What bug is this? (Sneng or Fart Bug)

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A friend has recently been sprayed by a but in NE India, leaving a contagious rash. As he says, "The sore has now become white and pussy and oozes. It has spread across the neck and now on the face after itching it." When others come in contact with the rash, they get it, too. They need to figure out treatment but only know the colloquial names: sneng bug or fart bug in Assamese.

Anyone know what this is? Either an English name or scientific name?

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If you could post a picture of the rash it might help. In any case doctors in Assam/Bengal would recognise it.
Many times herpes Zoster rash is falsely labelled as a bug spray by people. A doctor would be able to tell if it is Herpes Zoster(Shingles).
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This ought to be in the wildlife forum!

It's a beautiful thing, and something with those colours is either poisonous --- or pretending to be!

There is a name that bug website which google might help to find. Google might find the bug itself. Isn't it time they invented bug recognition software*?



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I believ it is the blister beetle (non-scientific name). But if you google the same, you'll find enough information on it. Our college dorms used to be infested by them

http://images.google.com/images?oe=u...art=21&ndsp=21
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Looks like some sort of Stink bug or Sheild bug by the body shape.
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It's not a beetle, it's a Hemipteran of some kind, probably among the Pentatomoidea, which do spray stinky stuff but I've never heard of it causing the symptoms you describe - especially the bit about the rash being contagious! Maybe that ain't the bug what did the crime.
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In some cases local "knowledge" can be an invaluable source of otherwise impossible to find information, in other cases some or all of it is complete bollocks. The mechanisms of disease transfer are poorly understood by many Indian people. This is not intended to be insulting, merely a statement of fact; unfortunately many Indian people do not have the advantage of what those of us in the west consider to be basic education.

The only way a rash caused by contact with an aggravating material could be "contagious" is if the material sprayed is so persistent that it cannot be washed off, yet at the same time it is a free enough agent to be rubbed off on contact with others. Frankly, this seems unlikely, though not entirely impossible.

Though I too would be curious to know about this strange beetle that could have caused a rash, that could be contagious, I would be seeking a well educated and recommended local doctor, as well as asking people's opinions on here.
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It's a psychedelic Fart Bug, dammit! It can do anything.
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The thing is that the guy was sprayed by the bug (it is like a stink bug, hence why they locally call it a "fart bug") and then he got the rash. And another friend had the same thing happen, though he didn't have nearly as bad of a rash. So it isn't simply that they think maybe they touched the bug or something ...

I agree that it's not the beetle. The coloring is quite different, and this one is flatter.

Maybe moving to the wildlife forum is a better place to put this. ... Even better, I could just post multiple queries in several forums in order to get a faster response?
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Originally Posted by Hal It's a psychedelic Fart Bug, dammit! It can do anything.
Is the psychedelic fart in any way related to the technicolor yawn?


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Originally Posted by *jyoti* View Post Maybe moving to the wildlife forum is a better place to put this. ... Even better, I could just post multiple queries in several forums in order to get a faster response?


I meant our wildlife forum, of course !
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Isn't it time they invented bug recognition software*?
It's called Windows and it also shows how the bug works.
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@Nick & Prashant:

I agree, it seems like a shield bug or stink bug. But which one? None of the google images pics of stink bug/shield bug/pentaomoidea have nearly as brilliant coloring as this one. Now I'm really curious as I would have thought someone would have noticed it before now!

Ok, it's pretty definitely some kind of pentatomoidae ... There is even a pic here


and here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16916080@N05/3779664473/

But surely one with this kind of coloring isn't just some other color! Surely it has it's own name ...

Does anyone know what they mean by 3 -4th instar nymph? The pics I've found with the red coloring all seem to call them nymphs. Does that mean they get less red when they're older?
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trying hard to remember, this may be inaccurate...

a nymph, in this context, is a baby, like a larva is a baby butterfly/moth. I think the instar 'rating' is the stage of growth, ie how many times it has shed its skin.

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