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Subject:  Insect Identification REquest
Geographic location of the bug:  Erowal Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 09:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I photographed these insects on a fully grown adult Eastern Grey Kangaroo’s tail, in February, 2020. Do you have any idea what they are, please?
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Unknown Flies found on Kangaroo’s tail

Hi Nick,
Other than believing that these are Flies in the order Diptera, we have not had any luck with further identifications, but we can’t resist posting your adorable image of a group of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  We hope to investigate this further.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos

Subject:  Insect Identification Request
Geographic location of the bug:  Booderee National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 12:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I photographed this in February, 2020, and would love to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Unidentified Grasshopper

Dear Nick,
We are having difficulty identifying your Grasshopper.  It looks similar to the Giant Green Slantface pictured on Brisbane Insects and it looks similar to the Matchstick Grasshoppers also pictured on Brisbane Insects. Your individual has a greater distance between the eyes and the antennae.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in with some assistance.

Thanks for the reply. I didn’t even know it was a grasshopper, so that’s great to know. I have another query relating to some insects that I photographed in a kangaroo’s tail. Shall I submit a form for that too?

Unidentified Grasshopper

Update:  October 25, 2021
Thanks to a comment from Matthew Connors, we have been able to identify this as Musgrave’s Psednura (Psednura musgravei).  Here is an image from Atlas of Living Australia and on Project Noah.  Interestingly, we missed it on Brisbane Insects because we did not suspect it was in the family Pyrgomorphidae as it does not resemble other Milkweed Grasshoppers.

Subject:  Black and gold moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Aylmerton 2575 NSW Australia
Date: 10/22/2021
Time: 06:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello
How you want your letter signed:  Achim

Coprosma Hawk Moth

Dear Achim,
This is a Coprosma Hawkmoth,
Cizara ardeniae, and we identified on Butterfly House where it states:  “The moth itself is a handsome dark brown with a green sheen, with white edges to the wings and white bars across the wings and abdomen. It normally rests with these white bars aligned on each side to form a single stripe across the moth. This may give effective camouflage, misleading the eye to see the front and back as separate entities, neither of which is especially shaped like a moth. There is a black dot in each of the white areas at the base of each wing, which look perhaps like eyes, and with the double bar across the abdomen looking like a mouth, make the moth look like a mean monster.”

Coprosma Hawk Moth

Hello Daniel,
thank you so much for your speedy response. This type of moth is very pretty and it is rare these days to spot a little friend like that.
Keep up the good work.
Kind regards

Subject:  Black beetle on princess gums
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Victoria Australia
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 09:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I cannot find a picture anywhere of this beetle .. four white spots on its back .. non on it’s head
How you want your letter signed:  corobin knox

Common Jassid

Dear Robin,
We believe we have correctly identified your Leafhopper (not Beetle) as a Common Jassid,
Eurymela fenestrata, thanks to the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “Common Jassid is one of the largest size leafhopper in the Eurymelinae. We sometimes call them Large Gum-treehoppers, The adult is brown and dark violet under sunlight. There are some white spots on its wings. Nymph has the reddish-brown body with black markings. Gum-leafhopper sometimes called Jassid because they were classified as family Jassidae before, then now the family Cicadellidae.

Subject:  You’re Bristle Fly post
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Yorke Peninsula S.A
Date: 06/05/2021
Time: 09:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I took these photos in a Flora Park on the 27th of Dec. 2020 in Edithburgh. My home town. Interesting to see all your varieties. I just thought it was beautiful, like a piece of jewellery, all golden.
Only ‘just’ learnt it was a fly– 2 wings.
Please respond with the fly’s official name. Would like to have this submitted in the local newsletter. The photo was taken on my Samsung S5.
Thank you for your time.
How you want your letter signed:  Mrs Charyl Turner

Bristle Fly

Dear Charyl,
We believe your Bristle Fly is
Formosia speciosa.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia, Victoria, Dandenong
Date: 04/12/2021
Time: 05:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello bugman,
I’m curious about what this bug is. I have found a few in my shed. Any help will be greatly appreciated. A small donation haha.
How you want your letter signed:  Nathan

Wingless Female Soldier Fly

Dear Nathan,
This is a wingless female Soldier Fly in the subfamily Chiromyzinae, and the first time we ever saw one of these, it had us puzzled for quite some time.  There are numerous images posted to iNaturalist.

Wingless Female Soldier Fly