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A Bug for Dan

John53

I go leaps and bounds
Premium Member
Not an insect, some kind of millipede. I discovered Australia has over 2,000 types of millipede so with my lack of knowledge of millipedes I doubt if I'd ever ID it.

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Dan From Smithville

For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
Staff member
Premium Member
Not an insect, some kind of millipede. I discovered Australia has over 2,000 types of millipede so with my lack of knowledge of millipedes I doubt if I'd ever ID it.

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We are equals in that. I couldn't name a genus of millipede off the top of my head. Certainly not likely to come up with even a remotely close ID.
 

Dan From Smithville

For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
Staff member
Premium Member
No idea what it is but I find the photo interesting because the web barely shows.

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All I can say is orb weaver on the ID, but I agree. It looks cool without the web being visible. I can just see a little of it in the 2nd photo where the probable mosquito is hung up. Event then, it still looks like it is flying along.
 

Dan From Smithville

For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
Staff member
Premium Member
No idea what it is but I find the photo interesting because the web barely shows.

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I tried to picture key it with Google. I thought maybe those projections on the abdomen might set it apart, but I couldn't come up with anything even close using "common orb weavers of Australia" as a search term.
 

John53

I go leaps and bounds
Premium Member
An ant I saw in the campground. I didn't notice the hair until I got the pics off the camera. Maybe some kind of carpenter? I just noticed there's something on its right rear leg. I wonder if it could be a parasite or maybe just debris it's picked up.

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John53

I go leaps and bounds
Premium Member
A couple of Dragon Fly. The first one comes up as a Blue Skimmer but they seem to be a Northern Hemisphere species. I think the red one is a Scarlet Percher Diplacodes Haematodes.

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John53

I go leaps and bounds
Premium Member
A grasshopper maybe Gastrimargus Musicus. It's a bit out of focus. It rained up there one night and there were millions of them about after that. The car was covered in them.

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Dan From Smithville

For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
Staff member
Premium Member
An ant I saw in the campground. I didn't notice the hair until I got the pics off the camera. Maybe some kind of carpenter? I just noticed there's something on its right rear leg. I wonder if it could be a parasite or maybe just debris it's picked up.

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It is probably a mite. Looks like it from the bottom picture. Mites often hitch rides on insects. In fact, there are a few things things that will hitch a ride on insects. Pseudoscorpions hitch rides on beetles.
 

ChristineM

"Be strong", I whispered to my coffee.
Premium Member
Can you identify this, my apple tree has become infestated with them over the last 3 days.


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Not a good pic I'm afraid my phone doesn't do close up very well.
 
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