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08/21/2008 11:40:04 AM · #1
This little guy was crawling around on my trash can lid in the late afternoon light. Really scurrying around, but showing no inclination to take flight. I was "practicing" trying to get moving bugs in focus (he was REALLY tiny, and I liked his elongated snout) And it was only in the processing, when I had him blown way way up, that I noticed the arms (?) attached to his snout.

Maybe this is really normal bug stuff, but dang it looks weird to me...

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Anyone know what it is? Any more info? Are those "nose arms" common amongst bugs?

R.
08/21/2008 11:43:58 AM · #2
I have seen bugs that resemble this around here but do not know what they are. The head on this one looks kind of like a kiwi bird. Some sort of beatle I reckon.
08/21/2008 11:44:46 AM · #3
Ya, those nose-arms are strange. They're the first things I noticed looking at the photo. interesting. Antenae?
08/21/2008 11:45:06 AM · #4
Acorn Weevil
08/21/2008 11:45:39 AM · #5
The bug is a weevel. The "things on its probosus are antennae. It is a sap sucker.
08/21/2008 11:47:11 AM · #6
Sunflower Seed Weevil
08/21/2008 02:31:50 PM · #7
Originally posted by TCGuru:

Acorn Weevil


Cool! Acorn Weevil it is, my whole deck is shaded by a giant oak tree and I got acorns galore!

Thanks!

R.
08/21/2008 02:33:08 PM · #8
It looks like a weird elephant trunk!! cool.
08/21/2008 04:16:23 PM · #9
We found this guy by the hot tub on Salt Spring Island, BC.
What is he??

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08/21/2008 04:39:20 PM · #10
That's a "Thumb Bug" =)
08/21/2008 05:03:03 PM · #11
LOL I still can't believe Greg picked it up...
08/21/2008 05:06:57 PM · #12
Eisbaer, that looks like a longhorn beetle. Quite a large family of bugs.
08/21/2008 05:14:49 PM · #13
Like this?
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08/21/2008 05:26:57 PM · #14
Originally posted by Eisbaer:

We found this guy by the hot tub on Salt Spring Island, BC.
What is he??


Oh oh! I know this one! Its a Hickory Borer!

edit: to add another link

Message edited by author 2008-08-21 17:29:12.
08/21/2008 05:58:19 PM · #15
Thank so much for the ID guys!!!
08/22/2008 09:26:39 AM · #16
I disagree on the Hickory Borer ID. Definitely long horned, but my guess would be a Pine Sawyer of sorts. Will get back to you once I consult some of my resources for a more definitive result.
08/22/2008 10:50:42 AM · #17
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I disagree on the Hickory Borer ID. Definitely long horned, but my guess would be a Pine Sawyer of sorts. Will get back to you once I consult some of my resources for a more definitive result.


You may be right, its hard to tell not seeing the markings on the wings. I thought Pine Borers were only on the East Coast though? (or maybe my source is full of hooey, which is a possibility. )
08/22/2008 12:10:36 PM · #18
Originally posted by notesinstones:

Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I disagree on the Hickory Borer ID. Definitely long horned, but my guess would be a Pine Sawyer of sorts. Will get back to you once I consult some of my resources for a more definitive result.


You may be right, its hard to tell not seeing the markings on the wings. I thought Pine Borers were only on the East Coast though? (or maybe my source is full of hooey, which is a possibility. )


he was black, no markings as far as I remember, maybe small white spots?
I like how he's still chewing on wood in the pic.
08/25/2008 02:40:02 PM · #19
Sorry for taking so long to get back on this one. The small white spots I see in the pic make me think this is a Monochamus scutellatus AKA Black Pine Sawyer. My reservations with the initial ID began because hickory trees don't range into British Columbia naturally, so sorry to notesinstones if I sounded combative about it. Anyway, the Black Pine Sawyer does indeed range into BC. Pretty common around here where I live as well, so I was pretty sure when I first saw your photo of what it would be. FYI, the antenna length varies by sex, so if you google for photos, some may look more or less correct. Coloration also varies a lot depending on lighting due to hair. Around here we've also got some other pine sawyers, like this Ergatus spiculatus AKA Pine Sawyer AKA Spined Necked Longhorn I found last month.
The shot with my hand is just to give some scale, but this one is around 2 inches. These guys range all over the west, on up into BC as well.

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ETA Common names

Message edited by author 2008-08-25 14:46:24.
08/25/2008 03:42:08 PM · #20
Thanks so much for the reply spiritualspatula! awesome photos too. That is a huge bug, seems bigger than ours. We laughed when he took off, he's very "bottom heavy".
I've seen google pics with the antenna - some are enormous!
08/25/2008 03:55:02 PM · #21
hummm the black pine sawyer looks right but the white on the antenna and what markings I can see on the back makes be think the Asian Long-horned Beettle but really not sure if they are in your area. I remember they were in the news almost daily back when I lived in Illinois.
08/27/2008 03:18:16 AM · #22
In regards to the Asian Longhorned beetle- Monochamus scutellatus is often mistaken for this species, and in fact an additional common name for the species is White Spotted Pine Sawyer. Since there have been no reports of any infestations other than those in New York, New Jersey, Toronto, and Illinois (the last infestation having been eradicated), I still am sticking with my initial ID. Also, the elytra of the Asian Longhorned beetle are not as pitted as those in the photo provided. The photo also lacks the bluish tint common in ALB, nor are the spots as distinct. That being said, there have been ALB intercepted in BC, but my assumption would still be a native species. ALB\'s are a potentially giant pest to both Canada and the US, so if you DO see any ALB\'s you should capture the specimen and get it to the USDA branch for your state. Not sure on Canadian equivalent though. Longhorned beetles all sorta have the \"bottom heavy\" flight you spoke of, and generally aren\'t very good at flying in the first place, being clumsy and awkward when in flight.
08/28/2008 07:40:53 AM · #23
No worries Derek! I didn't think you were being combative and I wasn't trying to sound combative either. I was just concerned that I was wrong after going off like a super-smarty pants about it and wanted to make sure I had my facts right. I was more concerned that my Cliff Claven was showing again....

Your totally spot on and right about the hickory trees. Thanks for not only the proper ID but some fantastic photos as well!
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