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Old Feb 9, 2008, 3:54 AM   #1
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While screening the oleander plant for the growth of the commoncrow caterpillar I had noticed just as a tiny speck last week, I came across this new bug. Can anyone tell what it is?
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Old Feb 10, 2008, 9:15 AM   #2
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Interesting insect. No clue what it is called though. I tried macro photography of some kind os speck that looked sort of like the first frame last year, but I could not get a result that looked like anything but a piece of dirt.

I like the way you laid this out.
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Old Feb 10, 2008, 12:31 PM   #3
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Very unusual insect, never seen this before.
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Old Feb 10, 2008, 1:43 PM   #4
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Bizarre is a good word for this. I have no idea what it is. In North America we have Leaf-footed Bugs with expanded legs, but nothing like this. Since it has wing pads, it is probably a larva, with one or more molts before adulthood. In the lower left photo, the rear end is raised in a defensive posture,mimicimg the head end of a rearing insect, with its anal cerci resembling antennae. Good photos, but no help here.
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Thanks for the observation and comments. I should have mentioned that it was already flying and hopping, so it is an adult; also, the antennae were in the front. I spent considerable timelooking throughthe insect sites on the web, but just could not locate this.
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Old Feb 11, 2008, 3:24 PM   #6
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I spent considerable timelooking throughthe insect sites on the web, but just could not locate this.
Raghu,

Did you try http://whatsthatbug.com/ ?

Even if you can't find it shown there, you can send them your photo (or a link to it) and they are pretty good about getting back (although it may take a little while -- they get hundreds of requests).

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Old Feb 11, 2008, 8:04 PM   #7
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Thanks Dick. I did go through the site, but it didn't strike me to send my sample and ask them. I have done that now. I will wait.
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I have no idea Raghu but you did a good job capturing the little thing.
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