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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:39 am

Phantastic, i think your it is also interesting in the list of species :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:27 am

One of the 'sacred' scarabs, Scarabaeus typhon.

1. Epoch (Flying Beetles)
2. Kaiyodo (Souvenirs Entomologiques)
3. Kaiyodo (Souvenirs Entomologiques)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:34 am

Green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans.

1. unknown manufacturer
2. Play Visions (Habitat Earth: Tarantulas and Spiders)
3. unknown manufacturer

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:56 am

The random number generator landed on one of the crab spiders, so here they all are:

I. White flower spider, Diaea variabilis.
One figure, by Cadbury (Yowies).

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II. Goldenrod crab spider, Misumena vatia.
One figure, by Club Earth (Spiders to Go).

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III. Thomisus onustus.
EDIT: 7/29/2017: The pink figure on the left is by Club Earth (Spiders to Go); the blue one on the right is an unknown manufacturer (akin to Club Earth).

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IV. Unassigned crab spiders.
One figure, marketed as a crab spider, by an unknown manufacturer (from the same set as one of the two T. onustus figures.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:11 am

Nice spiders :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:02 pm

Are all those figures on TAI?
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:58 am

Greetings everyone!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:27 am

the dung beetle, Aphodius fimetarius.

1. XX
2. Schleich (Minis) [this was marketed as a 'dung beetle' but A. fimetarius (or related aphodiine best option given the morphology and its European origin]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:32 am

The white-angled sulfur, Anteos clorinde.

One figure, by Safari LTD (Butterflies TOOB).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:40 am

Rhinoceros beetles in the genus Trichogomphus.

I. Trichogomphus lunicollis.
One figure, by DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book).

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II. Trichogomphus martabani.
One figure, by Sega.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:45 am

The Christmas scarab beetle, Anoplognathus punctulatus.

Two figures, both by Cadbury (Yowies). The one on the left is from the UK release; the one on the right (which is horribly inaccurate) is from the original Australian release.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:54 am

Alright! Time for the parasitic lice!

I. Human head-and-body louse, Pediculus humanus.
1. Play Visions (Fleas, Lice, and Ticks)
2. DVS

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II. Pubic louse, Pthirus pubis.
One figure, by Kaiyodo (Sanitary Insect Pest Exhibition).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:43 am

It is interesting what all exists.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:51 am

Lots of interesting bugs again cheers

But those lice.... EEEEKKKK !!!! affraid What a Face

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:17 pm

Applause Applause


We are surrounded by dangerous animals.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:23 am

The big-headed ant, Pheidole megacephala.

1. Funrise Toys (World of Nature Insect Collection)
2. Club Earth (Ants and Termites)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:39 am

The Japanese freshwater crab, Geothelphusa dehanni.

This figure has been made several times and in many color forms. Unless something is particularly interesting or rarely made, I do not try to hunt down every color form of every species.

A. Figures on bases or raised figures.
1. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Nature of Japan Vol. 2)
2. Epoch
3. Kaiyodo (Birdtales)

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B. Other figures.
1. F-toys (Creatures of the Water Side)
2. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)
3. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Crab Strap Figures)
4. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:43 am

Little yellow butterflies in the genus Eurema.

I. Broad-bordered grass yellow, Eurema brigatta. [updated 5/13/2017]

1. Safari LTD (Butterflies of the World Collectors Case)
2. Doug Walpus Art Studio

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II. Fairy yellow, Eurema daira. [added 5/13/2017]
One figure, a magnet by Doug Walpus Art Studio.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:47 am

One of the more unusual species ever made in toy form, the sheep ked Melophagus ovis.

Both of these figures are vintage figures from unknown manufacturers originally distributed in bubble-gum machines.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:50 am

The orange albatross, Appias nero. [updated 5/13/2017]

1. Safari LTD (Butterflies of the World Collectors Case).
2. Doug Walpus Art Studio

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:56 am

The red milkweed beetle, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus.

One figure, by 4D Famemaster (Insect King).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:05 am

The creamy marblewing, Euchloe ausonides.

One figure, a larva, by Beam.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:32 am

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:00 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:49 am

The scarlet skimmer, Crocothemis servilia.

One figure, by Yujin (Insects of Japan).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:54 am

A weevil in the genus Lixus.

One figure, by Funrise Toys (World of Insects Nature Collection).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:09 am

Butterflies in the genus Vanessa.

I. The red admiral, Vanessa atalanta.
One of my favorite butterflies!

1. Skillcraft (Insect Science) - painted myself
2. Bullyland
3. Toy Major

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1. Magnet by Doug Walpus Art Studio. [added 5/13/2017]

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Possible polyresin figurine by Steal Street. [This is a tentative ID, but I cannot think what else it might be.]

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II. The painted lady, Vanessa cardui.

1. Bullyland
2. Doug Walpus Art Studio [updated 5/13/2017]

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3. Magnet figure by Koro Koro. [added 6/22/2017]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:16 am

The black-and-white tiger moth, Spilosoma glatignyi.

One figure, by Cadbury (Yowies).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:22 am

Cabbage whites in the genus Pieris.

