Super Crop Challenge #1

ID quizzes and challenges seem to have become an increasingly popular subject for natural history blogs. I’ve done a few of my own, but my straight up ID challenges are starting to seem a little unimaginative compared to the DNA sequence, crypsis, mimicry, taxonomy fail, and other challenges being offered up by bug blogdom’s more creative types. To step it up a notch, I offer the first Super Crop Challenge. Small structures that we take for granted within a larger context often take on alien qualities when viewed in isolation. Can you identify this structure and the organism that possesses it?


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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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8 Responses to Super Crop Challenge #1

  1. Can I identify it? No. But I look forward to following the challenges. Good idea, Ted!

  2. It’s the eye of a harvestman.

  3. An Ocelli of a Harvestman🙂

  4. Sorry – somehow the “Allow Comments” box got unchecked.

    Anyway, a couple of solid answers. However, without revealing too much I’ll say that there are plenty of points up for grabs!

  5. TGIQ says:

    Ocellus*😛

    Order Opiliones

    But, clearly, it’s actually a partially submerged hippopotamus in profile. Or else one of those weird flat fish.

  6. Definitely a leiobunine. The coloration and texture looks wrong for a phalangiid, which are generally duller-coloured and leathery rather than crunchy. Maybe Leiobunum verrucosum, but I wouldn’t want to commit to that one.

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