A Conversation for Nature Puzzle of the Week: Unknown Bug

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Willem

Blister beetle! They exude an irritating fluid when threatened.


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

Ah ha! Nothing will eat me! I've adapted to look like the strongest chilli ever attempted to be eaten smiley - winkeye


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

On Twitter Jez (Old Dog, Old Tricks) writes:

'Soldier beetle. Trichodes alvearius. I should get a life...'

Sure looks like them, and France is in their range!


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Willem

I stand corrected! But if a Trichodes, I think this one looks more like Trichodes apiarius.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Can you explain the difference? smiley - bigeyes I got lost at 'apex of elytra'. smiley - rofl


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

Trichodes apiarius.

yep! Looks like onesmiley - smileybut it could also be a Dennis the Menace smiley - winkeyebug

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us98PmAX714


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paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Blister beetles are caustic if they get their spray on you. Ho can you keep them out of your garden? By getting rid of plants that attract them: Pigweed, Ironweed, and Ragweed.

But that applies to places where this particular Blister Beetle is in its range. In Massachusetts, there is only the black blister beetle, which is, well, black.

I have ragweed (or goldenrod) growing in my yard. I will just be careful and steer clear of it.


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Willem

It means in apiarius the bottom tip of the 'shell' is black, while in alvearius it is red. But that's not visible in the photo so I go more by the shape of the black and red bands. They're horizontally symmetrical in apiarius but asymmetrical in alvearius. I'm just going by shots I can find, I'm not an expert on these things.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Thanks, Willem! smiley - bluebutterfly


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

When I was 11yrs old, I went on a school trip holiday to Spainsmiley - smiley
Whilst there, I saw some "Colorado potato beetles" and knew smiley - evilgrinwhat they could do, so I caught a good few and put them in a jarsmiley - smiley - to bring home and drop them in a field and then report them etc - as in a £££ rewardsmiley - winkeyesmiley - winkeye
Alas! Being 11yrs oldsmiley - ermwhen I got home, the "bugs" had died in the jar smiley - whistle and I knew I couldn't get away with dead bugs in a fieldsmiley - laugh


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paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Why would you have wanted potato bugs in a field anyway>


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - winkeyesmiley - evilgrin at that time, there was a £5 rewardsmiley - biggrinif you saw one in a UK fieldsmiley - smiley at 11yrs old - I thoughtsmiley - winkeye50 bugs X £5 smiley - laughsmiley - laugh


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paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

But dead ones were worth less than five pounds? smiley - huh


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - winkeye50 dead ones and the "powers that be" would have smelt a ratsmiley - laughsmiley - laughsmiley - ermcon!


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paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Well, okay, you have me there.

So, what did you do with the dead bugs?


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - winkeyeIn your dialect smiley - winkeye - dumped in the trash-cansmiley - laugh

to us it's the dustbinsmiley - biggrin


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paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

named after Dustbin Hoffman? smiley - smiley


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - laughCan't say! I'm not racialistsmiley - biggrin
If "they're" NOT Yorkshire, their foreigners smiley - winkeyesmiley - winkeyesaves a lot of time smiley - whistle


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paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Whose time, yours or theirs?


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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

smiley - laughT'ain't mine


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