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Subject: Bug in South Africa
Location: Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa
January 30, 2016 2:21 pm
Hi – can anyone help us identify these ‘bugs’ found in Fish Hoek, Western Cape, South Africa. Image showing them ‘hatched’ from eggs, and then a crop in closer. Many thanks Robyn
Signature: Robyn

Owlfly Hatchlings

Owlfly Hatchlings

Dear Robyn,
We are quite sure these are Neuropteran Hatchlings, but not until we found this matching image in iSpot of Owlfly Hatchlings, could we determine that they are in the family Ascalaphidae.

Owlfly Hatchlings

Owlfly Hatchlings

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Subject: Flying insect
Location: Napier, Western Cape, South Africa
January 20, 2016 10:55 pm
This quite strange insect came flying in (attracted to the light from my reading lamp).
Time: about 22.00 Tuesday 19 January.
Signature: Johann van der Merwe

Owlfly

Owlfly

Dear Johann,
This looks like an Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae and it resembles this individual from iSpot that is only identified to the family level.

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Subject: Moth-like creature
Location: Sydney, Australia
December 30, 2015 2:32 pm
Hi Bugman!
Last night we saw a large moth-like creature on our wall outside. This morning we see it has left behind a very interesting chain of eggs(?) that are attached to our ceiling with insect like legs. I didn’t get a picture of the insect itself, just the eggs. If you have any idea at all please let me know!
Signature: Tom Shamrock

Blue Eyes Lacewing Eggs

Blue Eyes Lacewing Eggs

Dear Tom,
These are Neuropteran Eggs, quite possibly the eggs of a Blue Eyes Lacewing.  See these images on the Brisbane Insect site for verification.

Thanks Daniel! You are definitely right, many thanks for that we just couldn’t work it out!
Tom

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Subject: What on earth is this
Location: Perth western australia
December 10, 2015 9:04 am
I found this on my back porch and ive never seen it before
Signature: E. Broughton

Antlion Larva

Antlion Larva

Dear E.,
This is some species of Neuropteran larva, and we believe it is an Antlion larva in the family Myrmeleontidae.  There isn’t a great website for Western Australian insects, but the Brisbane Insect site has many species of Antlions represented and some of those may also be found in Western Australia.  We will be postdating your submission to go live during our holiday absence.

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Subject: What insect is this
Location: Melbourne Victoria
December 21, 2015 6:15 am
Hello
Found this little guy on my bathroom sink. Roughly the same size as an ant. Had a really good look and it appears to be on its own, couldn’t find anymore.
Signature: Anyhow

Aphid Wolf

Aphid Wolf

This is a beneficial Lacewing Larva, commonly called an Aphid Wolf because of the large numbers of harmful garden insects it will consume.  We have gotten numerous reports of folks being bitten by Lacewing Larvae, and though the bite is not considered dangerous, the itchiness does last some time.

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Subject: Sydney Australia – small, green flat beetle with mandibles
Location: Thornleigh, NSW Australia
December 13, 2015 3:24 am
Awesome website, but I still haven’t identified the bug I found in our cubby house today (looks similar to the tortoise beetle larvae)
At first I thought it was a strange egg sack; but upon further investigation it turned out to be a bizarre beetle: six legs; very strong mandibles that It could support its body weight with while trying to flip over.
Signature: Marty

Green Black-Eyed Lacewing Larva

Green Black-Eyed Lacewing Larva

Dear Marty,
This is the larva of a Neuropteran, and it resembles this Blue Eyes Lacewing larva from our archives.  Our research led us to the Save Our Waterways site and this image of the larva of a Green Black-Eyed Lacewing,
Myiodactylus osmyloides.  Additional images of the larvae from this genus of Lacewings can be found on the Brisbane Insect website.

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