I. Large cabbage white, Pieris brassicae.
One figure, by K&M International (Garden Tube - European version).

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II. Small white, Pieris rapae [added 5/13/2017]
1. Magnet figure, by Doug Walpus Art Studio.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:38 am

The random number generator landed on one of the tiger shrimp, so here are my two species plus some miscellaneous shrimp. Note, the taxonomy here was updated on 10/14/2017 to reflect the World Registry of Marine Species (WoRMS) database.

I. Japanese tiger prawn, Penaeus japonicus.
One figure, by Kaiyodo (Enoshima Aquarium) [marketed as Marsupenaeus japonicus]

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II. Tiger shrimp, Penaeus monodon.
One figure, by AAA.

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III. Miscellaneous shrimp.
1. Safari LTD (Incredible Creatures)
2. unknown manufacturer
3. unknown manufacturer

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:12 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:43 pm

So, I am taking advantage of having more time on the weekends and selecting some of the bigger and busier taxa, so now and then I'll put the random number generator aside and tackle a specific group. First up is the genus Coccinella as well as ALL of my lady beetles that are not attributable to a species or genus. Other lady beetle figures attributable to other genera and species will have their own posts at the genus-level.

I. Coccinella hasegawai.
One figure, by Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Japanese Alps)

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II. Nine-spotted lady beetle, Coccinella novemnotata.
One figure, by XX.

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III. Seven-spotted lady beetle, Coccinella septempunctata.
These are figures specifically marketed as C. septempunctata or are strong representatives of this species. Several of the miscellaneous ones at the end of this thread may have justification for being placed here as well.

A. Figures on flowers.
While small, these might be my favorites!
1. Furuta (Insect Science)
2. Kabaya (Insect Directory)

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B. Other figures.
1. unknown manufacturer [from a dollar store set that contained many Bullyland knock-offs, including their C. septempunctata.]
2. 4D Famemaster (Beetle Collection)
3. Blip Toys (Nature's Wonders HD)
4. CollectA
5. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour

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1. Model kit by Heller. [added 6/5/2017]

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1. Small, boxed figure by an unknown Japanese manufacturer. [added 11/22/2017]

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IV. Transverse lady beetle, Coccinella transversalis.
Two figures, both by Cadbury (Yowies). The figure on the left is from the Australian release; the one on the right is the UK release.

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V. Miscellaneous lady beetle figures!

A. LARGE plastic figures.
1. Imperial Toys
2. unknown manufacturer [pronotal markings suggestive of Hippodamia.]

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3. Learning Resources (Jumbo Insects) [added 3/2/2017]

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B. Non-plastic figurines and odd-ball figures.
1. Toy Major (Animal Planet Head Animal Tube - Insects) [this is the figure on the lid of the tube]
2. unknown polyresin figurine
3. Little Critterz (Northern Rose Collection)
4. Little Critterz (Little Critterz)
5. unknown manufacturer [possible dollhouse decor]

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C. Medium-sized figures.
1. Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects)
2. Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects)
3. unknown manufacturer
4. Toy Major [pronotal markings suggestive of Hippodamia.]
5. unknown manufacturer
6. AAA

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E. The smallest figures!.
These are all from unknown manufacturers, except:
1. Toy Major (Animal Planet Head Animal Tube - Insects)
2. Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)
3. Safari LTD (Insects TOOB)
4. unknown manufacturer [but released in conjunction with Disney's A Bug's Life film]
5. Schleich (Minis)
6. Safari LTD (Good Luck Minis)

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F. Life Cycles.
1. Insect Lore [pronotal markings suggestive of Hippodamia.]
2. Safari LTD (Safariology)
3. Tedco Toys

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:58 pm

A random generator selection, the horsehair crab, Erimacrus isenbeckii.

1. Kaiyodo
2. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Nature of Japan)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:01 pm

So many lady bugs!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:03 pm

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So many lady bugs!

yes, they are very common in most generic sets of toy insects.
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:06 pm

Another dragonfly, the mosaic darner Aeschna nigrofava.

1. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
2. Kaiyodo (Birdtales)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:26 pm

The green huntsman spider, Micrommata virescens.

One figure, by Bullyland.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:44 pm

Swallowtail butterflies in the genus Graphium.

I. The tailed jay, Graphium agememnon.
Both figures currently by Safari LTD:
1. Butterflies of the World Collector's Case
2. Authentics Butterflies

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II. Yellow zebra, Graphium deucalion. [added 9/9/2017]
One figure (a tentative ID of mine) by K&M International (Butterflies Nature Tube).

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III. Common jay, Graphium doson.
One figure, by Yujin (Insects of Japan).

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IV. The common bluebottle, Graphium sarpedon.
1. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
2. Cadbury (Yowies)

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V. Purple-spotted swallowtail, Graphium weiskei.
1. Toy Major
2. unknown manufacturer [from a set of Club Earth knock-offs]
3. Toy Mayor [tentative identification]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:08 am

Giant deep-sea isopods in the genus Bathynomus. Unless otherwise indicated, I am assuming unidenfied species represent B. giganteus.

