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Subject:  What is this spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bridgewater, Adelaide Hills.
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 09:02 PM EDT
One single spider living in my timber insect hotel. Bright green and yellow. No foliage. No camouflage.  Never seen one like it before.  Hoping you can educate me?
How you want your letter signed:  Colleen

Red Spotted Cetratus

Dear Colleen,
The longer length on the two front pair of legs is a good indication that this is probably a Green Huntsman Spider which is pictured on both the Australian Museum site and Oz Animals.  Your spider does look different though, so we are requesting some additional information.  What is a “timber insect hotel”? because it implies this Spider is being kept in captivity.  Huntsman Spiders do not build webs.  We would also like to know the approximate size of your spider.  Crab Spiders in the family Thomisidae also have two pairs of front legs that are longer, and they are generally smaller than Huntsman Spiders, so that is also a strong possibility.  Crab Spiders do not build webs, but there are no individuals pictured on the Brisbane Insect site that resemble your individual.  The abdomen on your individual is also shaped quite differently than that of most Crab Spiders.

Thank you for your response. I will give you more details later.
In the meantime, rest assured I keep NOTHING in captivity.
Insect hotels are difficult to explain, so if you Google “insect hotel” all will be revealed.
Thanks again. Such an interesting creature.
I’ll get back to you.
Colleen.

Update:  Red Spotted Cetratus
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash who runs the Brazilian site Insetologia, we have a link to the site Arachne.org and the Red Spotted Cetratus where it states:  “A green crab spider with orange to red spots found Australia wide in moist habitats. The spots cluster at the rear of the cigar shaped, wrinkled abdomen. The whole spider can be plain green or even brownish. The first two pairs of legs are much more robust and longer than the others. The cephalothorax is relatively wide and slighly domed with orange on the eye region. The eyes are circled with white. Well camouflaged on green leaves where it seeks prey by ambush.”   There are also nice images on BowerBird.

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Subject:  Some Type of Wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  Berrima NSW Australia
Date: 12/10/2017
Time: 02:11 AM EDT
Hi, I found a group of these bugs all collected together on some moss. And though I have looked everywhere I cannot identify. I have included a photo of how i originally found them and then one separated. Could you please help me? Thank you so much.
How you want your letter signed:  Celia

Male Flower Wasp

Dear Celia,
We believe this is a male Flower Wasp in the family Tiphiidae, and the aggregation is a common behavioral activity that male Flower Wasps and certain other solitary Hymenopterans engage in, and it is commonly called a bachelor party.  Male Flower Wasps often congregate in large numbers and “roost” on plants as evening approaches.  You may read more about Australian Flower Wasps on the Brisbane Insect site.

Bachelor Party of Flower Wasps

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Subject:  Mystery Beetle in Australia
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 04:50 PM EDT
Hi!
I am a highschool senior who is very fascinated by insects. I plan to study entomology in graduate school. So, naturally all of the members of my family send ME bug questions and want bugs identified. I usually can do well on my own, but the latest bug has me stumped.
My uncle’s friend took the picture attached. Unfortunately, the beetle is facing away. They said it was the size of a quarter. Locals called it a “Christmas Beetle”, but I don’t think that is true because Christmas beetles (like  Anoplognathus) don’t have the pointed abdomen and long antennae pictured.
If you need more specific geography, I can probably get more details from my uncle, so just ask. Hope you can help!
How you want your letter signed:  Confused Nephew

Unknown Beetle: Possibly Pleasing Fungus Beetle

Dear Confused Nephew,
Can you please ask your uncle if there are any images showing the front of this unusual beetle.  Our best guess at this time is that this might be a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the family Erotylidae, and we are basing that on its shape and the antennae.  The humpback is a characteristic shared with other Pleasing Fungus Beetles from North and South America.  The golden green, metallic coloration of your individual is beautiful.  This is NOT a Christmas Beetle, members of the Scarab Beetle family.  Our second guess is that it might be a Darkling Beetle in the family Tenebrionidae or a Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.  Perhaps one of our astute readers will be able to assist in this identification.  More specific geography might help.

Thanks for the response! I am in the process of getting more information from him right now. I am so glad that I was right about it not being a Christmas beetle. I hope we can figure this out!

Update:  December 9, 2017
Cesar Crash led us to this eBay posting that has an obviously misidentified family, but Cesar believed the genus might be correct because of this South American posting on Coleoptera Neotropical and a noting that the family is Chalcodryidae.  The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand indicates that is a new family designation, and if members of the family are found in New Zealand, there is a good chance there are members in Australia.  iNaturalist has some images of family members in New Zealand, and Wikipedia indicates the family is classified in the superfamily Tenebrionoidea.

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Subject:  Curious
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia in a Home wardrobe
Date: 12/06/2017
Time: 06:23 AM EDT
Just curious (:
How you want your letter signed:  However

Elephant Weevil

We used Oz Animals to verify the identity of your Elephant Weevil.  The site states:  “The Elephant Weevil is pest to the wine industry as it feds on grape vines.”

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Subject:  what am i
Geographic location of the bug:  Victoria Australia
Date: 12/05/2017
Time: 06:12 AM EDT
Hello fellow bug lovers, i would love to get a final answer on this bug i photographed a few month ago, i was told by someone it was a assassin bug Nymph but have been unable to confirm this through many searches as the head looks different to examples i have came across! would love your input if possible?
How you want your letter signed:  Ray

Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Ray,
This is definitely an Assassin Bug nymph, but we don’t know the species.  Several months ago we published a very similar looking Assassin Bug nymph from Australia.

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Subject:  Melbourne spiders
Geographic location of the bug:  Backyard
Date: 11/25/2017
Time: 04:49 AM EDT
One black spider.
One big colorful  spider.
How you want your letter signed:  Email

Dome Web Spider

Your colorful spider is a harmless Orbweaver, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Dome Web Spider or Tent Spider, Cyrtophora moluccensis, thanks to images posted to Brisbane Insects where it states:  “Tent Spiders build tent-shaped webs between plants and bushes. Their tent shaped webs are easily recognized, up to 60cm in diameter” and “Unlike the other spider webs, the webs of  Tent Spiders and Russian Tent Spiders do not have sticky silk. The spiders rest upside down in the middle of the tent from day to night. Sometimes we can see a few of the Tent Spiders build their tent webs joined together and cover an area of a few meters.”  We also found images on Deviant Art and Bush Pea.

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