Friday, 16 April 2010

What on Earth is this Thing?!

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All I know about this creature here is that it is likely to be a bug (Hemiptera). I`ve never seen anything like this before.
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If anybody has any idea what this is, please do leave a comment.
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My wife says it looks so funny as if it is using its front legs to raise itself off the ground, while it uses its hind legs in front to walk!
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The creature was quite co-operative while I obtained these images and sat basking in the sun.
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How many unique creatures like this exist in our midst but go undetected!
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PS - From trawling the net this seems to be a cousin of the lantern bug - Epiptera europea

6 comments:

  1. Wow..what an awesome looking bug!! Nice shots!! Sorry, cant help with the ID...

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  2. Although I'm not sure of the bugs location, I want to say a "Kissing Bug" which is a common or local name. In any case he is a fancy dresser!

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  3. Hi Harry, the bug is from Kerala, India. Thanks for the suggestion but I just had a search for "kissing bug" but it doesnt seem to be the same.

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  4. Not sure what sort of bug, but you've got a really nice series of close-up shots of it... Great Work...!

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  5. The kissing bug is not this colorful

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  6. Nymph of Lantern fly
    Lycorma delicatula

    http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/289556011
    https://vimeo.com/5460479

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