I. Bathynomus doederleini.

A. Kaiyodo (Enoshima Aquarium).

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B. Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (Gusokumushi and Oogusokumushi Set).
These are three representatives of the same species from the same set. I assume the pale one is teneral.

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II. Bathynomus giganteus.

A. Life-sized (or nearly so).
One figure, from an unknown manufacturer.

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B. Larger figures, but not life-sized.
1. Nihon Auto Toy
2. Nature Techni Colour (Gusokumushi and Oogusokumushi Set)

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3. Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour (Deep Sea Creatures 2) [same sculpt as the Gusokumushi and Oogusokumushi Set figure, above; added 7/24/2017]

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C. Smaller figures.
1. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Residents of the Abyss)
2. Colorata (Deep Sea Creatures)
3. Safari LTD (Deep Sea Creatures TOOB)
4. Nihon Auto Toy
5. Kaiyodo (Deep Sea Life)
6. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Shinkaizoku)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:19 am

Copper butterflies in the genus Lycaena.

I. Lustrous copper, Lycaena cupreus. [added 5/13/2017]
One figure, a magnet by Doug Walpus Art Studio.

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II. Small copper, Lycaena phlaeus.

1. porcelain feve by an unknown French manufacturer
2. Toy Major [this figure appears to depict the variety schmedtii.]

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3. Doug Walpus Art Studio [added 5/13/2017]

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4. Magnet figure by Koro Koro [added 6/22/2017]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:54 am

Centipedes! The random number generator landed on one of the Scolopendra species. Since all of my figures attributable to the genus or species are in that genus I will post here 1) Scolopendra identified to the species level, 2) unassigned figures most-certainly modeled after this genus, and 3) my remaining miscellaneous centipedes.

I. Scolopendra morsitans.
One figure, by Cadbury (Yowies).

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II. Scolopendra subspinipes.
Two figures, both by Kaiyodo (Toxic and Dangerous Animals).

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III. Scolopendra species.
These are miscellaneous figures I feel were modeled after members of this genus.

A. Large figure by Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects).
The biggest and baddest of them all.

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B. Medium-sized figures.
1. AAA
2. 4D Famemaster

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C. Other figures.
1. unknown manufacturer [from a series released in conjunction with Disney's A Bug's Life.]
2. Safari LTD (Venomous Creatures TOOB)
3. New Ray
4. Safari LTD (Insects TOOB) - possible modeled after S. heros.

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IV. Miscellaneous centipedes.
Most of these are from random insect sets by unknown manufacturers I have acquired over the years. Exceptions include:
1. K&M International (Insects Nature Tube)
2. Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)
3. Discovery Kids (Disgusting Facts Kit)

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Oops, I forgot a couple small vintage figures:

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A couple large figures. [updated 11/22/2017]

1. vintage figure from unknown manufacturer
2. Target Brands (Hide and Eek Boutique)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:19 am

The emperor gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti.

One figure, by Cadbury (Yowies).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:25 am

The great blackvein, Aporia agathon.

One figure, by Steal Street. I have to admit, this is a tentative identification and another that appears to have the dorsal side painted like the underside...

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:40 am

Another dragonfly, the common skimmer Orthetrum albistylum speciosum.

One figure, by Yujin (Insects of Japan).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:55 am

Can it be, the number generator is just now landing on a member of Hemiptera! And for starters, giant water bugs in the genus Lethocerus.

I. Lethocerus americanus.
One figure, by Skillcraft (Insect Lab).

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II. Lethocerus deyrollei.

A. Figures on bases.
1. Bandai (Figure Pictorial Book of Gakken Insect)
2. Kaiyodo (Shinagawa Aquarium)

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B. Other figures.
1. Yujin (Insects of Japan)
2. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside)
3. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)
4. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Biwako)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:08 am

the random number generator landed on one of my two water fleas, so here they both are:

I. Daphnia pulex.

A. Figures on bases.
1. Kaiyodo (Microcosmos)
2. Kaiyodo (Enoshima Aquarium)
3. Kaiyodo (Night Aqua Museum)
4. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (The Minimum Coexistence: Microbe)

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B. Other figures.
Just one for now, by Epoch (Ecology of Plankton).

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II. Leptodora kindtii.
An unusual species to appear in toy form, and just one figure for now by Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Biwako).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:07 pm

The rhinoceros beetle, Strategus mandibularis.

One figure, by Sega.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:07 pm

The Japanese biddie, Anotogaster sieboldii. This is one of the few dragonfly species I have with more than 1-2 figures! Some miscellaneous figures possibly attributable to this genus below as well.

I. Anosogaster sieboldii.

A. Adult and nymph (naiad) by Yujin (Insects of Japan).

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B. Other figures.
1. Furuta (Insect Science)
2. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)
3. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)
4. Furuta (Insect Science) - nymph
5. Rement

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II. Miscellaneous biddies.
These figures were most-certainly modeled after (copied from?) A. sieboldii figures. All are unknown manufacturers except:
1. Toy Major
2. Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:07 pm

Long-horned beetles in the genus Batocera.

I. Batocera lineolata.
One figure, by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.

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II. Batocera rufomaculata.
One figure, by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. [this is a tentative ID of mine]

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