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Subject: what is this
Location: Melbourne Australia
April 13, 2015 8:56 pm
what is this bug
Signature: Julie

Bulldog Ant Alate

Bulldog Ant Alate

Dear Julie,
This is a Bulldog Ant or Bull Ant in the genus
Myrmecia, and it is a winged reproductive individual known as an Alate.  According to the Australian Museum site:  “Bull ants are large, alert ants that can grow up to 40 mm  They have characteristic large eyes and long, slender mandibles and a potent venom-loaded sting. They have superior vision, able to track and even follow intruders from a distance of 1 metre. Many species of bull ants have bright red or orange colours on the head or abdomen.”  The site also states:  “These ants can deliver painful stings and are aggressive. An ice pack or commercially available spray may be used to relieve the pain of the sting. If there is evidence of an allergic reaction, medical attention should be sought.”  There is also an image on Oz Animals.

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Subject: Ghost Moths
Location: Edenhope Caravan Park, Edenhope, Victoria
April 13, 2015 5:27 pm
Hi To You,
Just found about 28 Ghost Moths, which must have hatched over night.
Thought you might like some photos.
Signature: Ronda

Ghost Moth and pupal exuvia

Ghost Moth and pupal exuvia

Dear Ronda,
Your images are wonderful.  One of them appears to show the shed pupal skin or exuvia.  We will attempt a species identification for you when we have more time to browse through the images in the family Hepialidae on the Butterfly House site.  We have problems differentiating between Ghost Moths and Wood Moths in the family Cossidae which are also pictured on the Butterfly House site.

Ghost Moth

Ghost Moth

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Subject: Green, yellow and blue caterpillar?
Location: West of Merriwa, NSW, Australia.
April 10, 2015 11:31 pm
Hi,
Is this a caterpillar?
It was about 30mm long, sitting on a Lomandra leaf.
It was in a brigalow forest , about 400m altitude.
Signature: lsbth

Slug Moth Caterpillar, we believe

Slug Moth Caterpillar, we believe

Dear lsbth,
We believe this is a Slug Moth Caterpillar or Cup Moth Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, but we have not been able to locate a matching image to substantiate that belief.  This species does not appear to be pictured on the quite comprehensive Butterfly House websitePerhaps one of our readers will have more luck than we have had.

 

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Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Tom Price, Pilbara, Western Australia
April 10, 2015 2:54 am
I found this guy in a bush near my work and would be interested to know a little more about him. :)
Signature: Chalky

Blistered Grasshopper

Blistered Grasshopper

Dear Chalky,
Your images of a Blistered Grasshopper,
Monistria pustulifera, are quite beautiful.  Atlas of Living Australia indicates sightings over much of Australia.  According to AuseMade:  “This species commonly called the Blistered Pyrgomorph is a short horned, flightless grasshopper. The Blistered Pyrgomorph move so little, that their entire life cycle can be completed under a single bush.  Brightly coloured, its mottled body is coloured  orange-yellow spots, most probably a warning to potential predators, that pyrgomorphs are poisonous to eat.

Blistered Grasshopper

Blistered Grasshopper

Thankyou Daniel that is fascinating. :) I appreciate your effort and prompt response.
Take care.
Chalky.

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Subject: Feather Horned Beetle
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
April 9, 2015 9:01 pm
I have identified the unusual critter from my photo, from a previous posting on your website.
Thank you for satisfying my curiosity. I just thought I’d forward my photos to you as well.
Photo was taken 6 April 2015.
Signature: Leanne W.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Leanne,
Thanks so much for sending in your gorgeous images of a Feather Horned Beetle,
Rhipicera femoralis.

Feather Horned Beetle

Feather Horned Beetle

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Woolly Bear found at What’s That Bug? office garden
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
March 29, 2015

Painted Tiger Moth Woolly Bear in Mount Washington

Painted Tiger Moth Woolly Bear in Mount Washington

We can’t believe we are approaching the 20,000 mark with postings, and we decided to do a countdown of sorts.  We found this Woolly Bear that will eventually metamorphose into a Painted Tiger Moth, Arachnis picta, while weeding in the front garden.  Later while walking into Elyria Canyon Park to tag Fiesta Flowers in a Vernal Stream, we noticed several smashed, dead Woolly Bears along the “dirt” Burnell path where hikers walk on a daily basis and we can only hope the dead Woolly Bears were the result of accidental stompings.  We also noticed several living Woolly Bears in Elyria Canyon Park.

Tagged Fiesta Flowers

Tagged Fiesta Flowers

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