Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Saw a strange bug once

  1. Oct 26, 2005 #1
    It was a small beetle like a Ladybug but it had back legs like a grasshopper and it jumped like one too. Any bug experts out there know of a hopping beetle?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 28, 2005 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Perhaps you saw a http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/bimg180.html [Broken]. If you disturb them, they will jump.
    If you want to dig more, search using keywords such as: Coleoptera, jump, hop, & beetle
    There are variations in flea beetles markings Here are a few examples: image1, http://www.ento.csiro.au/aicn/images/cain2504.jpg [Broken], http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/okwild/misc/images/fleabeet.jpg [Broken] and http://insects.tamu.edu/images/insects/common/images/b-txt/bimg180.html [Broken]

    Sidenote: Charles Darwin had a lifelong passion, collecting beetles. Coleptera is the largest http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/compendium/coleop~1.html [Broken] of all the insects, with more than 300,000 worldwide.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 2, 2017
  4. Oct 28, 2005 #3


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    I want to ask something about a bug I saw once. It's body looked like a red square, maybe 5mm in length. On each diagonal, a long leg stuck out. It looked like a spider, but with 4 legs..does anyone know about something like this?
  5. Oct 28, 2005 #4


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Never saw one like that. All insects I have heard of have 6 legs and spiders 8. Perhaps you can take a picture next time, you may have discovered a new taxonomic category. :biggrin:
    Assasin bugs http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/citybugs/ask/truebugsquestions.htm [Broken] bugs, some do have red markings.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 2, 2017
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Threads for strange once Date
How much information is too much at once? May 8, 2014
Strange spider webs all over a field Nov 29, 2012
Strange little microscopic creatures Sep 27, 2012
Medical Strange digestive problem? Aug 30, 2012
Why Do Dogs do Strange things May 25, 2012