The "What is this bug?" thread

Harvestman

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Inspired by Geoff Dann's very successful "What is this fungi?" thread, and by the number of people asking and contributing to threads to identify bugs of all sorts, I thought we might want to start a similar sort of thread for creepy-crawlies of all sorts.

I'm a UK spider expert and a decent enough entomologist, with a smattering of knowlege of other groups, and there seem to be several other people on here with a knowledge of invertebrates, so let's give it a go.

Post up your pics of insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, crustaceans, molluscs, worms, and anything else that comes under the general heading of 'bug', and we'll have a go at identifying it for you. Non UK species are very welcome, but obviously will be harder to identify given that most of the membership is UK based.

I'm going to start us off with a few general pics. Feel free to post your own to show, even if you know what it is.

Female Gatekeeper butterfly, also known as the Hedge Brown, Pyronia tithonus
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Great Diving Beetle, Dytiscus marginalis, somewhat out of context
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Female Four-spot spider, Araneus quadratus
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Long-winged conehead (a sort of cricket), Conocephalus discolor. Found this today, for the first time. Rare in my part of the world.
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Dragonfly. I'm seeking help on this one, as they are not my area of expertise. I think it is Aeshna cyanea, but am not certain, and don't know the common name.
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So, what is this bug?
 

Barn Owl

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I'd concur with the dragonfly id.
only 'cos I've looked in my id guide,I'm no expert with them.

Another great thread to start.
 

Kepis

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Oy! This isn't meant to be a test!

Oo eck, a larva. I'm not at all sure.

A beetle larva. From the habitat, I'd say a longhorn, or something like Stag beetle, but I don't honestly know.

Help me out, someone?
This one was found under the bark of a dead Beech tree, but i also found one two days earlier under the bark of a dead Oak tree.
 

Harvestman

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C'mon man, we are relying on you to get stuff right.
Read the first post. We, the community, will try to identify the pictures. Not me, personally.

:nana:

There are more sorts of beetle in the UK than there are species of snake in the world, probably.

I'll look into it...




Whose stupid idea was this thread anyway? :cussing:
 

Harvestman

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Bwah ha ha. Suck on that Mr Entomologist!!!

Relying on you for this though, as I don't know and haven't a decent book for reference...

Thank goodness for that, an easy one. Herald moth.

(I'm sure I saw that picture before, in your post about caves. i said it was a herald moth there too, if I recall...)