Weird Bug

I noticed this odd bug on my back door this evening and decided to grab the camera. Alas, it fell off the door (onto me!) and I inadvertantly brought it inside, where it settled on one of the lights on the ceiling.

After fetching a ladder, I managed a couple of shots.

The background has been cleaned up somewhat on this one.

View all photos taken: Friday, 10th December 2010, This photo: 8:37pm

Previous Photo: A rather wet Kookaburra

Comments

  • Adam Randell said:
    Thats one cool bug David!! Wouldn't have a clue what it is.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/36021204@N03] Resembles a very very small six-legged Moose ;-)
  • kjbeath said:
    Beetle, actually www.whatsthatbug.com/2008/12/28/unidentified-australian-l... and www.scienceimage.csiro.au/index.cfm?event=site.image.deta...
    It is very cool.
  • Cyron said:
    It's a Feather Horned Longicorn
    Edit - Beaten to the punch
  • TerenceKearns.com said:
    Great shot!
  • Cobra_11 said:
    Beautiful fellow :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjbeath] Ah now I should have known that, having looked one up before... d'oh!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyron] Quite so! Still resembles a Moose though.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/spasmoid] Shot from half way up a ladder too ;-)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobra_11] As long as he doesn't land on me when I'm sleeping :P
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    ew! It looks like the antennae are growing out of its eyes!
    How did you "clean it up", Dave? Meticulous cutout, or were you able to magic wand it? (I do a lot of cutouts for my workwebsite, and am always looking for better ways to do it...)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/apurdam] He was on a neutral background (cream-ish in colour) and thus there was a lot of contrast, so I did a Select Colour Range, in photoshop, added a couple of ranges (kept the tolerance low), then duplicated the layer, inverted the selection, added it as a layer mask and added a white layer below it. A few minor touchups of the mask by hand and voila!
  • Clarky the Lion said:
    great shot
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    One thing I remember about living in QLD was the weird and wonderful bugs. Some of them were HUGE too :)
  • leadegroot said:
    I've seen this fellow (ok, presumably his relatives, not him) many times before - they are obviously quite common around here.
  • looby88 said:
    I think its kind of cute, I dont mind bugs and beetles, we get longhorns over here and they bare a passing resemblance to this chap, perhaps its a similar family. I remember going outside late one night for some fresh air whilst staying at my parents house. I didnt realise till I came in that I'd acquired a very large cockchafer type insect broach , never having seen one quite so close before I was very pleased that I didnt scream and wake everyone up !
  • th secret~ [Far Away] said:
    OMG !
  • OnrDMN said:
    good