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Unknown Bug
many thanks for your great website and service. Can you help us to identify this bug? Please see the attached pic. We live in Western Austria.Thank you very much
Hartmut Haefele

Hi Hartmut,
We get many letters from people who want to know what the “T Bug” is. It is a species of Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Atteva sp?
Dear Bugman,
I suspect this is an Atteva sp. (refer attached pics). Please confirm.?Could you give the species name and also the general duration for its life cycle. It was found infesting Eurycoma longifolia.? hope to hear from you soon. kind regards??

Hi Norman,
You have done your research nicely. We located a few matches for Atteva and Eurycoma online, but sadly, the URLs were no longer active. The specis is Atteva sciodoxa, but we couldn’t locate a photo. One site listed the moth in Thailand. We also located some very similar looking moths in the genus from Australia. Alas, you provided us with no location information.

sorry bugman, i realised that after i sent the email. The location was in Malaysia. thanks, i also suspected it to be Atteva sciodoxa after googling it, but as you said, the sites were no longer active and I couldnt find the pics to compare. cheers

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Since sending my request for help in identifying a black bodied -orange headed beetle, I have found it as a "Rove beetle" – As yet I have been unable to find the particular type but at least now I have something to go on! Please ignore my request of yesterday … I’m sure you have plenty of things to do. I came across this guy attached, in the garden next door (Toowoomba Australia). it is about 15-18mm long – I have hunted around the web trying to find it but so far with no joy:-( – Maybe you know it? Most appreciative of any help…..
Keith Power
Toowoomba Q

Hi Keith,
You are correct that this is a Rove Beetle. It will take us some research to give you a species, but there are so many physically similar species that might be impossible.

Update (12/05/2007)
Australian Rove Beetle
Hi there,
the rove beetle you have an image of on your website, the one with the bright orange head, is Creophilus erythrocephalus (Fabricius). I am revising that genus of rove beetles. Cheers,
Dave Clarke
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Chicago
Zoology, Division of Insects
The Field Museum

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Weird Slugs
Hi there,
These two bizarre creatures appeared outside our front door this morning. The photo’s are low-res because I took them with my mobile phone. The patterns you can see are as I saw them, in red and orange. There was a hole in the side of each slug within each pattern. Could you please tell me what they are? I have never seen coloured patterns such as these on any living creature, so I am keen to hear what you have to say!

Hi Simon,
We agree this is bizarre, but we don’t even know where to begin to reseach since you haven’t provided any global coordinates.

Hi, thanks for the reply. I’m in Sydney, Australia. Thanks,
Simon Edwards

Red triangle slugs
(05/17/2006) Hi Bugman, The two slugs in your recent photo (two days or so ago) look to me like Red Triangle Slugs from Australia.

Hi Alli,
Thank you so much for sending us the link to the Australian Museum Online which has this to say about the Red Triangle Slug: “Red Triangle Slug from Wallahra, Central Coast, New South Wales. Photo:

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What are these bugs?
Hi – I took these pictures a few months ago with a Canon MP-E 65mm lens and MT-24EX flash. Actual size is about 6mm long? When in flight they appear to hover, not at all like the usual flies around here (Melbourne, Australia)

Hi Adam,
Identifying Flies is not our strong point, and we don’t even want to venture a guess at an Australian species. Your photos rock bigtime. Eric Eaton weighed in with this information: “The mating Australian flies are likely something in the family Platysomatidae, or the closely-related Otitidae (sometimes referred to as Ulidiidae). I know, clear as mud! Don’t blame me, I don’t make the taxonomic rules.”

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what is this bug?
We found this colourful bug on our Hibiscus plant a while ago. A few weeks after seeing the one there were a whole group of them (but mainly blue rather than orange). They are quite impressive, it would be good to know what they are.

Hi Andrew,
It is a great big world out there and what lives in your backyard does not live in our backyard. Identification is often very difficult when you know where you are looking. We hope you live in Australia. This is a Cotton Harlequin Bug, Tectocoris diophthalmus, also called the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug. Nymphs are more blue and adults more orange.

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