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Hi! I was up at Ouimet Canyon (It's in north Canada) And I found this little guy on a sign, I'd never seen one like this before and was curious to what it was. It had like, and hourglass on it's back. I was wondering if you could identify it? I only saw it crawl but that doesn't mean it can't jump or fly huh? XD either way I thought quick enough and took a picture of the little guy. I attached the picture!

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Hi, Jessica:

This is a shield bug in the family Acanthosomatidae, genus Elasmostethus .  Don't know which of the two species it is, sorry.  Here's more:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/14007

Females of insects guard their eggs and newly-hatched babies.

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Publications
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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