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Osmeterium Down Under
Hello Mr Bugman,
My kids found this fellow on our lemon tree, just north of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia. When I went to pick it up, the bright pink protuberances gave me such a fright that I nearly dropped it! The smell was more floral than offensive but took ages to wash off, and we were fascinated by the aggression with which this rather large caterpillar fought against contact. Of course, we went searching on the net, and learned about the osmeterium, but couldn’t quite identify the caterpillar. It looks somewhat like your US species of swallowtails or is it some type of moth? I thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful website.

Hi Kamara,
It is surprising that once armed with a powerful vocabulary word like osmeterium, that you were unable to properly identify this Orchard Swallowtail Caterpillar, Papilio aegeus, which is sometimes called the Large Citrus Butterfly or just Orchard Butterfly.

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Mysterious Bug
I wondered if you could help ID this bug for me. I am located near Cairns, FNQ, Australia. I have seen these in sedge grass near a local pond. They always have their wings in this position. I suspect they may be some kind of Cicada but have been unable to ID it so far.
Andy MacDougall

Hi Andy,
We solicited the help of Eric Eaton, and he wrote: “Fulgoroidea (planthoppers) that I don’t recognize more specifically!.” Coincidentally, your photos were also sent to us by a member of a photography forun where you must have posted the images. The other email also contained view from above that was not among the images you sent.

Update: (03/25/2008)
Unknown planthopper from Australia
Hi Daniel,
The insect might be a member of the Derbidae family, which live in the tropics and According to the CSIRO “The Insects of Australia” they include the Zoraida: “The body of the Zoraida is very short, but the wings exceedingly long and narrow.” Regards,

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erebus terminitincta – large Australian Owl Moth
Hi Guys,
A first for me today as this large Owl Moth was sheltering out of the rain under the roof of the walkway to my shed. I did a search of your site and didn’t find it so thought you may like to add it to the database. Taken Gold Coast, Queensland. 24th March 2008. regards,
Trevor Jinks

Hi Trevor,
Thanks so much for supplying our site with your photo of an Australian Owlet Moth. We found a GeoCities page devoted to Erebus terminitincta.

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Is it a mantid of some sort
Hi Bugman
Interesting website, have already used it to identify the mantis ootheca shells around the outside of the house. We leave in Perth, Western Australia Now we have stumbled across a strange insect that has a boxing action with it’s front legs and the tail end of a mantid (?) and it’s about 8-9 mm in length. It appears to walk everywhere. I’ve attached a photo of the insect, can you help identify it please. Regards
Gillian and Will

Hi Gillian and Will,
This is a Boxer Bark Mantid in the genus Paraoxypilus and family Amorphoscelidae. We located it on Geocities. Females are wingless, so your specimen is either a female or an immature nymph. The boxing behavior you mention gave rise to the common name.

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Unidentified Australian Beetle
Congratulations on you site. I have searched through all 17 Beetle volumes and have not found anything like the enclosed images. The photographs were taken in foothills (about 1000 ft above sea level) about 30 miles from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I was on an excursion with some Field Naturalists who call the beetle an ‘Assassin bug’. However, it seems to be different from Gminatus australis, and I have been unable to identify it even though it is not uncommon in the area. The body of the bug is about 1 inch long. I would very much appreciate any information you may have.
Dr David G Hewitt

Hi Dr Hewitt,
Though the field naturalists who told you this was an Assassin Bug were mistaken, they at least had the order correct. These are immature Coreid Bugs, a family known as Leaf Footed Bugs or Big Legged Bugs, not Beetles. We did some research on the GeoCities website and found two matches in the same genus with slightly different information. Both are commonly called Gum Tree Bugs. The first is Amorbus obscuricornis, also called the Eucalyptus Tip Bug. A second page on the GeoCities site is devoted to the genus Amorbus generally, and refers to the members as Clown Bugs, Gum Tree Bugs, Sap Sucking Bugs or Squash Bugs, as well as the even more generic Coreid Bugs. Back in December, we received other images of Immature Gum Tree Bugs and the coloration is slightly different than in your photos.

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Caterpillar ID
I just came across your website. Would you please be kind enough to identify this caterpillar I found eating white gardenia leaves? Do you have any particular tip on how I should care for it? We’re hoping it will turn into a beautiful butterfly! Thanking you in advance,

Hi Morgane,
Where in the world are you??


Thank You Morgane,
This is a Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth Caterpillar, Cephonodes kingii. Adults are diurnal moths that resemble bumble bees. Continue to feed the caterpillar. When it is ready, it will form a naked pupa underground.

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