Pest thrips in Timor Leste

Pest thrips in Timor Leste The insect Order Thysanoptera includes about 6300 described species worldwide. The greatest number of species live in tropical countries, but on Timor Leste scarcely 100 species have been recorded. The objective of the work presented here is to enable agricultural, horticultural, and quarantine entomologists of this country to recognize pest…

An Early Screening Tool for Exotic Scarab Pests to Australia

An Early Screening Tool for Exotic Scarab Pests to Australia Scarabaeidae is the largest family within the monophyletic Scarabaeoidea superfamily. It encompasses over 1,600 genera and exceeds 27,000 species worldwide, with numerous species still awaiting description. The larvae of Scarab beetles feed on decomposing plant material, dung or live plant parts. While most of the…

The Caterpillar Key

The Caterpillar Key An interactive key for identifying families of Lepidoptera larvae, particularly those of Australian biosecurity concern. The objective of this Lucid Key for caterpillars is to provide a tool for the identification of caterpillars to family level, with a particular focus on families of biosecurity concern to northern Australia. We have included as…

TingID

TingID Identification of lace bugs intercepted at U.S. ports of entry The Tingidae, known as lace bugs, is a family of true bugs containing around 2,500 species in about 300 genera. Of these, 50 genera and 95 species have been intercepted at US ports of entry, with over 40% of interceptions associated with cargo entering…

Families of Flowering Plants of Australia

Families of Flowering Plants of Australia Suppose you have found a plant that you cannot identify. You may wish to know more about it – how common or rare it is, for example, or whether it’s poisonous or useful. The first step in finding out more is usually to find out what species the plant…

AusGrass: Grasses of Australia

AusGrass: Grasses of Australia AusGrass, an interactive information system and key for the 1323 native and naturalised species of grass in Australia. This number includes all formally described species and several as-yet undescribed and informal taxa. Keys are provided for many of the recognised subspecies and varieties. With AusGrass you will be able to: Use…

Electronic identification key of the genus Chinavia Orian, 1965 (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)

Electronic identification key of the genus Chinavia Orian, 1965 (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) Among the green stink bugs, the genus Chinavia Orian is the most specious, with 85 species distributed in the Nearctic, Neotropical and Afrotropical regions. Due to the polyphagous habit, some species are considered as pests in cultivated plants, generating economic importance in this genus.…

Thysanoptera Australiensis

Thysanoptera Australiensis An identification and information system to thrips in Australia This system is a revised version of “Ozthrips” (Mound et al., 2012). It has been produced partly to take advantage of the most recent Lucid software that overcomes technical problems arising from Java software, and partly to incorporate new information and additional taxa and images.…

Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants

Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants The main goal for Edition 7 of Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants was to extend the coverage of the key to include the whole of the Australian tropics; previous editions covered south to Townsville which is c. 450 km north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Thus, Edition 7 adds the taxa found…

Australian Snake ID

Australian Snake ID Australia boasts a rich snake fauna of about 180 species of land snakes, with a further 36 species of venomous sea snakes in its surrounding oceans. Identifying a snake that has been observed in the wild before disappearing into the bush [or ocean], and so cannot be examined close-up, is fraught with…