanks so much for getting back to us with an identification of 
Pyrgomorphella albini from Orthoptera Species File.  We are happy to hear you are enjoying the book.

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Subject: Melbourne bugs in spring
Location: Melbourne
September 28, 2016 5:40 pm
These bugs seem to cluster together
They are on a fence post in a local park, late September in Melbourne
I’ve not seen this type before
Any ideas?
Signature: Bridget

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

Dear Bridget,
These are Beautiful Cockroach nymphs,
Ellipsidion australe, or a closely related species in the genus.  This is not a Cockroach species that infests homes.  More images and information can be found on the Brisbane Insect website.

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

Beautiful Cockroach Nymphs

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Subject: Bug
Location: Warsaw mo. 65366
September 28, 2016 10:44 pm
It kinda looks like a moth! They are always on the curtains, betting and couches! When I kill them it’s all powdery! I want to say it’s a greenish coler with black dots! What do you think they are? It kinda looks like this picture but that’s not it!
Signature: Thanks, Brandy

Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Dear Brandy,
This is an Indian Meal Moth, and the numbers you are finding in your home most likely means you have an infestation in your pantry.  Try looking at stored grain products to see if there is a long expired box of cornmeal or oatmeal at the back of the top shelf.

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Subject: I need help identifying this bug
Location: Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, north india
September 29, 2016 5:58 am
Hi bugman, I came across this tiny during my travels in north India. Could you please help me identify it? Thank you!!
Signature: With love

Red Bug

Red Bug

Though it is pale in color, we believe this is a Red Bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae.  Here is a similar looking individual from TrekNature.

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