What insect is this?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Mark², Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Mark²

    Mark² Guest

    Does anyone know?
    http://www.pbase.com/image/47753652
    (The splotches on the right are spots on the window of my vehicle--where I
    found this guy...in Northern California).

    I think he looks like a Japanese Monster Movie character.
    Interesting eye shape...

    Anyone?

    -Mark
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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  2. Mark²

    Mark² Guest

    PS--
    The body is about 1.5 inches long, or about 3 inches (about 7cm) over-all.
     
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    Brian Baird Guest

    No freaking idea. If it doesn't have a name, may I suggest "Polson?"
     
    Brian Baird, Aug 16, 2005
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    Mr. Mark Guest

    Looks like a form of grasshopper.
     
    Mr. Mark, Aug 16, 2005
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  5. Mark²

    Mark² Guest

    You think?
    I don't see it.
    -No jumping legs.

    Right after snapping it in the northern Cal community near Redding, I copied
    it onto my Epson P2000 and asked around to people right around there if they
    knew.

    -None of them said they had ever seen one before.
    ???
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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    jimbo Guest

    I think this might be an invasive beatle species from China. I saw an
    article a year or so ago, can't remember
    what it is called. The larvae can actually kill trees as they eat it from
    the inside. Might want to check with a state forestry web site.

    Jimmy
     
    jimbo, Aug 16, 2005
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  7. Mark²

    Mr. Mark Guest

    I think he looks like a Japanese Monster Movie character.
    It seems related to grasshopper to me, but maybe a far removed cousin?
    Last time I was looking for a bug ID I scoured the web... not many decent
    resources out there. Surprising really. But I've had better luck at the
    library.
     
    Mr. Mark, Aug 16, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    That was actually my first thought...that it might have hitched a ride from
    Asia, and was in a place it didn't belong. -And no...it's slanty eyes were
    not the reason I thought of it, though the eye structure does bear a strange
    resemblance to Japanese-style robot toys... :)
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

     
    Alan Browne, Aug 16, 2005
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  10. Mark²

    Mark² Guest

    Here's another view..
    This one was shot THROUGH the dirty window glass on my vehicle...so a little
    gunky--
    http://www.pbase.com/markuson/image/47757530
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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    spaceyfi Guest

    It looks like a type of cricket. Is too small to be a grasshopper but
    does have the jumping legs.

    Susan
     
    spaceyfi, Aug 16, 2005
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    casioculture Guest

    LOL - hilarious!
     
    casioculture, Aug 16, 2005
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  13. Mark²

    Mark² Guest

    -----------------
    Thanks for the response.
    If you see it from the top (which my picture doesn't show), the legs go
    out...rather than back...so I don't think it's a jumper. It was a very good
    flyer, though, as it flew right into my face when I tried to catch it. :)
    Another poster noted that it looked like a wood borer, and I think that's
    right.

    There are some very similar-looking critters on this site:
    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/fidls/ws_sawyer/ws_sawyer.htm (Scroll down
    a bit)
    Note how the leges go out...
    Also here:
    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/alb/pubs/alb_wss/alb_wss.htm
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    You're right. What ever was I thinking?

    But if this is some sort of voracious wood-borer that kills trees from
    the inside, maybe the name IS fitting.
     
    Brian Baird, Aug 16, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    :)
    As it turns out, it appears that they gravitate toward trees that have
    fallen, or that are dead/nearly dead.
    So...it's OK that I didn't squish him...
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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    parv Guest

    Tried your luck on sci.bio.entomology.misc?


    - parv
     
    parv, Aug 16, 2005
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  17. Mark²

    Mark² Guest

    Thanks.
    I think I've nearly got it nailed down, but I'll take a look there.
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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    parv Guest

    From the description on the above page, yours sample seems like
    female (antennae/body ratio) Asian Longhorned Beetle (white
    underbelly & bluish-white dorsal leg parts).


    Anyway, here is one for you (found in late July 2005, Shepherdstown,
    WV) ...

    http://www103.pair.com/parv/tmp/fat-fly-06.jpg
    http://www103.pair.com/parv/tmp/fat-fly-09.jpg
    http://www103.pair.com/parv/tmp/fat-fly-11.jpg


    - parv
     
    parv, Aug 16, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    That reminds me of a large insect I used to catch as a kid in the jungles of
    Colombia in S. America (where I was born). It was thick and green with a
    huge head.

    We used to actually tie a thread around their heads and let them fliy around
    like a tiny kite or airplane on a string (!). :)

    We locals there called them locusts, but I'm fairly certain that was wrong.
    :)
    Again...that isn't the same insect, but it defintely reminds me of it.
     
    Mark², Aug 16, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    That's a cicada of some sort. They come out at strange intervals - some
    are yearly, others every 17 years. The make lots of racket in the
    trees.

    We had quite a few of these guys last year:
    http://www.pbase.com/bcbaird/image/29514916

    That was the 17 year variety. Some areas had thousands of them crawling
    out of the ground. We didn't get nearly that many. I've seen more this
    year than last, but not the red eyed variety. This is one I snagged
    before he turned into an ugly, mutant fly:
    http://www.pbase.com/bcbaird/image/47217098
     
    Brian Baird, Aug 16, 2005
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