Insect identification gallery

This gallery covers those insects and other creatures most commonly encountered in the garden as well as a few more obscure ones that are interesting. I hope to add more entries as I find new insects to photograph or hopefully have pictures sent to me.
I always found that the pests are in far greater numbers than the predators. It is the same as with any animal at the top of a food chain. If there is not enough food for the good bugs they will either turn on each other or quite simply go elsewhere. Another clue is that predatory bugs are usually very active in tracking down their prey whilst the pests are likely to be stationary, sucking or chewing on the plants. 

While every endeavour has been made to accurately identify each insect, in some instances, variations make identification more difficult. No responsibility is taken for inaccurate identification. The descriptions in this application relate to the interaction of these insects in a seasonal market garden, and it is recommended that the information contained in this application be used in conjunction with the user’s observation of the insects. Insects may be pests in one situation, and not in another.

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Antlion lacewing

neuroptera

Antlion lacewing

neuroptera

Ants

hymenoptera

Apanteles wasp

hymenoptera

Apanteles wasp

hymenoptera

Aphidius wasp

hymenoptera

Aphidius wasp

hymenoptera

Aphids

hemiptera

Aphids

hemiptera

Apple Dimpling Bug

hemiptera

Assassin bug - general

hemiptera

Australian stingless bee

hymenoptera

Bees - general

hymenoptera

Big Eyed Bug

hemiptera

Black and white-striped wasp

hymenoptera

Black headed mirid bug

hemiptera

Black headed mirid bug

hemiptera

Black Portuguese millipede

julida

Black scale

hemiptera

Broad headed bug-general

hemiptera

Broad headed bug-general

hemiptera

Broken back bug

hemiptera

Bronze orange bug

hemiptera

Bronze orange bug

hemiptera

Bronze orange bug

hemiptera

Bronze orange bug

hemiptera

Brown Lacewing

neuroptera

Brown Lacewing

neuroptera

Brown mirid

hemiptera

Brown smudge bug

hemiptera

Butterflies-general

lepidoptera

Cabbage white butterfly

lepidoptera

Cabbage white butterfly

lepidoptera

Cabbage white butterfly

lepidoptera

Cabbage white butterfly

lepidoptera

Cabbage white butterfly

lepidoptera

Caterpillars-general

lepidoptera

Caterpillars-general

lepidoptera

Caterpillars-general

lepidoptera

Centipede

Cicadas

hemiptera

Cicadas

hemiptera

Cicadas

hemiptera

Citrus gall wasp

hymenoptera

Cluster caterpillar

lepidoptera

Cluster caterpillar

lepidoptera

Cluster caterpillar

lepidoptera

Cluster caterpillar

lepidoptera

Cluster caterpillar

lepidoptera

Common assassin bug

hemiptera

Common assassin bug

hemiptera

Common assassin bug

hemiptera

Common spotted lady beetle

coleoptera

Common spotted lady beetle

coleoptera

Compost worms

Cottonseed Bug

hemiptera

Cottony Cushion Scale

hemiptera

Cottony Cushion Scale

hemiptera

Crane fly

diptera

Crop mirid

hemiptera

Cucumber fruit fly

diptera

Damsel bug

hemiptera

Damselfly

odanata

Devil's coach-horse beetle

coleoptera

Dicyphus bug

hemiptera

Dragonfly

odanata

Dragonfly

odanata

Earthworms

Earwigs

dermaptera

Elephant weevil

coleoptera

European Honey bee

hymenoptera

False wireworms

coleoptera

Fig tree leaf beetle

coleoptera

Fig tree leaf beetle

coleoptera

Fig tree leaf beetle

coleoptera

Fig tree leaf beetle

coleoptera

Flea beetle

coleoptera

Fruit Flies-general

diptera

Fruit Flies-general

diptera

Fungus Eating Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Fungus Eating Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Fungus Eating Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Fungus Eating Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Garden Soldier Fly

