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Praying mantis and damselfly
Here is a couple of photos that you may like. The damsel fly was found indoors and is around 1 inch long and the mantis was found on my car and is about 3/4" long. This mantis is unlike any I have seen and when I first saw it I thought it was a wasp. cheers
Nick Bedelis
Sydney, Australia

Hi Nick,
This is not a Preying Mantis. It is an unrelated insect known as a Mantidfly, one of the Neuropterans. Your Damselfly image is terribly amusing. Guess the critter was thirsty.

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Bug Love
Bugman, your site is so enthralling. I have these to add to your bug love page. All taken in Queensland Australia in April 2007. Hope you like these. regards,
Trevor Jinks

Hi again Trevor,
We will only be posting your Mating Dragonflies as it is our favorite image.

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velvet mite
Gday bugman,
Thanks to your site I was able to identify my little velvet mite which I discovered while photographing mushrooms, even though he was only about 2mm in size I only noticed a little red dot moving around. I found him in the sunshine coast hinterland in QLD Australia. I have attached a few pics for you if you need them. I have also attached pics of an orb spider (I think) and one other spider which I am not sure what he is, maybe you might know. Anyway keep up the great work. Cheers Regards

Hi Phil,
Thanks for the compliments and for your wonderful photos. We really like the view from the back of the Velvet Mite with the forelegs extended.

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bright red-bodied butterfly
This bright red-bodied butterfly is from the Phillipines. I think it might be of the Rose family but I can’t find it on the Web. Can you identify it for me? Thanks

Hi Trevor,
We do not have the time this morning to properly identify your Swallowtail Butterfly. There are several endangered species in the Philippines but we need additional time to research. We have a suspicion that one of our readers (who should be on our payroll if we had a payroll) will identify this before we log on again.

I did a little bit more research, and it seems to me as if the red body means it is definitely a Rose Swallowtail, specifically a Red-Bodied Swallowtail of the genus or subgenus Pachliopta, (aka genus Atrophaneura). In some of these species the female is colored less spectacularly than the male, and so perhaps we are seeing the female of a species which is normally illustrated with the more highly-marked male? I can’t seem to get this to species, but here is an image of what I assume is a related Australia species:

Some of the species in the genus Atrophaneura are known as Batwings. The one that most closely resembles the image is Atrophaneura varuna zaleucus which seems to have considerable variability. We were still not satisfied that this was a proper identification and continued our research. FINALLY, we arrived at an exact match: a male Atrophaneura semperi supernotata which is from the Philippines and is offered for sale on The Insect Company. Other examples of this species do not appear to be an exact match, so perhaps this variation is only found in the Philippines.

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Owlfly pics
Hi Bugman,
I thought your patrons might enjoy this picture i took of an owlfly in the Atherton Tablelands, QLD Australia. I was referred to your website by a friend and was subsequently able to identify this cute critter as an ascalaphid. Thanks a bunch, what a great site!!!
Reedsville, PA

Hi Erin,
Your Owlfly photo is quite beautiful and we are thrilled to post it.

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NZ Cicada
I’ve been viewing several cicada sites and read about periodical and annual cicadas. I would like more information about the annual cicadas. Can you direct me to a website? At the moment, we are surrounded by the glorious singing of oodles of cicadas. Are you able to provide any detail about the one in the attached photo? This one allowed me to get really up close and personal without taking flight. Regards,
Nelson, NZ.

Hi Margaret,
We love Lindsay Popple’s awesome Cicada website, but it is dedicated to Australian species. We will check with Lindsay and see if he knows what species this is. Lindsay quickly wrote back: “Hi Daniel, The cicada species from New Zealand is Amphipsalta zelandica. See Cheers, Lindsay.”

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