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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:40 pm

One of my favorite of recent acquisitions, the raspberry horntail, Hartigia cressonii.

One figure, by Play Visions (Bees, Wasps, and Hornets). I only have three out of eight figures in this set, but if I could only have one, it would be this one, as to my knowledge this is the only figure of a symphytan hymenopteran (sawflies and allies).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:52 pm

The bee shrimp, Caridina cantonensis.

This species comes in several wild type and domestic varieties, each with common names. I have designated in quotations below if the strain/breed is known.

A. Large figure by Aquakitz.
This is the 'crystal black' wild type form.

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B. Smaller figures.
1. Aquakitz
2. Aquakitz
3. Epoch (Mini Aquarium - Shrimp and Plecos) 'crystal black'
4. Epoch (Mini Aquarium - Shrimp and Plecos) 'blue bee'
5. Epoch (Mini Aquarium - Shrimp and Plecos) 'crystal red'

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:10 pm

Water striders in the family Gerridae!!

I have five figures, each representing a single species, and all from the same set by Kitan Club - Nature Techni Colour (the set also come with three small frogs on lily pads). So, I will highlight them all here.

I. Gerris elongatus.

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II. Gerris gerris.

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III. Gerris gracilicornis.

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IV. Gerris lacustris.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:19 pm

The long-horned beetle, Phosphorus jansoni.

One figure, by XX.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:05 pm

Swimming crabs in the genus Portunus. Since this is the type genus for the family Portunidae, I will display unidentified/unassigned generic swimming crabs here too.

I. Blue swimmer crab, Portunus pelagicus.
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Aquarium Series 5)
2. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Museum – Japanese Crabs Collection)
3. Cadbury (Yowies – Australian release)
4. Cadbury (Yowies – UK release)

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II. Sargassum crab, Portunus sayi.
One figure, by AAA. I know the morphology is not a perfect fit, but it was marketed (at least when I bought it) as the sargassum crab.

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III. Japanese blue crab, Portunus trituberculatus.
1. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection).
2. Kaiyodo (Microcosmos) – zoea

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IV. Miscellaneous portunid crabs.
These are all placed among my Portunidae based on the last pair of legs adapted for swimming.

A. Medium-large figures.
1. unknown manufacturer [K&M knock-off?]
2. K&M International (Aquatic Collection)
3. AAA

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B. Smaller figures.
All of these are from unnamed bin sets, except number 1 which is by Elastolin.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:27 pm

The Julia, Dryas iulia.

One figure, from a bin set by an unknown manufacturer. I bought this set probably in 2000 or 2001 and all I remember it was from a small bucket labeled 'Jungle Bugs'.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:40 pm

Interesting, especially the crabs :)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:38 pm

Metallic wood-boring beetle in the genus Julodis.

One figure from an unknown manufacturer. This beetle was in an unnamed set that included a variety of bizarre beetles usually identifiable to the genus or species level!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:46 pm

A tse tse fly in the genus Glossina.

One figure, by Funrise Toys (World of Nature Insect Collection). While not overly accurate (they did give it a biting proboscis at least), it was specifically marketed as a tse tse fly.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:55 pm

The red egg crab, Atergatis integerrimus.

One figure, by Koro Koro (Toba Aquarium).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:24 am

Rhinoceros beetles in the genus Eupatorus.

I. Eupatoris birmanicus.
One figure, by DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book).

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II. Five-horned rhinoceros beetle, Eupatorus gracilicornis.

A. Large and boxed figures.
1. DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)
2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.

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B. Flying and medium-sized figures.
1. Epoch (Flying Beetles)
2. Colorata Tropical Rain Forest Rhinoceros Beetles)
3. 4D Famemaster (Beetle Collection)

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C. Smaller figures.
1. Sega
2. Sega
3. Kabaya (World Insects Series 1)
4. Sega
5. Hayakwa Toys (Insects Collection - Special)

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III. Eupatorus hardwickei.
One figure, by Sega.

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IV. Eupatorus siamensis.
One figure, by Sega.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:14 am

Time to brighten things up with the flower and orchid mantids. This is probably not a monophyletic group, but they are made infrequently enough I'll put them all together.

I. Devil's flower mantis, Blepharopsis mendica.
One figure, a nymph by Play Visions (Exotic Insects).

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II. Orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus.
1. Furuta (Chocoegg Funny Animals)
2. Shapeways (Jam Design) - painted myself
3. Kabaya (Insect Directory)

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III. Banded flower mantis, Theopropus elegans.
One figure, by 4D Famemaster (Insect King).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:17 am

It's a weekend folks, so I have lots of time to post lots of species!

Next up, the leaf-cutter ant, Acromyrmex sp.

