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Dear Bugman,
Hope you will be able to identify this little critter for us. sister-in-law found it on her rose bush on Tue 15 Nov. She then placed it in a large cardboard box (with food) until Sun 20 Nov, the day she returned it to the rose bush. Yesterday, Thu 24 Nov this little critter was still sitting happily on the rose bush. We live in Barcaldine – Central Western Queensland Australia. Trust you can help. Thank you.

Hi Joycelyn,
We sought expert help with your awesome specimen, but cannot come up with an exact species. We can tell you it is some type of Katydid and that it is immature. That crest is so distinctive. In Los Angeles, the Katydids love my rose bushes as well. I usually shoo them away since I don’t like them eating the rose buds, but I am well aware that they just return. Since I really like Katydids, I won’t kill them, but I would really rather have them eating shrubbery leaves.

Update (03/29/2006) We just got the following letter:
Hi Bugman, I noticed the picture of the ‘crested katydid’ you had been sent from Australia. I believe this is the Superb Katydid (Alectoria superba). Hope this is of help. Keep up the good work.
Aaron in London, UK

Dear Bugman,
Your site is awesome–and so helpful! Glad I found it via a Google search…
My kids and I have had trouble id’ing the following insect that we found on my wife’s van last night. It looks like–and is exactly the same size as–a typical ladybug. We live in southern California.
Many thanks,

Hi Russ,
We didn’t recognize your Tortoise Beetle species, so we did some web searching. We located this site through the County of Los Angeles Agricultural Commissioner that states: “New Agricultural Pest for Southern California Australian Tortoise Beetle, Trachymela sloanei Introduction: In early February, 1998, Australian Tortoise Beetle (ATB), Trachymela sloanei , was detected for the first time in western Riverside County at a private residence containing acreage of Red gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus camaldulensis ). A specimen of the new beetle was noticed by the owner and taken to the Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, for identification. The find represents a new record not only for California but also for the New World. ” As the insect feeds on the leaves from a plant native to its own country and not southern California, it was inevitable that it would one day enter our closely guarded borders, following the Eucalyptus Tree Borer and other Australian insects that like the California climate where their host plants thrive without natural pests. It is said that eucalyptus trees are the commonest trees in southern California, but their numbers are dwindling due to the introduction of insect pests. Thank you for contributing this new species to our archive.

Bug, Sydney, NSW, Australia
I found this huge green bug in my back yard in Syndey, NSW, Australia . It is about 8cm long and 2cm wide. I would like to know what it is? Thanks for your help.
Kind regards,

Hi Bianca,
This is a Cicada, but we don’t know Australian species. Males make loud harsh sounds that sound almost industrial. They create quite a ruckus from trees.

(11/28/2005) Cicada from Australia
Dear What’s That Bug?:
Let me first say that I love your site. I couldn’t possibly say enough good things about it. Keep up the great work. I thought I may be able to provide you with an ID for the Cicada from Australia. I wasn’t sure whether you’d want to post the info or not, but figured you’d be interested nonetheless. I believe the pictured cicada is Cyclochila australasiae (the Green Grocer). I can’t be 100% sure, as the little fella in the picture is on his back, and I am by no means an expert on Australian cicadas. >From what I understand, it is a common Australian species and much louder than the ones we have in the US. I hope the information can be useful to you.
Chad Lensbower
Chambersburg, PA

A nice waspy mothy thing from The Hunter Valley in NSW, Australia
Hi Bugman,
I love your site; was lost in it for more than an hour the other day checking out your caterpillars. Today we drove out from Sydney to The Hunter Valley where I acquired this lovely broach. I scoured your moth pages, but couldn’t find anything that matched exactly, but it looks like a clearwing wasp-mimicking thing – what do you think? I hope you like it!

Hi Nadia,
We agree that this is one of the Wasp Mimic Arctiids or Tiger Moths. Sorry we can’t help with the species, but we love your photograph.

What seem to be larvae
Thought these were neat looking and wondered if you knew what they might be. Seen a few of them around our doorstep

Hi Jenna,
This is the larva of a type of Ladybird Beetle known as the Mealybug Destroyer, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri. According to BugGuide, it was “Imported to the US from Australia in 1891 to control citrus mealybugs in California. Widely used for control of citrus and long-tailed mealybugs, soft scales and related pests. Will not survive cold winters, so it is mostly used in greenhouses or mild-winter areas, or has to be introduced annually.”

Could you please identerfy this bug for me it was found in one of my pots underneath the root ball of the plant in Sydney Australia.
Sherrie Hocking

Hi Sherrie,
This is one of the Scarab Beetles, but we cannot locate an exact species name for you.

Ed. Note: (12/13/2005)
Thanks to Ruth, we now know this is a Fiddler Beetle, Eupoecila australasiae.