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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Garyd73 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:36 pm

I got pics of these two at Skukuza Gold Club at end of September 2014 and have been trying to identify them if anyone has any ideas please ?

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by hilda » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:42 am

I'm no insect expert Garyd73, but, according to my Field Guide to Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving, I would say the first picture is of a "Wandering Glider" (Pantala flavescens). They are common in most waterbodies in all parts of Africa. Extremely widespread. Range extends to Asia and the Americas and Australia.

Your second picture is of a "Banded Groundling" Brachythemis leucosticta. Locally common on mud or on bare ground beneath very large shady trees in the warmer parts of the region. Also bound in equatorial Africa.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Garyd73 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:52 pm

Thanks Hilda that's great :clap:

I can put a name to them now and go off and find more about them, the books I have at the moment only cover the main animals and birds mostly.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Toko » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:56 am

Garyd73, the first one is a Banded groundling female Brachythemis leucosticta

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:45 pm

Hi Nannie and Netek,

Your ant/spider is actually a jumping spider -- check the eye configuration. Genus Myrmarachne, called ant jumping spiders. Definitely NOT ants...

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by arks » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:03 pm

Can anyone help with an ID for these insects, seen in my garden in Darling on mid-December 2015.

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3. This is a little big riding on the back of the above beetle
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:12 pm

arks no. 2 is a Garden Fruit Chafer aka Brown-and-yellow Fruit Chafer (Pachnoda sinuata)

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by arks » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:23 pm

RosemaryH wrote:arks no. 2 is a Garden Fruit Chafer aka Brown-and-yellow Fruit Chafer (Pachnoda sinuata)

Many thanks, Rose :gflower:

Here's hoping that someone else recognises the other two :pray:
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