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Weird things in my yard
I posted these to my facebook account months ago and none of my friends have any idea what these things are. They disappeared as mysteriously as they appeared.
Gaspare Maggio

Hi Gaspare,
You didn’t tell us where your yard is, which might help in an accurate identification. You may be in Italy, or you may be in Australia, or you may be in Canada. We just don’t know. This is a Fulgorid Planthopper. Your photo lacks critical detail for an exact species identification, but it does seem to resemble a photo posted to BugGuide of an immature Acanalonia bivittata, the Two Striped Planthopper.

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Black bodied, blue winged wasp like bug
Hey bug people,
I’ve found lots of bugs on your site but this one has got me so far. Lots of these fly around our tomatoes here in Australia. I’ve had tomatoes before but never saw these before. They seemed too big to be a black flower wasp (that and they leave our regular flowers alone). They have bright blue wings and eyes with black bodies. They constantly move so this was a clear a shot as I could get. Thanks

Hi Peter,
We suspect these are Blue Flower Wasps or Hairy Flower Wasps, Discolia soror, based on images posted to the Geocities Website. They are in the family SCOLIIDAE Scoliidae. Adult Blue Flower Wasps are nectar feeders and the larvae feed on Scarab Beetle Grubs. The female wasp locates the beetle grubs in the soil, digs down and lays an egg on the grub. The Csiro Website (which refers to this species as the Black Flower Wasp) indicates: “Black flower wasps are solitary and do not make communal nests. However, in mid to late summer, they often form small swarms flying low over an area of turf, a compost heap or around a shrub. The adults can also be seen taking nectar from flowers.”

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Joseph’s Beetle
Hi Bugman,
My 8 year old son found this beetle in our backyard, and we would love to know what type of bug it is? Hope you can help us on our quest. Regards,
The Hardy Family

Dear Hardy Family,
This beauty is a Metallic Wood Boring Beetle in the family Buprestidae. In Australia, they are known as Jewel Beetles. We beleive your query might have originated in Australia. Perhaps it was the posting date in the wee hours of the night, or perhaps it was the “au” in your email address. Please write back and provide us with additional information.

Hi Bugman,
we are in Australia, in western queensland. Thanks,
The Hardy Family

Hello again Hardy Family,
Now that we are certain of your whereabouts, we will try a bit harder to properly identify this species. We could not locate it on Allan Sundholm’s Buprestidae Home Page though Castiarina rolle is somewhat similar. The closest we can find is Castiarina gibbicollis.

Hullo Daniel,
The WA site has hundreds of pictures of Jewel Beetles! Quite an amazing array. What do you reckon about this one? Themognatha pictipes
Kind regards,

Hi Grev,
It looks as though Themognatha pictipes might be correct, but the original photo sent to us is quite blurry. Castiarina gibbicollis looks quite different on this site. Thanks for the awesome links. We were going to pull this submission from the homepage and archive, but decided to give it a bit more time thanks to your response.

Update: (03/30/2008) ID’s
Hi Daniel,
Corrected ID’s follow. Readers, and in particular the contributors of the pics below, are welcome and invited to contact me re ID’s for any Australian Buprestidae, which I have been studying and surveying their distributions etc since 1978. I am always interested in new distributional data especially from remote areas. This beetle is Temognatha vitticollis:

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Australian Caterpillar – Green with blue and orange hairs/spikes
Hi all,
I found this caterpillar in my eucalyptus tree in Victoria, Australia. He has been living there for at least the past 3 weeks and has been eating and growing constantly. I had a good look on your site but could not seem to identify him. I am curious about what he is and what type of butterfly or moth he will become. If you can help me at all that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks,

Hi Angela,
We have been searching the internet for your answer. At first we thought this might be the Helena Gum Moth, Opodiphthera helena. There is a website with good documentation of the life cycle. It didn’t seem like a perfect match though. Continued searching revealed a related species, the Emperor Gum Moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti. Your caterpillar appeared on an Australian stamp in 2003.

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Dear Bugman,
I live in a small town called Milton on the south coast of NSW Australia and today which is a nice summer day, not hot or to windy, just a nice breeze.After a busy morning my children were relaxing watching TV in our lounge room when this bug fell down the chimney. I have lived in the area all my life and have never seen anything like this before. It can fly but is not at all graceful, quite heavy in fact like it does not fly often. I am sure you can solve the mystery as your website and resources of information is incredible. Thank you,

Hi Kelly,
This is actually an easy ID for us. The first time we tried to identify the Australian Fiddler Beetle, Eupoecila australasiae, we had to spend a bit of time on the internet. We selected it as our Bug of the Month in February 2007. It is one of the colorful Scarab Beetles that appear around Christmastime in Australia.

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orange , black and blue insect please help
Could you please tell me what this insect is a Gum tree fell over and there were about 200 or so on the branchesand leaves we moved as many as possible to the same type of tree but we have 6 kids who would like to know what this insect is ???
Kerrie & Nina Matthews
Sydney NSW Australia

Hi Kerrie and Nina,
Coincidentally, you practically identified your insect yourself. Often common names refer to the host plant. This is a Gum Tree Bug or Eucalyptus Tip Bug, Amorbus obscuricornis and we located it on the Geocities Website. Your insect is a wingless nymph that will become a winged adult. Nymphs are much more colorful than adults.

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