Insect on gum leaf

Sent from my Nokia

Added later: A beetle looking over the edge of the leaf, perhaps? Are they antennae or the front legs?

Found the answer …
Wikipedia

The Lycidae are a family in the beetle order Coleoptera, members of which are commonly called net-winged beetles.

and from John Tann, Flickr

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‘Net-winged Beetle, possibly a species of Porrostoma, family Lycidae. Como NSW Australia, November 2011. ‘  [later identified as a Red Shoulder Lycid beetle]

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16 Comments Add yours

    1. ChristineR says:

      Geez M-R, I’m not going to talk to the back of your head! (This is the only time.) My beetle appears to be missing a thorax and two legs, but the wings look the same. 🙂

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      1. lalasciata says:

        Crikey, you’re a bloody strop !!! – you make me laugh like anything.
        I’m not going to put my face on the gravatar, but because you whinge so effectively, I’ll find sumpn else, OK ?!
        😀

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        1. ChristineR says:

          That’s a better gravatar M-R. Thanks for that. ❤

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          1. la_lasciata says:

            Yer welcome, mate ! 🙂

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    2. ChristineR says:

      A lycid (net-winged) beetle, it turns out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      1. lalasciata says:

        Pfuh ! – ah ain’t NEVAH gonna get one of yours right.
        [sob !]

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  1. I want to say this insect is ambitious. 🙂

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  2. Sorry…GREAT close-up.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks Tess. I’m thinking the rest of it must be over the edge of the leaf or its front legs are. I shouldn’t have deleted my blurry shots – I don’t take my specs with me on my walk as my phone often takes great photos without any help from me! 🙂

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  3. Martha Kennedy says:

    He doesn’t even appear to be TOUCHING the leaf! This is a beautiful photo.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks! Without my glasses, Martha, I couldn’t tell what I was looking at. 😀

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  4. Sue says:

    Great shot, looks like he is leaning over something. Haven’t seen one like that before. Think it could easily be mistaken for a bit of bark or the husk of a seed.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      It has a wierd flattish head, and mine hasn’t got ‘red’ shoulders. The front feet are waving about somewhere, can see a little bit of one. 🙂

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  5. How dare you take such an impressive photo without even meaning to!

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I love my Nokia smartphone! 😀 😀 😀

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