• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

bug help

 
Posts: 16
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have these bugs in my garden that come out of the mulch when I water but couldn't really find anything like them through Google. I'm in south Australia. Would anyone know what they are?
20150106_191300-1.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20150106_191300-1.jpg]
 
gardener
Posts: 4358
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1647
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This is my best guess. I did a Google search, so make what you will of this.

I think it might be the Soft-wing Flower Beetle or a closely related species. This is what a soft-wing flower beetle looks like:

(source)

The only other guess I can think of at the moment is a Velvet Ant, but from your picture the insect appears more closely related to the beetle-ish family than to ants.
 
Posts: 42
Location: Central Vermont
5
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Clerid-beetle/Eleale/lepida.html


The description says they can come in different color combos..
 
Jason Lloyd
Posts: 16
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks for the quick replies
I reckon it might be the Clerid beetle. They do bite if you get one on you, but they dont seem to bother the plants.
 
It's fun to be me, and still legal in 9 states! Wanna see my tiny ad?
A rocket mass heater is the most sustainable way to heat a conventional home
http://woodheat.net
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!