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    Folkses,

    I could not find a section dealing with identification of insects and similar, so I thought I'd post this here. Mods, if this is incorrect, please move or delete this post.

    Spotted this strange insect in Pretoria on the last weekend. I've been through the reference books I have, but can not find anything that looks remotely similar.

    Anybody with an idea of what it is ?

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    Unfortunately Iím on my phone and the oic gets pixelated when I zoom in, but it looks like a cicada of sorts

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    Looks like a Plant Hopper Beetle.

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    How big?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    How big?
    Was probably about 1.5 to 2cm long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Betta View Post
    Looks like a Plant Hopper Beetle.
    Yip. That is it. Thanks muchly.

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    parapioxys jucundus


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    parapioxys jucundus

    Yes - thanks. Got that from the interwebs... Ad cross-referenced the "Field Guide to Insects of South Africa". I did not really consider it in the book, as the photo was from a different angle and the distribution map does not seem to include Pretoria. But don't think there is any doubt about it. Thanks guys.
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    Hi All
    I was sent this pic from my sister who farms outside George. She noticed swarms of these creatures hovering over her fields. She describes them as about termite size and the swarm created a "buzz" noise almost like a swarm of bees. These don't look like termites to me, in fact I can't match it with anything
    Anybody know what these are?
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    Looks to me like an ant.

    Had any rain lately?

    These are the flying alates that go forth and form new colonies.

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    Thanks Stringb3an
    I'm confused......what exactly are alates? Do we get these ant species (that develop wings when mature) in South Africa? If so, what specie would you say this is?

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    We do get these here.

    Here in the park you get swarms of millions of them every few years, its a sight to see.

    People are used to termites doing this but not really ants for some reason.

    As for species........ that I will leave to the experts!

    Your hymenoptera all have these castes. So thats ants, termites, bees and wasps. They have reproductives, workers, soldiers and lastly every so often reproductives. These reproductives are the winged alates that will go off and start new colonies by becoming the queen once they mate.
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    Geez, thanks again Stringb3an. I guess you're never told old to learn something new!

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