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Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  Malanda Far North Queensland Australia
Date: 04/18/2018
Time: 04:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am very interested to find out what caterpillar this is
How you want your letter signed:  From Austin

Birdwing Caterpillar

Dear Austin,
This stunning caterpillar is a Birdwing Caterpillar, but we cannot say for certain if it is a Cape York Birdwing, our first choice that is pictured on Butterfly House, or if it is the caterpillar of a Cairn’s Birdwing, also pictured on Butterfly House.

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Subject:  Is this a sawfly and harmless
Geographic location of the bug:  Parramatta
Date: 04/12/2018
Time: 05:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I found this eating my gardenia plant last night. Is this bug harmful to people.  Should I be concerned about dealing with the big as a garden pest?
How you want your letter signed:  Jen

Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Jen,
This is not a Sawfly.  It is a Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth Caterpillar and it will eventually become a diurnal moth that is sometimes mistaken for a bee, hence its common name.

Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth Caterpillar

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Subject:  Stripey black and white Grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bullsbrook area, Perth, Western Australia
Date: 04/07/2018
Time: 01:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! I found this cute looking little guy in my front yard and I cant seem to identify him.  Thank you for helping.
How you want your letter signed:  Taylah

Grasshopper

Dear Taylah,
We have not had any luck providing you with a species identification.  We could not locate any similar looking Grasshoppers on the Esperance Fauna page nor on the Brisbane Insect site.  The bulbous eyes on your individual are quite distinctive. 

Grasshopper

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Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Sydney Australia
Date: 04/01/2018
Time: 02:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was on my herb pot plant never seen it before like to identify
How you want your letter signed:  Lady bug

Long Legged Fly

Dear Lady bug,
This is a Long Legged Fly in the family Dolichopodidae, and according to Ecologistics:  “Dolichopodidae generally are small flies with large, prominent eyes and a metallic cast to their appearance, though there is considerable variation among the species. Most have long legs, though some do not. In many species the males have unusually large genitalia which are taxonomically useful in identifying species. Most adults are predatory on other small animals, though some may scavenge or act as kleptoparasites of spiders or other predators.”  Thanks to images on Save Our Waterways Now, we believe your individual is
Austrosciapus connexus, and the site states that though there are other similar looking species:  “Austrosciapus connexus is the commonest of them, and found in backyards, gardens, as well as wilder country.”  The species is also pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.

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Subject:  What’s this thing
Geographic location of the bug:  Melbourne, Australia
Date: 03/30/2018
Time: 02:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found this moving in and out of a hole in the ground.
It’s about 10cm long, and almost 2cm in diameter.
How you want your letter signed:  Sandford Family

Rain Moth Pupa

Dear Sanford Family,
This is a moth pupa, and that of quite a large moth.  We believe we have correctly identified it as a Rain Moth Pupa,
Trictena atripalpis, thanks to an image on Butterfly House where it states:  “The caterpillars of this particular species live in tunnels in the ground where they feed on the roots of adjacent Australian native trees” including red gum.  The site also indicates:  “The moths a famous for being able to predict rain. In some areas in autumn, the moths appear on only one night each year, yet all appear together in droves, and always just a few hours before a major downpour in that area. Perhaps the rain helps wash the scattered eggs into crevices in the ground, as well as dormant seeds to germinate, so that after the eggs hatch: the young caterpillars can easily find roots on which to feed.”  That causes us to wonder if perhaps the sighting coincided with rain.  Additional images can be found on Insects of Tasmania where it states:  ” The Hepialid larvae live in silk lined holes and come out at night to feed. They then pupate in the hole.  Trictena atripalpis often leave their pupal case half out of their exit hole.”  We suspect that by the time you get this message, the adult moth might have already emerged from the pupa.

Rain Moth Pupa

Thanks heaps for your reply.
You certainly pinpointed it.
It hatched a day later, however but no rain was in sight. Perhaps we had disturbed it’s nature cycle.
However we did take a time-lapse of it one night after it had hatched where you can see it laying eggs.
I’ll send you a link once we’ve uploaded it.
Thanks.
The Sandford Family.

Rain Moth Pupa

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Subject:  Australian Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Queensland, Australia
Date: 03/30/2018
Time: 09:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this large caterpillar on a vine bush just curious as to what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Anonymous

Hornworm: Gnathothlibus eras

Thanks to Butterfly House, we quickly identified this Hornworm as Gnathothlibus eras, the Aussie White-Brow Hawkmoth.  Butterfly House states:  “When disturbed, the caterpillar curls its head down onto its first two pairs of legs, and displays the third pair. The caterpillar can also exude liquid from its mouth, and has even been heard to give a squeal.”  Listed food plants include Grape vine and Sweet Potato Vine.

Hornworm: Gnathothlibus eras

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