One figure, by Club Earth (Ants and Termites). Not enough detail/information to give a species-level name.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:24 am

Scorpions in the genus Urodacus.

I. Yellow sand scorpion, Urodacus armatus.
One figure, by Cadbury (Yowies).

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II. Black rock scorpion, Urodacus manicatus.
One figure, by Science and Nature (Animals of Australia).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:28 am

The South African long-horned beetle, Tragocephala variegata.

One figure, by Play Visions (Exotic Beetles).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:44 am

Time to highlight my wetas!

I. Giant weta, Deinacrida sp.
One figure, by Science and Nature (New Zealand Wildlife Collection).

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II. Tree weta, Hemideina crassidens.
One figure, by Cadbury (Yowies).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:45 am

Back to some butterflies! Next, the marbled white, Melanargia galathea.

Interestingly, my two figures are both porcelain figurines:
1. unknown French feve manufacturer
2. Franklin Mint (Butterflies of the World)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:00 am

Great!!

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:43 pm

OK, Happy Sunday everyone. Looking at my checklist I have roughly 250 species yet to go! How many can I knock out today?

First up, the lobster moth Stauropus fagi.

One figure, a larva by Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Museum - Caterpillars).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:17 pm

Anomalocaris and related anolmalocarids...

I. Aegirocassis benmoulai.
One figure, courtesy of our very own Jetoar from his Paleo-Creatures line.

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II. Anomalocaris canadensis and Anomalocaris spp.[/i]
Most figures are marketed at the genus level only so they will all be placed here.

A. VERY LARGE figure by Favorite Co. (Prehistoric Life - Vinyl Model) .

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B. Medium to larger figures.
1. Paleocasts
2. Favorite Co. (Prehistoric Life - Soft Model)

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C. Smaller figures.
1. Cadbury (Yowies - Lost Kingdom)
2. Kaiyodo (Great Leap Forward)
3. Favorite Co. (Cambrian Creatures Mini Model - Burgess Shale Series)
4. Safari LTD (Cambrian TOOB)
5. Kaiyodo (Dinotales)

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6. Diramix (Epic Animals - Antichi Abissi)

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III. Peytoia nathorsti.
One figure, by the Royal Ontario Museum (Animals of the Burgess Shale) [marketed as Laggania cambria]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:29 pm

Dragonflies in the genus Sympetrum.

I. Summer skimmer, Sympetrum darwinianum.
One figure, by Yujin (Insects of Japan).

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II. Banded skimmer, Sympetrum pedomontanum elatum.
One figure, by Kabaya (Insect Directory).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:38 pm

The purple emperor, Apatura iris.

A. Plastic figures.
1. unknown manufacturer [from a set of primarily Club Earth knock-offs]
2. Toy Major
3. Safari LTD (Butterflies of the World Collectors Case)

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B. Polyresin figurine by Steal Street.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:55 pm

Butterflies in the genus Phoebis.

I. The orange-barred sulfur, Phoebis philea.
Another one of my favorite butterflies in toy form (and apparently, a favorite of Safari LTD too...)

A. Large figure by Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects).

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B. Smaller figures.
1. Safari LTD (Authentics Butterflies)
2. Safari LTD (Butterflies TOOB)
3. Safari LtD (Butterflies of the World Collectors Case)
4. unknown manufacturer
5. Beam

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II. Cloudless sulfur, Phoebis sennae.
One figure, a larva by an unknown manufacturer.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:08 pm

The dungeness crab (and some miscellaneous possible cancrids).

I. Dungeness crab, Metacarcinus magister.

A. LARGE figure by AAA.

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B. Smaller figures and figurines.
1. AAA
2. Little Critterz (Little Critterz)

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3. Home/kitchen decor by an unknown manufacturer. [added 2/27/2017]

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II. Miscellaneous possible members of Cancridae.
...in other words, miscellaneous crabs not previously assigned to Portunidae.

1. unknown manufacturer
2. unknown vintage manufacturer
3. PlayMobil

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:27 pm

The field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus. Since this is the only true cricket I currently have identified below the family level, I will include miscellaneous crickets here, too, since they are not uncommon among bin sets.

I. Field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus.
One figure, by Cadbury (Yowies).

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II. Miscellaneous crickets.

A. Large to medium figures.
All currently by unknown manufacturers.

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B. Smaller figures.
All from unknown manufacturers, except:
1. K&M International (Insects Nature Tube)
2. Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:22 pm

Another libellulid dragonfly, Ryothemis fulginosa.

One figure, by Yujin (Insects of Japan) [the best sets around for accurate dragonfly figures]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:41 pm

The random number generator landed on Euscorpius. Since I have only one of these (to date), this is a good chance to show all of my generic scorpions...

