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Subject: unkown bug
Location: Brigadoon Western Australia Perth
December 10, 2013 7:02 am
I don’t know much about entoemology and generally find the answers to my questions of what’s that bug from my family and friends. This time however I’ve not managed to find an answer and google hasn’t yielded any results. I would very much like to know what this is so I can stop traipsing the internet for an answer.
Signature: thankyo uvery much Chez

Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle

Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle

Hi Chez,
Many years ago, we received a similar image that we identified as a Pie Dish Beetle, but it took us five more years to identify it to the species level.  We believe you have submitted an image of a Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle,
Helea perforata.

Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle

Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle

There are many more images online now than there were when we first were asked to identify this unusual Darkling Beetle, and now you can find great images on Friends of Queens Park Bushland where it states:  “Pie-dish beetles feed on dead and decaying plant material.  Pie-dish beetles lay their eggs in moist soil during summer and autumn, usually under clumps of rotting plant material, under which adults often shelter. Females of some species can lay up to 1,000 eggs during their life spans. The rate of egg production appears to be related to temperature. So is the time of hatching, which ranges from seven to fourteen days after the eggs were laid.
After hatching, the larvae can be found in loose clusters on the top of moist soil, dispersing as they develop. When fully grown, they burrow deeper into wetter soil where they build a circular pupal chamber and change into pupae. One to three weeks later, the adults emerge. At first they are soft and light brown, but they harden after about a week and the body becomes dark brown or black, the colour depending on the species. Soon after emergence, mating occurs and eggs develop three or four weeks later. Adult pie-dish beetles can be relatively long-lived (up to a year).”  Esperance Blog has an image of a mating pair of Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetles.  Your comprehensive views of the individual you encountered are an excellent addition to our photo archive.

Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle

Hairy Backed Pie Dish Beetle

Thats an awesome name for a beetle and makes sense, we’ve recently built a compost bin by the house for our food scraps so I look forward to seeing more of these curious creatures wandering around the general area.
Thankyou very much

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Subject: Unknown bug ….to me!
Location: See letter above:  Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
November 30, 2013 10:54 pm
Hi, my name is Annie. On November 28, 2013 , at 3.50 pm, I noticed this bug on my plant. I have never seen it before and some research work came up with nothing similar at all. I posted a photo on Instagram in the hope someone could tell me, but so far no one does, even though several people have joint me in the research, lol! The back part of its body is bright yellow and black, and it appears to have some water blisters on it’s back., not rain drops as it was a dry and sunny day. The front part of its body is a reddish-dark brown and shiny, it has hairs all over its legs and upper body, and it reared up as in self-defence when I came closer. This bug was found in my garden in Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia . The photo I included is taken with a zoom lens, and is pretty much enlarged to its full capacity. Hope it is still good enough for you to identify this bug, lol! Thank you so much for your willingness to look into this kind of things, it is quite fascinating to get to know bugs better!
Kind regards: Annie.
Signature: Annie J Den Boer

Flightless Female Flower Wasp:  Thynnus species

Flightless Female Flower Wasp: Thynnus species

Dear Annie,
We have several similar images in our archives very similar to this creature, and in 2010, we did significant research and we thought we had identified a photo as a Flightless Female Flower Wasp,
Thynnus apterus.  We are not entirely certain the species is correct, but we are relatively confident with the genus.  Today we found a photo of a mounted pair of Thynnus brenchleyi on the Agriculture of Western Australia website that confirms the genus, if not the species.  There is no female Thynnus apterus pictured on Agriculture of Western Australia.

Dear Daniel.
Thank you so very much for this quick reply! I think the two compare well, although I have to admit that the one I photographed has more and also brighter yellow on the top of its back, but that could possibly have to do with age and/or variety, and quality of the photo!
I am very happy to be able to let this student in America know and tell him your website and the one of Agriculture of Western Australia, so he can have a look for himself.
Again, thank you so very much for your help, it is much appreciated,
With kind regards: Annie j Den Boer.

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Subject: Red Footed Cannibalfly?
Location: Sydney, Australia
November 27, 2013 7:14 pm
I believe this is a Red Footed Cannibalfly, after seeing similar pictures on your site! Thank you for your informative pages, I was just so curious to identify this insect when I saw it catch a bee and fly away with it!
I am in Australia, and it is summer – have never seen or heard of these before… are they common to Australia? I was wondering where they typically live/breed (trees? burrows?) and are they harmful to pets at all?
Signature: Evie.

