Pudding4brains

Pudding4brains

Time restraints due to changed circumstances in life make it impossible to put much time in, so I will be refraining from "socializing" for some time to come (nothing personal!) and restrict myself to just "dumping" (uploading) images to make these available as CC0 / Public Domain for anyone to use. This text used to read: Hobby entomologist interested in many "unpopular" groups (Opiliones, Oniscidea, Microcoryphia, Zygentoma, Dermaptera, Blattodea, Neuroptera, Mecoptera, Raphidioptera etc.
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    1. Comment on Cassida (Cassida) vibex 13 days ago
      Required sp. "creation", so I postponed it and then (apparently) forgot - thanks for the heads-up :o)
    2. Nah, the photos are okay-ish to "show the species" (for general idea of habitus) but they'll always be totally useless for ID - that's all I'm saying. Maybe running a pinned specimen through your stacking setup and with a 40Mpcx sensor or some such and repeating that from something like 10 different angles might give an expert something to go on, but they would still rather just put it under a (very good) microscope.
    3. Comment on Cassida viridis - Larva 13 days ago
      Subtle difference is that on the Neuroptera the cover is "fixed" (attached to warts carrying bundles of long hairs). The Tortoise beetle larvae can actually move the shield at will. I found my video of that (very lo-res) but hesitate to put it on utjoop - never uploaded anything there and not a big fan of the whole "we know everything you do and like"-business model ....
    4. Comment on Hautmaske (Cassida stigmatica) 13 days ago
      Hi Niel - I liked the way this image shows the various exuviae from smaller to bigger with head and some other structures recognizable for each, so decided to upload it for reference :o)
    5. It's always hard to decide if it's worthwhile to try and get some photos and let some/most escape in the process. The photos (at least my max. magnification) are quite useless for ID, so the maximum "purpose" of these can only be "looks sort of kinda like this".
    6. Comment on Cassida viridis - Larva 13 days ago
      Yes, it's a quite peculiar camouflage/defence system - they can raise and lower the "mask" vigorously to scare off predators too. I should have a short video of that somewhere ...
    7. Comment on Cassida (Cassidulella) vittata 13 days ago
      Our ~20 species are on average smaller and most are quite "boring" in colours as compared to the species from the tropics ;o)
    8. Comment on Cassida viridis - Parasitized larva 14 days ago
      Thanks Niel
    9. Comment on Cassida (Cassidulella) vittata 14 days ago
      *lol* :o)
    10. Comment on Cassidini 14 days ago
      Hi Rui, I just uploaded some images of Cassida viridis myself, so I stumbled on this one of yours. Frankly, I don't think it is viridis - the shape of the pronotum is all wrong for that.
      Cassida viridis - Pronotum  Cassida,Cassida viridis,Cassidinae,Cassidini,Chrysomelidae,Chrysomeloidea,Cucujiformia,Green Tortoise Beetle,Green tortoise beetle,Odontionycha,nl: Muntschildpadtor

      I'm having half a mind for rubiginosa for this one, but I will need to check what species are present in Portugal (some that I may not be familiar with) ... will get back on that (much) later.
      What about the larva? Was it associated with this adult?
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Cassida sp. (larva) on Cynara cardunculus. Cassida viridis,Cassilda,Chrysomelidae,biodiversity,cassida viridis,cassidini,coleoptera,insecta,insects