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A friend found this lurking around down here in Australia, What is it?

Hi Pean,
This is some species of Assassin Bug.

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Could you please identify the attached photo of a bug we found in Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. The bug was six cm long, from the top of it’s nose to the tip of it’s tail, not including the other bits that stick out.
Thanks for your help bugman

This is a Giant Water Bug, also known as a Toe-Biter or Electric Light Bug. They are aquatic and also fly.

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Thought you might like this image. As you can see the vibrant color of the cicada’s wings is due to it just hatching. I was just at the right place at the right time. I have more images if you are interested. Also in a much higher resolution. Keep me posted.

Hi Wally,
Your photo is quite beautiful, but since you didn’t provide global coordiates and since the true adult coloration is not evident, it is impossible for us to correctly identify the species.

Update (02/06/2006)
cicada on WTB 9&22Jan
These are both Psaltoda claripennis (Australia) which are emerging around this time around Brisbane. They are around 4cm long (body) about the size of your Tibicen winnemanna.

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Can you please help my wife and I tell our 2 year old what this is? It moves like a spider and has 8 legs but doesn’t spin a web, or eat flies. It has eyes like a stick insect I saw on you site, but is unlike anything I hae seen before. We live in Melbourne, Australia and our son found it on our front door. Any help would be appreciated. Kind regards
Garry Yeomans

Hi Garry,
This is a Net Casting Spider in the Family Deinopidae. We located a great site with information. According to the site: “Net-casting Spiders have a unique way of catching their prey. They make a small web in the form of a net held by the front legs that can be stretched out wide to envelop an unwary insect passing by.”

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Whose eggs are these?
I wonder if you can help me identify the creature from whom came these eggs? I found them under a pallet (in East coast Australia).

Hi Grev,
We have no idea, but we are excited to create a new Egg page. We sometimes get requests for egg identification and we are rarely able to identify them. Maybe somewone will write in with the answer.

Good morning and thanks for your reply. I am a little closer to an answer about the eggs. “Order Neuroptera: In about half the families, eggs are laid on thin stalks, either in rows or in a “U” shaped cluster, attached to wood or leaves.” (A Field Guide to Insects In Australia by Zborowski & Storey). I suppose we can rule out lacewings (we have plenty of those), as they lay their eggs singly. Other Neuroptera around here are Mantis Flies and Antlions Regards,

Update:  January 19, 2015
These are the Eggs of a Blue Eyed Lacewing.

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I found this beetle inside a piece of rotten playwood in my backyard in Sydney Australia

Hello Heinz,
This Fiddler Beetle is the second we got this week and the fourth in a month.

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