Robber Fly with prey

Robber Fly with prey

Hi Evie,
The Red Footed Cannibalfly is a North American species of Robber Fly, and your individual is a Robber Fly as well, but a different species.  It appears that your large Robber Fly is feeding on a Honey Bee, and bees and wasps are common prey for the large Robber Flies.  Your Robber Fly resembles this
Cerdistus species pictured on the Brisbane Insect website.

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Subject: Biting bug causing allergic reaction
Location: Sydney, Australia
November 26, 2013 1:51 am
Hi there,
We live in Sydney, Australia and have just moved into a new apartment.
After an unusually warm winter, my wife and I were both bitten by some kind of bug.
Initially I thought it was fleas, as the bites were located around the ankles, elbows and stomach area.
My wife has had a severe allergic reaction, with her body itching all over and large areas of her thigs covered in spots.
I set up a basic trap (bowl of soapy water and desk lamp), but all I ’caught’ were these bugs. One looks like a fungus gnat, but unsure what the larvae are.
Can you help us?
Signature: Eddie



Hi Eddie,
These are benign Springtails, and they are not responsible for the bites you are experiencing.

Thanks Daniel,
Very much appreciated!
So the search continues – something is still biting us…

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Subject: Am I now to evolve into one?
Location: Brisbane City Australia 4000
November 21, 2013 3:00 pm

So. Yesterday

well you see. I live in Brisbane

Anyway. I wanted a KFC chicken leg

You know Kentucky Fried with the eleven herbs etc

Well I Sat on a chair at the Transit centre eatery Roma street

Felt a sharp pain like glass

thought to myself. well. I’m sitting in a chair ,,,so I ignored it. Till!


reaching around at my but and crunch!

stood bolt upright and looked at the chair. Nothing ?

It was then I saw it move

A bug on the weave of the chair

It’s grey colour didn’t disguise it.

After I looked up

I then took some photos of it

* i’ve then called out to the clearer

She snapped up the bug with a napkin

Said sorry about that and went to walk away

• I said hey I’ll have that

She put a handout and dropped the serviette into mine

It was then I got a close-up look at the bugger as I unwrapped him. Ok and or her

Not yet dead but is now

So yes I still use still have this bug (not living)

And even now using my iphone and with a double tap on in the screen the close up images of this thing give me the creeps

Tell me

Am I now to evolve into one?


Signature: Wes

Stink Bug Nymph

Stink Bug Nymph

Dear Wes,
This is an immature Stink Bug, and we are not certain of the species, but you may search the Brisbane Insect website to determine a more specific identity for the culprit.  We are amused that your clearer snatched the critter away.  Perhaps she was worried about litigious action against KFC.  Generally, we state that Stink Bugs are harmless, but we have heard it said that “If it has a mouth, it can bite.”  Stink Bugs have mouths designed for piercing and sucking nutrients, generally from plants, but your first hand experience indicates that they might bite humans.  We did assume you were human.  Can you please clarify that.

Thanks for the info Daniel aka Bug Guy
To answer you question till this point I do receive a lot of feedback to the contrary as to my being
How ever I am alive and in the land of the living
And. I will most defiantly solider on
Guess I will let “The Bug Thing” rest for now
My bite. As you say it must be ,has healed without No marks
Took a day and a bit
But. Hey. I’m cool
Thanks again
Wes – Brisbane

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Subject: What is this beetle?
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
November 13, 2013 3:48 am
I have noticed these beetles around my house in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Sometimes there are dozens at a time, and they only appear at night . I was thinking it was a Rhipiceridae, but many of the Rhipiceridae in Australia seem to be of the black colouring. I have not been able to find any photos online that look very similar, and those that do are apparently not found in Australia…
Signature: Josh

Cane Grub or Brown Cockchafer

Cane Grub or Brown Cockchafer

Hi Josh,
Your beetle is a Scarab and we believe it might be a Cane Grub or Brown Cockchafer,
Rhopaea magnicornis, based on images posted to the Brisbane Insect website.  Alas, none of those photos show the Flabellate Antennae illustrated in your photo.  There are photos of the head and other details of a mounted specimen available on PaDil Australian Biosecurity.  That site also contains a list of similar looking species.  According to Oz Animals:  “The Brown Cockchafer is a stocky reddish-brown beetle with a hairy body. The antennae are short and fan-shaped. It is often found flying towards house lights in late spring and summer.”

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