From the monthly archives: "December 2017"
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Subject:  Botswana Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Leroo La Tau Safari Camp Botswana
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 04:19 AM EDT
Distinctive white backed beetle with brown strip bisecting the back sperimpsed by two opposite diagonal stripes of the same colour. See photograph.
How you want your letter signed:  Mr Sykes

Longicorn: Prosopocera lactator

Dear Mr Sykes,
We quickly identified this gorgeous Longicorn as Prosopocera lactator on Insect Designs, and we learned on that it is reported from “Angola, Zambia, S Tanzania, Malawi and N Mozambique” but not Botswana which is curious as Botswana is quite close to the countries listed in the range.

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Subject:  Toktokkie beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 12/13/2017
Time: 08:49 AM EDT
I spotted this beetle in the bush in Pretoria, South Africa, and would like to identify it.
The only similar ones I could compare it to in my insect book are not from this region.
How you want your letter signed:  Helene Vermeulen

White Legged Tok-Tokkie Beetle

Dear Helene,
We agree with your identification.  This sure looks like a White Legged Tok-Tokkie Beetle,
Dichtha incantatoris.  According to Beetles in the Bush:  ” A number of particularly large species that go by the common name ‘tok-tokkies’ make their homes in the dry Namib desert and surrounding bushveld.”  Pretoria is very close to the sighting posted on iNaturalistCalPhotos has an individual from Botswana pictured.  The species is also pictured on iSpot and Encyclopedia of Life.  We are uncertain why you believe it is not found in your region.

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Subject:  ID please
Geographic location of the bug:  UK
Date: 12/12/2017
Time: 02:55 AM EDT
Hi Bugmen
Thank you so much for providing this service.  My thoughts are a parasitic wasp but your opinion would be greatly appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Karen

Gnat, we believe

Dear Karen,
The insect in the images you provided appears to have a single pair of wings, meaning it is in the order Diptera, the Flies.  We suspect this is some species of Gnat.

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Subject:  Wat is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Noglaes, Arizona
Date: 12/11/2017
Time: 03:05 PM EDT
this bug was seen last summer about 10-miles north of Nogales, Arizona
How you want your letter signed:  Ben

Leaf Beetle

Dear Ben,
This is a Leaf Beetle in the genus
Calligrapha, and there are many similar looking species in the genus.

Thank you.  It was the first time my wife or I had ever seen this particular insect.

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Subject:  What is this spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bridgewater, Adelaide Hills.
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 09:02 PM EDT
One single spider living in my timber insect hotel. Bright green and yellow. No foliage. No camouflage.  Never seen one like it before.  Hoping you can educate me?
How you want your letter signed:  Colleen

Red Spotted Cetratus

Dear Colleen,
The longer length on the two front pair of legs is a good indication that this is probably a Green Huntsman Spider which is pictured on both the Australian Museum site and Oz Animals.  Your spider does look different though, so we are requesting some additional information.  What is a “timber insect hotel”? because it implies this Spider is being kept in captivity.  Huntsman Spiders do not build webs.  We would also like to know the approximate size of your spider.  Crab Spiders in the family Thomisidae also have two pairs of front legs that are longer, and they are generally smaller than Huntsman Spiders, so that is also a strong possibility.  Crab Spiders do not build webs, but there are no individuals pictured on the Brisbane Insect site that resemble your individual.  The abdomen on your individual is also shaped quite differently than that of most Crab Spiders.

Thank you for your response. I will give you more details later.
In the meantime, rest assured I keep NOTHING in captivity.
Insect hotels are difficult to explain, so if you Google “insect hotel” all will be revealed.
Thanks again. Such an interesting creature.
I’ll get back to you.

Update:  Red Spotted Cetratus
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash who runs the Brazilian site Insetologia, we have a link to the site and the Red Spotted Cetratus where it states:  “A green crab spider with orange to red spots found Australia wide in moist habitats. The spots cluster at the rear of the cigar shaped, wrinkled abdomen. The whole spider can be plain green or even brownish. The first two pairs of legs are much more robust and longer than the others. The cephalothorax is relatively wide and slighly domed with orange on the eye region. The eyes are circled with white. Well camouflaged on green leaves where it seeks prey by ambush.”   There are also nice images on BowerBird.

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Subject:  Underwater centipede??
Geographic location of the bug:  Alta, CA
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 12:29 AM EDT
So, our house wraps around the remnants of a historic gold mine with access to the mine from a back door. There is a fresh water spring that flows from miles back, with several small, dammed pools about a quarter mile in. Today while spelunking, we crossed the path of a peculiar centipede looking insect below the water in a pool about 8 to 10 inches deep! He had a sort of swim/crawl movement and I’d say about 3 inches long and a half inch thick. Wondering if he’s a native ethereal dweller or some sort of astral crosser come to us from The Upsidedown.
How you want your letter signed:  the good people of InnerEarth

Aquatic Larva, probably Dobsonfly

Dear good people of InnerEarth,
This is an aquatic larva of a flying insect, and we are relatively certain it is a member of the family Corydalidae, which includes Dobsonflies and Fishflies.  The similar looking larva of the Eastern Dobsonfly is known as a Hellgrammite.  Here is a BugGuide image of a Fishfly larva.  Your larva might be that of a California Dobsonfly,
Neohermes californicus


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