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The COOL-ass bug thread

The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby Pingdong » 19 Oct 2011, 04:39

Maybe not everyone likes bugs (I do) but I'm sure we have all seen some neat ones here. post some pics of really strange, pretty, ugly and just whack "bugs" you have seen here...pics too if you have them.

here are a few to start (excuse the water marks, old project) Any ID are welcome :)

Some form of butterfly larvae, near Sandimen, Pingdong on gourd leaves
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More caterpillars, all in Pingdong
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Gasteracantha, Taidong
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giant stick bug (latin escapes me) on green island
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mantis
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hermit crab, green island
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stags
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N. pilipes
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big ol hopper, Kending
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby lumka1 » 24 Oct 2011, 12:26

We have a small cabin in the mountains in Hsinchu county. There all kinds of bugs, spiders and snakes that patron our humble establishment. I am interested in these creatures, but not very knowledgeable... can anyone help to identify these:
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This is one long legged long leg spider. here is a close up of the body:
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And then, this looks like n bumblebee on steroids. Just want to know if they are related to the tiger hornet...?
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby Tempo Gain » 24 Oct 2011, 13:53

Great pics!
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby finley » 24 Oct 2011, 14:15

Excellent .. .thanks for the pics!

I came across the biggest f'off spider I'd ever seen on Sunday - tried to take a picture with my phone, but just came out a blurry mess. About the size of your hand with a cigar-shaped body, yellow markings down the back. He was sitting on a web three meters across. I scared him blundering into his web, and he dropped onto the ground and "threatened" me with two raised legs. Never seen anything like it and frankly hope I never do. I quite like spiders, but I wish they didn't look like spiders.
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby Alesistrata » 24 Oct 2011, 21:43

If they're anything like the spider pictured in the first post Finley, I do believe that they're called Golden Orb Weavers. At least, I'm pretty sure that's what they are. I managed to find a Wiki link after seeing a whole ton of them in Maokong... but I may be wrong.

Also, to add in - these pictures are awesome! It's cool to see what kind of creatures are lurking about.
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby Chris » 24 Oct 2011, 22:00

First caterpillar in first post looks to be of the genus Parasa.
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby Mucha Man » 24 Oct 2011, 22:48

Coming back down from Nanhudashan (near Wuling farm) we saw what looked like gossamer netting hanging from a stone wall on the side of the road but it was in fact the webbing of dozens of golden orb spiders. Frontal and side views below:

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spider web2 by Mucha Man, on Flickr

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spider web3 by Mucha Man, on Flickr

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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby omerojs » 26 Oct 2011, 17:45

wow I have never seen such spider webs... I don't even recall them from any Nat Geo episode... and i watch a lot of Nat geo...
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby haokaiyang » 26 Oct 2011, 22:36

Whoa, sweet pics! I saw a bunch of Golden Orb Weavers on Guishandao last Sunday, but nothing like what Mucha Man captured so nicely.

Anyone have any centipede/millipede shots? I was shooting the city lights from the Fudekeng cemetery over the summer when I saw the hugest centipede I've ever seen. Scared the living daylights out of me.
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Re: The COOL-ass bug thread

Postby Chris » 27 Oct 2011, 01:15

This is Chondracris rosea:

Pingdong wrote:big ol hopper, Kending
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