Revealing an identity

October 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

After what proved to be a fruitless search on my part in a previous post (Can you ID this one? – 25th September), I was very pleased to be given a lead by a fellow poster on the FM macro forums.

Tree hopper

Now identified as a Small acacia stink bug (Eufroggattia tuberculata)

Harold was able to point me in the direction or a shield bug, which thankfully was 100% correct. From there it took only a few minutes to track this species down to Eufroggattia tuberculata. 

Of course the head shape should have been a good indicator, but given the tiny size and high level of texturing (in contrast to other species of shield bugs I see), i was completely clueless. Funny how you can’t see the trees sometimes… 🙂

After a bit more looking, I haven’t been able to find much info on this little fella. While he may have given up his ID, he at least retains some of his mystery!

Anyway, another big thanks to Harold for the lead. Cheers!


Can you ID this one?

September 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

With the onset of spring, even given my limited time out shooting at the moment it is clear that a lot of different species are starting to show up.

One of the species that I am now seeing quite regularly loves hiding in amongst the various wattle flowers around at the moment, often backed hard up into the V made between a small branch and a leaf stem.

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Tree hopper

Can you ID this species?
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 2.7x, Full flash

My first thoughts when taking these shots, given the overall body shape and location, was a tree hopper of some sort. Looking at it now though, the head shape looks wrong and thinking back, I have never seen one these “hop”.


Tree hopper

Can you ID this species?
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 4x, Full flash

The species is quite small… between 4 and 5 mm body length are the largest I have seen, and appear fairly common in this particular spot. The entire body is highly textured and the general demeanour is very placid. They will slip around to the other side of the branch when disturbed before slowly moving along the branch to get out of the way.

Maybe this one is the insect equivalent of the platypus… tree hopper body with chafer beetle shaped face and the scaley hide of a weevil! 🙂

I’d really like an ID on this species, so if you can help, please let me know!

Who am I?

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sometimes when out shooting I will run across subjects that I haven’t seen before. While it is always exciting to see something new, it also leaves you with the challenge of tracking down and identifying the species.

With that in mind, I thought I would share a quick game of who am I to highlight the though process when trying to ID a subject.



  • My body is a bright yellow colour
  • I am covered from head to toe in hairy spines
  • My body is soft and unenclosed in any type of hard armour


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Who am I… Can you name this species?
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 3x, Full flash


  • I have twin strips of square black patches running down my length
  • I am long and cylindrical in shape
  • I am approximately 5mm in length


IMG_6217Who am I… Can you name this species?
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 4x, Full flash


ANSWER: I am the larvae of the Steelblue ladybird (Halmus chalybeus)!


IMG_9539Steelblue ladybird (Halmus chalybeus)
Canon 5D, MPE-65 @ 3.9x, Full flash

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