Name the insect!

Devoted Twitter-watcher Matthew Cobb found this bizarre insect, with the tw**ter asking for information. Can you guess what this insect is? We’ll put up the answer when it’s posted.

23 Comments

  1. Todd J Morgan
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Nancy

    • GBJames
      Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      I’ll go with that. Or Nick if it isn’t female.

    • Posted February 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Lovely Nancy! 🙂

  2. Todd J Morgan
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Is that Spiderman on her back?

    • Posted February 2, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      I thought wasp in Spider-Man pyjamas.

    • Mark R.
      Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      I saw that too. Spider-Man wasp?

      Auto-fill for name and email stopped working again…darn.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Is the photo showing only one complete organism?

    Not expecting an answer…

  4. Posted February 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Is it an ant-mimicking beetle?

  5. Ann German
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Mel Gibson in the next Mad Max movie.

  6. Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    “Steve” he looks like a Steve.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted February 3, 2017 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Are you sure it’s not Alan

  7. darrelle
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    It’s a spider.

    Or maybe one insect eating another head first.

  8. Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Looks like it might be a mimetic fly. A very very weird mimetic fly.

  9. BobTerrace
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    My guess is that it’s some kind of stinging ant but I would have no idea of its name.

  10. Neil Faulkner
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Something in the Diptera, going by those eyes.

  11. busterggi
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Jimmy Durante reincarnated as an ant?

  12. stuartcoyle
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s something mimicking an ant. Looks like it has evolved a bulbous ‘nose’ (I have no friggin’ idea what the bits of insects are called) that imitates the head.

  13. sshort
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    An amazing bug. Even more deceitful and two-faced than the incoming administration, if possible.

    Thank you, Mr. Cobb.

  14. Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Well, if we are going for a proper name–then it has to be Antoinette (or Antony)

  15. Bill Morrison
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    My guess is that this is a parasitic fly emerging from the thorax of an ant. If so, the ant has an odd head.

  16. Posted February 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    But ok–if its not an ant pretending to be a hunting wasp (my first thought) then its a bug pretending to be ant pretenting to be a hunting wasp. Some sort of Batesian mimic?

  17. Doris Fromage
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Ah – I checked the original author’s website. Never would’ve guessed, though I detected correctly the eyes and antennae, because it’s not from this continent (or any I’ve been to). Very weird bug!


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