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Subject:  Giant Wood Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  South East Queensland
Date: 01/19/2020
Time: 03:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a giant wood month? I measured my finger spread when I got home and it’s about 150mm! What’s the record length for a moth?
How you want your letter signed:  Mal

Giant Wood Moth

Dear Mal,
You are correct that this is a Giant Wood Moth,
Endoxyla cinereus, and if you examine your image, you will see the exuvia of the pupa in a hole in the tree trunk at the bottom edge of your image.  According to Butterfly House:  “The caterpillars pupate in their borehole. When the adult moth emerges, the empty pupal skin is left sticking out of the hole.”

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Subject:  Blue robber fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mudgee, nsw
Date: 01/01/2020
Time: 03:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw anothe post with a very similar fly and you said it was an exciting find, so I thought I’d send you mine. Never seen one before, I assume it’s come to escape the fires.
How you want your letter signed:  Cheers, Jeremy.

Giant Blue Robber Fly

Dear Jeremy,
We always love posting excellent images of large Robber Flies, arguably among the most adept winged insect predators.  We believe you are correct that this is a Giant Blue Robber Fly,
Blepharotes spendidissimus, based on images posted online.  The human finger for scale is a nice addition.  We are well aware of the horrific fires currently burning in Australia.

Giant Blue Robber Fly

Giant Blue Robber Fly

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Subject:  RASPY CRICKET
Geographic location of the bug:  Eulah Creek NSW
Date: 12/15/2019
Time: 10:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We came across this little chap the other day – first time I had seen anything like it in 20 years at Narrabri. and it has us stumped (pardon the pun) until I came across this site. The insect is living in a hole in a strainer post and appears to have his mesh up during the day but down at night.
How you want your letter signed:  Lars

Raspy Cricket

Dear Lars,
Thanks so much for sending in your excellent images of a Raspy Cricket in its lair.  Researchgate has information on silk production by Raspy Crickets.

Raspy Cricket

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Subject:  Large moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Liverpool area in Sydney
Date: 12/11/2019
Time: 03:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can anyone please identify this large moth seen near my work, it’s body is about 10 cm long. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Allan

Giant Wood Moth

Dear Allan,
This is a Giant Wood Moth and we receive several submissions from Australia each year at this time.

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Subject:  Is this a giant blue robber fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Dapto NSW
Date: 11/22/2019
Time: 11:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this in our backyard….what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Gwen age 8

Giant Blue Robber Fly

Dear Gwen,
We apologize for the delay in our response.  Daniel was out of the office for over a week spending the Thanksgiving holiday with his 90 year old mother and he did not answer any mail.  We agree that this is most likely a Giant Blue Robber Fly,
Blepharotes spendidissimus, which is one impressive predator.  Your images are awesome.  Can you provide us with any observation details from the sighting?

Giant Blue Robber Fly

It stayed in the same position for days- we thought it was dead!!  Then just disappeared! Was amazing to look at though!

Giant Blue Robber Fly

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Subject:  What is this moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Newport Queensland
Date: 11/30/2019
Time: 10:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Good afternoon I found this moth on our back patio this morning. It’s large in size. Not sure what it’s called. Would be very interested in knowing what type it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Regards Rach

Giant Wood Moth

Dear Rach,
This looks to us like a Giant Wood Moth,
Endoxyla cinereus, and according to Butterfly House:  “The males are only half the size of the females, and have a wingspan up to 11 cms.”

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