Cool Bug!
Location: Perth, Western Australia
January 16, 2011 11:20 pm
I found this really cool bug on my driveway and would love to know what it is. He looked a bit sad, and in risk of being driven over, so I transported him to my garden so hopefully he’s doing OK.
I’ve uploaded his picture to my Flickr account:
Good luck!
Signature: Jess Manea

Jewel Beetle

Hi Jess,
You rescued a Metallic Borer Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  Because of their often beautiful coloration and metallic markings they are called Jewel Beetles and they are highly prized by collectors.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Castiarina and of the numerous individuals pictured on the Coleoptera Buprestidae of Australia webpage, it most resembles Castiarina castelnaudi, though many other species are also quite similarWe verified that by comparing your image to a specimen of Castiarina castelnaudi on the Entomology section of the Agriculture of Western Australia website.

Thank you Daniel!
What a beautiful set of creatures these are, I’ve just wasted about two hours at work looking up jewel beetles now… haha.
I feel very lucky to have met him, and I do hope he’s doing OK 🙂
Thanks again,

Education is never a waste Jess.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks again for helping me identify the bug! The world is such a cool place now days where you don’t have wonder about things forever anymore.
I posted about it on my blog if you’re interested:
It was nice to meet you, good luck with your endeavors 🙂

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Solifugae spotted in the Waterberg
Location: Waterberg, Limpopo, South Africa
January 16, 2011 10:25 am
Spotted this little guy having a meal while hiking in the Waterberg this December, South Africa. We spent quite some time watching him literally devour his meal.
Signature: TwistedLizzard

Solifugid Eats Cricket

Dear TwistedLizzard,
Thank you for sending us these marvelous Food Chain images of a Solifugid eating a Cricket.

Solifugid Eats Cricket

Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
January 17, 2011 1:03 am
Hi Daniel,
I found this little mantis inside my tent one evening here in the Mara (within the past 2 weeks). It was only about 3cm long (at the most)
Obviously, it has great camouflage for lichen and bark, but it stood out like a sore thumb on my khaki canvas.
Any ideas what family/genus it might be?
Signature: Zarek

Unknown Mantis

Hi Zarek,
We are posting your photo and letter and we will try to identify this pretty little Mantis.

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Large spider in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan
Location: Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan
January 17, 2011 1:14 am
Saw this large spider alongside a mountain road in northern Taiwan. Did quite a bit of searching, but my google-fu is not up to the task.
Signature: Las


Dear Las,
This is a Golden Silk Spider in the genus
Nephila, however we are uncertain of the exact species. Nephila pilipes is documented in Taiwan, however, the marking are different in the images that are posted online.  The silk spun by the Golden Silk Spiders is quite strong, and there are numerous reports of Golden Silk Spiders snaring and feeding upon small birds that get entangled in the webs made of golden silk.

2011/01/17 at 11:04 pm
I searched the web in Chinese and found this picture to be a good match. The linked picture is an adult female of Argiope ocula (眼點金蛛 in Chinese, or Eye-spotted Golden Spider, translated literally):
Adult male and immature of this species have very different color pattern in the abdomen.

Thanks for the correction.  We wish we could verify this on a reputable website.

Strange Visitor-Fuschia Colored Dragonfly
Location: Panamá (the country). The photos were taken in Arraijan, a mountain-like area
January 17, 2011 4:18 am
Hi! I read all dragonfly posts I could find but couldn’t identify this dragonfly. We have a rain drain in the back that’s quite like a pond in some places and we get dragonflies (honey colored small ) and damselflies(bluets, mostly) but this one came in one day out of nowhere, in the afternoon. It was quite big, with a striking fuschia tone. The color was so bright it caught my atention 10 meters away. I couldn’t get any closer to it because it sat on the other side of the drain, but if you could try to identify it, I would be very grateful. I’m trying to find out if this strange visitor is natural to the country in which I live.
Signature: Thanks, Lilith

Carmine Skimmer we believe

Hi Lilith,
We believe this may be a Carmine Skimmer,
Orthemis discolor.  According to BugGuide, the range is:  “Central Texas, west into Arizona, south through Central America” and it may be identified because of its coloring which is  “Brilliant pink, sometimes purplish, sometimes more red, with bright red eyes and face. Face and eyes typically as brightly colored or brighter than the body; compare to Roseate Skimmer, in which the eyes and face are usually darker than the body.”  That physical description fits the individual in your photograph.

Thank you so much fo the ID.. from what your description says about range, it makes me think a storm brought it close to where I live, because although in summer
it becomes a bit desertic, he/she came in rainy season …

unknow bug
Location: brazil
January 16, 2011 8:56 pm
hi bugman,
can you tell me whats that very strange bug? i snatched him acciedently today.
Signature: antonio f. prado

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Antonio,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, but we do not recognize the species, however we have seen similar antennae in photographs of some members of the family.  Perhaps we will have some luck researching the species which we can add to the posting or perhaps we will get some assistance from our readership.

Ed Note: January 18, 2011
Thanks to a comment from lttlechkn, we have found some internet documentation that this is
Compsocerus violaceus.  The accidental snatching that resulted in this crushed beetle is quite unfortunate.  It may be quite rare or difficult to collect because the God of Insects website prices it at $45.