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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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Strange flying insect
Your site is incredible, I’m enjoying it immensely. While I don’t normally have trouble identifying the bugs I find, this one’s really stumping me. It flew into my office here in Brisbane, Australia, and most closely resembles a wasp. It had large wasp-like mandibles, and held its wings like a wasp, but the colour was breathtaking. This irridescent green would turn blue depending on the light, and after taking several photos I let him go and it was like watching a sapphire soar into the sky. If you could help identify it I’d be very happy. I have images of more Australian insects here:

Hi Lawrence,
Your beauty is a Cuckoo Wasp, in the family Chrysididae. Cuckoo Wasps get their name because they parasitize the nests of other wasps and do not build their own nest.

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today we found a little black beetle with fluro green markingd on its underside and back they are in a pattern of lines i was wondering if you could please tell me what sort of beetle it is we are located on queenslands goldcoast Australia our little dog was caught attacking the little beetle please let us no.

This is the third Fiddler Beetle, Eupoecila australasiae, photo we have received from Australia in the last month. It is truly a pretty beetle.

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Dear WTB,
I came upon your site today, it’s an amazing archive. I thought that these two pictures would be of interest to you. Obviously they are not the best spider photos, but at the time I was more impressed with the size of its meal. The lizard is approx 3" long and the spider is an Australian Red Back.
Coffs Harbour, Australia

Hi Simon,
Impressive sure is an apt description. The Australian Redback Spider, Latrodectus hasselti, is in the same genus as the American Black Widow, and the venom of the female is also quite toxic. Here is a site with more information.

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