Fluoro green bug from Australia, or is it?
Attached to this email is a photo of an unidentified insect beside some coins for size reference. I found this bug below my sink. I am from the south east coast of Australia and I am curious to know:
1. Is this insect venomous/dangerous (stings, itches, etc, possible cause of bed bugs? If so… Its a wonder I haven’t missed them the first time!). As you can see by the pics its is fluoro green in color with black spots. Perhaps like many of the insect life on the Australian east coast, maybe its one of those insects that have this black spotty coat to warn predators of itself? Would slightly than normal summer temperatures be bringing this insect to our doorstep, or would any of the garden plants we have here in our backyard be attracting it? The temperatures we have been experiencing recently have reached around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (30+ degrees Celsius) you see.
2. Is it an Australian native insect? If it isn’t I will strongly consider destroying it, seeing that native flora and fauna has enough trouble trying to cope with many introduced species, and finally… 3. …why are it’s legs still slowly moving!? We have recently scattered some insect poison around the toilet floor to kill some roaches. This insect seemed to have been affected, as it seemed lifeless, at first. It seems though to be sort of waking up, as if it was recovering from a hangover or something! (yipes!)
Please respond when you can.
Regards,
Joe Baez

Hi Joe,
This is a Botany Bay Weevil which we located on an Australian Beetle Site. According to the site: “the Botany Bay weevil Chrysolopus spectabilis – up to 25 mm long – is active at this time of the year feeding on acacias. Despite the name, it lives right throughout south east Australia. The Botany Bay Weevil, was one of the first Australian insects to be described from material collected in 1770 by Joseph Banks, a naturalist who landed at Botany Bay with Captain Cook.” So it does not sting or bite. It is native. The acacias are attracting it and we have no comment on poison.

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My father and I have set the Botany Bay weevil free. As soon as took it out of the pouch i was keeping it in, it wiggled all its limbs and slowly crawled away! Talk about a miracle of Christmas! 😀 Thanks heaps for the advice, and I’ll be sure to refer your site to others.
Regards,
Joe Baez.

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Nephila clavata / golden orb weaver / Mudang Spider
Hi,
I did a bit of hunting round this year to try and find the name of an interesting spider I see frequently in Korea (see attached photographs). It turned out to be the Nephila clavata or golden orb weaver, common to Korea and Japan. I stumbled across you site recently. Someone asked what the Korean name of this spider is and what it means. The Nephila clavata or golden orb weaver is called a

or "mudang gumi" in Korean (I have attached a .jpeg file of the Korean text in case your computer cannot read Korean). This means, roughly, "fortune teller spider" or "shaman spider". "Mudangs" are Korean fortune tellers, usually female, who use the time, day, month and year of one’s birth to make predictions or assess the compatibility of a couple before marriage..
Regards,
H.L.

Hi H.L.,
Thanks for the fascinating account of this marvelous spider.

green moth
Hello, I am in need of help with identification for this sphinx moth. I have found some green moths that may be possible (Vega, Virginia Creeper, Satellite) and some with the blue on underwings (Cerisy, Twin-spotted, Eyed Hawk) but none with both. How much do the patterns or colors vary with these moth species? I really enjoy searching your site and hope you will be able to help.
Thanks, Karen
West Palm Beach, FL

Hi Karen,
Long ago we got a photo of a Gaudy Sphinx adult and we recently posted a photo of its snakelike caterpillar. The Gaudy Sphinx, Eumorpha labruscae, is tropical and subtropical, and is found in the southern states, expecially Florida. Sometimes it strays as far north as Pennsylvania. Here is more information on this government page. Your battered but still beautiful Gaudy Sphinx is a welcome addition to our site.

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mantis
Can you please identify this mantis for me. The photo was taken 11-16-2005 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thanks. It is probably about 3 inches long.
Ron Evans
Tulsa, OK

Hi Ron,
This is a female Carolina Mantis, Stagmomantis carolina. The mantis is far more wide ranging than its name implies.

Thank you so much for this site!
I found it incredibly refreshing to come across a site so vehemently against the unnecessary killing of insects and other arthropods. In my house it’s a RULE that you don’t kill spiders etc . And an unwelcome critter is put out gently , as long as the weather is warm enough. I recently went to a Christmas party where the host had captured a Western Conifer Seed Bug, that had come into there house. Their kids didn’t care for it lol, so I wound up taking it home and set him up in a habitat until warmer weather when he can be set free. Thanks to your site I was able to properly identify him. It’s great how you’re working to enlighten people about the wonderful benefits of arthropods. Here are some photos of my son and I hanging out with some little critters. Thanks again for your wonderful site!
Sincerely,
Lark

Hi Lark,
Now it is our turn to thank you for the gracious letter, but sadly, none of your photos attached.

Little shrimp-like bugs
Sometimes I find a bunch of these little guys dead on the floor of our downstairs bathroom during ant season, the little corpses sometimes attract ants. What is it?
Geoff Waters
Glendale, CA

Hi Geoff,
This is a Lawn Shrimp or House Hopper, Talitroides sylvaticus, a terrestrial crustacean. They become most evident just after rain when they are found dead inside homes. They are not a problem, just a nuisance.