It’s Alive in Sydney: Mystery Bug

26 04 2009

White Crawly Bug

A crawly bug I spotted on a sign in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

It was so white, I wasn’t sure if it had been accidentally covered in paint (under the outer plates still looked dark).

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7 responses

29 04 2009
Alan

it looks like it’s a type of caterpillar, possibly a Eutane terminalis, or Asura lydia. Did you happen to snap off any other pics of it? especially macro of head, feet, belly etc would be helpful…

19 06 2009
zayzayem

Flickr has given me a positive ID. This is a ladybug larvae. In particular a “Mealybug destroyer“, the larave mimics it’s prey, pesty soft beetles known as mealybugs.

30 04 2009
zayzayem

Going by these UTS websites: A. lydia and E. terminalis – I don’t think its either of them.
It wasn’t hairy or bristle-y. They looked like soft chitinous plates.

This is the only photo I kept. (The others weren’t better anyway).

30 04 2009
Alan

Oh, well. 5 minutes on google, you’ve failed me again!

3 07 2009
TanyaK

Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.
I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have “earn it before having it”, for a while now. Could not understand much though.
Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend.

By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics

7 07 2009
Jahanavi

[Comment deleted for sock puppet abuse].

Hey, btw, nice post you have there – keep rocking – 😉

12 07 2009
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