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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Araluen NSW 2622
September 30, 2016 2:52 am
Please can you help me identify this centipede
Signature: Glen

Giant Centipede:  Scolopendra laeta

Giant Centipede: Scolopendra laeta

Dear Glen,
The longitudinal striping on your Giant Centipede is quite distinctive, and the closest match we could locate is
Scolopendra laeta which we found on FlickR, and the individual depicted also has blue legs.  We then found additional images on Arachoboards, and it seems the species has variable coloration, but the longitudinal striping seems a constant.

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Subject: Is this a water scorpion?
Location: St Clair, N.S.W 2759
September 19, 2016 10:28 pm
Hi, my son and I are very big on insect spotting, this one popped up on our back porch and we have never seen anything like it. I have been researching for days to try figure out what he is and water scorpion is the closest I have come but we live out in the suburbs with no lakes,rivers or ponds anywhere.
Signature: Mummy and Noah

Water Scorpion

Water Scorpion

Dear Mummy and Noah,
This is indeed a Water Scorpion, and they are able to fly great distances in search of water.  According to Sportsman Creek Conservation Area:  “They can ambush fast swimming prey such as small fish catching them between their front legs and stabbing them with their pointed probiscus.  Known as Toe-biters able to inflict a nasty nip although this specimen played dead when disturbed. Water Scorpions are also capable fliers and inhabit waterholes over much of Australia.”  According to the Queensland Museum, Australian Water Scorpions are in the genus
Laccotrephes.

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Subject: New bettle
Location: Australia NSW Harrington Park
September 14, 2016 11:19 pm
Dear big man I think I foun a new bettle species if not please send back a letter, it is an aboriginal coloured bettle with aboriginal patterns. It also has two pincer like red things near its abdormen or butt.
If it is new also send a letter back.
From Logs
Signature: Logs

Cockroach

Cockroach

Dear Logs,
We found a Getty Images image of your Cockroach nymph, but it only identified as “Arboreal cockroach, sub-order Blattaria.”  According to the Brisbane Insect site, the species is known as the Beautiful Cockroach or Austral Ellipsidion,
Ellipsidion australe, and this information is provided:  “Not all cockroaches are ugly. This Austral Ellipsidion Cockroach looks beautiful. Its body is orange-brown to dark brown with white patterns. Its thorax is dark brown with a good looking yellow around the edge. The cockroach adult is winged, with brown forewings covered the black and white abdomen. Male and female look almost the same. Nymphs have the similar body structure except wingless.”

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia
September 14, 2016 12:20 am
Hi, after two days of morning rain my Thai basil plants were covered with these bugs. I’ve tried google images but can’t find bugs with the same pattern. Could you please identify these for me? Thank you
Signature: Mariah

Horehound Bugs

Horehound Bugs

Dear Mariah,
We quickly identified your beautiful Stink Bugs as Horehound Bugs,
Agonoscelis rutila, thanks to the Alamy site, and we verified that identification on the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “They are called Horehound bugs because they are usually found on the weed horehound Marrubium vulgare. Sometimes it swarms on foliage and blossoms of fruit trees and ornamental plants but normally causes little injury. “

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Subject: Unknown insect
Location: Burpengary
September 1, 2016 1:48 am
Saw this insect yesterday and have never seen or heard of one like it so pretty interested to know a bit more and if anyone knows the name of this bug.
Signature: William Anderson

Mantispid

Mantispid

Dear William,
We had never heard of Burpengary, and upon researching your location first, we learned it is in Queensland, Australia.  This is a Mantispid or Mantid Lacewing, and by comparing your individual to the images posted to the Brisbane Insect website, we believe your individual may belong to the species
Ditaxis biseriata.

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Subject: Identification
Location: Elanora, QLD, Australia
August 23, 2016 10:24 pm
Found this little guy sitting on a mate’s garage door, I have seen anything like him.
Signature: Liam Jackson

Mantispid

Mantispid

Dear Liam,
This is a Mantispid or Mantis Lacewing in the family Mantispidae.  All of those names make reference to the resemblance of members of the family to the predatory Preying Mantids, but despite the resemblance, they are not closely related.  Predatory Mantispids are classified along with Antlions, Lacewings and Owlflies in the order Neuroptera.  Of all the Mantispids depicted on the Brisbane Insect site, your individual looks most like
Austromantispa imbecilla, or perhaps Ditaxis biseriata which is also pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.

Mantispid

Mantispid

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