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Subject:  What kind of beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
Date: 01/10/2019
Time: 06:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please help me identify this kind of beetle, and whether it is good to have in my garden or not?
How you want your letter signed:  Ashley Jarrett

Spotted Flower Chafer

Dear Ashley,
We quickly identified this Scarab Beetle as a Spotted Flower Chafer,
Polystigma punctatum, thanks to the Brisbane Insect site.  iNaturalist refers to the species as the Punctate Flower Chafer, Neorrhina punctatum.  According to Jungle Dragon:  “In a short season they appear in numbers suddenly then equally suddenly they are gone.”  According to Climate Watch:  “Adults are active in the daytime and are often found among the petals of flowers. They are important pollinators of many flowering plants, feeding on nectar and pollen.  Various species of flower chafers often form gregarious, mixed groups particularly on prolific flowering plants.”



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Subject:  Mantis Ootheca and adult, female California Mantis
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Date: 10/08/2018
Time: 5:30 PM PDT
We have a long overdue update on our She’s a Man-Eater posting.  Several days after the mating and cannibalistic meal that followed on our porchlight, Daniel relocated the female California Mantis in the genus
Stagmomantis (not sure if species is S. californica or S. limbata as both species are reported from Los Angeles) to the plum trees in back, and after a day, we could no longer find her, but we did locate this ootheca in the branches not far from where we released her.

Mantis Ootheca

Then we found a female Mantis nearby, but we cannot say for certain she is the same individual.  Now that January has arrived, the ootheca is still in place and it has still not hatched.

Female California Mantis

Female California Mantis

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Subject:  Cocoon
Geographic location of the bug:  Inside a shed hanging from ceiling
Date: 01/02/2019
Time: 02:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi. Just wondering what insect(?) Emerged from this?
How you want your letter signed:  Yvonne

Hornet Nest

Dear Yvonne,
We can’t help but to wonder if your ceiling is in Sydney, Australia or Schenectady, New York, or perhaps some other place on the planet.  This appears to be the early stages of a Bald Faced Hornet nest, so depending upon your location, this might be the nest of a related species  If summer just began in the Southern Hemisphere for you, this nest is probably being constructed.  If you are in the grips of a northeastern North American winter, this nest was probably long abandoned.

I live in Tasmania, Australia. It is the size of a tennis ball. I havent touched it to determine if its occupied. Its in a barren shed used as a change room at a local country pool. (So only used in summer). It is suspended from a ceiling joist. There was no activity for the 10 minutes we were in the shed. This was in the daytime
Cheers yvonne
Another suggestion was a polyphamus moth??
Just cant find an exact replica on google images.

Thanks for the clarification Yvonne.  This is not a moth cocoon.

Thanks Daniel. Will keep an eye on it. See what develops. Yvonne

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Subject:  What are these strange pods?
Geographic location of the bug:  NSW, Australia
Date: 12/26/2018
Time: 03:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have these brown pod things in my cupboard outside. They’re about as wide as my finger and are stuck to the underside of a shelf lengthways. They appeared a few days ago. It is summer.
How you want your letter signed:  Should I be afraid?

Probably Katydid Eggs

Dear Should I be afraid?
Though your image lacks critical sharpness, we nonetheless believe these are Katydid Eggs.  Here is an image from Bower Bird of Australian Katydid Eggs.  Katydids are similar to Grasshoppers, and they will feed on plants in the garden, but they should not cause you any fear, though large individuals, especially predatory species, can have powerful mandibles that could conceivably deliver a painful bite, so they should be handled with caution.

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Subject:  unknown caterpillar in Australia
Geographic location of the bug:  Lismore, New South Wales
Date: 12/19/2018
Time: 06:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman, Your site came up because my caterpillar looks just like your google images cover photo, but I can’t find him on your site (at least I don’t have time to go through over 200 pages looking. My caterpillar was on a gardenia bush. It is the beginning of summer here in the sub-tropics of northern NSW, Australia. This caterpillar may not be native to our area or to Australia; he could be an American?
How you want your letter signed:  Dianne T, Australia

Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth

Dear Dianne,
Thanks so much for including a detail image of the caudal horn on this Hornworm, the larva of a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  We quickly identified your caterpillar as a Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth Caterpillar thanks to images posted to Butterfly House where it states:  “The caterpillars later become black, grey, or green, often with black lines across the back. The back of the head and the final claspers are covered in small white warts. The caterpillars have posterior horn shaped like a shallow ‘S’, and have white spiracles along each side outlined in red. The head colour varies from brown to green.”

Horn of a Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth

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Subject:  Can you identify this bug please
Geographic location of the bug:  Ferny Creek, Melbourne Vic
Date: 12/16/2018
Time: 12:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bug man,
Just wondering if you can tell me what this bug was. It was So pretty….
How you want your letter signed:  Tammara

Eucalyptus Borer

Dear Tammara,
While it appears to have met an unnatural end, your indication that “It was So pretty” causes us to speculate that you were not involved in this beetle’s demise.  Though it is an insect native to Australia, most of our images of Eucalyptus Borers are sent from Southern California where the beetle has naturalized because of an accidental introduction in about 1967.  There are many eucalyptus trees in Southern California, so when the Eucalyptus Borer was introduced, it had no trouble finding a food source.  According to Oz Animals:  “The larvae of the Eucalyptus Long-horned Borer attack Eucalypt trees. They mostly attack stressed or damaged trees. Evidence of borers includes holes in the bark and oozing fluid on trunk or branches. In severe cases foliage may wilt and limbs die back. They rarely kill healthy trees.” 

Thankyou Daniel for your reply!
We have lots of bugs in Ferny Creek, never spotted a live one.
We are surrounded by eucalypts and messmates as we live on the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Thanks again for you time… I will keep an eye out for a living one .️

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