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Brightly colored Plume Moth
Location:  Queensland
March 15, 2015
Hi guys. I thought brightly coloured ones might be rare. I got a photo of one from Australia that  is brightly russet coloured. It is the only known photo of a living specimen of a very rare species, it took the experts weeks to figure out what it was, and is on the Atlas of Living Australia website here. Feel free to grab it for your archive if you wish.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:4b6288ed-6fd0-4ad3-97cb-310ddfed3899

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Thanks so much Trevor,
We are thrilled to be able to post your image of this rare Plume Moth,
Deuterocopus socotranus.

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Subject: freshwater aquarium isopod?
Location: Australia
March 13, 2015 8:04 am
Hi, I found this bug in my tank after adding some new plants. I think it might be an isopod of sorts but am unsure as to what type it is. I have it currently in a cup of water with some moss and the small mystery snail that also came with the plants. I’m too worried to keep it in the tank in case it is a parasitic bug that could harm my fish. If the bug is completely harmless please let me know so that I can add it back int the tank instead of them being stuck in a small cup. If it helps, I have noticed that it tends to roll into a ball when it feels threatened. Thanks.
Signature: weilmanu

Aquatic Isopod

Aquatic Isopod

Dear weilmanu,
We agree that this is some aquatic Isopod and we cannot guarantee that it will not cause problems in your aquarium.  We would not recommend introducing it to your aquarium.

Aquatic Isopod

Aquatic Isopod

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Subject: what is this?!
Location: South Australia
March 12, 2015 10:55 pm
I found this massive bug in my horses water trough today, do you have any idea what it is? I’ve never seen it before and it’s kind of scary!
Signature: Thanks!

Probably Raspy Cricket

Probably Raspy Cricket

We believe this is a Raspy Cricket in the family Gryllacrididae and they are reported to deliver a painful bite, though what you might have mistaken for a stinger is actually an ovipositor used to lay eggs.  More images can be found on the Brisbane Insect website.

Probably Raspy Cricket

Probably Raspy Cricket

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Subject: hemipteran nymph
Location: Valley View, South Australia
February 27, 2015 9:58 pm
I found thousands of tiny bugs climbing my back fence from the ground upwards this morning and wondered what they were. I took the attached micrograph using a USB microscope. The background grid is 5mm squares
Signature: Geoff Smith

Possibly Seed Bug Nymphs

Possibly Seed Bug Nymphs

Hi Geoff,
Since these Hemipterans are immature nymphs, they may be difficult to identify to the species or genus level.  We believe they are Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae, and they do not look too dissimilar than these unidentified nymphs from Australia, and they also resemble these nymphs from California.
  Whenever a species appears in a heretofore new location, we suspect it may be an invasive, exotic, introduced species without natural predators.  The climate in California and Australia are similar enough that species from either location can easily adapt, so they may be native, or introduced, and since they look so similar to the California sighting, it is possible they are the same species, and that one or the other, or both, are introduced.

Many thanks Daniel
I agree with what you’ve said – interestingly the block behind my house has recently been cleared and the bugs are swarming all over the fences around this newly bare ground. They are all still there today and the ants don’t appear to like them, although I noted that a small spider had eaten just a few of them overnight. I accidentally squashed a few against my hand when I first noticed them and they smell unpleasant.
Regards
Geoff

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Subject: Strange bug
Location: Pyramid hill, Victoria, 3575, Australia
February 28, 2015 7:34 am
I have never seen anything like it! This bug looks like a bug cream coloured wasp! Please help me identify it… By the way i am in Australia, Victoria, Pyramid hill.
Signature: Abi

Katydid

Katydid

Dear Abi,
This is a harmless female Katydid, and we suspect you mistook her for a wasp because of the stinger-like ovipositor which is used to deposit eggs.  We are not certain of the species, but you may be able to identify it on the Brisbane Insect website.

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Subject: Grasshopper (?)
Location: South West WA
February 16, 2015 5:40 am
I have not seen this type of grasshopper (?) on my farm in 15 years – is it something ‘exotic’ or have I just been missing them?
I found two of them earlier today (Mon 16 Fed 2015) in a wisteria that is creeping over the fencing in my driveway entrance.
They seem to be able to fly quite well – and make quite a bit of noise doing it! The noise is what alerted me to their presence.
Thanks
Signature: John

Our Robo-Response
Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can.

I have managed to identify the insect in the query I submitted earlier – it is a CRUSADER BUG

Crusader Bug

Crusader Bug

Dear John,
We are happy you identified your Crusader Bug prior to our response, and we are thrilled to be able to add a new Big Legged Bug or Leaf Footed Bug in the family Coreidae from Australia to our archives as our existing images of the species are all of immature nymphs.  More about the Crusader Bug,
Mictis profana, can be found on the Brisbane Insect website.

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