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a strange bug from central australia
Hi Bugman,
We found this funny looking creature at our chook shed this morning. I thought it looked like Darth Vader! It has a very orange upper abdomen which it flashes when beating wings. It also has hairy and very long legs. It was about 5cm long. It has a proboscus like a cicada… My girlfriend thinks its a cicada…I think it’s a Star Wars character..! Help
Jay and Ada – Alice Springs, Australia

Hi Jay and Ada,
This swift flying predator is a Robber Fly. By the way, one of our favorite books is Ada by Vladimir Nabokov and it has hundreds of insect references.

Australian Katydid Nymph/ Share the love
Hi "What’s That Bug",
I found your fascinating site when looking for information about katydids, and thought that in the interest of science and bug-lovers everywhere you might appreciate some contributions from Down Under. Attached is a very new, shiny katydid nymph. Also for your "bug lurve" section, please find attached a gratuitous aphid orgy.
Warm regards

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for your contributions. We aren’t entirely sure the aphids are mating. Many Aphids have generations that reproduce parthenogenetically. The females do not require a mate and give birth to live females. In this way they can reproduce very rapidly.

Toe Biters??
Hi there,
I live in Sydney Australia and found your website when trying to identify these bugs, found in our backyard swimming pool. I think they might be what you call Toe-biters or Giant Water Bugs, but these ones have longer front appendages and long spikes at the back, at least the length of their abdomen. There is one smaller one on the back of the larger one and does not get off. Are they mating or is the little one eating the big one? Please help, my girls are too scared to go back in the pool!!!!
Janine in Oz

Hi Janine,
My Oh My we are thrilled to have received your excellent photo. We haven’t posted anything on our Bug Love page in weeks. These are actually Water Scorpions, relatives of Toe Biters that can also deliver a painful bite. They are mating. Tell your girls not to fear the water. The Water Scorpions are probably not established in your pool unless the water is stagnant. The appendages are actually breathing aparati, similar to snorkles.

whats my bug!
this bug flew in my window and sat on my computer desk i thought it was super pretty so managed to take some snaps of it but as yet my bug has no name! can you tell me what it is? your site is awesome =)
-Abby (Melbourne, AUS)

Hi Abby,
We are sorry we don’t know your species, but this is a Scarab. We have heard of Christmas Beetles, most in the genus Anoplognathus, and we suspect this might be one of the unpictured species. We also wrote to Eric Eaton who responded: “I would tentatively agree with your ID of the Australian scarab. Certainly something in the same subfamily (Rutelinae).”

What’s that bug?
I was just websurfing with a ‘cool site finder’ when I found that one. I never thought of searching a website to identify a bug before… And I think it’s pretty cool. I would be glad if you could help me identify this insect, which I found not too far from my home. Please see the attached files.

Hi Stephane,
We knew this was exotic for us here in southen California, but your letter gave us no hint as to where your home is. Luckily, the pod caused us to search Australian insect sites and we located your Cotton Harlequin Bug, Tectocoris diophthalmus. They are also called Hibiscus Harlequin Bugs. The patterns vary between individuals. You other photo shows a cluster of nymphs.

Hi Bugman,
I’ve looked through the sections on your site, and the closest things I found were the Buffalo Tree Hopper and perhaps the shape of the Red Banded Leaf Hopper. I have quite a few of them (10-20) on my Cycad and once in a while I see them on my lime tree. The like the shade and the underside the best. They can fly but rarely do. I haven’t been able to tell if the shells on the underside are from what they are eating or from nymphs that are hatching. They are pale green in colour with the biggest being about a centimetre long. They have been on the plant for at least a few months. I seem to remember a least a couple being there for almost a year now. I live in Sydney, Australia and the pictures were taken today (it is currently spring time). Thanks for the help!

Hi Dave,
This is one of the Flatid Planthoppers in the Family Flatidae. We have a similar looking species in the states known as the Chloris, Anormenis chloris.