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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.

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FOE - LARGE BROWN BEAN BUG

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Mar 4, 2017. 9 Replies

Cool Bugs - Friends or Foes?

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Lissa Mar 24, 2014. 8 Replies

Mole cricket ?

Started by Valerie. Last reply by Rob Walter Oct 9, 2014. 6 Replies

FRIEND (usually!): Butterflies

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Mar 12, 2014. 6 Replies

FOE - FLEA BEETLE

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

FRIEND - MANTIS

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Jul 31, 2015. 2 Replies

FRIEND - NATIVE DRONE FLY

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Apr 12, 2015. 2 Replies

FRIEND Dolichopodid Flies

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

Australian Native Bees

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

What insect is this?

Started by Joseph. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Nov 18, 2016. 1 Reply

IFF - Owlfly

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

Bugs which look like Assassins but are not

Started by Elaine de Saxe Jan 23, 2016. 0 Replies

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Comment by Christa on April 16, 2020 at 18:50

Yes, that is what it is, a common assassin bug.  The next time we see it, we will just move it over to another plant after it has had a feed.  Nature is wonderful. Thanks Lissa.

Comment by Lissa on April 16, 2020 at 16:34

First one is an Assassin Bug, which will no doubt kill some bees, but it is also beneficial killing other insects that are damaging your garden. 

Second one I can't make out from the photo.

Comment by Christa on April 16, 2020 at 11:17

We found a bug and don't know if it is good or bad can anyone help, it was handing around the beehive.

Another lot we have noticed dozens of these insects flying low around the sunny edges of the garden. I have seen them before but not in numbers. They have an orange appearance and a striped abdomen, yellow and dark. They are bigger than hoverflies.

Comment by Lissa on July 12, 2019 at 4:40

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Comment by Lissa on June 24, 2019 at 5:18

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 18, 2016 at 6:29

Four boys and two girls ;-)

Comment by Lissa on November 18, 2016 at 4:13

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 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, http://www.brisbaneinsects.com as I have found it very useful for identifying insects in my garden.

 
 
 

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