|Female Red-backed Spider from Levenstrath|
The term bug is often applied to all insects and their relatives but this term properly applies to insects with sucking mouth parts, both carnivorous and herbivorous - order HEMIPTERA (half-wings). Apparently 'bug' is an old English word for any strange creature which was small and, generally, unpleasant (Insects of Australia, John Goode), so we have come the full circle.
I have photographed a number of invertebrate species at home and at other local sites recently. The following are photos of some of them.
If anyone knows the specific names of the Huntsman-like spider, the lacewing or the king cricket I would be keen to know.
|Longicorn Beetle Rhytiphora sp., Coutts Crossing|
|Hedge Grasshopper, Coffs Harbour, missing hind legs apparently due to predator (?cat attack)|
|Cluster of Cotton Harlequin Bugs on Native Rosella Hibiscus heterophyllus, Coutts Crossing|
|Giant Panda Snails mating, Bindaree National Park|
|caterpillar (? Salma pyrastis) on Native Rosella, Coutts Crossing|
|Male Blue Skimmer Dragonfly, Coutts Crossing|
|Lacewing, Coutts Crossing|
|St Andrews Cross Spider, Coutts Crossing|
|Cuttlefish Bone, Wilsons Headland, Yuraygir National Park|
|Spider (? Huntsman) Woodford Island Nature Reserve|
|King Cricket, Woodford island Nature Reserve|
|Leech, Woodford Island Nature Reserve|
|Garden Orb-weaving Spider, Woodford Island Nature Reserve|
|Golden Orb-weaving Spider, Woodford Island Nature Reserve|