January 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm #254192January 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm #487416
Argh.. I am not sure of what I am doing here folks, but I have managed a link to a small pic of it in my ALS photo album.. but it is a bit smallJanuary 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm #487417
where was it ( the insect ) ? , the pic is a bit small, was it in shallow water or dirt? looks like its got paddles out its side which seems a bit nymphish to me , google? description?
sorry cant help u more cheers kate
ps googled pond mini beasts and came up with a water boatmanJanuary 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm #487418
Thanks Kate 🙂
It was in the dirt just below the surface.January 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm #487419
oh cool some other type of insect, does it have wings?January 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm #487420
No wings.. or none that I saw. Wish I could make the pic bigger 🙁January 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm #487421BelMember
The size is really deceptive. If under the dirt, perhaps some sort of cockchafer beetle? Initially, I thought it might be ladybird larvae, but probably not if under the dirt.January 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm #487422BronMember
can you re=size the photo on your computer first?January 15, 2011 at 2:00 am #487423
The size of it was about 1 and a half cm and it had 6 legs. So far I haven’t found anything on the web that resembles it.
That photo is a full sized photo Bron, I’m not sure why it is appearing so small. I thought maybe it was a type of ladybird larvae also, as that is what it did look a bit like, but I thought they were all black ?
This has a very distinct orange helmet on it’s head and some white bits hanging off the rear end..
If you can access my photo album you should be able to see a larger shot of it.February 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm #487424
I managed to load a pic of this mysterious creature.. back up on my first post in the thread.
Much easier to see it now 🙂February 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm #487425
that is a really cool mini beast ( and yes thanx its much easier to see now . ). looks like it will have wings in its adult stage too ( the patch on its back. ) love its vibraant head sorry cant help moreFebruary 3, 2011 at 12:07 am #487426FranceyneMember
It’s a gorgeous little critter, but I have no idea of what it is… I’d be surprised if it was a cockchafer larvae…wrong shape to my way of thinking… I’m intrigued 🙂February 3, 2011 at 12:35 am #487427
It actually bent in the middle, but in the opposite way that you would think.. it’s ends lifted up, marginaly..
Whatever it is I did disturb it, as it was curled up.. but after I poked it (as I was intrigued also) it woke up.
It wasn’t very far below the surface and it was under a gravel path.February 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm #487428BlueWrenMember
This critta is not illustrated in my very comprehensive garden pest book so perhaps its a harmless friend.There’s something that lives around here that makes little craters in the dry dust.I’ll poke around next time I’m outside and see if the diggers are like your little guy.February 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm #487429roogzMember
if you send your pic to the DPI or Csiro they will identify it for you.
we have used them for strange bugs in the past.
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