Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Spoon - Winged Lace Wing - Chasmoptera hutti

I seriously love these. I just found out about them today and I'm going to go crazy looking for more info and hopefully more photos. This is all I could find atm:

Chasmoptera, with seven species, is confined to south-western Australia. Other genera of spoon-winged lacewings occur in Africa, southern Europe and South America. The common name (spoon-wings) alludes to the stalked hindwings with subapical expansions.

One species is still found in bushlands around Perth during November and December. Little is known about the behaviour and life-history of these odd insects. The hind wings of the species pictured measure up to 40 mm in length.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bug Of The Month Figure Of Eighty - Tethea ocularis

Wingspan 32-38 mm.

This attractive moth adopts a cylindrical posture when at rest, with the wings curled tightly around the body. The white '80' mark on the forewing, from which the moth gets its name, varies in shape and intensity.

Fresh specimens often have a violet or purplish tinge to the brownish ground-colour.

It can be found in woodland, parks and gardens, from Yorkshire southwards, and the larvae feed on poplar (Populus).

It is single-brooded, flying from May to July.

Info from here.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bug Facts Series

All of the following is from one of the Yahoo! Groups that I'm a member of about insects and spiders. Well one thing you should know before reading the first set of fact is this:

Warning: The following will contain facts that might not be so easy on your stomach. So if you have an uneasy stomach, STAY AWAY FROM THESE POST.

Thank you and have a good day

*Claps hands*

Now on to business!

1. Sex among African bat bugs is a violent affair. During copulation,
males of the species pierce the abdomens of their mates with their
genitals and ejaculate directly into their blood. (OUCH!)

It's true! Look it up if you have to!

2. The Asian Cyprian honeybee kills its nemesis, the Oriental hornet, by smothering with other honeybees as a mob, causing the hornet to asphyxiate.

I shall look these up further.

Bug Property Laws:

If you own a rat take responsibility. Follow the laws.


1. If I like it, it's mine.
2. If I've peed on it, it's mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
5. If you've got something larger, it's mine.
6. If I'm chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it's in my reach, it's mine.
8. If I saw it first, it's mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it
automatically becomes mine.
10. If it's broken or it tastes bad, it's yours.

More coming! Enjoy! Bug Of The Month coming shortly.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Giant Cockroach

I was just discussing cockroaches on AB and came across this along with the picture posted above. It's incredible! Looks more like a beetle though.

Amazing all the same.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Green Burrowing Bee - Ctenocolletes smaragdinus

This glorious metallic green species is much larger than a honeybee. It is one of 12 species of its genus and, like most of them, is confined to W.A. It is found in heathlands of the southern wheatbelt and southern goldfields and flies during the spring flowering season. It nests solitarily and its nest entrances are very inconspicuous.

I love the color on these!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Rosalia alpina

This is a beautiful Long Horned Beetle. Photo from here. And here are links to more info about them:

From Wikipedia


There is also another species R. batesi. I'll go looking for info on that one tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


I've been through alot lately which is why I haven't posted in a good while. I just wanted to let my readers ( if any one actually reads this ) that I'm okay. Emotionally I'm not, and the past few days have been absolute hell.

I haven't forgotten about this blog and I'm going to start filling in the "missing posts". This is one of them. :)

Lots of Lve!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Spanish Moon Moth - Graellsia isabellae

Isn't that gorgeous?! I went hunting for moths and I came across this along with decent info here and WOW! *Drools on keyboard*

Thursday, January 03, 2008


Found this really small brownish reddish beetle crawling on me in my room and I have no idea what kind it was nor do I have any clue as to where it came from.

On another note since we're talking about beetles I'd thought I'd mention that I found the following on Bugguide:

Golden Net-winged Beetle - Dictyopterus aurora

Other Common Names: Red Net-winged Beetle

Explanation Of Names: Specific name aurora refers to the Roman Goddess of the Dawn, no doubt referring to the color of the beetle.

Size: 6-11 mm

Identification: Small bright red/orange beetle with pleated elytra and prominent pronotum. Active in early spring in woodlands.

Range: Much of North America, also Europe.

Habitat: Woodlands with decaying logs.

The rest including this and additional photos can be found here. No copyright infringement intended.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Banana Stalk Fly - Telostylinus lineolatus

Couldn't find much on these but I think that they're cute!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Tersa Sphinx Moth - Xylophanes tersa tersa

I love these! See this for info and photos. I'm going to go and check out the site some more.