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Subject:  Moth? Butterfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Queensland Australia
Date: 04/10/2021
Time: 10:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey Bugman, spotted this Little critter tonight. Is it a moth? If so, what kind? I’v had a search online but can’t find anything similar.
How you want your letter signed:  LJ

Geometrid Moth

Dear LJ,
This is a moth not a butterfly, and it is in the family Geometridae.  There are many similar looking species and we did a quick search on Butterfly House and could not quickly provide you with a species.  We hope a family identification is sufficient for your needs.

Subject”  Giant moth to be identified
Geographic location of the bug:  Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
Date: 02/08/2021
Time: 05:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This was on a tree in our yard yesterday 8 Feb 2021. It has been an unusually mild summer, with lower temperatures than usual. And last year we had more rain than usual. We wonder if this is a Giant Wood Moth, even though we are in Victoria. Photos include a closeup of the wings, a photo side-on showing environmental context and relative size to my husband who is 6’4″ tall (in which you should be able to see the striped body of the moth), and a photo of the remains of a cocoon on the same tree from which we believe it emerged. Hopefully this helps.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you

Giant Wood Moth

We agree that this is a Giant Wood Moth, Endoxyla cinereus, and according to Butterfly House:  “The caterpillars pupate in their borehole. When the adult moth emerges, the empty pupal skin is left sticking out of the hole” as your one image illustrates.  According to Australian Museum:  “The Giant Wood Moth is the heaviest moth in the world, with some females weighing up to 30 grams.”

Exuvia of a Giant Wood Moth

Subject:  What is this caterpillar?
Geographic location of the bug:  Sydney, Australia
Date: 03/20/2021
Time: 02:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
Found this little agile one eating my curry leaves. Want to know if it is a pest amd curious about it’s species. Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious gardener

Inchworm on Curry Plant

Dear Curious Gardener,
This is an Inchworm or Spanworm in the family Geometridae.  We believe it might be
Hyposidra talaca based on an image posted to the Butterfly House website.  Though curry is not listed as a food plant, the site indicates:  “It is polyphagous, eating the foliage of many plants including the crops.”

Thank you so much for the information.

Subject:  Wierd looking bug appearedin my backyard
Date: 03/20/2021
Time: 01:49 AM EDT
Geographic location of the bug:  Australia, Victoria
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! The other day this weird bug was eating my flowers so I carefully picked it up and put it on the sidewalk. Can you please try to figure out what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, from TheBugQueen

Hickory Horned Devil: IN AUSTRALIA?????

Dear TheBugQueen,
Had you sent this email today, we would have thought for sure that you were pranking us on April Fool’s Day, but you sent this identification request in over a week and a half ago.  This is a Hickory Horned Devil, the caterpillar of the Royal Walnut Moth, but it is not native to Australia.  This species is native to eastern North America.  We have no idea how it got to Australia.  Perhaps there is a Saturniid fancier in your neighborhood who raised specimens and some escaped.  To the best of our knowledge, there are no known populations of
Citheronia regalis naturalized in Australia.  We are tagging this as a mystery.


Subject:  Feather Horned Beetle
Date: 03/29/2021
Time: 10:39 PM EDT
Geographic location of the bug:  Toowoomba QLD 4350
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found this little guy on a friend’s driveway after returning from a walk this morning. He intrigued me,so I gently collected him in a jar and brought him home. Firstly we did a ‘photo shoot’, then I released him into my garden, then with the help of my daughter who I was telling about the bug over the phone, we dug up some information on this amazing insect, hence leading me to your website.
Thought you might like to see him, seeing they aren’t overly common.
How you want your letter signed:  Cindy

Feather Horned Beetle

Dear Cindy,
Thank you so much for submitting your awesome images of a Feather Horned Beetle to What’s That Bug?  We love posting beautiful images of amazing insects from around the world and we love educating the curious public about those “bugs”.  Daniel has been on hiatus for quite some time, and he is really excited to return to posting regularly to WTB?

Feather Horned Beetle

Good afternoon,
A delight to receive your reply.
I am excited to contact you again, as we have just returned from a long walk and in a suburb not far from home, we had to go under a tree overhanging the footpath. There was lots of bugs flying around it, then my daughter exclaims rather excitedly… ‘Mum, they’re your bugs, your eyelash bugs’. I was very excited and stood watching many flitting about.
The other coincidental thing is that last night my daughter was sitting quietly on the lounge, then all of a sudden she sprang off in fright whilst trying to get something off her neck. Thankfully she didn’t swat at it, as it was an eyelash bug that must have got caught in her very long curly red hair when we brought the washing in just prior.
It is obviously the season for these beautiful wonders of nature as they seem abundant in Toowoomba.
Thanks for your time.
Cindy Ryan

Subject:  Orange and black bug
Date: 03/31/2021
Time: 03:29 AM EDT
Geographic location of the bug:  Queensland Australia
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello do you know what’s this is?
How you want your letter signed:  Holly

Giant Scale Insect

Dear Holly,
This is the first real insect identification request that Daniel the Bugman has answered since last July when a personal matter added to the cumulative impact of the pandemic and caused Daniel to disconnect from the curious public.  We truly hope this is a sign that Daniel will return to daily What’s That Bug? postings.
This is a Giant Scale Insect in the genus
Monophlebulus, and you may verify its identity on Project Noah. According to the Atlas of Living Australia:  “A slow moving wingless Hemiptera that feeds on plant sap. This Genus is found in Australia and South East Asia and is know to feed on Eucalyptus and Callistemon among other species. Some are colourful, beneath their white, waxy fluffy coating – including bright orange and blue. Some are as large as 25mm and even as adults they look rather like insect larvae. The females are wingless. Like some other mealybugs members of this Genus are occassionally tended by ants.”