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Re: Violin Beetles

by adamcotton » Fri Mar 24, 2023 8:33 am

Despite apparently being quite common in the places it occurs in southern peninsular Thailand, Mormolyce phyllodes is one of the relatively few beetles protected by law in Thailand.

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by Eleodes » Fri Mar 24, 2023 6:20 am

This is one of my favorite genura! Though I only have three in my collection (a specimen of each of the three species that are usually available). It is worth mentioning that there are several more species in the genus (6-7 total I think), most just never come up for sale. Anyway, here's my three.
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by Panacanthus » Fri Mar 24, 2023 5:24 am

The "Spiny Lobster" Katydid from Peru. Panoploscelis specularis. Amazing predatory species. All of these photos are of the same male and female.

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by Panacanthus » Fri Mar 24, 2023 4:46 am

The incredible and rather large "bronze armored" cricket - Bradyporus dasypus from Macedonia. First photo is my own, second photo is from the internet, to show size.
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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by Panacanthus » Fri Mar 24, 2023 4:30 am

I don't know the name of these, but they are one of the rarest and most unusual pairs I have ever acquired. These are absolutely perfect specimens. All of the "notches" are natural mimicry. I haven't seen any of these spread but there appears to be a lot of yellow in the hindwings.


from Peru
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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by Panacanthus » Fri Mar 24, 2023 3:21 am

livingplanet3 wrote: Fri Mar 24, 2023 2:08 am Another predatory katydid, Panacanthus cuspidatus -
I like that one! :lol:
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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by boghaunter1 » Fri Mar 24, 2023 2:42 am

Mormon Crickets (actually Katydids)...

The largest sp. of cricket/katdydid I've found here in Saskatchewan was a couple of small "colonies" of Mormon crickets in extreme southern Sask. many years ago. I volunteered to help some entomologists from the Ag Canada Research stations in Regina (now closed) & from the Saskatoon station to do an inventory of the larger insect spp. in what has now been established as Grasslands National Park. The 2 small "colonies," as I called them, were found miles apart, on the tops of very arid, sparsely vegetated small knolls/hills in overgrazed pasture land. At these widely scattered locations there were about 30-50 individuals, of both sexes, at each site. They were made up of 2 color morphs brown & mottled green. I was shocked to see them for the very first time becauce of their size... large females approach 75mm (3") in length & were almost as fat as your thumb with a huge knife blade like ovipositor! They instantly reminded me of being smaller cousins of the Giant endangered Wetas of New Zealand! Following are a couple of YouTube videos (lots more online) that are pretty good at explaining them... they certainly can, at times be a pest sp. & can break out, occasionally, by the millions, in the drier areas of the western United States.





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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by livingplanet3 » Fri Mar 24, 2023 2:08 am

Another predatory katydid, Panacanthus cuspidatus -

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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by livingplanet3 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 11:34 pm

From my part of the world, Neobarrettia spinosa, a quite large carnivorous katydid found in desert scrubland -

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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by livingplanet3 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 11:18 pm

Cosmoderus femoralis (Cameroon) -



and a huge Pseudophyllus from Borneo -

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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by boghaunter1 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 11:17 pm

More good memories livingplanet3! Thanks for the additional info on the author. Collecting vintage entomology books is another hobby of mine, as well. Interesting to hear how similar interests were spawned from some of the same books. I have another of his books on Butterflies & Moths. His pictorial encyclopedia is still available online (ebay, Abebooks, Thriftbooks, etc.)... have seen numerous copies recently & was quite surprised; must have been published in good numbers in different languages. 8-)

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Re: Colorful Rare Orthopterans

by livingplanet3 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 10:20 pm

boghaunter1 wrote: Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:52 pm ...I first became aware of S. grandis when I bought a 1969 book, long ago in my youth, entitled "The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Insects" by V.J. Stanek. On pg. 52 - photo #71, is an old B. & W. photo of S. grandis resting on an outstretched hand. I was completely amazed by that old photo & that image has stuck in my brain for 50+ yrs!...
That insect book by Dr. Václav Jan Staněk (1907–1983) was enormously influential on me in my youth as well, and it was from it that I too, first heard of S. grandis (which at the time of the book's publication, was called Phyllophora grandis), and was stunned by the photo. I still have the book, some 40 years after acquiring it, and it's quite treasured! Actually, Staněk's publications in general were an inspiration to me, and I have around half a dozen or more of them, most of which have now become quite obscure to all apart from a few enthusiasts with an interest in vintage natural history books. By age 30, Staněk was assistant to the National Museum (Prague), and not long after, he became director of the Prague Zoo -

