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Tip wilter bug

Amorbus spp.


About 15mm long body. Black and yellow. Holding antennae in a strange manner.


Exploring new growth on a eucalyptus sapling in a local nature reserve.


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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks Emilie. I have looked at that and have not yet found enough evidence to commit to species. Others here are in the same boat. There are 3 or 4 Amorbus spp. which are very similar and the nymphs are even harder to ID. I will have another look later.

EmilieChich 6 years ago

Amorbus alternatus?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Yes Antonio. I really should be scientific about it but it is my impression. I have been wondering if the amount of residual moisture in the environment influences their behaviour. We are definitely beginning to suffer an unusual dry but it was about start November I noticed numbers were very down.. especially eucalyptus creatures. They are clever animals?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks Adarsha and Angel. They are handsome little animals at this stage of development.

Thats not good news,so you think all these insects are making there show up in a quick mode,because they "feel" that is going to be a drougth?yeah that make sense,animals have those king of capacitys,hope it's only a coincidence,you guy's have allready your share of droughts last years

arlanda 6 years ago

Impressive Mark! Good catch!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks Antonio. I'm worried at the moment because there is almost no small life anywhere. I think they are predicting a drought.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

This is a new thing :)
Cool spotting Mark :)

Amazing"beast" Argy :-) you guy's have a enormous biodiversity,realy stunning,congrats and thanks for sharing

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 11, 2014
Submitted on Jan 11, 2014

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