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Name that insect!


Name that insect!

Friend or foe?

Insects can be destructive or helpful in the garden - or even both! We don't want to kill everything willynilly without knowing what their role is in the natural scheme of things.

I find I spend a lot of time hunting down information on various insects. Having the information, pictures and feedback from members experiences in one location would be helpful.

Feel free to start a discussion of your own. The more informed we are as gardeners the better!

Use these SITES to help identify your insects.

Members: 18
Latest Activity: Jun 9

Vanishing of the Bees - full length movie version, well worth watching.

Discussion Forum

Cool Bugs - Friends or Foes?

Started by Elaine coolowl. Last reply by Lissa Mar 24. 8 Replies

FRIEND (usually!): Butterflies

Started by Elaine coolowl. Last reply by Elaine coolowl Mar 12. 6 Replies


Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Oct 24, 2013. 3 Replies

FRIEND Dolichopodid Flies

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Dec 8, 2013. 2 Replies

Australian Native Bees

Started by Elaine coolowl. Last reply by Elaine coolowl May 26, 2013. 2 Replies

FRIEND - ASSASSIN BUG Family Reduviidae

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa May 23, 2013. 2 Replies


Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Dec 8, 2013. 2 Replies

IFF - Owlfly

Started by Joseph. Last reply by Lissa Dec 13, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by Lissa on October 4, 2013 at 20:11

That would be wonderful Lucinda :)

Just ask if you need help with anything.

Comment by Lucinda Cliff on October 4, 2013 at 19:29

Am new here and still working things out.

I am interested in all sorts of insects, what they do and look like.  In the future I hope to be able to contribute.

Comment by Lissa on June 13, 2013 at 8:09

We love that site Jeff :)

I find caterpillars hard to identify on it though.

If you hit "view all" in discussion I have a Tools and Sites discussion which I have featured but for some reason it doesn't show up on the home page. It should be right at the front but it refuses to co-operate.

Go ahead and start a discussion on any insects that interest you :)

Comment by Jeff on June 13, 2013 at 8:00

Hey guys - I would suggest you have a look at this site, as I have found it very useful for identifying insects in my garden.


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What's good to do on this site?

* Post your photos, events, info, articles, videos, websites, comments, blogs and discussion topics
* Read and browse
* Create or join a group so you can communicate easily and centrally
* Send messages to your friends, everyone, or members of a group (admin. will email you about upcoming events, but that's usually it)
* Add people to your friends list (makes messaging easier - if you've spoken on the site it's probably quite normal to add someone)
* Tailor your 'My Settings' for if/when you'd like to receive emails about new content/ events etc. You can also choose to 'follow' conversations (bottom of relevant page)
* Invite people you know to join
* Link to your website


Using the Site, Sharing and Getting Involved


We love your garden pics! Just be sure to remove the location information from your picture if you're sharing photos from your IPhone to avoid sending your details out to the world wide web. To find out how to do this, click here.

Note that on the main page only the most recent discussion activity is displayed.

If you want to explore all of the forum, go to or select Forum in the red menu bar which runs across the top of the home page. 

Choose to view by category (e.g. Plant and Seed Varieties, Books and Movies) or by most recent/ popular etc - use view drop down at top right of page.

If you wish to follow a discussion (you'll be notified of replies) select <Follow> at the extreme bottom right of the relevant discussion.

Some good discussions/ answers have been moved over into the FAQ forum topic for ease of reference.


Ning provides a search engine for the entire BLF site (extreme top right in the dark green bar). 

Each part of the website can also be searched separately. Navigate to the particular area (was it a photo, a discussion, a blog?) using the red menu on the top of the home page. Then search within that section, using the search bar at top left in the white part of the page. This will narrow your search results markedly. 



The blog (web-log) section is best for diary-style posts covering multiple topics - like what you've been up to in your own garden. The discussion forum is better for single topics and where other people can build on what you've said.

Please use the discussion forum or message function where you can. People are less likely to find your topic in future when browsing if it's in the blog section.

Please try to post blogs once a week or less (save it up and post all at once!), to maximise the air time on the main page for other blog posters. Love it, but we have to share the space :)

When you start a discussion or a blog, adding some key words in the "add tags" field will help other people to find the content they're looking for later on (using the search engine).

If in doubt just ask or post anyway! :)

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