I. Small wood scorpion, Euscorpius sp.
One figure, by Funrise Toys (World of Nature Insect Collection). One of the few figures in this set given a genus-level identification!

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II. Miscellaneous scorpions.

A. Medium to Large figures by known manufacturers/distributors.
1. K&M International
2. K&M International
3. Toy Major

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B. Smaller figures by known manufacturers.
1. Discovery Kids (Disgusting Facts Kit)
2. Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)
3. K&M International (Insects Nature Tube)
4. Safari LTD (Cave Dwellers TOOB)
5. Safari LTD (Insects TOOB)
6. Silver Dolphin Books (Animal Adventures: Insects and Spiders)
7. Toy Major (Animal Planet Head Animal Tube - Insects)
8. Toy Major

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1. Schleich (Scorpion Nest)
2. Schleich (Death Valley Set)
3. PlayMobil

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C. Medium to large figures by unknown manufacturers.

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D. Smaller figures by unknown manufacturers.
Figure No. 1 was in a set released in conjunction with Disney's A Bug's Life.

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E. Porcelain figurines.
One, to date, by Little Critterz (Little Critterz).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:49 pm

Clouded sulfurs in the genus Colias.

I. Orange sulfur, Colias eurytheme.

1. Polyresin figurine by Steal Street.

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

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II. Field's clouded sulfur, Colias fieldii. [added 5/13/2017]
One figure, a magnet by Doug Walpus Art Studio.

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III. Clouded sulfur, Colias philodice. [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   Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:56 pm

The rosy maple moth, Dryocampa rubicunda.

One figure, by Paleo-Creatures (Amazing Moths).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:10 pm

African flower scarabs in the genus Mecynorrhina.

I. Mecynorrhina oberthuri decorata.
One figure, by Shapeways (Eric's Studio) - painted myself

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II. Mecynorrhina polyphemus.
One figure, by DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:16 pm

Moore's cupid, Shijimia moorei.

One figure, by Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan). [marketed as Everes moorei]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:22 pm

Dwarf wood scorpion, Liocheles australasiae.

One figure, by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (Scorpions).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:37 pm

TARDIGRADES! I know this is a favorite group among several of you, so here they are!

I. Echiniscus japonicus.
One figure, by Kaiyodo (Strange Predators)

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II. Turtle water bear, Echiniscus testudo.
One figure, by Agatsuma (Strange Predators).

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III. Hypsibius dujardini.
One figure, by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (The Minimum Coexistence: Microbe).

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IV. Unidentified tardigrades.
One figure, by Shapeways (Raw Legend Collaborations) - painted myself

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:27 am

Just one tonight! This time, carpenter ants in the genus Camponotus.

I. Japanese carpenter ant, Camponotus japonicus.
1. Caste set, by Epoch, featuring a queen (top) and three workers carrying carious prey.

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2. Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. (B.I.G. Insects - 2017). [added 6/21/2017]

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II. Texas carpenter ant, Camponotus texanus.
One figure, by Club Earth (Ants and Termites).

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III. Unidentified Camponotus species.
One figure, by K&M International (Insects Polyvinyl Bag).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:29 pm

The jazzy leafwing, Hypna clytemnestrata.

One figure, by Safari LTD (Butterflies TOOB) [marketed as Anaea clytemnestrata]

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:35 pm

One of my FAVORITE decapod figures, the gaudy clown crab Platypodiella spectabilis.

One figure, by 4D Famemaster.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:22 pm

The differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis and Generic Green Grasshoppers (GGG).

I. Differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis.
One figure, by CollectA. This was sold as a differential grasshopper when I bought it, but not sure if that was CollectA's intention (?). That is why I decided to use this post to highlight other GGGs.

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II. Generic Green Grasshoppers (GGGs).
Grasshoppers are a staple in any bag, bin, set, or tube so naturally I have acquired a lot of them over the years...

A. Figures by known manufacturers and distributors.

1. VERY LARGE figure by Toy Major.
It's antennae broke off during the move from GA to UT.

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2. Medium-large figures.
1. Bullyland
2. Nayab
3. K&M International (Insects Polyvinyl Bag)

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

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3. Smaller figures.
1. AAA
2. Groovy Tube Books (Bug Blast!)
3. K&M International (Insects Nature Tube)
4. K&M International (Garden Tube - European release)
5. Toy Major (Animal Planet Head Animal Tube - Insects)
6. Rubie's Costumes (Night Creatures - Giant Insects) - sold as Halloween decor
7. Safari LTD (Insects TOOB)
8. Silver Dolphin Books (Animal Adventures: Insects and Spiders)
9. unknown manufacturer [released in conjunction with Disney's A Bugs Life]

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B. Unknown manufacturers.

