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Insect and Spider Identification: Bug ID with spider marks on wings??

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Ioannos
Nicosia
Cyprus

September 8, 2013
9:27 AM

Post #9654085

Hi, cqn anyone ID this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNR6Apgck_E
greene33
Vernonburg, GA

September 8, 2013
7:34 PM

Post #9654619

Hello Ioannos,
I'm blind as a bat but watched the video 3 times.
Please use your no doubt younger eyes to look at Semachrysa jade lacewing and see if it's the correct insect.
Ioannos
Nicosia
Cyprus

September 9, 2013
1:49 AM

Post #9654737

Mine looks bigger... it's funny that the one you posted is a newly discovered spicies :p
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

September 9, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9654816

It is a true fly, perhaps in the family Ulidiidae, but there are other possibilities. A clear, close-up image would be preferable to a video clip...
greene33
Vernonburg, GA

September 9, 2013
5:56 AM

Post #9654847

Can you provide information as to the size of your insect?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2013
6:03 AM

Post #9654854

Interesting creature it sure looked like baby spiders!
Ioannos
Nicosia
Cyprus

September 11, 2013
4:35 AM

Post #9656819

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures. The video was taken by a friend
greene33
Vernonburg, GA

September 11, 2013
4:38 AM

Post #9656822

Can you provide more information - -you only said "mine looks bigger"- a written description of the approximate size of you insect? Also, what type of plant appears in the video?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2013
2:01 PM

Post #9657296

I got an interesting ( but not this one) ''spider mimic fly'' by googling that. There's another fly whose body and wing veins look just like a spider, it's really cool. But that seemed to be the only one in the returns on google to that search of mine. And a moth with the same idea., But none with the pattern of a spider on each wing.
http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/moar-mimicry-moth-mimics-spider-and-other-cool-stuff/

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2013
2:26 PM

Post #9657320

That is the coolest thing I've seen all week. Add that to the giant list of things I didn't know.

s0crates

s0crates
Nicosia
Cyprus

September 12, 2013
2:18 AM

Post #9657668

Hello all, I'm the person who took the video. I didn't get the chance to take more pictures of the bug, nor have I seen it again since.

I don't believe it was bigger than that lacewing no, from what I remember it was about 1.5cm and the wings 1-1.5cm, but I cannot be certain of this.

The plant was a lettuce.

Thanks for all the interesting input so far!

s0crates

s0crates
Nicosia
Cyprus

September 16, 2013
6:11 AM

Post #9661185

Hi again. Found another one today on the same plant and manage to capture for a while to take a few pictures. This one is smaller, around 0.5cm as shown on one of the images.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwuC-BEhCZs

The bug has been released.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2013
6:39 AM

Post #9661224

good work! I hope Flapdoodle has enough to go on now.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

September 16, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9661345

Although I am more inclined to believe that this is in the family Tephritidae (true fruit flies), it would take much larger (and clearer) images in order to see the characters needed to key it out...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9661401

maybe- see a set in the center of this page
http://bugguide.net/node/view/7017/bgimage?from=48
greene33
Vernonburg, GA

September 16, 2013
8:48 AM

Post #9661406

I saw a couple of sites mentioning Tephritis Picture Wing Fly.

s0crates

s0crates
Nicosia
Cyprus

September 16, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9661527

Yes, I believe that's correct Flapdoodle (sorry about the picture/video quality, used the mobile phone's camera and the little critter was always on the move!).

Looks a lot like a Tephritis divisa...

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