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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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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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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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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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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by arks » Wed May 11, 2016 11:29 am

Can anyone help with an ID for these two insects?

The first hitched a ride on my car in the Pafuri region of KNP is mid-April 2016

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And the second was spotted in the garden at Evita se Perron in Darling in late April 2016.

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Unread post by Imberbe » Wed May 11, 2016 12:17 pm

Hi Arks

The first is the little know adult form of the well known Ant lion.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by arks » Wed May 11, 2016 6:12 pm

Imberbe wrote:Hi Arks

The first is the little know adult form of the well known Ant lion.

Thanks Imberbe :gflower: I'd thought that's what it might be :)

Anyone have any ideas on the "moth"?
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Thu May 12, 2016 5:38 pm

Hello arks. The insect #1 taken in your garden in Darling in mid December looks like the Nymph form of the Garden Locust (Acanthacris rufiicornis). In contrast to the adult, the nymphs are soft and bright green. (Reference: see pg 102 of the Field Guide to Insects of South Africa).

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by arks » Thu May 12, 2016 6:11 pm

Thanks Jesscan1 :gflower:
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Wed May 18, 2016 12:53 pm

arks, your post of Tuesday February 16th refers. Pics number 3 and 4.
Judging by the size of the bug and the fact that the bug was seen on a larger insect, this may well be an insect in the family of Ceratopogonidae. In particular one of the Forcipomyia species.
The Forcipomyia are ectoparasites that feed on larger insects.
The Ceratopogonidae are commonly known as biting midges.
Andy (my husband), researched this via ‘The Field Guide to Insects of South Africa”, Google and Wikipedia.
Still working on your moth from Evita se Perron


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