The "What is this bug?" thread

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Broch

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The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know - and that was never more true than with insects. Every time I go down to the wood I see something new!

I thought this one would be easy with its bold markings, but I can't identify it. I thought it was a cranefly (Nephrotoma or Ctenphora) but none of them fold the wings back like this one.

Any ideas?

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Broch

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I think it must be Nephrotoma quadrifaria (Tiger Cranefly) - I've found one photo of a male which is less colourful but with the wings folded back. I'll carry on searching tomorrow; I've given myself a headache searching tonight :)
 

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Not surprised; there are so many out there.
We get a lot of jennylonglegs flying around here, so it became a kind of sport to suss out 'which' jennylonglegs it actually was.
 

daveO

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My guess would be spotted cranefly. It's quite lightly marked on the back of the head compared to the tiger. Hard to say for sure without seeing the detail of the wing and the abdomen markings though. There was one in my kitchen this morning :)
 
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Nice65

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My guess would be spotted cranefly. It's quite lightly marked on the back of the head compared to the tiger. Hard to say for sure without seeing the detail of the wing and the abdomen markings though. There was one in my kitchen this morning :)
Little bit of photo editing to remove some background, one angry little alien. Gotta love nature, that is for sure a “best steer clear of me” sign!

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Wander

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Whilst sitting and having a mug of earl grey I was joined by this little fella:

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Anyone know what it is?
I looked in my books but couldn't find it. I Googled 'hairy centipede' and 'hairy arthropod' but no luck.
Cheers
 

slowworm

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Whilst sitting and having a mug of earl grey I was joined by this little fella:

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Anyone know what it is?
I looked in my books but couldn't find it. I Googled 'hairy centipede' and 'hairy arthropod' but no luck.
Cheers
If you google 'hairy beetle larvae' you'll find some results. Looks like a larvae of one of the beetles in the Dermestidae family. Possibly carpet or hide beetle?
 

Wander

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I must say, I did have some trepidation doing a search for 'Hairy Beetle Larvae' about exactly what might come up. I did it using my 'sacrificial' search engine (we all have one of those, yeah? You know, just in case your other half also uses the same computer and as they start to type something in the search engine the auto-predict predicts things you rather it hadn't?), just in case.
But I needn't have worried.
Yes, it does look like a carpet beetle larvae.
Thanks ever so much.
 

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