Not A Reptile

Here is the place to discuss anything not related to reptiles and does not fall into any other catagories.

Not A Reptile

Postby rolandslf » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:50 pm

Can someone please identify this creature / insect for me.
I saw it on a tree trunk.
Many Thanks

Image
It is better to be Pissed Off than Pissed On.
Roland Friskin
User avatar
rolandslf
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 2543
Joined: Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:10 pm
Location: Durban

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby Westley Price » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:06 pm

Looks like the skin of a dragonfly larva type thing, but certainly looks like an aquatic larva's skin.
"I am dying by inches from not having anybody to talk to about insects." - Charles Darwin
User avatar
Westley Price
Forum gatekeeper
 
Posts: 4015
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:25 am
Location: South Africa

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby GCol » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:11 pm

I would say more likely a Cicada, I am no entomologist though.
Gareth Coleman
GCol
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 193
Joined: Sat May 22, 2010 11:26 am
Location: Eshowe, KZN

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby Westley Price » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:12 pm

Actually, I think you're right GCol.
"I am dying by inches from not having anybody to talk to about insects." - Charles Darwin
User avatar
Westley Price
Forum gatekeeper
 
Posts: 4015
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:25 am
Location: South Africa

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby Mehelya » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:19 pm

Definitely Cicada species.
Rian
If I wasn't me, then I'd probably be someone else...
Forceps. Not fingers...
Yes, it probably will bite you if you carry on that way...
User avatar
Mehelya
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 636
Joined: Mon May 10, 2010 11:21 am
Location: Vryheid

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby Jedi Biscuit » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:20 pm

I have no Idea what they are really called, I used to call them Christmas Beetles because they only use to come out and sing around December time when I was a kid.
Jedi Biscuit
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 25
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:06 am
Location: Durban

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby rolandslf » Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:08 pm

That seems to be a bad set of pincers on the front.
It is better to be Pissed Off than Pissed On.
Roland Friskin
User avatar
rolandslf
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 2543
Joined: Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:10 pm
Location: Durban

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby Mehelya » Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:40 pm

Roland, those pincers are used during the nymph stage of their life cycle underground. They spend years (2 - 17, species dependent) underground, before coming up, and changing into their adult forms.

This website has some detailed info on them for you : http://www.cicadamania.com/
Rian
If I wasn't me, then I'd probably be someone else...
Forceps. Not fingers...
Yes, it probably will bite you if you carry on that way...
User avatar
Mehelya
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 636
Joined: Mon May 10, 2010 11:21 am
Location: Vryheid

Re: Not A Reptile

Postby rolandslf » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:01 am

Thanks for the info, and the link B.
It is better to be Pissed Off than Pissed On.
Roland Friskin
User avatar
rolandslf
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 2543
Joined: Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:10 pm
Location: Durban


Return to General Discussions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

cron