Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Mystery bug id


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Good day. I live in Senegal, west Africa,I work with wild animals but my knowledge in entomology is very limited. I struggle to find documentation on this part of the continent. There is a lot of work published on southern africa but I havent found one on west africa. I am looking for somebody who would be kind enough to help identify some of the most common species of this area. Please let me know if you can help or refer me to somebody that perhaps could. Attached is a picture of one of the first ones I would love to id. It was found in a pile of wood. Many thanks!

Dear Chris - I sympathize, as it also has been my experience that looking for entomological literature (and especially anything recent) from West Africa usually is an exercise in futility. Also, I am not personally acquainted with anyone with expertise in that part of the world. That aside, I would be willing to look at some of your specimens to see if I could at least steer you in the right direction. The specimen in your image here appears to be a true bug of some kind (the wing venation that I can see resembles that of bugs in the family Coreidae) that has been attacked by a fungus. Was it moving at all when you found it?
Sorry not to be of more immediate assistance,

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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