diptera

Garden Soldier Fly

diptera

Garden Soldier Fly

diptera

Giant orange lacewing

neuroptera

Giant orange lacewing

neuroptera

Giant orange lacewing

neuroptera

Glossy shield bug

hemiptera

Glossy shield bug

hemiptera

Glossy shield bug

hemiptera

Glossy shield bug

hemiptera

Golden green stag beetle

coleoptera

Grasshoppers

orthoptera

Green carab beetle

coleoptera

Green lacewing

neuroptera

Green lacewing

neuroptera

Green lacewing

neuroptera

Green lacewing

neuroptera

Green mirid

hemiptera

Green mirid

hemiptera

Green planthopper

hemiptera

Green stink bug

hemiptera

Green stink bug

hemiptera

Green stink bug

hemiptera

Green stink bug

hemiptera

Green Tortoise Beetle

coleoptera

Green Tortoise Beetle

coleoptera

Green vegetable (veggie) bug

hemiptera

Green vegetable (veggie) bug

hemiptera

Green vegetable (veggie) bug

hemiptera

Green vegetable (veggie) bug

hemiptera

Green vegetable (veggie) bug

hemiptera

Greenhouse whitefly

hemiptera

Ground assassin bug

hemiptera

Harlequin Bug

hemiptera

Harlequin Bug

hemiptera

Hibiscus flower beetle

coleoptera

Hover fly

diptera

Hover fly

diptera

Hover fly

diptera

Lantana Bug

hemiptera

Lantana Bug

hemiptera

Large brown bean bug

hemiptera

Large brown bean bug

hemiptera

Large brown bean bug

hemiptera

Large leaf-eating lady beetle

coleoptera

Large leaf-eating lady beetle

coleoptera

Large leaf-eating lady beetle

coleoptera

Large leaf-eating lady beetle

coleoptera

Leaf Footed Bug

hemiptera

Leaf Footed Bug

hemiptera

Leaf Footed Bug

hemiptera

Leafhopper

hemiptera

Leafhopper

hemiptera

Leafhopper

hemiptera

Leafhopper

hemiptera

Long legged flies

diptera

Long Nosed Treehopper

hemiptera

Long Nosed Treehopper

hemiptera

Mango flower beetle

coleoptera

Mango flower beetle

coleoptera

Mango Planthopper

hemiptera

Mango Planthopper

hemiptera

Mango Planthopper

hemiptera

Mantid lacewing

neuroptera

Mealybug

hemiptera

Mealybug destroyer

coleoptera

Mealybug destroyer

coleoptera

Millipedes-general

polydesmida

Millipedes-general

polydesmida

Minute Pirate Bug

hemiptera

Minute two-spotted lady beetle

coleoptera

Mirid bugs-general

hemiptera

Monolepta beetle

coleoptera

Monolepta beetle

coleoptera

Monolepta beetle

coleoptera

Monolepta beetle

coleoptera

Orange assassin bug

hemiptera

Orange Caterpillar wasp

hymenoptera

Orange Tortoise Beetle

coleoptera

Owlfly lacewing

neuroptera

Pale cotton-stainer bug

hemiptera

Pale cotton-stainer bug

hemiptera

Planthopper-general

hemiptera

Podsucker bugs

hemiptera

Podsucker bugs

hemiptera

Praying Mantid

mantodea

Praying Mantid

mantodea

Praying Mantid

mantodea

Pumpkin beetle

coleoptera

Pumpkin beetle

coleoptera

Queensland fruit fly

diptera

Queensland fruit fly

diptera

Red & Blue Beetle

coleoptera

Red Chilocorus lady beetle

coleoptera

Red triangle slug

stylommatophora

Rhinoceros beetle

coleoptera

Rhinoceros beetle

coleoptera

Robber fly

diptera

Robber fly

diptera

Rove beetle

coleoptera

Rove beetle

coleoptera

Rutherglen bug and grey cluster bug

hemiptera

Scale - general

hemiptera

Silverleaf whitefly

hemiptera

Small Brown Bean Bug

hemiptera

Small Brown Bean Bug

hemiptera

Snail Parasite Blowfly

diptera

Soldier beetles

coleoptera

Spined shield bug

hemiptera

Spined shield bug

hemiptera

Spittle bug

hemiptera

Spittle bug

hemiptera

Spittle bug

hemiptera

Springtails

Squash Bug

hemiptera

Steelblue Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Striped Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Sweet potato weevil

coleoptera

Tachinid Fly

diptera

Thorn bug

hemiptera

Thorn bug

hemiptera

Three lined lema beetle

coleoptera

Three lined lema beetle

coleoptera

Three lined lema beetle

coleoptera

Tortoise Shelled Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Tortoise Shelled Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Transverse Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Transverse Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Transverse Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Twenty six- and twenty eight-spotted lady beetles

coleoptera

Twenty six- and twenty eight-spotted lady beetles

coleoptera

Twenty six- and twenty eight-spotted lady beetles

coleoptera

Twenty six- and twenty eight-spotted lady beetles

coleoptera

Twenty six- and twenty eight-spotted lady beetles

coleoptera

Twenty six- and twenty eight-spotted lady beetles

coleoptera

Twenty six- and twenty eight-spotted lady beetles

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Variable lady beetle

coleoptera

Wasps- general

hymenoptera

Water Scorpion

hemiptera

Weevils-general

coleoptera

White-collared lady beetle

coleoptera

White-collared lady beetle

coleoptera

White-collared lady beetle

coleoptera

Yellow Shouldered Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Yellow Shouldered Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Yellow Shouldered Lady Beetle

coleoptera

Insect identification gallery

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