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Insect and Spider Identification: Giant beetle type-insect??? SE Asia

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crannogdiver
kuala lumpur
Malaysia

December 3, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9349200

Hello! I came across this giant recently (in Malaysia) and can't find any answers. Was thinking some kind of scarab beetle but doesn't really look anything like these. If anyone has any idea what type of insect this might be it would be appreciated. Wingspan about 8cm, very hairy underneath, lots of armor, sounds like a buzz bomb when it flies! Didn't seem too aggressive when I was taking photos. Many thanks.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2012
11:11 PM

Post #9349261

Despite the shiny body, it is not a beetle. I think it's a bee that's trying to look like a fly. Or a fly.

This message was edited Dec 4, 2012 2:13 AM

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 4, 2012
3:59 AM

Post #9349321

Two pairs of wings eliminates it being a true fly. Likely a species of bee.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 4, 2012
5:40 AM

Post #9349371

Carpenter bee in genus Xylocopa - maybe Xylocopa latipes
http://www.fobi.web.id/v/insect/f-api/xyl-lat/Xylocopa-latipes_Candi-Gebang_IT.jpg.html

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9349868

I wasn't sure if I remembered my bee/fly wings. I knew I didn't see halteres. And wasn't sure if that was two pairs of wings. I thought bees had their wings folded straight back. Can either of you comment on bee wing positions, is there a rule?
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 5, 2012
3:39 AM

Post #9350208

Although most bees do keep there wings folded over their abdomen when at rest, there are exceptions, and this is one of them.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2012
5:37 PM

Post #9351714

Thank you for clarifying.

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