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Monday, May 31, 2010

Here is an interesting one!!

Update: Thanks for guessing everyone.

This is actually a beetle of the Cerambycidae (Longhorn) family - Orange Coffee Longhorn (Dirphya nigrcornis). It is about 1/2 an inch in body length.
They can be pests in coffee plantations. The antenae are swept back and they lay their eggs in the crack of wood or in dead timber. The larvae feed as it burrows in.


Now what do you think this is? I will insert the name tomorrow..... :)

36 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I give up, will have to wait until tomorrow :( Diane

Philip said...

It's a red flying grasshopper :) sorry I have not got a clue :(

Philip said...

Oh Yes Spurfowls are different to francolins so my book says anyway :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: I am so surprised you could try to fool us with this one. Why it is the Black Winged Six Toed Redstar. It is quite famous in your area because it has no sting but tastes awful. BTW: They usually only come out in early morning, you must be an early riser.

Gaelyn said...

Mike thinks it's a blister beetle and not to eat it.

tunisian said...

beautiful blog i like it

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I can't say I blame you diane!! LOL!! I wold too!! :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh my goodness Philip but you are a clever fellow!! LOL!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am going to have to read up on that Philip but I know them as Francolin. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You got it right first time Tom!! I knew I could not fool you with this one and you are right I took this at 4am, just as the sun was coming up. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I will try Gaelyn but I AM rather hungry!! LOL!! Mike sure knows a lot about our bugs. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting tunisian. Pleased to hear you like it. :)

Jo said...

Aw, I had no clue about the bug, Joan. Glad to have popped over here to say hello. All the best with your project. Blessings and hugs Jo

Zane said...

Ummm - still not sure - Francolins - latin name please - still has lovely colours - like the pictures.

Krista said...

It's a cute red bug that loves green leaves. :oD That's about all I got. I can't even make anything up in latin. I see it's already been identified, or I might try harder to make up something almost believable. LOL! Great shots!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I am pleased to hear from you Jo. Thanks, I have been working so hard to get this project done but I am nearing the end of the bulk now so am pleased with the progress.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

The Francolins we are talking about is his post from yesterday Zane, a picture of the Natal Francolin(Francolinus natalensis):)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Dont be fooled by Philip and Tom's answers Krista. They are only fooling around and making up something. :)

Mary said...

I won't even guess, but it sure is bright red!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! It sure is hard to miss this one Mary but I had to chase it for ages in order to get a picture as it kept on flying away. I have to learn to take my net with me.... :)

Firefly said...

Very interesting looking bug. Nice colour too.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jonker. :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: Oh so close to an answer (LOL), I'll have to check out your bug site.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You almost got it Tom. I thought everyone was going to follow your lead and come up wit the answer. :)

JM said...

I have no idea about the name but you managed to capture it right before it flew away! Fantastic!

Craig Glenn said...

You have been posting some really AMAZING photos J!

Krista said...

LMAO... I totally got sucked in. Makes me laugh VERY hard because I'm usually the trickster. Hats off. ;o)

Becky and Gary said...

Here we go again:). I just don't know, but love to play! Looks similar to our "lightening bugs"
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jose. Just pure luck although I did have to chase it for a while. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Craig. WOnderful to hear from you again!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! You can never take anything they say seriously Krista and they always make me laugh. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

This was a most unusual bug for me Becky.

Anna said...

Wow that is unusual bug. Oh my your world of bugs is amazing. I try sometimes, but now the only bug I have to watch is my Matthew, lol. I really have to spend more time looking over my shoulder for him, he likes to wonder away, lol. Excellent images again. Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

And that is the sweetest littl "bug" of all!! They just grow up so fast don't they?

Thanks Anna, we do have some pretty interesting ones here.

Rambling Woods said...

colorful little guy....

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I agree, very eye-catching. :)