https://cs-m-wikipedia-org.translate.go ... r_pto=wapp

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Re: Cerambycidae of "weird " appearance

by adamcotton » Thu Mar 23, 2023 10:19 pm

Paul K wrote: Thu Mar 23, 2023 9:37 pm Cerania bosci.
This is quite common species in Thailand.
The males resemble a drone, they fly slowly with the legs wide stretched in all direction. Easy to net it in flight however yes the legs are quite fragile and easy to brake off.
In season I see these flying slowly around my garden. They look really rather strange moving forwards rather slowly, almost hovering, unless they are disturbed when they can move faster.

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Re: Cerambycidae of "weird " appearance

by Paul K » Thu Mar 23, 2023 9:37 pm

boghaunter1 wrote: Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:30 pm Very cool (& fragile looking!) spider mimic Cerambycids pr. from Thailand


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Cerania bosci.
This is quite common species in Thailand.
The males resemble a drone, they fly slowly with the legs wide stretched in all direction. Easy to net it in flight however yes the legs are quite fragile and easy to brake off.

This might be a model: Nephila maculata
It is very common species of orb spiders, quite large as palm of the hand. It is not surprising to walk in once web hiking along the forest path.

The photo is from the web and it is for educational purpose only
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by Panacanthus » Thu Mar 23, 2023 9:17 pm

I had no idea S. grandis is now being reared. I haven’t seen any whatsoever on the dealers’ lists. Evidently they are only being kept as “pets” at this time? I do wonder if these reared specimens attain the same size as the “wild” ones.

Would be nice to see some high quality dried specimens for sale!
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by boghaunter1 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 9:11 pm

Another couple of really bizarre (pretty? :) ) Hemipterans from Ecuador,

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by boghaunter1 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:52 pm

WOW, WOW, WOW... Many Thanks to everyone for uploading additional photos of all these massive Katydids.

I first became aware of S. grandis when I bought a 1969 book, long ago in my youth, entitled "The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Insects" by V.J. Stanek. On pg. 52 - photo #71, is an old B. & W. photo of S. grandis resting on an outstretched hand. I was completely amazed by that old photo & that image has stuck in my brain for 50+ yrs! I did eventually obtain my own specimen years later (at a pretty reasonable price) & now, being reared commercially, they are available to everyone...AHhhh,,, the times they are a-changing...

Here is another live shot of M. corporalis from the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia

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by boghaunter1 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:30 pm

Very cool (& fragile looking!) spider mimic Cerambycids pr. from Thailand

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No I.D. from Buru Isl. - Check out those antennae!

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Re: Violin Beetles

by boghaunter1 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:18 pm

3rd sp. - M. castelnaudi -77mm - also from Malaysia

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A comparison of all 3 sp. - Mormolyce phyllodes, M. hagenbachi & M. castelnaudi

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Violin Beetles

by boghaunter1 » Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:12 pm

Interesting ground beetle - from Wikipedia - "Mormolyce phyllodes can reach a length of 60–100 millimetres (2.4–3.9 in).[4] These beetles possess a flat leaf-shaped, shiny black or brown body with distinctive violin-shaped translucent elytra (hence the common name). This characteristic mimicry protects them against predators, while their flat shaped body allow them to dwell in soil cracks or under the bark and leaves of trees. Head and pronotum are very elongated, with long antennae and the legs are long and slender.[4][5]

Both adults and larvae are predators, feeding on insect larvae. For defense purposes, they secrete the poisonous butyric acid.[4][5] The larvae live between layers of bracket fungi, genus Polyporus. Their development lasts 8–9 months, while pupation lasts 8–10 weeks. Adults fly from August to November.[4]

This is the most commonly offered (of 3 sp.) - Mormolyce phyllodes - 104mm from Malaysia

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Another sp. M. hagenbachi - 94mm also from Malaysia

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