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Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Buc2 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:10 am

Can anyone tell me wtf this is? My daughter said, including its legs, it was the size of a dollar coin. It sorta looks like a mosquito, but not like any mosquito I've ever seen.

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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby NYBF » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:27 am

Robber fly

I right clicked on the second pic, clicked, "Search Google for image" and this is what came up

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Then looked around the images to find one that looked like your pic.

Also, F that thing. The size of a dollar coin? No thanks.
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Crocaneers » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:28 am

Chupacabra ?


Freakin' bug is from Space I think
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Buc2 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:28 am

I think I may have found it. If I'm right, it's a robber fly. This particular one is native to Western Ghats, India.

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Asilidae_Unidentifed Robber fly from the Anaimalai hills, Western Ghats, India
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Buc2 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:32 am

Here's another that is common to the eastern US.

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Ommatius Robber Fly
In North America, there are about 13 species of robber flies in genus Ommatius. A hallmark of this genus are the somewhat feathery, branching antennae.
This robber fly, photographed at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, might be species Ommatius gemma, which is pretty common in the eastern United States.
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Crocaneers » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:41 am

These robber fly's don't play .. to NYBF's point .. the size .. dollar coin???? Yikes

Do NOT approach !!

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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby beardmcdoug » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:58 am

NYBF wrote:Robber fly

I right clicked on the second pic, clicked, "Search Google for image" and this is what came up

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Then looked around the images to find one that looked like your pic.

Also, F that thing. The size of a dollar coin? No thanks.


Buc2 wrote:I think I may have found it. If I'm right, it's a robber fly. This particular one is native to Western Ghats, India.

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Asilidae_Unidentifed Robber fly from the Anaimalai hills, Western Ghats, India


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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby NYBF » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:03 am

Buc2 wrote:Here's another that is common to the eastern US.


If you click on the RObber Fly link in my other post, it will bring you to the bug guide page for what I think is the same one in your pic. Right above the pic it gives the full classification breakdown of the bug, and you can click on the genus, species, family, etc, and see other examples that match it.
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Kress » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:04 am

I'd put him up against a Dobson Fly. I had never seen one before, but there was one on the wall of our hotel when we were in Georgia a few months back. I took a picture, but this isn't him. It does look exactly like it, though.


The little sucker was about 2 to 2 1/2 inches long.





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I'm thinking that he might go well smoked over some Mesquite.
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby RedLeader » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:07 am

It has long been recognized and documented that insects are the most diverse group of organisms, meaning that the numbers of species of insects are more than any other group. In the world, some 900 thousand different kinds of living insects are known.

This representation approximates 80 percent of the world's species. The true figure of living species of insects can only be estimated from present and past studies. Most authorities agree that there are more insect species that have not been described (named by science) than there are insect species that have been previously named.

Conservative estimates suggest that this figure is 2 million, but estimates extend to 30 million. In the last decade, much attention has been given to the entomofauna that exists in the canopies of tropical forests of the world. From studies conducted by Terry Erwin of the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Entomology in Latin American forest canopies, the number of living species of insects has been estimated to be 30 million.

Insects also probably have the largest biomass of the terrestrial animals. At any time, it is estimated that there are some 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive.


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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Buc2 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:33 am

That's a lot of ****ing bugs.
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby deltbucs » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:35 am

I think it's a Robber Fly. You're welcome.
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Buc2 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:41 am

NYBF wrote:
Buc2 wrote:Here's another that is common to the eastern US.


If you click on the RObber Fly link in my other post, it will bring you to the bug guide page for what I think is the same one in your pic. Right above the pic it gives the full classification breakdown of the bug, and you can click on the genus, species, family, etc, and see other examples that match it.

That's it! Good find. Here's a couple more pics that could almost be the twin of the one I posted.

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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Deuce » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:43 am

We've had a few of these around the garage:

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Hammerhead Flatworm

Ours are about the length of an earthworm. But they have these thin bodies that seem more flexible than a regular worm. And then they wave that head around...very alien-like.
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Re: Any amateur or profession entomologists out there?

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:29 am

My Nemesis.

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Lethocerus americanus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lethocerus_americanus

I tend to find these fuckers in my pool primarily in June. Last year, (my 1st back in FL) the entire family was paralyzed with fear at the sight of this creation from the nightmares of HR Giger. Seriously, in person it's about the scariest looking bug I've ever seen...and they FLY! These beasties are ambush predators and I'm not about to find out how nasty a bite they truly posses. All within my domain shall perish under the heel of my malice.
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