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Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:03 pm Unread post
Hi,

I'm hoping someone here can help me ID these insects I photographed in the Kruger in November. I have the excellent Field Guide to Insects by Picker, Griffiths and Weaving but I haven't been able to find them in there.

No 1 and 2, shot at Pafuri Picnic Spot :-
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No 3. Shingwedzi camp site :-
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No 4. Timbavati Picnic Spot :-
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No 5. Nkuhlu Picnic Spot :
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:28 pm Unread post
I've managed to ID two of the above :D

I think No 1 is a False Stink Bug of some sort and No 2 is Rainbow Shield Bug.

Anyone got any ideas about the others?


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Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:15 pm Unread post
BluTuna,
Perhaps you can look into the Holoptilus genus ( Holoptilinae is a subfamily of the assassin bugs) for #1's ID. They are also known as feather-legged bugs and ant wolves. Cool critters you captured, thanks for sharing!


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Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:02 am Unread post
normana53 wrote
BluTuna

Your #4 Timbavati bug looks like a Rainbow Shield Bug Calidea dregii
I am not sure about your #3 from Shingwedzi, he is quite handsome. How large was he?


Hi, It was good meeting you in November. I'm currently reading your TT and enjoying it thoroughly :dance:

I managed to find the Rainbow Shield Bug a while ago after paging through the insect book for the umpteenth time :)

I suspect that #3 is an Assassin Bug of some kind, If I remember rightly, its body length was about 1cm or a little bigger.

Identifying insects reminds me of the trauma I went through when I started birding except more so. It doesn't help that it's only possible to show a very few of the species in the book - I think a tome somewhere around the size of the Encyclopaedia Britannica would be required to show all of the known species in the region.


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Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:24 am Unread post
Hi can anyone help to confirm, or correctly ID this.
I first ID this from my insect book as a Slender Ant (Tetraponera). But on re-look and re-think an ant has 6 legs, also the Slender ant is only 4-10mm long and the eyes are on the side of the head.
This insect and I am now thinking spider has 8legs, is about 18mm long, it can spin a web ( see insert ). The actual eyes are in front ( see insert ). The eye on the side of the head I think are false eyes ???.
Saw this in a friends garden in Marloth Park.

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Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:37 pm Unread post
We saw this little fellow crossing the road near the Pafuri picnic turning, two days ago.

Please could someone help with an ID? :hmz:

Thanks. :thumbs_up:


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Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:47 pm Unread post
Crested Val wrote
We saw this little fellow crossing the road near the Pafuri picnic turning, two days ago.
Please could someone help with an ID? :hmz:
Thanks. :thumbs_up:



Armoured Ground Cricket Acanthoplus armativentris


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Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:55 pm Unread post
Thanks very much!!! :thumbs_up:


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Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:34 pm Unread post
Need help with the ID of these three Damselflies please. :)

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Seen at Ngwenya Lodge last weekend.


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Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:39 pm Unread post
I'll give it a try Naomi c:

No. 1 = Common Pond Damsel (Ceriagron glabrum)
No. 2 = Painted Sprite (Pseudragion hageni)
No. 3 = Same as No. 2, just from another angle.

Please correct me if I am wrong 'mites! :thumbs_up:


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Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:42 pm Unread post
:yaya: naomi

3rd one is a Masai Sprite Pseudagrion massaicum :thumbs_up:


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Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:47 pm Unread post
@blutuna: No. 5 is possibly a member of the Sand Wasps
@Nannie: Your 'Ant" is possibly a member of the Antlike spiders


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Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:57 am Unread post
ross hawkins wrote
@blutuna: No. 5 is possibly a member of the Sand Wasps


Thanks Ross, probably Bembix Sp. :thumbs_up:
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