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And now for another episode of: NAME THAT BUG!

PostPosted: 10.02.09 2:07pm
by Infinity's End
Found this guy crawling on the wall near the door to my apartment. He was pretty large; I'd say about 5-6 inches long. His legs and antennae made him seem even bigger.
I heard someone say that they thought it was a stink bug, but I'm not so sure... any guesses?

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PostPosted: 10.02.09 2:11pm
by Reconite
Definitely some kind of beetle. Maybe a Hercules? Or an Atlas Beetle?

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PostPosted: 10.02.09 3:28pm
by Sylux
Its definitely a hemipteran, but it doesn't look like a stinkbug (at least, not any species I've seen. Also, its pretty big for a stinkbug). It reminds me a little of a milkweed bug, but again way too big and wrong color. Definitely on the "bug" side of Hemiptera, though (as opposed to the cockroach side).

Hmmm. The closest thing I can find online is the shield bug. Not a perfect fit (too small, shorter antennae), but probably a close relative judging by its appearance.

Reconite wrote:Definitely some kind of beetle. Maybe a Hercules? Or an Atlas Beetle?


Beetles have hard, glossy wing covers. This one looks more leathery, which is the "bug" trademark.

Also, don't hercules and atlas beetles live in the jungle?

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PostPosted: 10.02.09 3:38pm
by ph00tbag
Did you do this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_F_Aqe ... re=channel

I don't think it's a stink bug, those tend to be smaller, and it's not a Hercules, which has a very distinctive horn. I have no clue, though.

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PostPosted: 10.02.09 3:56pm
by Infinity's End
ph00tbag wrote:Did you do this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_F_Aqe ... re=channel

I don't think it's a stink bug, those tend to be smaller, and it's not a Hercules, which has a very distinctive horn. I have no clue, though.


Hahah, no, I wasn't scared of it, just interested. I do have mild arachnophobia though. Bugs don't bother me as much as spiders do, for some reason.

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PostPosted: 10.02.09 4:17pm
by Reconite
Infinity's End wrote:I do have mild arachnophobia though. Bugs don't bother me as much as spiders do, for some reason.

Same here IE.

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PostPosted: 10.03.09 8:55am
by CapCom
Looks like a stinkbug to me! I haven't ever seen one that large, but you did say the mosquitoes in Texas were the size of Oldsmobiles, so I wouldn't put it past a stinkbug. Poke it and see if the end of the stick smells bad :P

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PostPosted: 10.03.09 10:05am
by Infinity's End
Ok, well I guess the verdict is out then. It's definitely a type of stink bug (family name Pentatomidae), and likely of the subfamily Pentanominae, but as far as Genus and Species goes, I do not know. I just spent some time looking through BugGuide, and I could not find an image that was similar enough to this. So either it's a new species of stink bug, or it's a mutant.

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PostPosted: 10.03.09 10:14am
by Lazarius
Soon they will be as large as CARS.

And I don't want any sciencey guy that says that's not possible.

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PostPosted: 10.03.09 11:48am
by Sylux
Lazarius wrote:Soon they will be as large as CARS.

And I don't want any sciencey guy that says that's not possible.


That's not possible. The square/cubed law is not friendly to large arthropods.

SCIENCE.

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PostPosted: 10.03.09 11:55am
by Infinity's End
Well, I submitted the image to BugGuide and someone responded!
It is a Acanthocephala declivis which are known as "Leaf-footed Bugs."
It was very easy to make the mistake of calling it a stink bug because they very much resemble them, but stink bugs usually have 5 segments on their antennae, and this one only has 4. Also the leaf-like hind legs are a definite giveaway for what this bug is.

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PostPosted: 10.04.09 9:00pm
by MaiAriSquee
Glee! Huzzah for a final identification. It's always satisfying to finally get a name for something. I'm always bugging my professors about random weeds I find. :P

Sylux: Didn't we used to have giant centipedes or something? Or did the science center dioramas lie to me?

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PostPosted: 10.04.09 10:29pm
by Sylux
MaiAriSquee wrote:Sylux: Didn't we used to have giant centipedes or something? Or did the science center dioramas lie to me?


They weren't the size of cars. :D

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PostPosted: 10.05.09 12:03am
by Lazarius
The largest land invertebrate if all time was Arthropleura, an ancestor of Millipedes and Centipedes, and it reached 2.6 meters long.

That's like, Buggy size. :awesome:

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PostPosted: 10.05.09 4:44am
by Naner
Lazarius wrote:The largest land invertebrate if all time was Arthropleura, an ancestor of Millipedes and Centipedes, and it reached 2.6 meters long.

That's like, Buggy size. :awesome:

I think it would be pretty TENSE to find one of those walking around.


Also, good to know you found your bug, Inf. My University has a really big arthropod sector, so, in case we really can't find out what some bug is, I can take the picture over to them.