6/24/15

Surprising find

This guy (or gal) was crawling on our paint-chipped gnome that we have hauled around for years. I have never seen anything remotely close to him (or her) before. The closest identification I can find is possibly an 'assassin bug', but that's just a guess. Any help in identifying it would be welcome. 

Thanks to Yamini, Hanna and Ittdgy for identifying it for me as a Squeaking Longhorn Beetle that is native to NZ.


The fuzzy antennae are interesting.


23 comments:

Annemor said...

Hm ... can't say I know this , but I like him (or her):
Have a nice day.
Mormor

doodles n daydreams said...

I haven't a clue, maybe you've found something 'foreign'.

Diana

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Handsome critter whatever it is.

helena said...

I'd guess it is a weta of some kind - seeing as you are in NZ

Margaret Adamson said...

I don't think you Gnome is too happy to have im/her crawing all over him!!

Adam Jones said...

Afraid I'm of no use, but I like the look of him.

Valerie said...

What a fascinating creature - thank you for sharing!

Linley S said...

Now that is one interesting looking bug Betty, can't say that I have ever seen one like that. The legs and antenna are quite long

A Quiet Corner said...

Not sure what it is, but you can keep it!!...:)JP

Rhonda Albom said...

Interesting insect. I haven't seen one like him in New Zealand . . . yet.

John said...

Nicely captured - I don't know what it is either

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
what a cutie! Assassin bugs I know are all rather small (thumbnail size), and this looks to be a much larger critter... a beetle certainly, the pointy nose might suggest a weevil of some sort. This page may be of help, as it has a contact person who, I suspect, would be very interested in this - particularly as your shots are impressive! YAM xx

Mama Zen said...

Not sure what it is, but it looks cool!

Sharon Wagner said...

It's a real creeper. Yikes!

Laura said...

Excellent close-ups of this critter!

Hannah said...

Great macro, it seems to look like the Squeaking Longhorn, Hexatricha pulverulenta, whose larvae make tunnels under the bark of dead and dying trees. I usually am disappointed by the identity of bugs I find in my yard, one turned out to be a Korean stink bug that was developing into quite a pest.

Jeanne said...

Not sure what this is, but he looks pretty large. bigger than i like to be close to!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Hannah is right, here's a youtuber.
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marshaleith said...

super creepy! But great photos!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is a unique bug -- and I live most of the year in the bug capital of the world!

No help on the name, but the one you guessed looks as if it could be accurate -- .

Ida said...

Very cool looking bug. Glad you were able to find out what type of a bug it is.

Rambling Woods said...

I love taken photos of insects and then trying to get an identification..... Quite the tough look to him.... Michelle

Florence said...

Oh my, he is a tough looking critter!