Man-faced Shield Bug (Catacanthus incarnatus, Pentatomidae)

These large true bugs occur in four bright colour morphs: red, orange, yellow and cream with dark eye spots on their and/or forewings, advertising their noxious taste and also perhaps functioning as eyespots to mislead predators. Overall, the spotted pattern resembles a man’s face when one views the bug oriented with the head downwards (I can see you tilting your head).

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Globemallow Leaf Beetle - Calligrapha serpentina 

The Globemallow Leaf Beetle may look like a type of Lady Bug, bit it is not. As a member of the leaf beetles family (Chrysomelidae) the diet of Calligrapha serpentina is plant-based, unlike the carnivorous diet of Lady Bugs. In fact, many leaf beetles are considered pests due to the extensive damage they inflict on the plants they are eating. 

As its common name suggests, the preferred vegetation of Calligrapha serpentina are plants in the mallow family, specifically the bushy, bright, desert-growing Globemallow.

This species occurs in the southwestern of the United States and Mexico.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Dave Beaudette | Locality: Fort Huachuca, Cochise County, Arizona, US (2014)

The difference between Moth's and Butterflies
  • Well here is a condensed answer to @Exposure17's question on twitter:
  • There is no solid difference between the two. Victorian entomologists imposed the division.
  • Generally, butterflies fly by day and have clubbed antennae. Moths fly by night and day, have feathered antennae, apart from burnets. All UK moths have frenulum (hooks which join the hind and fore wings).

Butterfly scales | Jo Angell Design

Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of scales from the wing of a peacock butterfly, Inachis io. These scales have an intricate design and overlap like the tiles on the roof of a building. They allow heat and light to enter, and also insulate the insect. They may also be highly coloured. The metallic appearance of the scales is due to ridges along their length. 


Acacia leaf beetle - Calomela parilis

This colorful beetle is scientifically named Calomela parilis (Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae), an Australian species of green leaf beetle with pitted metallic elytra. This species is most often found on Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii).

Photo credit: ©Matin L. | Locality: Mt. Lofty, Victoria, Australia (2014)


The Scorpionfly (Panorpa communis) may look like the offspring of a scorpion and a wasp, but they are in fact completely harmless, living off dead insects that they sometimes take from spiderwebs. What looks like a stinger is actually the male’s genitals.

Scorpionflies have been around since the Mesozoic age (250-66 million years ago) and are believed to be the forerunners of most modern moths and butterflies.

Classification: Animalia - Arthropoda - Insecta - Mecoptera - Panorpidae - Panorpa

Image credits: 1, 2, 3.


THE VIEW FROM ABOVE" series on Flickr by itchydogimages/SINOBUG
- a collection of caterpillar images captured from the bird’s eye view
(Pu’er, Yunnan, China)

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese insects and spiders on my Flickr site HERE……

Today the Department of Phenomenally Fancy Antennae found its new mascot: this amazing little male beetle from the family Phengodidae, also known as glowworm beetles. Their larvae are known as glowworms. Male glowworm beetles use their fancy-schmancy, feather-like antennae to detect and follow pheromones produced by female beetles.

This extravagant creature was found and photographed by Project Noah contributor LuisaMarinaLópezArias in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia.



today I found a Sad Bug Friend flipped on his back and flailing his little leggies in a puddle after a torrential downpour

so I picked him up and put him on a tree outside my building because cicada nymphs only come aboveground when they’re ready to complete their final molt and enter the adult instar

I came back an hour later and he’d done the thing and I’m so proud :’) he’s tired and drying off but he should be up and flying soon!

anyway this is a reminder to Be Cool to bugs because they have tiny lives and work really hard and I love them


Sapphire-tailed Clearwing - Loxophlebia nomia

Loxophlebia nomia (Arctiidae - Ctenuchini) is a species of neotropical moth belonging to a group commonly referred to as tiger moths or wasp moths. 

Members of the tribes Ctenuchini (like Loxophlebia nomia), and Euchromiini exhibit extreme morphologies including the evolution of convincing wasp mimicry. The lepidopteran abdomen is constricted to produce the visual effect of a hymenopteran petiole (petiole mimic). Many of these species also possess an abdominal “ventral valve” that has been ascribed both a defensive and a courtship function.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Andreas Kay | [Top: Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador, 2013] - [Bottom: Otavalo, Imbabura, Ecuador, 2012]