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Subject: Unknown Katydid – northwest Queensland, Australia
Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
November 22, 2016 7:07 am
This lady turned up at my workplace today, and the photo was taken because she’s not a bug that we usually see here. With a bit of googling and posting on other sites (reddit), the consensus seems to be that she is a katydid of some sort, but with no positive confirmation. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us, as a nearby Peewee (Magpie Lark) thought that she looked delicious. (“It’s the circle of liiife…”)
She does look a bit like a katydid that was posted here a few years ago (https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2008/05/03/unknown-australian-katydid-killed-for-photo-op/)
Signature: Johnmc

Female Raspy Cricket

Female Raspy Cricket

Dear Johnmc,
The link you provided from our archives was a correct identification on your part, but it is not a Katydid.  We eventually identified that insect as a female Raspy Cricket, probably in the genus
Ametrus thanks to the input of Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, and somehow, duplicate postings were in our archive.  We deleted your link in favor of the correctly identified posting of the Raspy Cricket.  Here is another posting of what appears to be the same species of Raspy Cricket.

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Subject: Grasshopper from Alice Springs
Location: Alice Springs
November 21, 2016 2:26 pm
I found Three grasshopper at Alice Springs, Australia in February.
Can you help me identifying the Bugs.
If you can identify the Bugs, you may use the pictures on you homepage.
Signature: Just bug names

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Two of your Grasshoppers, the olive green and white striped individual and the green crested individual are both quite unique looking and we thought they might be easy to identify, but that has not proven to be the case.  They are not pictured on the Field Guide to Grasshoppers of Brisbane and South East Queensland, nor are they on Oz Animals which might mean their range is limited to the Northern Territory.  We will continue to research your Grasshoppers’ identities.  We are posting the images and perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Hi Daniel
Thank you for your try up to now. I am looking forward to hear from you again.
Regards
Henning

Grasshopper

Crested Tooth Grinder

Identification:  Thanks to a comment from Trevor, we now know that this is a Crested Tooth Grinder, Ecphantus quadrilobus, a species we already have in our archives and which is also pictured on iGoTerra and on FlickR.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Caboolture
November 18, 2016 5:47 am
A friend found this on a plant stalk and wondered what it is..
Signature: Admiral.

Giant Scale Insect

Snowball Large Mealybug

Dear Admiral,
This is a Snowball Large Mealybug in the genus
Monophlebulus.  We have received several submissions through the years.

Giant Scale Insect

Snowball Large Mealybug

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Subject: found this guy on my veranda on his back so i flipped him over, what is it?
Location: my backyard, australia, queensland
November 18, 2016 4:52 am
i just wanna know if its poisonous or some kind of cockroach? not going to kill it but i did want to pick it up, but i’m scared lol! biggest beetle looking bug i’be ever seen!
Signature: Kyla Marshall

Banksia Longicorn

Longicorn

Dear Kyla,
This Prionid Beetle or Longicorn
, is neither poisonous, nor is it a Cockroach.  At first we thought it was a Banksia Longicorn, but we realized that we have a misidentification in our archives.  We now believe both your beetle and the one in our archives is Agrianome spinicollis based on this image from BioLib, this image from Prioninae of the World and this image from the Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery.  Though it is not poisonous, it does have very powerful mandibles and it might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

Banksia Longicorn

Longicorn

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Subject: It’s watching me…
Location: Sydney, Australia
November 6, 2016 8:22 pm
Hi Bugman,
Found this little specimen buzzing around my bedroom this morning, I assume it flew it the back door when I had it open.
It’s about 30mm long
Any help with an ID would be great, as I have never seen anything like it in the garden before.
Thanks
Signature: Mark

Checkered Beetle

Checkered Beetle

Dear Mark,
This is a Checkered Beetle in the family Cleridae, but we are not certain of the species.  It looks similar to
 Scrobiger albocinctus which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “The beetle has large eyes and bright yellow antenna. Its large and strong mandible suggested it is a predator. Its wing covers are black in colour with pink at the back, separated by a white line across. This beetle was found on gum leaf in Karawatha Forest during mid summer. The beetle was walking on leaves and stems, waving its antenna, seemed searching for something. The beetle was slow moving and did not quite response to our interrupt. ”  It also resembles Trogodendron fasciculatum which is pictured on Csiro.  

Checkered Beetle

Checkered Beetle

Never mind!
Its this guy –> http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Yellow-horned-Clerid/Trogodendron/fasciculatum.html
Thanks

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Subject: Agressive Earwig
Location: greater Adelaide, South Australia
November 4, 2016 6:05 pm
I lifted a pot and this earwig kept attacking my hands. I have a book on insects in greater Adelaide but it only has two species that do not look like this one.
It was very “full”, its inside bulging between the body segments when it turned, and its pincers short and very stiff. Its pinch actually managed to hurt!
Sorry the photo isn’t of very high quality, it was moving fast.
Signature: Gen

Earwig

Earwig

Subject: Friendly Earwig
Location: greater Adelaide, South Australia
November 4, 2016 6:08 pm
I have a book on the insects of greater Adelaide, but it only includes two earwigs.
Initially I thought this may be a brown earwig without wings, perhaps a female with abnormally large pincers, but it has a very defined line on the back of its head.
Signature: Gen

Earwig

Earwig

Dear Gen,
Since we received two Earwig identification requests from you, one labeled “Agressive [sic] Earwig” and the other labeled “Friendly Earwig” and since we believe they represent the same species, we are combining them into one posting.  The Farmstyle website has an image identified only as a Native Earwig and the information that it is:  “native to Australia and is thought to be a predator, not a pest.”  We also found an image of a Native Earwig on PestWeb and the species is identified as
Gonolabis michaelseni.  There are additional images of Gonolabis michaelseni on Friends of Queens Park Bushland

Thankyou for the information! I was confused as I couldn’t find anything on these earwigs despite them being everywhere. I feel a bit silly for not considering they were the same bug but different genders!

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