1. GIANT soft model from an unknown Japanese manufacturer.
See it's size in relation to one of my running shoes!

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2. Large figures.

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3. Medium figures.
The one on the far right was from a dollar store set that included several Bullyland knock-offs.

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4. Smaller figures.
One will no doubt see some Toy Major influence among a couple of these...

EDIT 3/5/2017: the dark green figure towards the lower left is Locusta migratoria by Hayakwa Toys and will be reposted there.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:33 pm

The metallic wood-boring beetle, Anthaxia nitidula.

One figure, by XX.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:52 pm

The great purple emperor, Sasakia charonda.

This is one of the few butterfly species made somewhat regularly by Japanese manufacturers.

A. Smaller figures.
1. Kabaya (World Insect Series 1)
2. Bandai (Bugs Museum)
3. Kaiyodo (Insects Gather to Sap - Night Feast of Midsummer) - female
4. Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales)
5. Kaiyodo (Insects Gather to Sap - Night Feast of Midsummer) - male

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B. Large figure by unknown manufacturer.
Came with a string to be hung from a ceiling or object. This ID is mine.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:07 pm

Butterflies in the genus Parnassius. These are 'tailless' relatives of the swallowtails.

I. Mountain Apollo, Parnassius apollo.
1. Paleo-Creatures (Little Treasures of Europe)
2. unknown French feve manufacturer

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

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II. Eversmann's parnassian, Parnassius eversmanni.
On figure, by Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan).

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III. Small Apollo, Parnassius phoebus.
Both of my current figures are larvae:
1. unknown manufacturer [possibly by Club Earth - the common name is printed on the underside, but with no manufacturer logo]
2. Beam

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:13 pm

Next up, the greenbottle blue tarantula, Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens.

One GIANT figure, from an unknown manufacturer (but I wouldn't be surprised if it had its origins in Toy Major or AAA).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:23 pm

Antlions! Biologically interesting, but largely ignored in toy form. Both my figures are larvae, which is not surprising given their appearances and habits.

I. Hagenomyia micans.
One figure, by Kaiyodo (Choco Q Animatales).

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[u]II. Unidentified antlions[/i].
One figure, a porcelain figurine by Martin Perry Studios (Fragile World).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:26 pm

they are interesting
TARDIGRADES is so great)
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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:35 pm

thank you, kessan.

The flower scarab, Jumnos ruckeri.

Two figures, and while one was probably influences by the other, one is not a direct bootleg of the other as there are noticeable differences in the sculpts.

1. XX
2. Play Visions (Exotic Beetles)

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:44 pm

Another buprestid beetle today, this time the Australian species Temnognatha murrayi.

Two figures, both by Cadbury (Yowies). The figure on the left is the Australian release; the one one the right is the UK release.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:47 pm

The lantern bug, Pyrops intricata.

Just one figure (and unfortunately, the only fulgorid figure I am aware of), by Play Visions (Exotic Insects).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:09 pm

Darners (or darning-needle dragonflies) in the genus Anax. Also included are some generic dragonflies that appear to be modeled after darners.

I. Green darner, Anax junius.

A. Large figure by Safari LTD (Smithsonian Insects).

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B. Other figures.
1. Safari LTD (Hidden Kingdom Insects)
2. Safari LTD (Authentics Insects)
3. Bullyland

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II. Lesser emperor, Anax parthenope julius.
One figure, by DeAgostini (World Insect Data Book). This is one of only two non-beetles in the entire set!

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III. Miscellaneous darners and darner-like dragonflies.

A. 4D Famemaster.

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B. Blip Toys (Nature's Wonders HD).

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C. Miscellaneous smaller figures.
1. K&M International (Insects Nature Tube).
2. Toy Major (Animal Planet Head Animal Tube - Insects)
3. unknown manufacturer [but appears to be a Toy Major knock-off]
4. unknown manufacturer

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:40 am

Next up, nymphalid butterflies in the genus Siproeta.

I. The malachite, Siproeta stelenes.
Three figures, none of which are PVC/plastic toys.

1. Steal Street
2. Franklin Mint (Butterflies of the World)

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

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II. Broad-banded page, Siproeta superba. [added 9/9/2017]
One figure, by K&M International (Butterflies Nature Tube).

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:40 am

The German yellowjacket, Vespula germanica.

Interestingly, the two figures I have were both marketed as 'hornets' (typically genus Vespa), but based on the colors I think Vespula is a better fit.

A. Small figure by Bullyland.

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PostSubject: Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day   Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:40 am

Time for some waterscorpions. Since these are so rarely made, I will show all (currently, 2) of my species here.

I. Laccotrephes japonensis.
One figure, by F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside).

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II. Ranatra chinensis.
One figure, by F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside).

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