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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:18 am 
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These guys have taken a liking to the river red gum we planted 3 months ago.
I don't intend to do anything about them but I'm curious as to what they will turn into.

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This is all they are doing as far as damage goes and gum trees are built to handle this treatment. :thumb:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:35 am 
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Growing up we called them "Spitfire Catapillars" because if you disturb them too much the spit at you.

They are actually the larvae of the saw fly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitfire_sawfly

I get them from time to time, never been a problem on a big tree but may have the potential to strip and kill a seedling.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:39 pm 
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After discovering a cluster of these revolting looking critters, a couple of days later I snapped this shot.
A new beetle/ bug in my garden. does anyone know what the colourful bugs are?
They were seen walking down the tree trunk, I thought it was sooo kool.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:27 pm 
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Were they it eating the sawfly larvae or just seeing it out of their tree?

Size, shape and habitat make me think it might be a variety or species of "tortise leaf beetle" as they come in a wide variety of colours and patterns, but I think they only feed on leaves, see if you can find a match on here http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane ... ELIDAE.htm

and this will help identify then if you can catch a specimen http://www.environment.gov.au/biodivers ... ysomelinae

Many species of this family are yet to be named and decsribed, might I suggest Chrysomelidae Backyardei Fayensea :learn:

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Uh doh! It must be too early in the morning for me Simo, cut and pasted your suggestion Chrysomelidae Backyardei Fayensea
in to a google image search and it couldn't be found. Then the penny dropped! :bash:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:45 am 
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:lol: I think we need a face palm emoticon

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:32 pm 
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:thumb: good one simo :thumb:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:58 pm 
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Another one for all you "Bugologists"

Some sort of wasp??

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She does like plugging up holes with mud :dont:

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Thats a native bee

Bluebanded Bee, Amegilla sp

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Common-Blue-banded-Bee


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:10 pm 
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Thanks Snags,
Life just gets better and better :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Any ideas on how to make her more comfortable? As in a good design for a hive.
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The Common Blue-banded Bee builds a solitary nest, but often close to one another. It prefers soft sandstone to burrow in, and areas of this type of rock can become riddled with bee tunnels. It also likes mud-brick houses and often burrows into the mortar in old buildings. Cells at the end of the tunnel contain an egg with a pollen/nectar mixture for the emerging larva.

It seems these dont build hives as such


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Definitely one of the most interesting bugs I've found here is the elephant weevil


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:52 am 
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Another interesting little critter. Good or Bad??

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As you can see he rolls himself up like a Armadillo. Cool critter :thumb:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:07 pm 
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We call them slatters, the british call them wood lice, apparently they are more of a crustation than an insect, relative of the yabbie, I have never had a problems with them but apparently in large numbers they can damage seedlings.

Also you can eat them, I saw it on one of the river cottage spin off shows.

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That my friend is a slater, they arent actually an insect, they are a crustacean closely related to prawn crabs and lobsters. They like a moist environment like under logs or planter pots etc.

Not a real problem, sometimes can eat new seedlings but generally harmless.


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