Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Post your smartest or, if you are playing on my level, embarrassing guesses in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is inconceivable! optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments tonight.


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  1. db

     /  July 31, 2015

    NO idea, but he’s a cute little guy (or girl).

  2. Brush-tailed Candy Cane spider. If not, he sure looks like one.

  3. I’m going to guess this is some species of tropical tree cricket ~ those long back legs look good for jumping and for use in producing cricket ‘song.’ The long tail bristles might be an adaptation to induce predators to strike at the most obvious, but wrong end of the insect; or they might serve to disperse pheromones, like the (usually hidden) abdominal bristles of certain lepidopteran species.

  4. Some kind of nymph???—–>some kind of cricket???

  5. Drag Queen Leafhopper.

  6. KateH

     /  July 31, 2015

    I’ve got to say, for the first time in a damn long time (since I saw my first pic of a camel spider), I really hope that’s not a real creature, because… it’s just too weird, even for me. I don’t think I want to know what it is, actually. I have my limits to curiosity, I must say.

    • When I first saw this pic, I thought it was one of those photoshop creations but was so confused as to what it was made out of (a bug and a shaving brush?) that I clicked on it to learn more. After finding similar photos on other sites, I was convinced it was real.

  7. Eucritta

     /  July 31, 2015

    I’m afraid I can’t remember what this guy’s name is. I saw an article a while ago, but my memory is like a sieve. Bristletail something-or-other, I think, but that’s as far as it goes.

    It looks to me like a cartoon saxophone turned into an insect, and dressed in a snazzy suit.


    This is a leafhopper. As Wikipedia explains:

    Leafhopper is a common name applied to any species from the family Cicadellidae. These minute insects, colloquially known as hoppers, are plant feeders that suck plant sap from grass, shrubs, or trees. […] The family is distributed all over the world, and constitutes the second-largest hemipteran family, with at least 20,000 described species.

    As far as which particular leafhopper is pictured above, I *think* it’s a nymph of a leaf hopper (Hemiptera) of the Family Nogodinidae. This was actually very hard to pin down and I hope I got it right. I know someone will chime in if I’m wrong.

  9. Mrs Pondero

     /  July 31, 2015

    Looks like a fishing lure

  10. That is a fiber optic shrimp-technical name: Fiberus opticus shrimpticus

  11. Poor guy/girl doesn’t know where their head ends and buttocks begin (Not unlike PETA, HSUS, ASPCA, Kill “shelters” etc)



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