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Giant Scale insect

Drosicha corpulenta

Description:

male, small, bizarre looking insect, black wings, feather like antenna, flat body with thin red tails

Habitat:

tropical forest on limestone

Notes:

I spotted this strange insect in Ba Be Lakes National Park. There were a few of them flying around. I had to wait a while for them to land to get some shots. I've never seen anything like this before. I never thought it would be a male scale insect.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Giant scale insect
Drosicha sp. (family is now Monophlebidae)


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41 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks J. If that flickr user is correct than we have an exact ID!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks thecochenille for narrowing it down to the genus and updating the family too. Do you think it could be D. corpulenta?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Welcome...!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Very cool that they provided the link to my spotting. Thanks for letting me and the community know Ashish.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Congratulations Dan... Your spotting is a Leraning lesson now for entire world...
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2012/04/06/w...

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thank you Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

FANTASTIC!!!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

@bayucca, that's the same link that I saw to match my spotting but as you said, no specific ID there. Great spotting of your wasp moth from achmmad's link!

achmmad
achmmad 8 years ago

Thanks bayucca! I just hope that I can find it in my area :)

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

@achmmad: Mine is a classic Arctiidae, a wasp moth. Best picture I found would be this one from Costa Rica, which is unfortunately with no genus/species name, but fits "perfectly"...
http://ecolibrary.org/page/DP847
I would say it is definitely the suggested ID of a male scale insect.
The behaviour is comparable to some moth, where the female is just "wait and see" to find a male to mate. The males are receiving the pheromones by their huge antennae.

achmmad
achmmad 8 years ago

I just flick walking and found bayucca's photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikhofe.... seems related!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Welcome Dan.. I am expecting Wiki page... on this.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks, Ashish for confirming the family Chun had suggested as ID.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

These may be in Margarodidae winged Aphids

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Lars!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 8 years ago

Fantastic shots and spotting, Dan!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks for the confirmation Chun and the family.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 8 years ago

Oxyjack has got it, entomologist Eric R. Eaton has also verified that it is a male scale insect of the Margarodidae family.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

exotic-looking and very interesting. Great spotting Dan !

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks a lot Jack. I would have never guessed that either but I saw a few matches online. I'll go with that ID.

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

I heard back from my friend the Fulgoroid hopper expert. She and her husband are both entomologists and they have travelled extensively, collecting insects all over the world. They are both convinced that this is a male scale insect. I never would have guessed that myself, but least scales are Hemiptera.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks for all the input on this one. Seems everyone is just as stumped as I am. This one is quite the challenge!

achmmad
achmmad 8 years ago

Just another pics to be considered: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo2... http://www.richard-seaman.com/Insects/Vi... and http://www.richard-seaman.com/Insects/Vi... Such a fusion from the three mentioned! Anyway, very cool spotting!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Sorry Dan.. here is very less information on Asian insects or Arthropods... Thanks for sharing such less known creatures.. This should be a learning lesson for everyone.
Hope Chun will find a way to accurate ID.

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Đông Bắc, Viet Nam

Spotted on Jan 16, 2012
Submitted on Apr 6, 2012

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